Minnesota's Zach Juusola came up short Friday night in his RFA title bid.
Juusola stepped up on short notice to face Medhi Baghdad for the RFA 155-pound title at RFA 21 on Friday night in Costa Mesa, Calif.
"Juice" formerly trained at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy but has since moved to Las Vegas to train at Xtreme Couture.
Juusola accepted the fight on three weeks' notice. It was his first fight in more than a year.
The Minnesota native held his own, pushing the fight into the fourth round against Baghdad, who is a world kickboxing champion.
A couple of low blows by Baghdad slowed the fight in the early rounds. Juusola tried over and over to get the fight to the ground, but Baghdad did a good job of defending those shots.
In the fourth round, Baghdad landed a standing elbow that dropped Juusola immediately. Baghdad followed him to the mat, raining down punches and hammerfists until the fight was stopped, giving Baghdad the TKO win and the RFA lightweight belt.
Juusola dropped to 10-3 as as professional.
For video highlights of Juusola's fight and the rest of RFA 21, check out this link.
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