Zviad Lazishvili is the new LFA bantamweight champion.
The native of the Republic of Georgia picked up a dominant win in the main event of Friday’s LFA 90 card in Sioux Falls, S.D. to capture the vacant 135-pound title. Lazishvili (13-0 MMA) submitted Ricky Steele with a rear-naked choke at 3:42 of the first round.
Lazishvili was nothing but dominant at LFA 90. The 28-year-old took down Steele early, secured the back mount against the cage, and from there worked relentlessly for the rear-naked choke. Steele did a good job defending the choke multiple times, but Lazishvili eventually secured the submission once and for all and got the tap.
Lazishvili revealed in his post-fight interview he battled with three injuries in the training camp leading up to the fight, but he’s grateful he went trough it. He hopes the UFC takes notice of his performance and gets an offer to join the promotion.
The undefeated Lazishvili picked up his ninth submission win with the victory over Steele. This was also Lazishvili’s second win under the LFA banner, as he outpointed Josh Huber back in November 2019 at LFA 79.
Full results from LFA 90 below: