LFA 107: Kirk vs. Swain — Three Preliminary Show Stoppers

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Corey Davis
Corey Davis (red tape) Credit: Victory FC

LFA 107: Kirk vs. Swain goes down this Friday, and the card is engrained with talent and intrigue.

In particular, this segment will examine three fights from the preliminary action set to take place, and give fans a better idea of what style each fighter will bring into the cage. First, the highly anticipated prospect Alandria Brown (0-0) is set to make her LFA debut against fellow debutante, the formidable Shania Arredondo (0-0). Second, a welterweight bout goes down between Corey Davis (5-3) and Thomas Powell (4-5). Then, a closer look at another 170lbs bout featuring L.J. Portée (2-2) and Ray Waters (0-0) will top the preliminaries. The event will take place at the Sanford Pentagon Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Alandria Brown vs. Shania Arrendondo

Despite it being the promotional debut for both athletes, they each have amateur records and have familiarity in a fight setting. While Brown is coming back from inactivity and a loss, it seems the 26-year old is making the requisite training adjustments in order to train and compete with a higher caliber of opponent. The Tennessee-native scored her first amateur win after beating Rebecca Andrew in a dominant unanimous decision in 2019.

Similarly, Arrendondo has not competed since 2019. However, she is a potent finisher and is apt on the ground and standing. During her tenure as an amateur, she amassed a very impressive 3-0 streak before losing her last bout. Without a doubt, Arrendondo is an exciting watch because of her ability to end fights with her hands.

LFA 107: Corey Davis vs. Thomas Powell

Davis is no stranger to the cage, at one point the athlete fought in Bellator and he’s a known finisher. At times, some might interpret his style as too aggressive but that’s definitely been an ingredient to his success. While Davis struggled under the LFA banner prior, he is looking to erase those memories and create new ones this Friday.

Before re-entering the promotion, Davis scored two spectacular wins in a row. First, against a fellow prospect in Jesse Free who he finished with punches. Then, solidified his name once again when he caught Jack Freriks in a rear-naked choke and put together a two-fight win streak.

The 25-year old Powell is coming off a loss but comes into the LFA:107 event with tons of experience. For the most part, Powell has juggled wins and losses, but when he wins, it’s usually with his hands and violently. Additionally, in 2019, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania representative showed his ability to regulate his conditioning through three hard rounds when he toppled Chase Gamble in a unanimous decision victory at Ring of Combat 70.

LFA 107 Featured Preliminary –  L.J. Portée vs. Ray Waters

Since Portée’s debut under the LFA banner in 2018, he has come a long way. Initially, the welterweight fighter had noticeable problems with opponents who could maintain top control on the mat. The 26-year old appears to have shored up his weaknesses, and the MMA world will certainly find out come fight night. Additionally, Portée has looked impressive recently, when he earned his last win by TKO against Larry Wheeler in just 14-seconds at CCW: Ragnarok. 

The unbeaten Ray Waters has looked scary inside the cage. The 3-0 prospect took out Mathew Daws with punches in the first round in his last fight. Waters managed to get a fight before LFA among most promotions were stifled by a worldwide pandemic. The American welterweight made a successful debut at LFA: 59 in 2019. Then, followed it up with another victory inside the promotion against Steve Vasquez at LFA 72.

With a fight like this, looking away may have you missing the finishing sequence considering the power and craftiness of both athletes fighting in the featured preliminary fight.

LFA 107 airs live this Friday, May 14 on UFC Fight Pass.

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