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
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