LFA 107: Kirk vs. Swain Preview

Kicking off another stint at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, LFA will present a nine-fight card on Friday night. Fighting at the top of the lineup is promotional vet Kamuela Kirk, who will compete against veteran Daniel Swain in a lightweight bout.

Here’s a preview of the evening.

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Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Bout 1: Alandria Brown (0-0) vs. Shania Arredondo (0-0) (Strawweight)

A double debut will take place in the opening bout of the card when Alandria Brown faces Shania Arredondo at strawweight.

Brown is turning pro after a short run on the amateur scene that resulted in one win and three losses, per the Tapology database. Similarly, Arredondo had a four-fight amateur run that saw her score three finish wins before losing in her most recent bout.

Bout 2: Corey Davis (5-3) vs. Thomas Powell (4-5) (Welterweight)

Thomas Powell has the chance to even his pro record when fighting Corey Davis on the prelims.

Davis is making his return to the LFA after putting together two wins in 2020. The losses brought him back to winning ways after losing three fights between LFA and Bellator.

Powell headlined an LFA card in November, fighting GLORY Kickboxing Champion Alex Pereira. The fight saw Powell get knocked out late in the first round from a left hook. The stoppage had many worried, as Powell stayed down for numerous minutes following the conclusion of the fight.

Bout 3: LJ Portee (2-2) vs. Ray Waters (0-0) (Welterwieght)

The prelims will finish with a pro debut, as Ray Waters will battle against LJ Portee in a welterweight fight.

Waters had a short but strong amateur run from 2019 to 2020. His three fights, two of which were in LFA, were all victories.

Portee is returning to LFA after scoring a 14-second stoppage win on the regional scene. He missed weight for the fight, coming in one-and-a-half pounds over the non-championship welterweight limit.

Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 8:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)

Bout 4: Taylor Mauldin (0-0) vs. Ambar De La Herran (0-0) (Flyweight)

Flyweights Taylor Mauldin and Ambar De La Herran will get a start on their MMA careers in the opening bout of the prelims. There is little information online about either fighter, with databases reflecting short amateur runs of two fights or less.

Bout 5: James Wilson (3-0) vs. Daniel Jefferson (2-2) (Lightweight)

Undefeated lightweight James Wilson will attempt to win his LFA debut when fighting Daniel Jefferson on Friday.

While Wilson has been a pro since 2018, his career has been short when in the cage. Through his three appearances, Wilson has finished all bouts in under two minutes with strikes. His fight on Friday will be the first time he appears on a card since 2019.

Jefferson had a two-fight losing streak broken in his last fight, as he lost via decision on a regional card.

Bout 6: Jordan Heiderman (3-0) vs. Anthony Garrett (6-2) (Heavyweight)

Jordan Heiderman has been successful through his two LFA appearances. He can continue that success on Friday when fighting Anthony Garrett, who enters the cage with much more experience.

Heiderman scored his first pro submission win in November, stopping Mauricio Blanco in the second round with a rear naked choke.

Garrett is stepping into the LFA cage after putting together two first-round wins on the regional scene. He has appeared on a big MMA stage before, as he fought pro wrestler Jake Hager on a Bellator card in 2019. That fight resulted in a no contest after Garrett took two groin strikes in the first round.

Bout 7: Allan Begosso (5-0-1) vs. Samarbek Sabyrzhan (3-2) (Bantamweight)

Riding the momentum of his LFA debut from last year, Allan Begosso will face Samarbek Sabyrzhan.

Begosso added to his undefeated record in September, stopping Sean McPadden within a minute with strikes. The win continued the finishing ways for Begosso, as three of his previous five appearances have come via stoppage.

Sabyrzhan is taking the fight in somewhat of a quick turnaround, competing just two months after he was stopped with punches on a Titan FC card.

Sabyrzhan came in just over the non-championship bantamweight limit, weighing in at 137.6 on Thursday.

Bout 8: George Garcia (9-4) vs. Ricardo Dias (9-4) (Bantamweight)

Experienced George Garcia and Ricardo Dias are set to fight in the co-main event of the card.

Garcia will be making his LFA debut on Friday. The bout will be his return to MMA, as his last pro fight dates back to 2019. He had a five-fight win streak snapped in his last fight, getting defeated by Bair Shtepin on an M-1 Challenge card.

Dias scored his LFA debut in his last appearance, taking a split decision victory against Desmond Torres. 

Bout 9: Kamuela Kirk (10-4) vs. Daniel Swain (20-10-1) (Lightweight)

Lightweights Kamuela Kirk and Daniel Swain are set to take the spotlight on Friday night, headlining LFA 107. They weren’t initially set to headline the card, as the first plan for the card was to have Rafael Carvalho and Sharaf Davlatmurodov face off. However, after Carvalho took a short-notice Bellator fight, that bout was taken off the card.

The fight will be Kirk’s fifth appearance in LFA, although the first time he headlines a card. In what is another change for him, he will be moving up to lightweight after frequently competing as a featherweight.

Kirk scored a big win earlier this year, stopping Guilherme Santos with punches in the first round. The victory snapped a two-fight skid that Kirk had.

Swain, an experienced fighter of over 30 bouts, will be fighting under LFA for the first time on Friday. He has fought all over the world in his career, including bouts in Pancrase, Brave CF and M-1 Challenge.

The fight on Friday will be his first appearance after a rib injury took him out of a bout against TJ Laramie after their first round on TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series.”

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