Controversy, Weight Cuts, and the Future: Legacy FC President Mick Maynard Explains


Legacy FC 12 PosterThis past Friday’s Legacy FC 12 was not without its share of controversy. From multiple fighters dropping off the card to the evening’s main event being changed shortly after weigh-ins to the finish of the bout between Jay Hieron and Romario Manoel de Silva, things couldn’t have possibly been more unpredictable.

Still, with everything that happened, Legacy FC president Mick Maynard is fairly pleased with how everything turned out.

“I’d actually lost seven fighters due to injury on the fight card. Considering how many people we lost and how many adjustments we had to make, I thought it was pretty good,” said Maynard.

“The one main issue I guess you could say was the (televised) main event. There was a bit of controversy there because the referee stopped the bout (awarding the victory to Hieron), even though it appears Romario didn’t tap. If you look at the video, it looks like he gives the thumbs up, and once (the referee made Hieron) release the choke, he looked shocked. That’s kind of a bummer. You don’t want to see it end like that.”

The bout between Hieron and Manoel de Silva had only become the evening’s main event the night before. At the weigh-ins, the originally scheduled 125-pound title fight between Chad Robichaux and Will Campuzano had to be scrapped due to doctor’s orders.

“It was a nightmare to be quiet honest,” said Maynard. “Before the weigh-ins, I got a text from Chad saying he was hurting and was at 127 pounds and couldn’t lose any more weight because his kidneys could be shutting down.

“He was able to come over to the weigh-ins and was 127 pounds like he thought. So the tough part was explaining to Will it could no longer be a title fight. On the bright side, Will was still going to fight at 127 pounds, but the doctor didn’t want to approve Chad at the time, so I had to then call Will and tell him the fight was off.”

Campuzano is scheduled to fight for the title on Legacy’s next show on Aug. 17; Robichaux’s fate on the other hand is up in the air.

“Chad is doing the charity stuff right now, so really don’t know. I haven’t spoken to him about it,” Maynard told MMAWeekly.com. “He may be thinking this stuff is for the birds and doesn’t want to do this stuff to himself again. I really won’t know until I’ve spoken to him.”

Looking to put the difficulties of their latest show behind them, Maynard is now focused on the remainder of this year’s schedule and beyond for Legacy FC.

“Our show coming up in August is our first pro show in Dallas,” said Maynard. “It’s part of the Europa Health and Fitness Expo, which gets a lot of people in there. They’re expecting 50,000-plus people to coming through there. It will be the first time I believe there will be a MMA event televised live there on AXS TV.

“After Aug. 17, we’re going to turn right back around and do it Sept. 14 and then turn around do it again in November. We still have quite a few more shows to go. That will make it six for this year, and we’re hoping to do 10-12 next year and try to expand into new cities.”

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