UFC and Bellator veteran Jay Hieron made the most of his debut with Legacy Fighting Championship, but not without some controversy.

Friday night at Legacy FC 12 inside Houston’s Arena Theatre, the 35-year-old Hieron showed off his kickboxing skills against Brazilian welterweight Romario Manoel da Silva before the Xtreme Couture fighter took the fight to the mat in the second and submitted Da Silva with a textbook brabo choke.

However, Da Silva contested the stoppage, saying after the fight that he never tapped nor gave a verbal submission to referee Kevin Hancock. “Junior Killer,” a late replacement for popular Texan fighter Mike Bronzoulis, jumped right up after Hieron let go of the choke and immediately disputed the result.

In his post-fight interview, Hieron said he had the choke on tight and kept squeezing, even telling Hanccock that da Silva might be out because he quit moving. Regardless, Hieron outclassed da Silva in all phases of the fight, picking up his first win his first outing since Bellator champ Ben Askren edged him out in their title bout last November, ending his 10-fight winning streak.

The fight served as the night’s main event, as another popular local, Chad Robichaux, missed weight the day before for his flyweight championship fight with UFC vet Will Campuzano. The fight was still going to take place as a non-championship, catchweight bout, but kidney issues connected with the weight cut forced the bout’s cancelation. Elsewhere, BJJ world champion and all-star grappler Robert Drysdale made quick work of Isaac Villanueva, locking up an armbar to force the tap just 89 seconds seconds into the fight. Villanueva barely had time to walk forward when Drysdale shot for a single-leg and took the fight to the mat. Drysdale showed off his world-class grappling skills by easily taking the back, threatening the choke, then transitioning to a slick armbar.

Villanueva landed a solid punch that swelled Drysdale's eye, but that would be the only offense the Houston native would be able to muster before the American-born BJJ wiz moved to 4-0.

Cage Warriors heavyweight champion and Bellator vet D.J. Linderman used superior wrestling and tremendous pressure to earn a second-round TKO win over Dale Mitchell in their heavyweight contest.

Linderman wasted no time going for the takedown in the second round but Mitchell's sprawl was true and he nearly locked up a guillotine choke. However, once “Da Protégé” got Mitchlel on the mat, he then took the back, flattened him out and finished the fight with heavy shots to both sides of Mitchell's head, forcing Jon Schorle into action at 3:29 of the second round.

Middleweight Noel Ligon used superior stand up skills to score a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) win over Artenas Young. Ligon took advantage of Young's tentative hands with good combinations and leg kicks. Arenas’ attempts to put Ligon on the mat were short-lived as Ligon quickly scrambled to his feet. The men were content to stand for the rest of the fight.

The third time was the charm for Brazilian bantamweight Alan Nascimento as he locked up a kneebar to submit Terry Ackerman in their 135-pound bout after much trying.

Nascimento tried for a leg lock in each of the previous two rounds, but Ackerman's defense stayed firm. He tagged "Puro Osso" with quick and accurate combinations throughout the fight, and also landed several takedowns. However, Nascimento fought well off his back using transitions to attack with leglock before the fight-ending kneebar at 3:19 of the final round.

In a thrilling 160-pound contest, Ray Blodget edged out Scotty Juarez by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), while popular local Justin Reiswerg choked Cris Rucker out cold with a second-round triangle in their lightweight contest.

Lester Batres took out Danny Rodriguez in the third round of their middleweight contest with a rear-naked choke; Jared Chaffee punched out Jason Carter in round two at 135 pounds and in a pair of welterweight contests, Jeremy Morris made Levi West a second-round victim of the Jason Von Flue choke while Charles Ontiveros halted Mark Garcia in the second frame, as well.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Andy Nguyen To Defend Her KOTC Title After Legacy FC 57 Fight Against Bi Nguyen

  • 28 days ago
  • 8 views

Nguyen returns to Legacy FC this Friday in Shreveport, Louisiana, to take on a fighter she’s very familiar with in the debuting Bi Nguyen in a main card bout. read news >>

Tony Kelley Heads Into Legacy FC 57 Title Fight Knowing He’s Facing a ‘Big Test’

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

Tony Kelley will have his biggest test as a pro to date when he takes on Kevin Aguilar for the vacant Legacy FC 145-pound title in the main event on Friday. read news >>

For Legacy’s Kevin Aguilar, It’s All About the Victory; The Title is Just a Bonus

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

For Legacy FC's Kevin Aguilar, it's all about the fight and the victory. The fact that he would win a title on Friday night is just an added bonus. read news >>

Legacy FC 57 Results and Highlights: Kevin Aguilar Captures Featherweight Title

  • 27 days ago
  • 10 views

Four first-round finishes and a five-round championship war highlight another thrilling night of fights at Legacy FC 57. Check out the results and highlights. read news >>

Jose Torres taking IMMAF success to the pros

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

Jose Torres's amateur career consisted of 25 consecutive wins and two world championship. Now he's finally in the pros and thus far his success is translating. read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Results: Tatiana Suarez and Andrew Sanchez Earn UFC Contracts

  • 20 days ago
  • 36 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship crowned two new The Ultimate Fighter winners on Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. read news >>

Brock Lesnar's Purse for UFC 200 Reportedly $2.5 Million

  • 19 days ago
  • 10 views

Whether he wins or loses at UFC 200, Brock Lesnar will be well compensated for his participation. According to Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole, Lesnar will earn a $2.5 million purse Saturday night. More to read news >>

Pena, Gastelum, Dillashaw go distance for wins

  • 20 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC 200 prelims saw fighters have to go the distance for victory, including Julianna Pena, Kelvin Gastelum, TJ Dillashaw and Sage Northcutt. read news >>

One Top MMA Prospect Wins Debut, One Suffers Massive Upset Loss in Friday Action

  • 6 days ago
  • 20 views

Mackenzie Dern's fight on Friday could not have gone much better. Darrion Caldwell's could not have gone much worse. Even when the prospects are elite, as Dern and Caldwell both are, the issue is nev read news >>

One Top MMA Prospect Wins Debut, One Suffers Massive Upset Loss in Friday Action

  • 6 days ago
  • 3 views

Mackenzie Dern's fight on Friday could not have gone much better. Darrion Caldwell's could not have gone much worse. Even when the prospects are elite, as Dern and Caldwell both are, the issue is nev read news >>