Hobar was a smooth operator en route to bantamweight gold at Legacy
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New champions and head-kick stoppages were the one-two punch for
Legacy FC 21, as Matt Hobar
“Bubba” Bush both took home promotional gold, while Leonard Garcia and Holly Holm authored highlight-reel knockouts Friday at
the Arena Theater in Houston.
Dallas' Hobar needed just 3:05 to put away
Millennium Martial Arts' Angel
Huerta and claim Legacy FC's vacant bantamweight crown. “The
Crowbar” got an early takedown, whipping Huerta to the canvas with
little more than an underhook. After hanging out in side control,
Hobar seized the back when the Houston native tried to roll, sunk
his hooks and almost instantly found the rear-naked choke for the
With his fourth submission win, the 26-year-old
Octagon MMA product is now 8-1 in his MMA campaign.
The tough-wrestling Bush, now 6-2 as a pro, had little trouble in
dealing with the clearly overwhelmed tae kwon do expert Larry Crowe,
taking the Legacy middleweight crown left vacant by former champ
and current UFC 185-pounder Andrew
Craig. After spending nearly the entire first round in top
control and nearly getting a tap with a Jason Von
Flue-style shoulder choke, Bush took full mount in round two
and it was effectively over.
The Brazos Valley MMA fighter rained down blow after blow against a
flagging Crowe until referee Kerry Hatley had no choice but to
intervene at 2:41 of the second round.
Relief was sweet for featherweight UFC veteran and haymaker
Garcia, who broke a five-fight losing streak by stopping
Trujillo 24 ticks into the third round in front of a home-state
Garcia, 34, began cautiously as Trujillo attacked frantically with
leaping strikes and takedowns but found his groove via grappling in
round two, dropping the Houstonian and claiming back control.
Garcia, whose winless streak easily could have been up to 11 if not
for his infamously good fortunes with judges, made sure that
scorecards were not even necessary. He swarmed a tired Trujillo at
the opening bell of round three, forcing him to duck into a right
head kick that put him on that mat. Trujillo desperately tried to
roll away, but Garcia followed him in full whack-a-mole mode until
a diving forearm knocked his foe out.
Leonard Garcia got his first stoppage in
nearly five years.
Garcia improves to 16-11-1, while Trujillo's mark now stand at
14-11. It was the first stoppage victory for the noted brawler
since he finished Jens Pulver at
WEC 36 in November 2008, a span of four and a half years.
Head kicks were an obvious theme for
Team Jackson-Winkeljohn fighters, as 135-pound prospect and
boxing convert Holly Holm
took out Allanna
Jones by going upside her head.
Holm was patient in the first round, pumping her right jab against
the defensive-minded Jones. In the second, “The Preacher's
Daughter” opened up with front kicks and head kicks before
eventually striking pay dirt with a left roundhouse upstairs that
put Jones down and out at 2:22 of the second round.
The 31-year-old Holm, who posted a 33-2-3 in her stellar boxing
career, had just nine KOs as a sweet scientist. In her short MMA
tenure, she has halted all four of her opponents.
Former NCAA national wrestling champion Darrion
Caldwell, now training out of
Power MMA in Arizona, cruised to a 30-27 shutout of Gerzan Chaw
at 145 pounds. Despite slowing in the third round, Caldwell
displayed some neat tricks along the way. The 2009 149-pound
college champ for North Carolina State showed an impressive array
of takedowns and even pulled off two Anthony
Pettis-esque leaping punches off the cage.
Holly Holm has stopped every women she's
faced in MMA so far.
Houston welterweight Jonathan
Harris got back in the win column, knocking out fellow local
product Matt Rogers
47 seconds into the second frame. “The Hulk” hurt his foe with
knees and punches before a torrent of right hands on the ground
stopped the bout.
In undercard action, Scott Juarez ended his featherweight bout with
Valdez by third-round guillotine choke, while welterweight
Lopez and bantamweight Ricky
Turcios earned razor-thin split decisions over Kenny Burke
Wright, respectively. In the lightweight opener, Eric Garcia
won a unanimous decision in his pro debut over Jacob