LFA 116: Fremd vs. Valente Preview

Notable U.S. MMA promotion LFA will return on Friday night with a prospect-heavy lineup from the Dobson Arena in Vail, Colorado, USA. In the main event, Josh Fremd will look to return to the win column when facing rising middleweight Renato Valente.

Here’s a preview of the evening.

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Preliminary Card

Bout 1: Bryant Ireland (0-0) vs. David Evenson (0-0) (Amateur Catchweight 165 lbs)

In the first of four amateur bouts on the card, Bryant Ireland and David Evenson will fight at a catchweight of 165 pounds. Due to neither fighter having any experience on their records, there isn’t much to say until after they get into the cage on Friday.

Bout 2: DeMarcus Patterson (0-0) vs. Luis Gurule (0-0) (Amateur Bantamweight)

In another clash of two amateur newcomers, DeMarcus Patterson and Luis Gurule will fight at bantamweight.

Gurule trains out of notable gym factoryX, which has a total of six fighters on Friday’s card.

Bout 3: Gabe Parrot (0-1) vs. Isaiah Diggs (3-0) (Amateur Featherweight)

Undefeated amateur fighter Isaiah Diggs will look to preserve his flawless record when facing Gabe Parrot on the prelims.

Diggs has scored three wins since making the move to MMA this year. He last fought in August, stopping Josh Jolly in just under two minutes with strikes. Before MMA, Diggs participated in collegiate wrestling at Colorado State University.

On the same card where Diggs scored his third win, Parrot made his first appearance in MMA in August. He didn’t have a successful debut, as he lost a split decision to Brandon Ferguson.

Bout 4: Jota Ninomiya (3-2) vs. Jovan Gasper (5-3) (Amateur Featherweight)

In the final amateur bout of the card, Jota Ninomiya and Jovan Gasper will meet at featherweight.

Ninomiya’s current record doesn’t do him justice. His career started with two consecutive stoppage losses. He has turned this around since then, picking up three consecutive LFA since 2019. His last win was in early 2020, defeating Quincy Holland at LFA 81.

Gasper has competed as an amateur for a similar amount of time, having fought eight times since 2017. His last bout was just three months back, defeating Mario Rodriguez on scorecards.

Bout 5: Kelsey Arnesen (0-1) vs. Brittany Camozzi (0-1) (Strawweight)

Both hunting for their first pro win, Kelsey Arnesen and Brittany Camozzi will collide at strawweight. For anyone interested, the two pro fights on the prelims will air on LFA’s Facebook for free before the main card starts.

Camozzi made her pro debut quite a long time ago, losing to Jennah Macallister in early 2018. Her first pro fight came after a strong amateur run of five wins and two losses.

Arnesen made her pro debut more recently and against quite a strong name. She went the distance against now-UFC fighter Tabatha Ricci in September 2020, losing via unanimous decision.

Bout 6: Jena Bishop (0-0) vs. Helen Lucero (1-2) (Flyweight)

Jena Bishop will make her pro debut in the final bout of the prelims, fighting Helen Lucero.

Bishop enters MMA with extensive experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappling tournaments. She has won IBJJF and ADCC tournaments in the past, with her background in competition dating back to 2011.

Lucero has fought three times since turning pro in 2019. She took defeat in her last fight, losing a decision to Kristina Williams in March.

Main Card (10:00PM EDT / 8:00PM MDT) (UFC Fight Pass)

Bout 7: Josiah Reyes (2-0) vs. Llorrvic Acevedo (1-0) (Flyweight)

The main card will kick off with a matchup between two flyweight prospects early in their pro careers – Josiah Reyes and Llorrvic Acevedo will collide in the first bout of the presentation on UFC Fight Pass.

Acevedo made his pro debut in July, stopping fellow newcomer Daniel Fernandez in the second minute with a guillotine choke. The win came in notable promotion Combate Global and was his first pro appearance after a seven-fight amateur run.

