UFC Alum Spike Carlyle to Face Batsumberel Dagvadorj Atop LFA 103

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Spike Carlyle, UFC Norfolk ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Recently released UFC alum Spike Carlyle will return to action later this month. Fighting for the first time since his exit from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, “The Alpha Ginger” will throw down with Batsumberel Dagvadorj at LFA 103. The bout will serve as the show’s main event.

LFA officials announced the news Tuesday. The event is expected to take place in Shawnee, Oklahoma on March 26.

Carlyle (9-3), a.k.a. “The Alpha Ginger,” burst into the UFC just over a year ago at UFC Norfolk, earning a TKO against Aalon Cruz. He would drop his next two fights, against Billy Quarantillo and Bill Algeo, which saw him cut by the organization despite a fan-friendly style and quirky personality.

Carlyle had expressed interest in competing for Japan’s RIZIN, something brought to the attention of that promotion’s CEO, Noboyuki Sakakibara. However, Japan is currently closed to travelers, Sakakibara noted.

Batsumberel Dagvadorj (7-1), known as “The Mongolian Falcon,” last competed in December, losing a unanimous decision with the then-vacant LFA welterweight title on the line. A Bellator MMA alum, Dagvadorj will be dropping to lightweight for the first time when he takes on Spike Carlyle.

In the co-main event, meanwhile, former champ and Contender Series alum Vanessa Demopoulos will face Cynthia Arceo. The full LFA 103 card can be found below.

Main Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Spike Carlyle vs. Batsumberel Dagvadorj
Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Cynthia Arceo
Abdul Kareem Al-Selwady vs. Jake Sebastion
Fernie Garcia vs. Isaiah Batin-Gonzalez
Rodney Kealohi vs. Juancamilo Ronderos
Josh Quinlan vs. Dallas Jennings

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Jacobi Jones vs. Cameron Ansel
Giovanna Canuto vs. Amanda Lovato