LFA 107 went down on Friday night inside of the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. LFA 107 was headlined by featherweight contenders Kamuela Kirk (10-4) and Daniel Swain (20-10-1). After Swain failed to get off the stool, Kirk was awarded the win by KO/TKO at the end of the second round. Before the main card started at 9 pm ET, three bouts were featured on the LFA 107 prelims.
LFA has been the proving grounds for some of the best current UFC and Bellator fighters. The LFA 107 prelims offered that same opportunity for two fighters making their pro-MMA debut. Luckily for them, both of those fighters managed to get the win and set themselves apart with impressive finishes. Never forget to watch the prelims, because today’s prelims fighters are tomorrow’s headliners!
Now let’s take a look at the two LFA 107 prelims fighters that need to be on your radar!
Alandria Brown Displays Heart in the Opening Fight of the LFA 107 Prelims
Alandria Brown entered her pro debut nearly one and a half years after her last amateur fight in November of 2019. Brown ended her amateur career with a 1-3 record that allowed her to learn from her mistakes before going pro. One of the main reasons she may have struggled as an amateur was the issue of deciding which weight class was best. Brown spread out her four amateur fights into two strawweight, one bantamweight, and one flyweight fight. With a clean record and head coach Ben Jones in her corner, the sky is the limit as Brown starts her pro MMA journey.
Brown was able to get the win over Shania Arredondo with a third-round submission (Rear Naked Choke, 3:54 R3). Not only did she get her first pro-MMA win, but Brown displayed several skills that most young fighters do not. First of all, she took advice from her corner really well by making adjustments throughout the fight. Her cardio held up and ultimately presented her a chance to make a statement in the third round. Brown ended up on Arredondo’s back and sunk in the rear-naked choke to get the win.
Alandria Brown was not blessed with a lot of hype going into her first pro fight. Nonetheless, Brown continued to work hard and improved before ultimately going pro. She showed the benefits of not being an undefeated amateur with clear improvement from her losses. Brown’s cardio and heart will allower her the opportunity to make the most of her MMA career. You may not have heard about Brown yet, but it is only a matter of time before she finds herself in the spotlight.
Ray Waters Ends the LFA 107 Prelims With a Statement
Ray Waters came into Friday’s fight with the hopes of making a statement in his pro-MMA debut. After ending his amateur run with a 3-0 record, Waters has shown flashes of potential that could evolve into something special. Waters began his MMA career with his first amateur bout only two years ago. Since making his debut, Waters has managed to win two of his three fights by KO/TKO. Needless to say, Waters had high expectations to meet in his pro-MMA debut.
Waters won his pro debut against LJ Portee with a first-round submission (Rear Naked Choke, 1:02 R1). Waters did not just get the submission win, but he made a STATEMENT in his pro debut. His power was on display as the first clean shot Waters landed was devastating. Waters dropped Portee with a one-two combo that ended with a monster right hand. Once Portee went down, he never fully recovered from Waters’ power shot. Waters jumped on the opportunity to get the finish and locked up the rear-naked choke.
Ray Waters is a fighter that needs to be on everyone’s radar. His physical attributes represent the new generation of athletes in MMA. Not only is he a smart undefeated fighter, but his power and speed at 170 pounds make him a bad matchup for any opponent. Only time will tell how good Ray Waters will be, but let us be the first to tell you that this guy is the real deal.
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Featured image credits to Alandria Brown and Ray Waters.