LFA will return on Friday night with a prospect-heavy lineup from the Dobson Arena in Vail, Colorado, USA. In the main event, former title challenger Josh Fremd will look to return to the win column when facing fellow middleweight prospect Renato Valente.
Follow along throughout the evening for live updates on the event.
Bout 1: David Evenson def. Bryant Ireland via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:09) (Amateur)
Bout 2: Luis Gurule def. DeMarcus Patterson via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:45) (Amateur)
Bout 3: Isaiah Diggs def. Gabe Parrot via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:22) (Amateur)
Bout 4: Jota Ninomiya def. Jovan Gasper via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 0:42) (Amateur)
Main Card (10:00PM EDT / 8:00PM MDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 13: Josh Fremd (7-2) vs. Renato Valente (8-4) (Middleweight)
Former LFA Title Challenger Fremd Earns Decision Win, Returns To Winning Ways
Josh Fremd returned to the win column in Friday night’s LFA main event, using his striking and a small bit of wrestling to defeat Renato Valente via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
Fremd was able to out-land Valente for most of the first round. The former title challenger scored a knockdown two minutes into the round, sitting Valente down with a lead jab.
The best moment on the feet for Valente was in the final minute of the first round, knocking Fremd down with a left hook.
Valente’s output, which was already less than Fremd’s in the first round, continued to drop off as the fight progressed in the second round.
Fremd scored the only takedown of the fight early in the third round, allowing him to earn control time and land some ground and pound periodically.
Friday’s main event put Fremd back on the right track after a recent loss.
Fremd lost an LFA Middleweight Championship challenge in his previous fight, getting defeated by now-UFC fighter Gregory Rodrigues in May.
Fremd was on a strong run up the middleweight division before that loss, scoring three consecutive first-round finish wins in LFA.
Valente had scored his first LFA win in his previous bout, defeating then-undefeated Chibwikem Onyenegecha via split decision in July.
Bout 12: Dan Argueta (5-0) vs. Rodney Mondala (6-3) (Bantamweight)
Former ‘TUF’ Contestant Argueta Extends Undefeated Record
Former “The Ultimate Fighter” contestant Dan Argueta had a strong return to action in Friday’s co-main event, submitting Rodney Mondala within a round via armbar.
Argueta secured a takedown in the opening minute of the fight. After hurting Mondala with some ground and pound, he transitioned to an armbar that put an end to the contest.
Argueta competed in Season 28 of “The Ultimate Fighter” earlier this year, losing in the semi-finals to Ricky Turcios. Now back on the regional scene, Argueta has a strong undefeated record of six wins.
Argueta’s previous pro bout was in September 2020, where he defeated Jackson Filho.
Mondala was making his LFA debut. His nine-fight record before Friday mostly consisted of fights from Hawaii’s regional scene.
Bout 11: Michael Stack (5-1) vs. Jackson Filho (4-2) (Featherweight)
Stack Takes Decision Win Against Filho
Michael Stack had a grinding performance against Jackson Filho for a unanimous decision win Friday (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).
A large portion of the fight happened in a clinch position, where the fighters would trade positions against the cage and score with short strikes.
Stack bounced back from his only pro loss earlier this year, picking up a stoppage victory over Jordan Mapa.
Filho has now lost two consecutive bouts in LFA. His prior bout was in September 2020, where he lost on scorecards against Dan Argueta.
Bout 10: Marnic Mann (3-0) vs. Pauline Macias (4-1) (Strawweight)
Mann Secures Triangle Choke Submission, Stops Returning Macias
Marnic Mann spoiled the return of Pauline Macias, submitting her late in the third round of a back-and-forth strawweight battle.
Mann was able to stop Macias with a triangle choke in the third round, keeping with the position for over a minute until a tap finally came.
The finish came after both fighters possibly won a round earlier in the fight.
Macias had a good first round, scoring a takedown and notching numerous minutes of control time.
Mann earned the second round, taking a full guard position on Macias for most of the frame.
Macias scored a judo throw halfway through the final round, although Mann got the better position from the action. Macias was able to trap Mann in a triangle choke position, using the choke to throw elbows to her head.
Macias eventually tapped to the submission, ending the close battle.
