News and Notes: June 14 Edition

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NEWS

Legacy FC Muay Thai 2 Results

Texas, not known for being a Muay Thai state, had a very good showing against Fairtex, a name synonymous with the sport of Muay Thai.  Akira Smith and John Kane carried Houston and Texas to a 2-0 record against two very tough California fighters in John Laset and Rommel Custodia (both out of Fairtex Mountain View). This sets up what many here in Texas and in California hope will be an ongoing battle that will continue to grow the sport in both states.

All fights went the distance.  Winners in bold.

155 – Ricky Cardona (Elite MMA) vs Brandon Boyd (Gracie Barha Woodlands)
175 – Craig Gardner (Westside MMA) vs Mike Jackson (Windy Sport and Fitness)
135 – Akira Smith (4oz. Fight Club) vs John Laset (Fairtex Mountain View)
155 – Joey Stubler (Kru Pong’s Muay Thai) vs Brakke Juul (Bushi Ban)
185 – John Malbrough (Kingwood MMA) vs Terrance Ferguson (Westside MMA)
185 – Levi West (Team Tooke) vs Jose Pacheco (Bushi Ban)
170 – Nethaneel Mongonia (Kru Pong’s Muay Thai) vs Brannen Jones (Submission Boxing)
170 – John Kane (Kru Pong’s Muay Thai) vs Rommel Custodio (Fairtex Mountain View)
145 – Kirk May (4oz. Fight Club) vs Alex Black (Bushi Ban)
165 – Cody Philips (Bam Bam Martial Arts) vs Alex Morono (Gracie Barra Woodlands) – Draw

Blodgett out, Pineda in to face Trujillo for 145lb Title

Rey Trujillo is dropping to 145 to face Daniel Pineda (who recently signed with B3 Sports) at the Legacy FC fights on July 31.  Trujillo’s original opponent, Ray Blodgett, recently suffered several injuries that caused him to discontinue his training,m thus forcing him to back out of the fight.

This fight will be for the 145lb Featherweight title, and if Trujillo wins, he will hold both the Lightweight and Featherweight LFC belts.

NOTES

Paradigm Expands

Paridigm has renovated their gym to double the mat size as well as add more gym equipment to accommodate their growing student base.

Several Houston area fighters going pro

Friday’s Muay Thai fights saw 3 of Houston’s better fighters make their final appearance as amateurs.  The next time that Akira Smith (#2 ranked), Craig Gardner (#1 ranked) and Alex Black (#1 ranked) fight, they will be getting paid for their efforts.

Smith, fresh off of signing with B3 Sports, is turning pro and is rumored to be close to signing a deal with Bellator.

Gardner will be making his pro debut against a very tough Jeff Rexroad (1-0) at Legacy FC on July 31st. The two meet as amateurs back in June of 2009 and fought to a draw.

Black announced Friday in his exclusive post fight interview with TCD.net that he would be making his pro debut on August 20th in Pasadena (though he didn’t mention it, we presume it will be the WGC).

RUMORS

Rumor has it that…

  • …Kayron Gracie is coming to Houston and will be competing in a super fight for ProStar Grappling at their next event, tentatively scheduled for August 28th in The Woodlands.  One name mentioned as a possible opponent for the recent Pan-Am and Worlds champion is Houston’s own Jordan Rivas of Elite MMA.
  • …Paul Thomas has left Westside MMA and it is rumored he will be starting his own gym soon. Paul’s Westside team won numerous MMA and Grappling tourneys over the past 4 years.
  • …apparently King Mo has signed the official contract to fight Feijao in Houston for Strikeforce. Papers are expected to be signed with TDLR this week, thus making the Strikeforce visit to Houston official.

EVENTS

What’s going on this week in Houston MMA

June 14 – Mike Swick Seminar @ Bushi Ban
June 16 – Free Takedown Seminar with Todd Moore
June 19 – Alexandre Pulga Pimental seminar

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