The bright arena lights, the cage, and a competitor’s ambition to seize the moment set the stage for another memorable night brought to you by the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA). Making their return to the Mile High City, LFA 116 airs live on October 22 from the Dobson Arena in Vail, Colorado. All eyes will be watching this 14-bout fight card, which features long-awaited title fights, grudge matches, and a herd of undercard competitors looking to showcase their talents to a worldwide audience.
It was only two months ago, on August 28, when Brock Smith secured his third pro win at DCS 74. Spending a brief time away from fighting, Smith exhibited no signs of ring rust, as it only took 45 seconds in the first round to commence the relaunch of his fight journey. Continuing his campaign, there is no time for Smith to rest, as he will be back in action at LFA 116. Consistency is crucial for an up-in-coming competitor in gaining experience and buzz in the fight world. Smith is aware of this rule because it is a constant reminder that keeps him motivated to reach his end goal.
“I took a couple of years off from competing due to the birth of a new daughter and other personal obligations,” Smith revealed to MYMMANEWS. “I’m at a stage in my life, at the age of 33, where I need to get some wins on my record if I ever hope to get where I want to be in the fight game. ”
It’s been two years since Smith stepped onto the Legacy Fighting stage. Smith’s last showing at LFA 61 was an underwhelming performance, suffering the first pro loss of his career to Josh Bauman by unanimous decision. Losing always has a way of creating an advanced formula for improvement. Since his competitive wrestling days, Smith is always set on improving, which he unveiled in his battle at DCS 74. Fans should expect to see a different Brock Smith entering the cage at LFA 116.
“My last fight at LFA was a weird competition for me because of the way it ended, as it wasn’t my best showing,” he said. “Since that time, I have learned to become a more aggressive fighter. I am excited to be back competing at LFA, doing what I love, and getting the opportunity to show everyone what I am really capable of.”
The new Brock Smith will be putting his new skills to the test on October 22 at LFA 116. Standing across from the cage will be a formidable opponent, Haris Talundzic. 3-0, the undefeated Talundzic has put on impressive showings in all of his LFA appearances. Looking to continue his undefeated streak, Talundzic will have every intention of giving Smith an unceremonious welcome back greeting to LFA. Unfazed by the opposition, Smith is excited about his return to the company and the upcoming challenge ahead competing against Talundzic.
It’s a long drive traveling from Nebraska to Colorado and back in preparation for this fight, taking time off from his full-time job and being away from his family. Yet, it is a sacrifice Smith is willing to endure. Thankfully, Smith has a tremendous family and friend support system that makes the mental grind less taxing. On the training side, Smith couldn’t have a greater supporting cast helping him prepare for battle. His daily training with Coach Ryan Schultz, Williams Ellis, and teammates at Trials MMA & Pagsuko Combat Club helps ensure he has the competitive edge over Talundzic.
“It’s a struggle balancing a full-time job and having a family while traveling two hours to Colorado to train for a fight. However, this is something every fighter goes through. Thankfully, I have great coaches and teammates that are helping me to become a complete Mixed Martial Artist fighter. Most importantly, I am blessed to have an amazing wife, kids, family, and group of friends that love me and support my journey.”
For Smith winning is a must. A victory over the undefeated Talundzic helps build a promising future to becoming a UFC champion and using fighting as a means to provide a better life for his family. Family and friends are scheduled to be in attendance at the Dobson Arena, which creates an exciting dynamic giving Smith an extra boost to come out on top. Will Brock Smith move one step closer to his dream? Tune into LFA 116 on UFC Fight Pass to watch his story unfold.
BROCK SMITH SPECIAL THANKS: I want to thank God, my wife Jasmyn, Mom Janna, Dad Randy, and all my family and friends who support me. I want to thank my coaches and teammates at Trials MMA and Pagsuko Combat Club. Special thanks to my Manager Andrew Train Lee at DC Management.
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