LFA 85 Results: Demopoulos Scores Massive Comeback, Claims Strawweight Title

On Friday, July 17, Legacy Fighting Alliance hosted its 85th event from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

In the night’s main event, the promotion crowned a strawweight champion as undefeated Sam Hughes took on once-beaten Vanessa Demopoulos. After going just 3-3 as amateur, Hughes had feasted on regional competition to compile a 4-0 record. Demopoulos suffered her lone defeat to Invicta veteran Itzel Esquivel, but had won three straight.

The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. ET.


Vanessa Demopoulos def. Sam Hughes by technical submission (inverted triangle choke). Round 4, 2:21 – for strawweight title
Kevin Natividad def. Kyle Estrada by knockout (punches). Round 2, 1:37
Mitchell Sipe def. Darion Abbey by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:37
Leandro Gomes def. Jacob Thrall by unanimous decision
Jordan Leavitt def. Leivon Lewis by submission (anaconda choke). Round 2, 2:01
Christian Natividad def. Michael Aquila by knockout (punches). Round 1, 2:48