LFA 116 hits the Dobson Arena in Vail, Colorado. The 14-fight card will air exclusively on UFC Fight Pass this Saturday. There’re are seven fights on the main card which is headlined by an important fight in the LFA’s middleweight division.
After Gregory Rodrigues vacated his LFA middleweight title last May his title has been up for grabs ever since. As this fight isn’t for the title it most likely leads to a title shot for the winner in the future. Josh Fremd (7-2) had a lot of hype early this year. He ended the year in 2020 racking off two first-round finishes inside the LFA promotion. LFA held a four-man middleweight tournament to crown a new middleweight champion from January to May. Fremd made an impression knocking out contender series veteran Bruno Oliveira in his first fight. In the final, it was him and Gregory Rodrigues and Rodrigues stopped Fremd to be crowned the new champ. This will be the Factory X product Josh Fremd since the setback. Taking on Fremd is Brazil‘s Renato Valente (9-4) who is 1-1 under the LFA banner. He lost his LFA debut to Mark Martin at welterweight. He then moved up to 185 and handed contender series veteran Chibwikem Onyenegecha his first loss last July. Valente is a product under UFC light-heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira training with him over at Teixeira MMA & Fitness.
In the co-main event of LFA 116, we see a TUF 28 veteran Dan Argueta (5-0) making his third LFA appearance. Argueta was recently season on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. He did come up short in his first fight but it was a fight of the season performance to the eventual winner Ricky Turcios. Prior to that Argueta was fighting on the prelims twice for LFA and twice for Combate. He’s finally getting his main card opportunity and it’s in the co-main event. Also in the co-main event is his opponent Rodney Mondala (6-3) coming off a boxing fight in June. He’s 1-3 in his last three MMA fights looking to make an impressing in his LFA debut.
Featherweight prospect in action
Colorado’s own Michael Stack (5-1) is back in the cage since LFA 97 last January. It was a win over Jordan Mapa stopping him in the second round. Stack’s sole loss is to former UFC fighter and now Bellator fighter Kai Kamaka which was a memorable scrap. One of LFA’s best sluggers is gonna be fighting Brazil’s Jackson Filho (4-2). Filho made his LFA debut last year and came up short to Daniel Argueta. This is his first fight since that loss.
Women throwing down
Pauline “Pita” Macias (4-1) is a contender series veteran of last year. Sine is her first fight since the contender series stint losing to Gloria de Paula. Macias is a judo black belt and a prodigy of MMA legend Ronda Rousey. This will be her fourth appearance for LFA as she sits at 3-0 for the promotion. The adversary will be the undefeated Marnic Mann (3-0). Mann has yet to taste defeat as a pro and amateur as she sits at 7-0 combined. She’s finished all her pro fights all by TKO.
A pair of welterweight fights
Two undefeated welterweights Jalin Fuller (5-0) and Ryan Charlebois (3-0) will square off against each other. Fuller fought four of his five pro fights for LFA. He also took out two undefeated guys in Treston Vines and Miles Amos. Colorado’s own and Elevation Fight Team’s Ryan Charlebois is 9-0 combined as a pro and amateur. Fuller will be his first opponent as a pro with a winning record.
Haris Talundžić (3-0) has quietly made an impression from the LFA brass off his last two fights. Talundzic was born in Bosnia but has been living in Englewood, Colorado training out of Factory X. The 25-year-old has been fighting since 2016. Ever since losing his first fight as an amateur Talundzic hasn’t lost since. Talundzic went 8-1 as an amateur before turning pro where he has yet to lose. To possibly hand him that pro loss is Nebraska’s, Brock Smith (4-1). Smith was a former All-American at the University of Nebraska and a three-time state high school champion. After losing to Joel Bauman in 2019 he took nearly a three-year layoff before returning last August. Smith got back on the board with a win.
Main Card Opener
Jacobi Jones is another Factory X fighter that has a strong wrestling background. He was a Nebraska state high school wrestling champion and a three-time All-American for Colorado State University. Jones has looked apart since his pro debut. He’s coming off an intense grudge with Caleb Hill last June for LFA 109. His opponent Logan Paxton (1-0) is a North Dakota State University D1 wrestler. He’s also won various jiu-jitsu competitions. Paxton trains out of Team Elevation and has not yet lost in MMA (1-0 pro, 2-0 amateur).