Legacy Amateur Series: House of Blues Recap and Pics

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Note: If you’re looking for information or more details about the “extracurricular activities” that occurred on Friday night, you won’t find them in this recap.  I don’t want to take one once of spotlight from the 28 fighters who climbed into that cage and put on an outstanding night of fights for our enjoyment. I will save all that for another recap to be released soon. Until then, lets celebrate the good and enjoy the moment. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, stay tuned and we’ll bring you all the details.

Written By: Barry Laminack

MMA returned to the House of Blues Friday night, February 18 as the Legacy Amateur Series took center stage in front of a sold out crowd.  The atmosphere was electric and so were the fights as 28 of Houston’s hottest amateur MMA prospects went toe to toe in the cage.

Quick Results

  • Charles Lloyd def. Steele West via U.D.
  • Brennan Jones def. Ruben Martinez via Guillotine choke at :55 in the 3rd Rd
  • Luis Ibarra def Brandon Boyd via KO (Head Kick) at :49 in the 1st Rd
  • Kolton Karl Englund def Kamel Saleh via TKO at 2:45 in the 2nd Rd
  • Drew Elder def John Wible via Split Decision
  • Tony Orozco Jr. def Mike Dunn via TKO at 1:45 in the 2nd Rd
  • Mike Alvarez def Trent Draper via Split Decision
  • Chris Rucker def Ryan Durand via TKO in the 1st Rd
  • Ramiro Cortina def Vince Serrano via TKO in the 1st Rd
  • David Armas def Casey Jones via TKO at 2:03 in the 1st Rd
  • Kristy Kester def Jordan Gaza via TKO in the 3rd Rd
  • Joe Trevino def Jacob Silva via Split Decision (Flyweight title fight)
  • Evert Gutierrez def Corey Allmand via RNC in the 1st Rd (Middle Weight Title Fight)
  • Cody Phillips def Austin Franks via U.D. (Lightweight Title Fight)

Looking for more? Check out our Round by Round play by play here.

The Class of 2011

2010 was a great year in Houston MMA. It will probably go down as a transitional year in the scene’s history as many of the top amateur fighters in the city turned pro, leaving what many thought would be a void in the talent pool at the amateur level. If last night was any indication of what’s to come, Houston MMA is in good hands.  The talent pool in the space city is very deep and the future is bright for a scene who’s cup already runnith over with quality fighters.

There were several debuting fighters last night who all turned in outstanding performances, along with some familiar names on the amateur circuit showing up and coming up with big wins.

Among those making a splash with a win in their debut included Charles Lloyd (Unanimous Decision) , Luis Ibarra (vicious head kick KO), Kolton Karl Englund (TKO Rd 1), Drew Elder (Split Decision) , Tony Orozco Jr (TKO Rd 2), Mike Alvarez (Split Decision), Chris Rucker (TKO Rd 1), Ramiro Cortina (TKO Rd 1).

Brannen Jones, who we last saw in a Muay Thai fight, turned in a nice performance and surprised a few of us who thought he was a striker by finishing his fight with Ruben Martinez via Guillotine choke. The Submission boxing prodigy improves his record to 1-1.

David Armas was looking to bounce back in a big way after letting one slip away in his previous fight against Collin Wright. Consider Armas bounced and consider him back as he need just 2:03 most of which was spent in mount on Casey Jones, to pick up his second victory and move his record to 2-1.

Lloyd Vs West

Jones Vs Martinez

Ibarra Vs Boyd

Englund Vs Saleh

Elder Vs Wible

Orozco Vs Dunn

Alvarez Vs Draper

Rucker Vs Durand

Cortina Vs Serrano

Armas Vs Jones

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Kester Clips Gaza

As stated in the Play by Play, Kristy Kester packed the house with fans and she sent them home happy as she turned in a near perfect performance in the cage. Kester came out and really impressed with her crisp and accurate striking. One media member at cage side commented to me that she seemed more accurate than most of the guys on the card. Gaze appeared to have the fight won in round 2, but Kester kept her cool after getting caught in a standing guillotine and was able to withstand the round. Round 3 opened up and it would take long for Kester to seal the deal. As Gaza jumped guard, Kester “Chaw walked” her across the cage, slammed her to the ground, took mount and finished with a flurry. I’m told Gaza was yelling for Kester to stop, thought I was unable to hear it from my vantage point. Nonetheless, Kester lived up to the hype surrounding her Houston MMA debut.