Reyes is returning to LFA. He won his promotional debut in early 2020, submitting Ricky Esquibel at LFA 80. His previous fight, his pro debut, was a decision win in 2019.

Bout 8: Logan Paxton (1-0) vs. Jacobi Jones (2-0) (Lightweight)

In another clash of undefeated fighters, Logan Paxton and Jacobi Jones will fight in the next bout.

Jones will be aiming to earn his third win as a rookie pro. His two prior fights have happened in LFA, submitting Cameron Ansel and getting the decision win over Caleb Hall.

Paxton is making his return, as his previous victory was in 2019. That appearance saw him submit Clarence Brown with an armbar, per Tapology.

Bout 9: Brock Smith (4-1) vs. Haris Talundzic (3-0) (Welterweight)

Brock Smith will return to LFA on Friday to take on undefeated welterweight Haris Talundzic.

Smith has fought in LFA twice, winning in 2018 and losing the next year. He is getting a return in the promotion after scoring a win two months back, submitting winless fighter Zach McGuire within a minute with an anaconda choke.

Talundzic has been one of the many fighters that have built up his record in LFA this year. He needed just over a minute in his last fight, securing a rear naked choke submission against Gabriel Gideon in June.

Bout 10: Marnic Mann (3-0) vs. Pauline Macias (4-1) (Strawweight)

Making her first appearance since a loss on the TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series” last year, Pauline Macias will meet Marnic Mann at strawweight.

Macias took her first pro loss in November 2020, losing a bout via unanimous decision to Gloria de Paula on UFC’s “Contender Series” show. She had four pro wins before then, including a trio of victories in the LFA cage.

Mann still has a flawless pro record through three appearances. Her last fight was in September 2020, defeating Jenny Clausius due to a late doctor stoppage.

Bout 11: Michael Stack (5-1) vs. Jackson Filho (4-2) (Featherweight)

A featherweight pairing of Michael Stack and Jackson Filho will go next in the lineup.

Stack bounced back from his sole pro loss earlier this year, picking up a stoppage victory over Jordan Mapa. His loss came against a notable name in Kai Kamaka III, who went on to compete in the UFC.

Filho is returning after over a year outside of the cage. He took a loss his last time around, getting defeated by Dan Argueta in September 2020.

Bout 12: Dan Argueta (5-0) vs. Rodney Mondala (6-3) (Bantamweight)

Undefeated prospect Dan Argueta will return to action in the co-main event when facing Rodney Mondala.

Argueta was on TV screens earlier this year, competing in Season 28 of UFC program “The Ultimate Fighter.” He was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the bantamweight tournament, losing on scorecards to Ricky Turcios – who went on to win the entire show.

Argueta’s pro record includes five victories, with four of them coming via stoppage. His LFA debut was just over a year ago, defeating Jackson Filho at LFA 90.

Mondala is making his LFA debut in the fight. His nine-fight pro career has mostly taken place on the Hawaii regional MMA scene, notably in X-1 World Events. His last fight was in September 2019, defeating Ricky Ing.

Bout 13: Josh Fremd (7-2) vs. Renato Valente (8-4) (Middleweight)

In a clash of two solid middleweight prospects, Josh Fremd and Renato Valente will fight in a three-round main event Friday.

Fremd will be attempting to return to the win column after a recent loss brought his momentum to a sudden halt. Fremd had built up a five-fight winning streak from 2018 to earlier this year, with many of the fights coming via finish.

Fremd was entered into LFA’s four-man middleweight tournament at the start of 2021, with the finalist being crowned champion. He made it past the semi-finals quite easily, stopping Bruno Oliveira within a round with punches in January.

The finals didn’t go his way in May, as now-UFC fighter Gregory Rodrigues picked up a first-round win over him. After getting finished for the first time in his career, Fremd has the chance to turn things around in Friday’s main event.

Valente is in the main event spot after picking up his first LFA win earlier this year. He handed Chibwikem Onyenegecha his first pro loss in July, going three rounds for a close split decision loss. That win came just months after Valente lost his LFA debut to Mark Martin.

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