Aaron McKenzie Outstrikes Brandon Phillips in LFA 104 Main Event

By: Tyler Treese
Apr 17, 2021

Aaron McKenzie proved that he's one to watch in the Legacy Fighting Alliance lightweight division.

The main event of LFA 104 saw McKenzie (10-2-1) get tested by Brandon Phillips. After a close first round, Phillips (6-4) began hurting McKenzie with body shots and slick striking. However, McKenzie came on strong in Round 3 with an aggressive strategy, and he was able to hurt Phillips with an onslaught of punches. The clutch Round 3 performance was enough for McKenzie to take home a decision victory, with all three judges scoring the fight 29-28 in his favor.

The night's co-main event saw flyweights Donavon Frelow and Yuma Horiuchi looking to each snap their respective losing streaks. In the end, it was Horiuchi (8-3) that got back into the win column. After losing a point for grabbing the cage, Horiuchi was able to lock in a tight armbar after being rocked by Frelow (6-5). With his arm extended, Frelow was forced to verbally submit at 1:31 of Round 2.

Joel Bauman showed that he's a better fighter than rapper against fellow middleweight Julien Leblanc. The sharp striking of Bauman (4-1) looked great over 15 minutes, and Leblanc (5-2) was unable to do much damage in his first fight since 2018. After three rounds of action, Bauman was awarded the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Chris Brown. snapped a two-fight losing streak at the expense of Kelvin Rayford. The striking of "Breezy the Future" gave Rayford fits over 15 minutes. Brown punished "Next Level" and cruised to a unanimous decision picking up scores of 30-27 from all three judges.

In a 150-pound catchweight contest, Javier Garcia scored a huge submission comeback win over Timothy Teves. The slick grappling of Garcia (7-3) made sure the judges weren't needed as he locked in a triangle choke late in the fight. With just 11 seconds left in the fight, Teves (5-3) had no choice but to submit.

Heavyweight prospect Thomas Petersen stayed undefeated against Odell Pantin. Petersen (4-0) easily controlled Pantin (1-2) on the ground and landed several damaging elbows. After taking back mount, Petersen landed a series of punches that forced the fight to be stopped at 3:33 of Round 1.

In the opening bout, Roland Dunlap picked up an incredible slam KO against Obinwa Ikebunna. Late in Round 1, Dunlap (2-0) picked up his opponent after a double leg takedown attempt and planted Ikebunna (2-2) on the ground. Ikebunna's head hit off the canvas and he was completely out as Dunlap unloaded elbows. The end came at 4:19 of the first frame.

In preliminary action, Gunner Coronado (2-1) picked up a TKO victory over Tristin Kamaka (0-1) at 3:02 of Round 3, and Sidney Trillo edged out a split decision win over Melissa Oddessa Parker with scores of 30-27, 28-29 and 30-27.
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