Damon Jackson Knocks Out Nate Jennerman to Capture Interim LFA Featherweight Crown

Damon
Jackson
had not scored a knockout in five years. That changed
on Friday in Dallas.

The 30-year-old Jackson (16-2-1) headlined LFA
47
and exploded with one of the best knockouts of the year in
the second round. “The Leech” dominated Nate
Jennerman
from the start and then closed the show in
spectacular fashion to capture the interim
Legacy Fighting Alliance
featherweight championship at The Bomb
Factor.

Jackson nearly took out “Nasty Nate” in the first round with
punches to the face but opted to take the
Roufusport
product to the ground. From there, the Fortis MMA
standout mauled his counterpart with elbows from top position while
threatening with a key lock, brabo choke and a rear-naked choke.
Jennerman survived it all, until a loopy overhand right detonated
on his jaw almost as soon as the second round began. The end came
33 seconds into Round 2.

The win was Jackson’s fifth straight. Jennerman, meanwhile, fell to
12-4.

Featherweight contenders Levi Mowles
and Charles
Cheeks III
took turns landing some hard punches to the head in
the first round, but it was Mowles who prevailed in the second. As
soon as the round began, Mowles dropped “Mister” Cheeks with a
straight right to the jaw. Cheeks could not regroup, as Mowles
(10-3) immediately pounced on his back and cinched a rear-naked
choke. Cheeks (13-7) bowed out just 17 seconds into the middle
stanza.

After suffering his first professional loss, Bronx, New York,
native Ramiz
Brahimaj
scored a thrilling technical submission of Brazil’s
William
Macario
. Brahimaj (7-1) shook off a shaky first round to
dominate the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
veteran in the second. Brahimaj
latched a textbook standing guillotine when “Patolino” stumbled
trying to take him down; and once he dropped to his guard, Brahimaj
yelled at referee Aaron Menard that Macario (9-4) had gone to
sleep. Macario’s motionless body slumped when Brahimaj released the
choke, officially ending the contest at 2:34 of the second
round.

Bilal
Williams
had lost four in a row and five of six entering his
battle with Sean
Spencer
, and it looked grim early. “Black Magic” picked apart
Williams on the feet in the first and executed a takedown toward
the end of the frame. Even so, “The Tiger” never doubted his
skills. Moments into the second round, Williams (9-7) dropped
Spencer with a perfect counter left jab to the jaw. Spencer, a UFC
vet, stumbled to his feet, but Williams chased after him and dished
out a steady diet of punches. Spencer (12-7) was felled again, and
with Williams in Terminator mode, referee Don Turnage had no choice
but to intervene. The end came officially just 58 ticks into the
second round.

Strawweight Valerie
Soto
was victorious in her professional debut, as she
outpointed follow debutant Cristina
Crist
(0-1) over three rounds. Soto largely controlled the
action in the clinch and outstruck Crist on the feet. Soto (1-0)
carried 30-27 tallies across the board.

Oklahoma-based Eddie Brown
survived a knockdown in the first round and a failing gas tank to
rally down the stretch, as he edged Elijah
Johns
by split decision over three rounds. Johns was in control
of the action early but inexplicably let his featherweight opponent
off the hook by backing off in the latter stages. “Downtown” Brown
tagged Johns (2-1) with moderate punches and kicks in the third
round, perhaps swaying two of the three judges. Scores were 29-28
on all three cards, two of them cast in favor of Brown (5-1).

In the opening bout, bantamweight prospect Evers
Anderson
eked out a split decision — 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 —
over Devin
Miller
. Anderson landed timely punches to the head throughout
the contest and scored a pair of takedowns, which tilted the scales
in his favor. “The Mauler” improved to 2-0, while Miller dipped to
3-1.



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