Maycon Mendonca and Batsumberel Dagvadorj gave it their all in Friday night’s LFA 96 main event.

With the vacant LFA welterweight title on the line, Mendonca (10-4) and Dagvadorj (7-0) engaged in a five-round, all-out war. In the  end, Mendonca earned a unanimous decision over Dagvadorj, with 50-45, 49-46, 49-46 scores that don’t do justice to the tenacity with which Dagvadorj fought.

The tempo was set early in the fight. Mendonca had his moments and Dagvadorj returned fire with a flooring blow. Through the second, third, fourth, and fifth rounds, both men slowed at times, but always found a way to accelerate once again.

Dagvardorj came forward with reckless abandon and sought takedowns while he flung punches. Mendonca, on the other hand, found his technical striking and plum clinch knees his most successful weapon. Mongolia’s Dagvardoj, battered and bruised, displayed a strong chin and ability to reset himself when needed.

For those who haven’t already tallied their 2020 superlative votes, the bout might be a late candidate for “Fight of the Year” consideration.

In the co-main event, Dana White’s Contender Series alumnus Anthony Romero (9-0) kept his undefeated record alive when he defeated a gritty Zach Juusola (11-7) via unanimous decision.

Earlier on the card, Stipe Miocic teammate Mo Miller (5-0) added another highlight-reel finish to his resume. The suplexes worked for Miller all night. To finish the fight, he slammed and knocked out Regivaldo Carvalho (5-3) in Round 2.

LFA 96 took place Friday at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan. The card streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Full LFA 96 results:

  • Maycon Mendonca def. Batsumberel Dagvadorj via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) – for vacant LFA welterweight title
  • Anthony Romero def. Zach Juusola via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Mo Miller def. Regivaldo Carvalho via knockout (slam and punches) – Round 2, 2:57
  • Mark Martin def. Matthew Colquhoun via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28)
  • Lisa Mauldin def. Mitzi Merry via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • William Starks def. Slava Borshchlev via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Joseph Holmes def. Ryan Leininger via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 1:38