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

RFA vs. Legacy Superfight results: Alexandre Pantoja puts Damacio Page to sleep

  • 24 days ago
  • 13 views

Nova Uniao product and RFA flyweight champ Alexandre Pantoja put Legacy FC champ Damacio Page to sleep to claim the inaugural AXS TV superfight belt at 125 pounds.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Featured read news >>

Legacy Champ Damacio Page Has a Job To Do and He’s Going To Do It

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

Legacy FC champ Damacio Page carries the weight of the promotion on his shoulders at RFA vs. Legacy FC, but for him, it's just a job that he's got to do. read news >>

Jessica Penne sees title shot as chance to 'earn that respect'

  • 15 days ago
  • 0 views

You'll never catch Jessica Penne trolling her way into the spotlight. The inaugural Invicta 105-pound champion and current top contender to the UFC strawweight title prefers to let her work in the Oc read news >>

RFA vs. Legacy FC: 5 More Cross-Promotional Events We'd Like to See

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

This weekend, AXS TV hosts a cross-promotional showdown, as Resurrection Fighting Alliance and Legacy Fighting Championship fight for pride. It's a concept that should be an attraction to viewers who read news >>

UFC 187 main card result recap: Cerrone and Benavidez impress, Arlovski wins in FOTY candidate

  • 8 days ago
  • 0 views

Bloody Elbow recaps the big fights from UFC 187 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Here, we look at the opening three bouts of the main card which featured fan favourites Donald Cerrone, Joseph Benavide read news >>

UFC-Reebok Deal: Who Wins, Who Loses on UFC's New Uniform Policy?

  • 21 days ago
  • 31 views

Last week, UFC fighters and managers finally received firm numbers regarding the promotion's upcoming Reebok-helmed uniform deal. The response? Outrage. For those who missed it, the breakdown is thus read news >>

UFC Fight Night 67 prelims results: Jason, Formiga, Dalby pick up wins

  • 2 days ago
  • 3 views

Jussier Formiga and Rony Jason both made the hometown Brazilian crowd happy with big wins on the UFC Fight Night 67 preliminary card. The rest of the UFC Fight Night 67 prelims are in the books, and read news >>

Bellator 137 video highlights: Champ Brandon Halsey wins big, but stripped of title

  • 16 days ago
  • 40 views

Win or lose in Friday’s Bellator 137 headliner, Brandon Halsey knew his reign as Bellator MMA middleweight champion was over. Still, he made the most of a bad situation.Filed under: Bellator, Feature read news >>

Alexandre Pantoja: ‘Historic’ RFA vs. Legacy FC main event is last step before UFC

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

Resurrection Fighting Alliance and Legacy Fighting Championships will co-promote an event Friday night in Robinsonville, Miss., and Brazilian flyweight Alexandre Pantoja feels honored to headline thi read news >>

RFA vs. Legacy FC Showdown: Exclusive Video Primer for Upcoming Fight Card

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Co-promotion works. For MMA fans, that might feel like a bold statement. After all, for years the UFC has eschewed it, preferring instead to establish themselves as the dominant player in the market read news >>

Trending News

Top News

Jump to: