There was not much hype surrounding Ganbat Bayasgalan ahead of LFA 150 last weekend. The Mongolian came into his contest with Adamu Isah as a +350 underdog.

It was the first time that Bayasgalan had fought since 2018. By contrast Isah had plenty of momentum having won two fights out of two for LFA in 2022, making an undefeated start to his professional career.

There were also question marks as to how seriously the 33 year old was taking his comeback as he missed weight by over 10lbs. Despite the size disparity the smart money was clearly on Isah to make it three wins out of three.

That is not exactly how things played out though:

Clearly unconscious

The commentators can be heard saying that Isah wasn’t deterred when his opponent weighed in at 146.2lbs for their bantamweight bout. Perhaps he should have been because one swish of Bayasgalan’s left fist was all it took to separate the Nigerian from his senses.

The only good news for Isah was that Bayasgalan sensibly decided not to throw any follow up shots. The referee was nowhere near but fortunately he realized that his opponent was clearly unconscious.

He had Danaa Batgerel in his corner and Mongolia’s first UFC fighter clearly enjoyed the finish:


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Question marks

We are barely two weeks into 2023 but Bayasgalan’s name will clearly be in the mix when the ‘KO of the year’ compilations are being made. It was a spectacular comeback for the Mongolian although several fans are questioning whether his opponent should have accepted the fight.

Isah is a taekwondo specialist and fights out of the Kill Cliff MMA camp. His teammates there include former middleweight and light heavyweight champion Aung La Nsang.

Current UFC bantamweight Johnny Castenada went as far as to say the Minnesota Commission should not have allowed the fight to go ahead. Writing in the comments section on LFA’s Instagram page he said,

12 pound weight miss, Commission should have never allowed the fight to happen.

So while it was an impressive performance from Bayagsalan promoters might not be too keen to book the 33 year old for bantamweight fights in future. It will be interesting to see what the Mongolian does next and whether he will continue his comeback in a more appropriate weight division.