UFC veteran Junior
Assuncao has once again seen his Legacy Fighting Championship
The 31-year-old Brazil native will not compete on April 12 against
Jones as expected. Instead, Assuncao will fight at Legacy FC
20, which takes place May 31 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Jones will
now square off with Rey Trujillo at
Legacy FC 19 from Allen Event Center in Dallas.
Assuncao was initially expected to debut for the promotion in
August, but that booking was scrapped due to a recurring elbow
injury. The fighter’s health was not the cause of this recent
delay, however, as promoter Mick Maynard told Sherdog.com that he
requested Assuncao move his fight date in order to create space on
the April 12 main card for a light heavyweight showdown between
Drysdale and D.J.
Linderman. According to Maynard, Drysdale will soon be
traveling to Australia, and Maynard preferred to book the
submission expert prior to his trip Down Under. Assuncao’s Legacy
FC 20 opponent has not yet been named.
Known for his superior Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills, Drysdale has won
gold at both the Mundials and the ADCC submission wrestling
championship. The light heavyweight made his pro debut in 2010 and
rattled off three straight wins before earning a pair of triumphs
under the Legacy banner, most recently finishing Chris Reed
with a first-round armbar on Nov. 16.
Linderman returns to competition for the first time since suffering
a devastating knockout at the hands of ex-UFC talent Anthony
Johnson, who starched “Da Protege” at the World Series of
Fighting’s debut event on Nov. 3. A Season 4 light heavyweight
tournament semifinalist with Bellator, Linderman posted a 3-1
record to start 2012 before running into “Rumble” to close out last