In a battle of Brazilians, Carlos
Diego Ferreira upset well-traveled veteran Carlo Prater
Legacy Fighting Championship 20 main event on Friday night at
the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Ferreira put on a commanding performance against the more
experienced fighter to earn a unanimous decision triumph. Although
Prater scored the first takedown, he chose not to stay on the
ground with Ferreira, but delivered kicks to his legs until
Ferreira caught one and used it to bring himself back up. Prater
tried to take Ferreira's back, but Ferreira moved around and
applied several rear-naked choke attempts, though Prater was able
to avoid being submitted.
In the second round, Ferreira showcased his versatility with
crowd-pleasing roundhouse kicks and an impressive judo throw.
Ferreira dominated the third round as well, with takedowns,
takedown defense, and impressive standup. In the end, all three
judges scored the fight 30-27 for Ferreira, who improved to 7-0 as
a professional. Prater, a veteran of the UFC, WEC and Strikeforce
promotions, falls to 31-14-1. Ferreira will get no rest, as he
heads to California to compete at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World
Jackson’s MMA product Damacio
Page (16-8) scored his first victory since 2009 against
Ybarra (5-1) in the evening’s co-headliner. After injuries and
four consecutive losses -- his last three in the UFC -- Page came
in hungry for the win.
Ybarra made first contact with a leg kick, but Page immediately
responded with a barrage of combinations. Ybarra attempted several
takedowns, but Page showed off his superior takedown defense,
sprawling easily. After a couple of thudding body shots, Page threw
a right hook that dropped Ybarra like a stone, giving him the win
by knockout 1:57 into the first round.
Pecero (9-5) took home a technical knockout victory over
Schindler (10-5). The first round showed an even exchange of
standup, with Schindler getting takedowns, but Pecero staying busy
in his guard with triangle and armbar attempts.
In the second round, Pecero looked fresher, but Schindler was still
delivering combos and attempting takedowns. However, Pecero managed
to get a Thai clinch and landed a knee to the head of Schindler,
followed by a clinch against the cage where he drove repeated knees
into the thigh and knee of Schindler until referee Jacob Montalvo
stopped the fight 1:02 into the second round.
Alp Ozkilic (8-1), known for his stint as wrestling coach for
Cruz on “The Ultimate Fighter 15,” met Antonio
Banuelos (20-10-1), a late replacement for Jimmy Flick
in a flyweight clash. After a few minor exchanges, Ozkilic landed a
left hook that Banuelos never saw coming, and it dropped him like a
rock. When Ozkilic dropped down to finish him, referee Kerry Hatley
waved him off, giving Ozkilic the win by TKO 30 seconds into the
In the first main card bout, MTV “Caged” star Matt
Schnell (2-1) lost a majority decision to Elias
Garcia (4-0) at 125 pounds. Garcia dominated the first round
with body-slamming takedowns, rear-naked choke attempts and several
staggering right hooks, but Schnell finished the round on Garcia's
back, attempting his own rear-naked choke.
The second round started with more of Garcia's audible right hooks,
but Schnell got a takedown early, and spent the rest of the round
on Garcia's back, alternating between hammerfists and choke
attempts. At one point, Garcia stood up with Schnell on his back
and dropped to the mat a couple times, trying to dislodge his
opponent’s body lock. The tactic was unsuccessful, however.
Garcia delivered multiple staggering combinations, and remained in
dominant positions throughout the third round, dropping unanswered
double hammerfists. He then suffered a low blow from Schnell, but
was able to stand after less than a minute. It seemed as though
Schnell won the first two rounds, but the judges scored the bout
28-28, 29-28, 30-27 in favor of Garcia.
In preliminary action: Corey
Bellino (7-2) submitted Marcelo
Lumakang (2-9) with a rear-naked choke 1:30 into round one;
Hubble (2-2) captured a unanimous verdict over Gerald
Gagnon (0-1); Paulina
Granados (2-0) forced Maria Lopez
(0-1) to tap to an armbar in 46 seconds; and Jared Perez
(1-0) earned a technical knockout over David
Siller (1-0) 33 seconds into round two.