DWCS veteran Cody Brundage looks to bounce back from his first career loss against Joseph Kropschot this Friday at LFA 99. The 26-year-old believes he’ll be at his best fighting back in his optimal weight class of 185-pounds.
“I haven’t made 185-pounds since I fought (Erick) Lozano in my first title fight over a year ago,” Brundage told The Scrap. “My last fight was at 205. I’m excited to go back down and kind of be where I’m more naturally comfortable. I’m walking in like 200lbs, which is right where I want to be and then the rest will just be water from here. So I’m excited for that.”
Brundage (5-1) is coming off his first career loss to William Knight a DWCS: Week 5, where the Factory X standout was finished in the first round. It was a reminder that while Brundage has a good record, he still needed more seasoning on the regional scene.
” I really took away that experience matters more than I think I ever gave it credit for,” Brundage explained. “I know, on paper, I lost that fight. But if anybody watched the fight, you know, I was this close to not only winning the fight but winning a contract. So I think just having a little more experience and more time in the cage is important. And I don’t think I ever really put much stock into that.”
Kropschot (4-1) is also coming off his first career loss ahead of the matchup, suffering a third-round TKO setback to current UFC welterweight Orion Cosce in Aug. 2019. The 25-year-old has yet to hit the judge’s scorecards through five-career fights.
With his first child on the way and a potential UFC at stake with a victory, Brundage looks to make a statement against Kropschot.
“It’s that wrestler versus jujitsu matchup, but really, I’m excited to kind of show my striking a little bit,” Brundage said. “I got in this mindset for a little while there that all I could do was wrestle, which wasn’t true. You know, early in my career, I was knocking guys out on the feet and then throwing hands and then I kind of got in this rut of like, you just need to do your wrestling and it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it was taking away from evolving a little bit. In this camp. I’ve been able to get back to my striking.
So really, I think I’m gonna knock him out on the feet. I really, I really do. That’s what I’ve been saying this whole camp. To the first or second round, I think I have a lot of power for 185. I mean like I said he’s solid everywhere, but I just feel like I’m better and I can be comfortable everywhere in this fight.”
LFA 99 takes place Friday at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas. Myron Dennis battles Fabio Cherant in the main event for the vacant light heavyweight title.