(PhatzRadio / MMA) — Tara LaRosa needed most of three rounds to get a dominant position, but she made it count.
The top-rated female fighter at 125 pounds secured an armbar to submit Kelly Warren with one second left in their bout Resurrection Fighting Alliance’s mixed martial arts show Friday in Kearney, Neb. LaRosa, returning from a layoff of more than a year, recorded her 21st victory in 23 professional fights.
Warren took the bout with less than a month to prepare after LaRosa’s originally scheduled opponent, Angela Magana, withdrew because of an injury. Despite the short notice — and fighting only six weeks after suffering her second straight loss — Warren gave LaRosa all she could handle.
For two-and-a-half rounds, LaRosa struggled to get Warren to the canvas. Warren stayed on the outside, landed some solid strikes and nullified LaRosa’s hiptoss attempts. LaRosa dragged her down in the second round by pulling guard and reversed quickly to move atop Warren, but could not improve her position or land many strikes before the referee restarted the action standing.
They finally hit the ground for good in the last two minutes of the fight. LaRosa tried for a leglock before quickly working her way onto Warren’s back and securing a body triangle. With less than 30 seconds left, LaRosa trapped her opponent’s right arm and torqued the limb; Warren resisted the pain for several moments before conceding the tap just before the clock expired.
Their fight was supposed to take place at 125 pounds. They agreed Thursday to compete at a catchweight, with LaRosa officially weighing in at 129 pounds and Warren weighing 128.
LaRosa occupies the No. 1 spot for 125 pounders in the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.
In the main event of Resurrection’s show, Gilbert Yvel knocked out Houston Alexander in a clash of Ultimate Fighting Championship alumni. Also Friday, former UFC champion Maurice Smith — 50 years old and competing for the first time in more than three-and-a-half years — knocked out Jorge Cordoba with a kick to the head.