— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 25, 2023Meanwhile, Garcia took a massive step in the right direction. The 31-year-old is riding a three-fight win streak and has the LFA featherweight title as leverage to sign with another promotion. It’ll be intriguing to see if he defends his LFA throne or gets a bigger opportunity for his next fight. Johns’ loss at LFA 163 ended his two-fight winning streak. The 27-year-old now holds a professional MMA record of 9-3. Luckily, he still has time to turn things around and reach his full potential in the UFC, Bellator, ONE Championship, PFL, etc. Ridiculous scene at Fury FC. Edgar Cháirez puts Gianni Vazquez to sleep with a triangle, and the ref simply doesn’t stop it. Cháirez ends up armbarring an unconscious Vazquez who wakes up in the submission. #Furyfc76 pic.twitter.com/AgcwI2i3ssWith less than thirty seconds in round two, Garcia locked in an arm triangle choke and began squeezing. Johns seemed to be struggling momentarily, leading to referee Joel Ojeda stopping the fight. Unfortunately, Ojeda misread the situation as Johns quickly reacted with frustration because he didn’t tap or get put to sleep.
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The main event was a flyweight bout between Edgar Chairez and Gianni Vazquez. During the fourth round, Chairez locked in a triangle choke, leading to Vazquez going unconscious for several seconds. Collazo didn’t realize what happened until Chairez transitioned to the armbar, making Vazquez wake up and tap.
LFA 163 was not the first controversial referee decision by a Texas referee in 2023
We didn’t see a tap, but it’s over.#LFA163 LIVE NOW on #UFCFIGHTPASS pic.twitter.com/rM4EI0jjkNOnce the video surfaced on social media, the MMA community showed support for Ojeda. The harsh reality is that the regional MMA scene is difficult to overcome, and any loss is a significant setback for fighters attempting to sign with a top-tier promotion. Joel Ojeda’s mistake at LFA 163 could’ve been the product of a different controversial Texas referee decision earlier this year. On March 24, Fury FC 76 also ended on a sour note after the main event featured a critical blunder by referee Frank Collazo.
LFA 163 ended in controversy after the referee prematurely stopped the main event. Since then, the Texas athletic commission has been ridiculed for what happened. Therefore, the situation in March could’ve led to Ojeda pulling the trigger early at LFA 163 to prevent another incident.