HOUSTON -- Pete Spratt
did all he could in the cage to shake his rep as easy submission
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
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.
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
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 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.
Garcia quickly found himself underneath North Dallas MMA's
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
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
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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