Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Featherweight
Who won Johns vs Garcia?
Javier Garcia beat Elijah Johns by submission in the 2nd round during the main event of LFA 163, on Friday 21st July 2023 at Bell County Expo Center in Belton.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).
Johns vs Garcia stats
Elijah Johns stepped into the octagon with a record of 9 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 3 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Javier Garcia made his way to the cage with a record of 8 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Johns had a massive power advantage over Garcia, boasting at 33% knock out percentage over Garcia's 0%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Garcia had a massive advantage over Johns, boosting at 63% submission rate over Johns' 0%.
Elijah Johns was the younger man by 31 years, at years old.
Garcia had a height advantage of 1 inch over Johns. Despite this, he had 2-inch reach advantage.
Johns was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 2 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2017, 9 months later than Garcia, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He had fought 13 less professional rounds, 29 to Garcia's 42.
Johns vs Garcia form
Johns had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Masuto Kawana at LFA 138 on 5th August 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Grand Hotel Casino & Resort, Shawnee, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Brandon Phillips at LFA 121 on 14th January 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at The Factory in Deep Ellum, Dallas.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Bruno Souza at LFA 102 on 19th March 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, Shawnee.
Before that, he had beat Luke Faultersack at LFA 93 on 16th October 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Hartman Arena, Park City.
He had won against Aaron Webb at LFA 73 on 2nd August 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at The Bomb Factory, Dallas.
Javier Garcia had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Leandro Gomes at LFA 137 on 29th July 2022 by submission in the 1st round at Commerce Casino, Commerce, United States.
Previous to that, he had lost to Chase Gibson at LFA 127 on 25th March 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at The Commerce Casino & Hotel, Commerce.
Going into that contest, he had beat Ryan Fillingame at LFA 118 on 12th November 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Los Angeles-Burbank Marriott Convention Center, Burbank.
Before that, he had been beaten by Bruno Souza at LFA 114 on 27th August 2021 by unanimous decision in their LFA Featherweight championship fight at The Factory at the District, St. Louis.
He had defeated Timothy Teves at LFA 104 on 16th April 2021 by submission in the 3rd round at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, Shawnee.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Javier Garcia had been fighting more than Elijah Johns.
Going to this contest, Elijah Johns had last fought 1 year, 1 month and 18 days ago, while Javier Garcia's last outing had been 1 year, 1 month and 25 days ago.
Johns' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
Garcia's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Johns vs Garcia?
Elijah Johns was a 30/100 (-320) favourite going into the contest, while Javier Garcia made his way into the ring at 23/10 (+230) with oddsmakers.