Markus Perez (Phil Lambert/LFA)

LFA 22 Results: Perez Submits Heinisch, Claims Vacant Middleweight Title

On Friday, Sept. 8, Legacy Fighting Alliance hosted its 22nd event from the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo.

In the night’s main event, a pair of undefeated middleweight locked horns as Colorado product Ian Heinisch took on Brazil’s Markus Perez for the promotion’s vacant title. Heinisch had opened his career with eight straight victories, including a first-round submission win over Lucas Rota at LFA 10 in April. São Paulo’s Perez competed on American soil for the first time as he made his LFA debut.

Also on the card, UFC veteran Gilbert Smith took on Ben Smith and Invicta FC veteran Mallory Martin clashed with Maycee Barber.


The event aired live at 9 p.m. ET on AXS TV. Above are video highlights of the main card (courtesy of AXS TV).

Markus Perez def. Ian Heinisch by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 2:14 – for vacant middleweight title
Gilbert Smith def. Ben Smith by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2, 4:16
Chris Gutierrez def. Mario Israel by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Derek Brenon def. Boimah Karmo by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Brandon Royval def. Demetrius Wilson by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 2:00
Maycee Barber def. Mallory Martin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jonathan Wyderko def. Juan Gonzalez by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 0:52
Youssef Zalal def. Maurice Salazar by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:41