Legacy Fighting Alliance 3 saw Houston prospect Trevin Giles (9-0-0) beat fellow Texan Ryan Spann (9-4-0) in a close three round bout at the Golden Nugget Casino in Los Angeles, California on Friday night. Two of the judges scored the bout in “The Problem”s favour giving him the split decision victory.
Close call for Giles
The judges differed opinions on who won the contest and it’s clear to see why. In the first round, Spann executed a great takedown and held Giles in a perfect position for a number of minutes. However, when the 24-year-old escaped, he landed numerous blistering punches to the head of “Superman”, leading some to believe he did enough to take the first round.
The second round saw Spann on top as he looked to repeat his success on the floor. After a hesitant couple of minutes in the second round, Spann engaged in the clinch. After breaking, the Beaumont native attempted a flying knee which had the crowd gasping for breath. Giles tried replying by controlling the clinch but Spann tried to end the bout in trademark fashion when he got Giles in a choke. After looking in serious trouble, Giles managed to escape and make it to the third round.
With the fight up for grabs, the third round was one in which neither could afford to make a mistake. After a couple of solitary kicks from the Beaumont man, he went back to the clinch in hope of further success. Giles did well to defend the takedown attempts and after landing numerous strikes in the clinch, he eventually flipped himself from a takedown attempt to gain control on the ground. “The Problem” landed a barrage of punches on Spann giving him the third round on the scorecards and winning the contest (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). This is the first time Trevin Giles has ever been taken the distance as a pro.
Positives for both fighters
A fight in which either fighter was worthy of winning, both fighters can take a lot of positives. Giles can learn a lot from the fight and has beat a highly ranked opponent and as for Spann, he has shown he deserves to be at the top-level, mixing it with the best.
Giles is now in line for an LFA title shot despite the close contest whilst Spann suffers his third defeat in his last four bouts. However, “Superman” can be proud of his performance after pushing such a highly rated fighter close.
Brutal blows earn Allen victory
In a highly anticipated encounter, 21-year-old prospect Brendan Allen looked to carry on an almost flawless career following his six wins and one loss in his career. Coming off a win streak of five successive bouts, the Louisianan was brimming with confidence and faced 38-year-old Jon Kirk in the co-main event of the night. With Allen never going the distance as a pro and Kirk winning just one of his 19 professional victories by decision, fans expected fireworks.
In the first and only round of the fight, neither fighter hung around. Within seconds, the pair looked to land significant strikes. Within a minute, both fighters found themselves on the floor, with the 21-year-old in a dominant position. Allen opened a huge cut on the head of Kirk with a knee and immediately had the referee speculating about a stoppage. Another minute passed and blood was gushing from the head of Kirk with Allen relentlessly punishing him with strikes on the floor. Eventually, with two minutes and fifteen seconds of the first round remaining, the referee stopped it with commentators and the ringside doctor believing it should have been stopped sooner.
Allen now moves to (7-1) in what looks to be the start of a very promising career.
LFA 3 results
Trevin Giles def. Ryan Spann via Decision (Split decision) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Brendan Allen def. Jon Kirk via TKO (2:46 – Round 1)
Thanh Le def. Alex Black via KO (1:43 – Round 1)
Trent Meaux def. Caio Machado via Decision (Unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Josh Davila def. Ray Blodget via Decision (Unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Carlos Vera def. Joel Scott via Decision (Unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Brian Wells def. Carnan Jenkin via DQ (Illegal Knee) (4:42 – Round 2)