Stafford logs TKO victory in MMA debut

YOUNGSVILLE – Adrian Stafford’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) debut was a short but sweet one Saturday night at Top Shelf Sports Arena.

The Crowley native made quick work of Kindner’s Billy Brown, defeating the much heavier (245 lb) fighter just over a minute into the bout when the referee stepped in to halt action due to excessive strikes.

“We were kind of feeling each other out to start and once I was able to get him to the ground, it was over,” said Stafford, who floored Brown with a head shot.

“Once I got him down, he had me in mount, but he wasn’t really protecting himself. I knew he was tired so I just went for the kill shot.”

When Stafford did get on top of Brown, the end was inevitable. The Crowley native unleashed a barrage of right hands to the head and the referee quickly stopped the action.

“We weren’t expecting a quick fight like that,” said Stafford. “We knew he (Brown) didn’t have any ground experience so we thought it would be a stand up fight for a few rounds.”

Overall, Stafford was pleased with his performance. He plans to take a brief break and fight again in the near future.

“It was everything I expected and more,” said Stafford. “I thought I flowed pretty good for my first fight. And having all my family and friends in attendance, it kind of just put me in a whole other world.

“I’ll take a little time off and I will probably fight again in April or May.”

Stafford’s fight was one of two bouts that ended by TKO. Seneca Joseph also ended his fight early due to strikes to earn a victory over Jarrett Doyle.

Three other bouts ended by submission.

Cody James stopped Duece Domogeaux by arm bar submission in the second round and Donald Goff ended his bout against Mike Bruno with a triangle choke in the first round. Devin Cannon also used a triangle choke to defeat Jace Bridwell, in the first round as well.

In other bouts, Robin White and Eugene Broussard earn victories by split decisions while Devin Jones, David Bosnick, Justin Dixon and Aaron Phillips each logged unanimous decision victories.

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