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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