News and Notes: February 4th Edition


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Written by: Lance Edwards

Houston MMA News & Notes

(The latest info about the Houston MMA scene)

Legacy Event Huge Success

Not only did Legacy FC sell out, and have to turn away spectators at the door, but the card was an amazing success. Top to bottom the action was non-stop! Quick results of the fights are as below:

Alex Morono def. Mark Garcia via arm bar at :41 in Rd 1.
John Malbrough def. Patrick Greene at 2:30 in the 2nd RD via TKO
Jordan Rivas def. Justin Murray Via Split Dec.
Angel Huerta def. Andy Sandoval via TKO at :51 in Rd 3
Justin Rieswerg Def Rey trujillo via arm bar in Rd 3
Jeff Rexroad def. Ricardo Talavera via Unanimous Decision
Brian Melancon def. Derrick Krantz via Un. Dec.
Daniel Pineda def. Levi forrest via heel hook in the Rd 1
Mike Bronzoulis def Joe Christopher via Dr. stoppage in the 3rd

Don’t forget to check out our coverage of the event to get the round by round results, interviews, pictures and more! Click Here for complete coverage of the event.

Black Gets New Opponent at IXFA

We initially report on our Facebook page earlier this week that Alex Black was stepping in to replace Lee Higgins on the Feb. 26 IXFA card. Higgins was scheduled to face Colby Bartholmey but was released from the card so he could face Ryan Couture at Strikeforce Challengers 14 on Feb. 18 in Austin, TX. has now learned that Bartholmey is OUT of the fight and is being replaced by Gilbert Jiminez. Jiminez recently fought here in Houston on the Dec. 4 IXFA card and lost to Lee Higgins in the first round via RNC.

Rilion Gracie to Teach in Houston

TCD can confirm Rilion Gracie will be the first Gracie to open a school in Texas. Rilion will be overseeing the school and teaching their regularly. Look for more details on this story in the coming days as has been in contact with the Gracie organization.

Houston Muay Thai Council

TCD can confirm that the Houston Muay Thai Council is moving forward. The first meeting of the newly proposed council will occur on February 20,2011 at Calliope’s Po-Boy.  The Council is aimed as an all inclusive, multi-gym venture open to all practitioners across the Houston area. Keep tuned to for further updates.

Ratinho Comes to Houston

BJJ is going wild in here in Houston, and H-Town is fast becoming the BJJ capital of the south. In a recent move, Octavio ‘Ratinho” Couto has joined the Gracie Barra family.  Ratinho has accepted a position as head BJJ instructor at Gracie Barra North Houston. Ratinho, who taught the Viera brothers as well as Felipe Costa, recently made this unprecedented move after leaving Alliance where he trained and taught for several years.

Carlo Prater Looking for Sparring Partners received a notice from Prater’s camp that stated he was looking for sparring partners in preparation for his upcoming Strikeforce fights. The email read in part:

“Carlo Prater is looking for sparring partners that are interested in gaining experience and the opportunity to train with one of the best fighters in the country. Training sessions are daily around lunchtime, supervised by world-famous trainer Saul Soliz, at the Brand-New Houston Metro Fight Club location at  3401 gulf freeway frontage road. All interested parties Call 254-534-4583. Thanks.” News

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(Get the scoop on the latest Juicy gossip from around Houston MMA)

  • Derrick Lewis is rumored to be looking to drop to 205 to get a fight on the April 9th Legacy FC fight card. Possible names mentioned include Artenas “The Machine Gun” Young, though this fight is not likely to happen with Young dropping to 185.  Another name mentioned in the rumor is Ike Villanueva. This fight seems more likely to happen that a Young/Lewis fight.
  • Another Rumor surrounding the Legacy FC April 9th card is the return of Jason David Frank to Houston MMA. Sources are telling us that it’s possible he could be on the card, though at this time this is just an unconfirmed rumor.


(Events upcoming over the next 7 days)

February 5th Free Muay Thai Seminar at Gracie Barra The Woodlands, UFC 126.

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