Gutierrez Gets It Done

When the new Houston MMA rankings come out in March the 170lb amateur division is going to be crowded at the top. Corey Allmand was #3 in the city going into his fight with Evert Gutierrez. Knowing that makes Gutierrez’s victory that much more impressive when you consider that he needed just :41 seconds to submit the phenom known as “The Kountry Kid”. Gutierrez dropped Allmand early in the fight with a left and quickly passed his guard, took his back and would eventually force Allmand to tap on his second attempt at a rear naked choke.

Phillips “Relentless” in Victory

The time for talk was over and it was time to see who was going to be able to back up their words. Leading up to this fight was a war of words that originated on Facebook. Cody Phillips lived up to his nickname, “Relentless”, turning in a Pro-esque performance in his 49-46 victory over the tough as nails Austin Franks. Phillips was clearly the faster fighter and appeared to confuse Franks at times with his constant in and out movement. Franks came out firing with a jab/cross combo that would comprise most of his attack, but was never able to mount any kind of threat until the final round. It was too little too late as Phillips had already sealed the deal by cruising in the first 4 rounds.

Phillips told TCD cage side right after the fight that he had broken his foot in the 3rd or 4th round. He also said that he forearm was numb and probably broken in the 5th round after checking a steady diet of head kicks from the rallying Franks.  TCD also learned shortly after the fight that Franks had a broken tooth to show for his efforts.

Fight of the Night

In the first of three-title fight, Joe Trevino (4oz Fight Club) and Jacob Silva (Silverback MMA) would square off in a absolute war! Trevino climbed in the cage in his 4th fight as an amateur against a guy in Silva who was making his debut after only 6 months of training. Silva would strike first when he clipped Trevino on the right eye shortly after the opening bell. Trevino would keep his cool and recover nicely, almost finishing the fight with a triangle and later in the round an arm bar.

The second round saw both guys come out and simply start banging. Silva caught Trevino with an overhand right, but couldn’t capitalize. Trevino would attempt an Omaplata but Silva was able to roll out nicely and recover half guard before the bell.

The final round was a bit slowed compared to the first two and was mostly spent on the mat, with Trevino locking in a body triangle in an attempt to finish the fight via RNC, but Silva was able to control Joe’s wrist and send the fight to a decision.

In the end, Trevino was awarded the victory via Split Decision in a close fight that would win TheCageDoor.net fight of the night. Both guys showed a lot of heart in the fight and Silva also showed that his cardio is out of this world! Trevino looked like a vet in there and appears ready for the pro circuit. Silva (who no doubt earned a huge number of new fans with his performance) put the entire city on notice that he’s here and he is not to be taken lightly.  If Trevino goes pro, it would not surprise me to see a Bobby Powers vs Jacob Silva fight for the vacant title (and for right to claim the best cardio in the city)

After a crazy night of MMA action, I’ll let the man in charge over at Legacy, Mick Maynard, close out this recap in his own words.

“It was pretty incredible to stand on that stage and look out over that crowd! The whole night was great. The venue was outstanding, the crowd was outstanding; it was like a perfect night out. The atmosphere was electric and I thought the fights were awesome. I hope everyone had fun. It was a really cool night.”

Award Winners

  • Fight of the Night: Joe Trevino vs Jacob Silva
  • Submission of the Night: Evert Gutierrez
  • Knockout of the Night: Luis Ibarra

The More You Know…

  • David Armas showed up to the cage with out a cup…sorry David, I had to print it 🙂
  • Kamel Saleh wrapped his hands only seconds before his fight. Apparently he wasn’t “feeling it”.
  • Jeff Rexroad plans on buying every Fraggle Rock DVD that Amazon has available at some point in the near future.
  • Lucky Strike sent a huge Bowling Pin Mascot into the cage to entertain the crowd. John Malbrough snuck in and shot for a double leg but WAS STUFFED by the oversized pin. Expect Malbrough to fall out of the rankings after this dismal performance.

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