Macias was competing for the first time since taking her first pro loss last year, losing to Gloria de Paula on UFC TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series.” She had four pro wins before then, including three appearances in LFA.
Mann was making her LFA debut. Her still flawless pro record has three stoppage wins through four appearances.
Bout 9: Brock Smith (4-1) vs. Haris Talundzic (3-0) (Welterweight)
Talundzic Secures Submission, Remains Undefeated
Haris Talundzic advanced his undefeated record to four wins on Friday, slipping in a rear naked choke against Brock Smith for a second-round submission victory.
Talundzic had a close fight against Smith before the finish, often trading control in wrestling positions.
Talundzic has now scored three wins in the LFA cage this year. His previous fight was a much quicker appearance, stopping Gabriel Gideon in just over a minute with a submission in June.
Smith was making his return to LFA. His previous fight for the promotion, a 2019 fight against Joel Bauman, was a loss. He returned to the win column two months ago, tapping out Zach McGuire on a DCS card.
Bout 8: Logan Paxton (1-0) vs. Jacobi Jones (2-0) (Lightweight)
Jones Makes Late Comeback Against Paxton, Earns Decision Win
Jacobi Jones prevailed in a wild three-round brawl against Logan Paxton, getting a unanimous decision win in the end (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28). The fight saw both prospects have their moments, with the third round being the closest of all frames.
The first round was a hectic brawl that saw both lightweights unload with a fast pace of punches. The round arguably went the way of Jones, who was pressing forward and landing a higher volume of strikes.
Paxton had a good finish to the second round, taking the back of Jones and unleashing with punches to his head.
Paxton utilized his wrestling more to open the third round, taking Jones down and landing more ground and pound. That position was eventually lost, as a shot to the back of Jones’ head made the referee stand them up.
Jones had a burst of energy after the pause, throwing a high volume of punches on the feet that visibly hurt Paxton.
Paxton started to answer back with his own shots in the final minute of the round, giving him a chance to come forward and secure another takedown to end the fight.
Paxton entered the weekend with a pro record of one win. That victory came in 2019, where he submitted Clarence Brown.
Bout 7: Josiah Reyes (2-0) vs. Llorrvic Acevedo (1-0) (Flyweight)
Reyes Ends Hectic One-Round Battle Against Acevedo With Ground and Pound
Josiah Reyes scored a late first-round stoppage win against Llorrvic Acevedo in the first bout of the main event, ending what was a hectic flyweight bout.
Reyes finished the fight from full mount late in the first round, throwing a fast pace of punches to the head of Acevedo that convinced the referee to eventually stop the fight.
Reyes got top position as the fight initially hit the ground, but Acevedo was able to take his back at one point and attempt a rear naked choke, making the fight a close competition.
Reyes now has an undefeated pro record of three wins. He made his LFA debut in his previous bout, submitting Ricky Esquibel in early 2020.
Acevedo was coming off his first pro fight, which was a quick submission win on a Combate Global card three months back.
Bout 6: Jena Bishop (0-0) vs. Helen Lucero (1-2) (Flyweight)
Grappling Expert Bishop Wins Pro Debut With Choke
Jena Bishop had a successful first pro appearance to end the prelims, securing a first-round submission win over Helen Lucero on Friday.
Bishop took the fight down early and controlled Lucero on the ground. After landed punches, Bishop secured a rear naked choke submission for a tap.
Bishop was crossing over to MMA after an extensive decade of competition in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Lucero has now lost three of her four appearances as a pro. Her prior bout was in March, where she lost a decision to Kristina Williams.
Bout 5: Kelsey Arnesen (0-1) vs. Brittany Camozzi (0-1) (Strawweight)
Arnesen Scores First Pro Win Via Ground and Pound
Kelsey Arnesen evened her record and scored her first pro win on Friday’s prelims, concluding a dominant performance over Brittany Camozzi in the third round.
Arnesen controlled Camozzi on the ground in all three rounds, landing shots from the back and in full mount. The fight came to a close in the third round, as a flurry of punches from the back caused the referee to end the fight.
Arnesen seemingly suffered a shoulder injury in the third round, with her corner focusing on the body part after the fight.
Arnesen had a tough pro debut last year, losing to now-UFC fighter Tabatha Ricci.
Camozzi’s previous pro fight was a 2018 stoppage loss against Jennah Macallister.