UFC and Bellator veteran Jay Hieron
made the most of his debut with
Legacy Fighting Championship, but not without some
Friday night at
Legacy FC 12 inside Houston’s Arena Theatre, the 35-year-old
Hieron showed off his kickboxing skills against Brazilian
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
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
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
Reiswerg choked Cris Rucker out cold with a second-round
triangle in their lightweight contest.
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
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.