Legacy FC 14 Results: Jeff Rexroad Captures Interim Title in Stunning Comeback


Legacy FC LogoThings didn’t exactly go the way that Jeff Rexroad thought they would in his Friday night fight with Lucas Pimenta at Legacy FC 14 in Houston, Texas.

“I think that my cardio and my striking will be able to help me dictate where the fight goes,” he told MMAWeekly.com in the days leading up to the fight.

It actually turned out to be Pimenta’s striking that dictated where the fight went. He rocked Rexroad early in the first round and put him on the defensive with a flurry of follow-up punches. Rexroad recovered, if only briefly, before Pimenta took him down and unleashed a solid barrage of ground and pound.

Rexroad again survived, patiently awaiting an opportunity.

That opportunity came in the second round when Pimenta put Rexroad on his back with a solid double-leg takedown. This time, however, Rexroad started working what originally looked like a gogoplata attempt, a la Shinya Aoki. He morphed it into a different choke that he had been working on in the gym leading up to the bout.

Throwing one leg over Pimenta’s back, reaching under his chin with the same-side arm, grabbing his ankle, Rexroad then locked up a modified triangle choke that was so tight, Pimenta immediately tapped out.

“This is a choke that I’ve been working,” said Rexroad. “Don’t really have a name for it, but you kind of use the arm instead of the leg.”

Rexroad was originally slated to face Jorge Patino for the Legacy FC welterweight championship, but Patino fell out of the bout due to injury. He and Pimenta squared off for the interim belt, however, giving Rexroad the next best thing, setting up a future showdown with Patino.

“Unfortunately (Patino) got injured,” said Rexroad after the fight. “I was looking forward to the fight. When he gets healthy, I’d be honored to fight him.”

Josh Sampo knew going into his fight with UFC veteran Antonio Banuelos, he had a golden opportunity at hand.

“I don’t want to bank everything on this one fight, it’s just the next fight in my career, and I’m just taking them one at a time,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “Still, if I look further on, it can really help my career.”

And that it surely did. Sampo snatched a unanimous decision victory over Banuelos, opening up a world of options for his fight career.

“If I get a call from the big show, it’d be awesome,” said Sampo. “Legacy, if they can get me another fight. I just wanna keep fighting.”

Legacy FC 14 Full Results:

–Jeff Rexroad def. Lucas Pimenta via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:17, R2
–Josh Sampo def. Antonio Banuelos via Unanimous Decision, R3
–Steven Peterson def. Cody Williams via Submission (Omo Plata) at 4:46, R2
–Derrick Krantz def. Brandon Farran via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:11, R1
–Lester Batres def. Jon Harris via TKO (Strikes) at 2:11, R1
–Matt Schnell def. Ryan Hollis via Split Decision, R3
–Darrion Caldwell def. David Armas via Unanimous Decision, R3
–Charlie Ontiveros def. Anthony Tatum via Unanimous Decision
–Terrance Ferguson def. Patrick Hutton via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
–Kaileb Cummins def. Patrick Greene via Submission (Guillotine Choke), R3

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 22 days ago
  • 119 views

Matt Betzold is the latest fighter to take on a serious MMA career, but he's doing it with a chip on his shoulder and an extra leg to stand on. Well okay, maybe not three legged, but that was how he read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 6 views

Invicta FC 10 kicks off the fight weekend Friday evening with an atomweight title tilt. Champion Michelle Waterson defends against Herica Tiburcio in the main event of an eight-fight card. Waterson d read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

Former Bellator title contender Rick Hawn is headed to Titan FC. According to Titan FC CEO Jeff Aronson, Hawn has signed a four-fight deal with the promotion and is scheduled to make his debut at Tit read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 13 views

The first three fights of the UFC Fight Night 57 card are in the books, and none of them went the whole 15 minutes. The Fight pass prelim bouts that kicked off the UFC Fight Night 57 event were both read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

Edson Barboza scored a major victory on Saturday night, upsetting Bobby Green at UFC Fight Night 57 in Austin, Texas. read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 9 views

Matt Betzold will go for his fifth straight win when he fights early next year at Legacy FC 39.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Texas-based promotion Legacy Fighting Championship has signed amputee Matt Betzold to a multi-fight deal. read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 6 views

Matt Betzold has a new place to call home. Riding a four-fight winning streak, the one-legged flyweight has signed a multi-fight deal with Legacy FC, promoter Mick Maynard told MMAFighting.com on Tue read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 0 views

Tony Evinger believes she's already taken out Invicta FC's top bantamweights, and sees her fight with Cindy Dandois on Saturday as something to keep her busy. read news >>

Jump to: