Carlos Mota Finally Gets LFA Title Shot, Will Fight Champion Charles Johnson On January 21

Carlos Mota
Carlos Mota Credit: Legacy Fighting Alliance

After a year of ups and downs and a ton of heartbreak, Carlos Mota will fight for gold in 2022.

Multiple sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, have confirmed to Cageside Press that Charles Johnson will defend his LFA flyweight championship against Mota on January 21 at LFA 122. The fight will take in Johnson’s home state of Missouri.

Johnson (10-2) fought three times in 2021, winning all three fights, including the title. He started his year off by submitting Karlee Pangilinan and taking his undefeated record. Five months later, Johnson would fight Yuma Horiuchi for the vacant interim flyweight championship, winning via split decision. Johnson would defend the belt eight weeks later, securing the fastest defense of a title in LFA history when he defeated João Camilo via TKO.

Carlos Mota (6-0) unfortunately had bad luck all year. It started at LFA 100, where he was supposed to headline the history event against Victor Altamirano for the flyweight title, however a week before the event, he had to pull out of the fight due to travel issues. “Tizil” returned to action in July up a weight class due to a short notice opponent. He would defeat Jefferson Oliveira via unanimous decision. Mota was planning on fighting one more time, but visa issues halted that.

LFA 122 will be streamed exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.