Written By: AJ Hoffman
Legacy Fighting Championships have outdone themselves once again, as the 8th installment proved to be one of the best yet. There wasn’t a boring fight on the card, and it had everything from split decisions to brutal knockouts to huge upsets.
Unfortunately, there was once again an asshole in the crowd who decided to throw his beverage into the cage shortly after Larry Crowe KO’ed Ike Villanueva. Why would you throw a beer in celebration? Nice job smart guy. We had several people close by point him out to us, so as promised, here is his picture. :
We did thing a little different this time and are posting the main card fight videos instead of pictures. Look for a separate post with TONS of pictures coming soon.
Jorge “Macaco” Patino became the Legacy 170 lb. champion in a closely contested and hotly debated split decision win over Pete Spratt. Spratt came out strong, using his standup to dictate the first couple of rounds. Macaco dropped Spratt in the third round and took Spratt’s back. He was unable to finish though, and the fight went into the championship rounds. The fourth round, and likely the swing round in the judges eyes, was not exactly action packed, as it was obvious both fighters were running out of steam. The last round again saw Macaco get a takedown and get on the back of Spratt. Spratt dropped Macaco to the mat with a back drop in the final second of the fight. The judges saw the fight 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47 in favor of Patino, giving the Gold Team patriarch the title vacated by Mike Bronzoulis.
Craig Dominant In Biggest Win Of Career
Andrew Craig got a career changing win against WEC vet Eric Schambari, taking the unanimous decision (30-27 x3). The fight wasn’t always without doubt. Schambari walked through an early high kick and took Craig down, working his way to the back and locking in a good rear naked choke. Craig survived it though, and took the fight over from there. He dropped Schambari multiple times, most notably with a vicious head kick. Schambari spent the rest of the fight either backing up or grabbing for takedowns. The win moves Craig to 6-0 and is undoubtably being scouted by the national organizations after this win.
Peterson Makes Quick Work Of Garcia
Steven Peterson made an impression in a short amount of time, submitting Steve Garcia with a guillotine choke. Garcia landed a nice shot on Peterson coming in but Peterson got a takedown. As Garcia worked his way up Peterson sunk in a choke that Garcia fought hard to pull off, but in the end it was just too deep. The win moved Peterson to 6-1.
Rexroad Survives Rocky Start, Finishes Malbrough
Jeff Rexroad fought through some early adversity and came back strong to defeat John Malbrough by submission in the second round. The first saw Malbrough get a takedown and Rexroad work from the rubber guard. While it stifled Malbrough’s top game, the end of the round saw Rexroad grabbing for a heel hook and eating a hard punch for his efforts. The second round was all Rexroad. He landed a stiff right that floored Malbrough early in the round. He pounced and ended up on the back of Malbrough. Rexroad sank the rear naked and forced the tap. Rexroad’s win may put him next in line for a shot at Macaco’s title.
Larry Crowe scored the surprise of the night, as well as the knock out of the night, with a head kick that floored Hurricane Ike in the second round. Crowe got a takedown in the first round and used a good top control game to hold Ike on his back. We did see Villanueva with a triangle attempt before getting up and scoring a takedown of his own. All it took was a split second of Villanueva dropping his hands in the second round for Crowe to take advantage, landing the left foot flush to the head. Crowe’s standup continues to impress, with back to back wins over two great strikers in Villanueva and Jermaine Anugwom.
Lewis Wins Controversial Decision Over Talavera
Maybe even more of a controversial decision than the main event, Rashon Lewis pulled out the split decision victory over Ricardo Talavera. Talavera scored an early takedown, but was unable to do much with it. In fact, Lewis showed a great display of power by standing up out of the body triangle that Talavera had locked on. Talavera had a near finish with an anaconda choke in the second round as well, but again Lewis was able to power out of it. Lewis attempted and landed several spinning back kicks in the second frame. The third round had Lewis landing good jabs, but not following them up. In the end, the judges gave the nod to Lewis with scores of 30-27, 28-29 and 29-28.
Bubba Bush was in control for most of the three round affair with Josh Foster. Avoiding Foster’s power, Bush kept him on his back for most of the fight. Bush scored takedowns at will, and was really only in trouble the last few seconds of the fight when Foster landed some solid shots. The win for Bush pushes him to 3-1, while the loss drops Foster to 4-3.
Morono Puts On Standup Clinic, Ruins Gutierrez’s Debut
Alex Morono used his standup to control a battle between two great jiu jitsu players, earning a unanimous decision win over Evert Gutierrez. Gutierrez looked stronger in the first round, landing a big spinning back fist. Morono came out strong in the second round and never looked back. He forced Gutierrez to swing looping punches while he took the shorter, crisper, inside punches. Alex was more aggressive in the third round, where he really took control of the fight. The win moved Morono to 3-1 and the loss started Gutierrez’s career at 0-1.
Cody Williams continued to show he is one of the top prospects on the scene with a brutal knockout of Nate Garza in the first round. Williams landed leg kicks early before charging in and unloading on Garza. The quick win moved him to 2-0, and now the buzz is pushing for Williams to take on Steven Peterson, who defeated Steve Garcia on the card.
King Handles Garcia, Wins By TKO
Lee King made quick work of Mark Garcia, finishing him with a first round TKO. Garcia pulled King down, but King was able to get top position. Garcia rolled over and King landed solid shots from the back. Garcia appeared to go out briefly, King hit him again, and he woke up. The ref saw enough though and stopped the fight. The win was the 14th of the career for Lee King.
Reiswerg Scores Another Big Win
Justin Reiswerg was never in trouble in his match with Ken Battle. Battle shot for a takedown and got it, but Reiswerg quickly swept him onto his back. That was the beginning of the end as Reiswerg laid on the ground and pound before the ref jumped in to save Battle. The win moved Reiswerg to 4-1, and put him in position to fight some top tier competition in his weight class.
- Justin Reiswerg def. Ken Battle by TKO (RD 1)
- Lee King def. Mark Garcia by TKO (RD 1)
- Cody Williams def. Nate Garza by KO (RD 1)
- Alex Morono def. Evert Gutierrez by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28,29-28)
- Bubba Bush def. Josh Foster by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- Rashon Lewis def. Ricardo Talavera by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
- Larry Crowe def. Ike Villanueva by KO (RD 2)
- Jeff Rexroad def. John Malbrough by submission (RD 2)
- Steven Peterson def. Steve Garcia by submission (RD 1)
- Andrew Craig def. Eric Schambari by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- Jorge “Macaco” Patine def. Pete Spratt via via split decision (48-47,47-48,48-47)
Main Card Videos
Ricardo Talavera vs Rashon Lewis
Larry Crowe vs Ike Villanueva
John Malbrough vs Jeff Rexroad
Steve Garcia vs Steven Peterson
Andrew Craig vs Eric Schambari
Pete Spratt vs Jorge Patino