On Friday, Oct. 30, reigning LFA strawweight champion Vanessa Demopoulos (5-3) defended her belt against Lupita Godinez (5-0) at the Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas. The match resulted in a bloody, action-packed battle that truly deserves The Scrap’s award for Regional Fight of the Year.
Honrable Mentions: Julija Stoliarenko vs. Lisa Verzosa (Invicta Phoenix Series 3), Sergio Daniel Cossio Dominguez vs. Hugo Flores (LUX 008) and Kai Kamaka III vs. Michael Stack (LFA 87).
“Loopy”, had her best performance at LFA 94 winning by majority decision over “Lil Monster”. Demopoulos entered the title defense after suffering a loss on Dana White’s Contender Series to Cory McKenna (6-1) in August. Godinez dominated in the stand up from the first round and defended several take down attempts. She had an advantage on the feet dishing out savage punches which resulted in a bloodied defending champion.
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Showing incredible heart and toughness, Demopoulos would not back down and kept coming forward. Godinez dropped Demopoulos in Round 4, but the champ came back for her best round of the fight. Kansas’ open scoring showed the champion needed a finish in order to win the fight. Demopoulos got a take down in the middle of the last round, but Godinez was able to reverse position.
After a tough five rounds, Godinez earned a majority decision victory with scores of 49-46, 48-47, and 47-47.
This fight was indeed a battle between two extremely tough strawweights. These women were tough as nails and never gave up. Demopoulos and Godinez truly deserve the recognition of The Scrap’s Regional Fight of the Year for their performances at LFA 94.
With the women really bringing it in 2020, we’re excited to see what 2021 brings for the regional WMMA scene.