LFA will present a nine-fight card on Friday night to kick off another stint at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. Headlining the card, LFA vet Kamuela Kirk will make his move up to lightweight to face MMA veteran Daniel Swain.
Follow along throughout the evening for live coverage of the event.
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 8:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 9: Kamuela Kirk (10-4) vs. Daniel Swain (20-10-1) (Lightweight)
Powerful Performance From Kirk Takes Swain Out In-Between Rounds
A dominant two-round performance from Kamuela Kirk made Daniel Swain decide not to continue before the third round. The performance from Kirk included damaging blows on the feet through two rounds.
Strikes from Kirk had Swain in trouble throughout the first round. A combination of punches to the head and knees to the body brought Swain to the ground at one point, although he was able to slow the momentum of Kirk with an armbar attempt while on his back.
Kirk continued to succeed with strikes in the second round, with Swain having his best moments by threatning submissions when in guard.
“I can’t do this anymore. I’m retired,” said Swain to his corner after the second round. The fight was called before the third round was about to begin. It was not known whether Swain was referring to retiring from the fight or the sport overall.
Kirk snapped a two-fight losing streak in his previous appearance, stopping Guilherme Santos within a round in January. He now has four wins through five appearances in LFA.
He now feels it’s time to fight in the UFC.
“I’m getting harder and harder to deny, man,” said Kirk, who wants to compete at UFC 263 next month in his home state of Arizona.
Swain was making his first appearance after an injury took him out of a fight against TJ Laramie in the first round of a bout on “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Bout 8: George Garcia (9-4) vs. Ricardo Dias (9-4) (Bantamweight)
Punch And Knee Combination Earns Dias Second LFA Win
Ricardo Dias pieced together a slick combination of strikes to finish George Garica early in the second round. Dias dropped Garcia with an overhand right, then scored with a knee to the head while Garcia was on his way back up to the feet.
There were some questions afterward about whether the knee was landed while Garcia was considered a grounded fighter, which would then bring into question if the strike was legal or not, however it was eventually determined the strike was legal.
Dias had success in the previous round as well, scoring a knockdown with a right hand at one point. He was quick on the ground later on with submission attempts and ground and pound.
Dias is now on a three-fight win streak. His previous fight was his LFA debut, where he scored a split decision win against Desmond Torres.
Garica was making his return after over a year outside of the cage. His most recent appearance before Friday was a loss on an M-1 Challenge card in 2019.
Bout 7: Allan Begosso (5-0-1) vs. Samarbek Sabyrzhan (3-2) (Bantamweight)
Begosso Extends Undefeated Record With Guillotine Choke Win
After a round of searching for submissions, Allan Begosso was able to submit Samarbek Sabyrzhan with a guillotine choke.
Begosso was able to put Sabyrzhan in the choke while he searched for a takedown. He kept with the choke while on his back until a tap eventually came.
Begosso now has six wins as a pro. He scored his LFA debut in quick fashion in his previous fight, defeating Sean McPadden in under a minute in September.
Sabyrzhan took the fight just two months after he was stopped with punches on a Titan FC card. He took the fight on short notice, replacing Luciano Ramos.
Bout 6: Jordan Heiderman (3-0) vs. Anthony Garrett (6-2) (Heavyweight)
Heiderman Continues Strong LFA Run With Arm Triangle Choke Win
Jordan Heiderman’s controlling fight on the ground against Anthony Garrett came to an end in the first round, as he secured an arm triangle choke for a submission win.
Heiderman looked for the choke while in full mount, eventually shifting into side control while still holding it. He was winning the round with his work on the ground after landing a slamming takedown early in the fight.
Heiderman called for an LFA title fight after his victory.
“I feel like I’ve proven myself to fight for the belt, and I only want to fight the best,” said Heiderman in his post-fight interview.
Heiderman now has four pro wins. Among those victories is three in the LFA cage. He previously fought in November, stopping Mauricio Blanco with a rear naked choke.
Garrett entered the fight on a two-fight win streak from the regional scene.
Bout 5: James Wilson (3-0) vs. Daniel Jefferson (2-2) (Lightweight)
Wilson Uses Wrestling To Earn First Decision Win
James Wilson extended his undefeated pro record to four-straight with a decision win over Daniel Jefferson on Friday (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27). The win for Jefferson saw him use wrestling to control Jefferson throughout.
Wilson earned numerous takedowns in the fight, often keeping Jefferson on the ground for many minutes after.
Jefferson made somewhat of a comeback in the final frame, landing some strikes and event notching a takedown against Wilson.
The fight was the first time that Wilson fought in a bout for more than two minutes. His three prior appearances were quick showings, stopping people early with strikes each time.
Jefferson now has a negative pro record of two wins and three losses.
Bout 4: Taylor Mauldin (0-0) vs. Ambar De La Herran (0-0) (Flyweight)
Mauldin Secures Kneebar In Pro Debut
Taylor Mauldin kicked off her pro career with a quick kneebar win over Ambar De La Herran. Mauldin secured the rare submission in the second minute of the fight, just moments after securing a takedown.
The fight didn’t stay on the feet for long, although Mauldin emphasized afterward that she has the striking skills.
“I won my last fight with a submission too but I’m a striker,” said Mauldin in her post-fight interview.
The fight was the first professional MMA appearance for both fighters.
Bout 3: LJ Portee (2-2) vs. Ray Waters (0-0) (Welterwieght)
Waters Earns Quick Submission Win For Pro Debut
Ray Waters had an explosive pro debut win on the prelims, scoring a submission win just moments after landing a knockdown.
Waters dropped Portee in the first minute, scoring a hard right cross to the head. He stayed aggressive on the ground, eventually taking the back of Portee for a rear naked choke which finished the fight.
Waters was turning pro in MMA after winning three consecutive fights as an amateur.
“I got a child coming in July, man. I need this. I’m more motivated than ever,” said Waters in his post-fight interview.
Portee entered the fight after scoring a 14-second stoppage win in his previous appearance.
Bout 2: Corey Davis (5-3) vs. Thomas Powell (4-5) (Welterweight)
Davis’ Strong Performance Ends With Controversial Stoppage Victory
A welterweight fight on the prelims finished in controversy, as Thomas Powell complained about an eye poke while Corey Davis came forward with strikes that finished the fight.
Davis was vocal during and after the finish that he was poked in the eye.
Powell took a scary loss in his previous fight, getting knocked out by GLORY Kickboxing Champion Alex Pereira last year.
Davis had a good showing prior to the finish, dropping Powell in the first round with a right hand.
The win on Friday was Davis’ third consecutive victory as a pro. His two prior appearances were in 2020, where he picked up wins in regional promotion DCS.
Bout 1: Alandria Brown (0-0) vs. Shania Arredondo (0-0) (Strawweight)
Brown Secures Choke For Pro Debut Win
Alandria Brown had a successful pro debut to open the prelims, stopping a fight in the third round with a rear naked choke. The submission finish came after a strong final round that saw Brown control Arredondo on the ground.
In the earlier minutes of the fight, Brown and Arredondo were engaging in close striking battles. Arredondo was wearing the damage from punches, as her nose started to bleed heavily at the start of the second round.