Written By: Barry Laminack
It’s hasn’t even been a week since Legacy FC 8 took place (hell we haven’t even had a chance to post our Post-Fight interviews) but already the Legacy FC 9 rumors mill is churning. Before we get to the good stuff, please keep in mind that we have not confirmed 100% any of the following match-ups, hence the name “rumor mill”. This is just what we at TheCageDoor.net are hearing from within the HOU MMA community.
Rumor has it that Mike “The Greek” Bronzoulis (13-3-1) is eyeing a return to Legacy, and he’s hell bent on getting back the belt that he vacated when he signed his Strikeforce contract. That belt is now held by Jorge “Macaco” Patino (20-13-1), who just won it last week defeating Pete Spratt in a 5 rounder.
Before everyone starts asking, NO, Bronzoulis was not cut from Strikeforce. Not even close. He is still under contract with Zuffa. The fact is Strikeforce doesn’t have a fight for him in the next couple of months, and Bronzoulis is a fighter by trade. They are letting him take one fight outside of his contract. This could be that one.
“When my bosses at Strikeforce told me I could take a fight outside my contract, of course I wanted to fight for my favorite organization (Legacy). I think it is a great matchup and has the chance to be one of the biggest fights ever in Houston, to sort of see who the real champion is at 170 lbs. I think for me to get where I want to go, I need a win like this against a legend in the sport, and Macaco is a legend in the sport. I have nothing but respect for him and look forward to being back in Houston on December 16th,” Bronzoulis told our AJ Hoffman.
AJ also spoke with Macaco about the potential fight. He had this to say, “I am very excited to fight someone like Mike Bronzoulis. I know he is a really good fighter and has a big name. He has been fighting in Strikeforce and he looked very good in his last fight. I want to fight someone who deserves to fight for the title. I think Mike will be a great opponent and I cannot wait for the fight! I hope if it is God’s will that I get a win against him that I can go to Joe Silva and say I have beaten some great opponents, and maybe I can get a shot at the UFC again.”
The way both fighters are talking about the fight, I’d say this is much more fact than rumor, but since we couldn’t get confirmation as this went to print we’ll go with rumor. Once we confirm it, we’ll let you know.
Pit vs Pit in a Dog Fight?
Rumor has it that Daniel “The Pit” Pineda has been offered a fight against Gilbert “The Pitbull” Jiminez at Legacy FC 9. They may share a common nick name, but these guys really don’t think too highly of each other, so this one could be filled with fireworks. Pineda is poised to make a splash on the national scene and many insiders tell me it’s only a matter of time. Standing in his way and hoping to squash those plans is Gilbert Jiminez. Jiminez recently fought Rocky Long to a draw at IMKF and is looking to prove he’s one of the best fighters at 155 in Texas. If he can pull off the upset and beat Pineda, he would do just that.
Tae Kwon Oh?
Rumor has it that Larry “Tae Kwon” Crowe will be back in action in December. After KO’ing Ike Villanueva at LFC 8, the word on the street is that Crowe could be facing the equally hot Bubba Bush (BVMMA). Bush defeated Josh Foster at LFC 8. Both guys are ranked in the upper class at 185 here in Houston. My guess is, winner gets a title shot (or in Bubba’s case, another title shot) in 2012.
Garcia Looks to Rebound
Rumor has it that Cody Williams and Steve Garcia are set to clash in December. After losing to Steven Peterson via Guillotine in the first round, Steve Garcia wasted no time in trying to get back in there and get his 8th win. That is going to be easier said than done if the rumor of him fighting Cody Williams turns out to be true. Williams is only 2-0 but has beaten two very skilled fighters in Nate Garza (LFC 8 KO) and Gerzan Chaw (IXFA via RNC 3rd round). This one could be the early favorite for KO of the night, but who’s going to get it?
The Spaniard Returns, and Hauer
The man known as “The Most Exciting Referee in the World” Randy Hauer (7-12-0) has put his refereeing career on hold to make a return to the cage. He could be facing a stiff challenge in the man known as The Spaniard, Jesus Rivera (6-2-0). Rivera recently defeated Rey Trujillo (8-6-0) at Legacy FC 7, avenging a loss he suffered to “The Warrior” back in 2010. Hauer hadn’t fought since 2007, but returned to the cage in July, losing to Pennington via TKO in round 2.
That’s all for now, but stay tuned, as well be bringing you more juicy rumors and fight gossip as we hear it!