HOUSTON -- Pete Spratt did all he could in the cage to shake his rep as easy submission fodder.

However, try as he might, the Texas native couldn't hold off the grappling offense of Brazilian veteran Jorge “Macaco” Patino, who claimed the vacant Legacy FC welterweight title by split decision Friday night at the Houston Arena Theatre.

The 40-year-old Spratt was the early aggressor, walking Patino down, stuffing his takedowns, landing hooks and uppercuts. "Macaco" looked almost entirely inert until the third round when a surprise left hook put Spratt on roller skates. The San Antonio native hit the mat, allowing Patino to take the back and threaten with submissions.

Spratt, whose 20 losses entering the bout featured 16 submissions and 10 rear-naked chokes, managed to fend of Patino's offensive, a testament to his jiu-jitsu work with Rodrigo Pinheiro. However, the grappling exchange slowed Spratt's output, as the San Antonio native struggled to land the sorts of blows he connected with early.

In the fifth, Patino got Spratt on the mat, and again threatened with chokes. Spratt escaped to his feet once more, but too exhausted to do anything, simply watched the clock tick down.

Judge Patrick Patlin saw the bout 48-47 for Spratt. However, Joe Soliz and Chance Williams scored the bout 48-47 "Macaco," who took the split verdict and the title.

Eric Schambari might've been a hot Texas-based prospect six years ago, but that distinction now belongs to undefeated Andrew Craig, who impressively earned three 30-26 scorecards over the WEC and Bellator veteran in their middleweight contest.

The powerful Schambari showed off his double-leg slams and top position grappling early and throughout the bout. However, the real tale of the bout came four minutes into the first, when a Craig head kick and follow-up punches rocked Schambari, setting a holding pattern for the next two rounds.

For the last 10 minutes, Craig defended the fatigued Schambari's takedowns, escaped from his back, and cracked him with punches and head kicks. The Vegas native who started his career in the Lone Star State was dropped again in the second round, and nearly choked out with an arm-triangle in the third.

With the victory, the 25-year-old Team Tooke fighter moves to 6-0 in just a 16-month pro career.

Yoked Houston middleweight Larry Crowe moved to 5-1, showing off some of the flashiness present in his namesake with a crushing head-kick knockout of Isaac Villanueva.

Crowe's striking was superior throughout, and when Villanueva sought to catch a Crowe kick at his waist, the Silverback Fight Club product brought his leg upstairs for the thunderous ending at 1:57 of the second frame.

At 170 pounds, Paradigm Training Center’s Rashon Lewis took an undeserved split decision over fellow Ricardo Talavera.

Talavera took Lewis' back in the first frame and threatened with a rear-naked choke, and then locked up a brabo choke in the second round, controlling proceedings. Chance Williams had a realistic 29-28 Talavera scorecard. Patrick Patlin saw it 29-28 Lewis, while Joe Soliz had an insulting 30-27 Lewis card.

Steve Garcia quickly found himself underneath North Dallas MMA's Steven Peterson in their bantamweight affair. However, when Garcia attempted to regain his footing, he was caught in a guillotine choke, prompting Peterson to pull guard and snatch the win at 1:40 of the first round.

Former Marine and Houston police officer Jeff Rexroad started slow and played guard beneath John Malbrough for round one. However, the Paradigm product landed a crushing counter right to start the second round, setting in motion an attack that led to a rear-naked choke victory 50 ticks into the round.

21-year-old Gracie Barra Houston product Alex Morono moved to 4-1, besting fellow welterweight Evert Gutierrez. Morono used cleaner striking and his superior dirty boxing to hammer out a unanimous verdict (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

Local bantamweight upstart Cody Williams blew away foe Nate Garza in the first frame, felling his foe with a one-two that crumpled the Willis, Tex., native on the mat.

Brazos Valley middleweight William Bush grounded and pounded Josh Foster thoroughly en route to three 30-27 scorecards.

Experienced Houstonian Lee King had little trouble with Mark Garcia, ending the welterweight contest in the first round with a volley of heavy punches.

In the evening's opener, Galveston's Justin Reiswerg savaged Kenneth Battle in their 160-pound contest, punching and elbowing him to a merciful first-round stoppage.

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