Experienced welterweight Chris Brown gave Haris Talundzic his first road bump as a pro MMA fighter, defeating him in the main event of LFA 141 on Friday night.
Brown’s victory headlined a card from the Dobson Arena in Vail, Colorado, USA.
Talundzic took his first pro loss in Friday’s main event, going three rounds against Brown but not being favored on scorecards by the end.
Brown proved to be the more active fighter throughout, providing takedowns and a quick pace of strikes. While there was no major moment in the fight where somebody was hurt, it was Brown that succeeded for the most part during the contest.
Talundzic had some moments of success on the feet, although he was never able to do enough to gain a lead in the fight.
Brown felt the fight allowed him to show how his ability to maintain a steady pace late in a matchup.
“Everybody [was] worried about my cardio,” said Brown in his post-fight interview. “I told y’all it was going to be different. I got my weight conditioning right and it showed.”
Brown has now succeeded in five of his seven appearances in LFA since 2019. He bounced back from a loss in Friday’s main event, as his previous appearance was a split decision defeat against Carlos Leal on PFL’s “Challenger Series” back in April.
Talundzic entered this weekend with a flawless pro record of five wins, including four in the LFA cage. He scored a big victory earlier in the year, defeating Bahatebole Batebolati at LFA 133.
Former NCAA Wrestler Meredith Scores Third Win
Bryce Meredith had another strong performance on Friday’s co-main event spot, submitting Nathan Fought in the first round to keep his undefeated record going.
Meredith caught Fought late in the opening round with a rear naked choke, receiving a tap-out after attempting the choke for a few minutes.
Meredith, a former NCAA Division-I freestyle wrestler, has now earned three wins since debuting as a pro last year. His two previous fights, which also came in the LFA cage, came via finish as well.
Fought was competing in his first professional fight. He had an amateur run of six straight wins, although most fights took place from 2011 to 2013.
Arnesen Overcomes ‘TUF’ Alum
Kelsey Arnesen evened her pro record on Friday night, prevailing in a razor-thin split decision victory against Kathryn Paprocki.
A stand-up performance from Arnesen is what earned her the victory on Friday night. Her best round was the first round, when she wobbled Paprocki with a head kick and landed punches in clinch positions against the cage.
Paprocki started to gain back some momentum in the second round, keeping her distance from Arnesen on the feet and landing her shots.
Arnesen recovered in the final frame, returning to clinch positions to score with strikes on Paprocki.
Arnesen was coming off another incredibly close fight where she lost a split decision against Marnic Mann.
Friday’s fight marked Paprocki’s return to the regional scene after a pair of appearances on UFC TV shows. Earlier this year, Paprocki lost on “The Ultimate Fighter” against Laura Gallardo. Before then, she dropped a decision to Maria Silva on “Dana White’s Contender Series” in 2021.
Gurule Hands Reyes First Loss
Luis Gurule handed Josiah Reyes his first pro loss in dramatic fashion, stopping him early with a combination of strikes.
Gurule dropped Reyes with a knee to the head while exiting a clinch position early on. He wasted no time to swarm Reyes with strikes on the ground following the knockdown, clearly chasing a finish. Gurule continued to connect with shots on the ground until the referee stepped in to end the bout.
Gurule entered the fight as somewhat of an underdog. He was coming off his pro debut, which saw him stop Anthony Valenzuela in 76 seconds with punches.
Reyes had a flawless record of three wins heading into this weekend, including two stoppage wins in the LFA cage.
Tynan Scores Quick Win In Mismatch
Ben Tynan prevailed in a massive mismatch on Friday night, putting away Lance Lee in just over a minute with strikes.
Tynan got Lee to the ground early and finished the fight from the back with ground and pound shots.
Lee was listed as a huge underdog on the LFA broadcast. The promotion’s betting partner, BetOnline, listed Tynan as a -7000 favorite.
Tynan’s two prior wins as a pro also came via first-round finish. His LFA debut came in June when he submitted Trevor Wallace via arm triangle choke.
Lee was making his pro debut in MMA. He was moving over to professional MMA after more than a decade in the amateur scene, scoring just eight wins through 45 appearances.
Main Card (10:00PM EDT / 8:00PM MDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 6: Chris Brown def. Haris Talundzic via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 5: Bryce Meredith def. Nathan Fought via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 4:36)
Bout 4: Kelsey Arnesen def. Kathryn Paprocki via Decision, Split
Bout 3: Luis Gurule def. Josiah Reyes via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:15)
Bout 2: Ben Tynan def. Lance Lee via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:20)
Bout 1: Kevin Fernandez def. Llorrvic Acevedo via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 2:25)