Verbal agreements are in place for three bouts at the May 11
Legacy Fighting Championship event, officials from the
Texas-based promotion announced on Monday.
Legacy welterweight champ Jorge “Macaco”
Patino (Pictured) will drop to 155 pounds and face Jesus
Rivera for the vacant lightweight title. Also, the recently
Drysdale will face Isaac
Villanueva at middleweight, while Chad
Robichaux and Joseph
Sandoval will clash at featherweight.
A 39-fight veteran who has competed for the UFC, Pride FC and
Strikeforce, Patino captured the Legacy welterweight crown by
defeating Pete Spratt
via split decision last September. At LFC 9, he defended the belt,
earning a unanimous nod over Mike
Bronzoulis over five rounds. The 38-year-old Brazilian
jiu-jitsu black belt began his career in 1995 and notably defeated
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the former Strikeforce champion’s 2003
A four-time Legacy veteran, Rivera will look for his third
consecutive win after stopping Reynaldo
Trujillo with strikes and submitting Randy Hauer
with a rear-naked choke in 2011. Only one of Rivera’s six career
triumphs has gone to a decision.
Drysdale -- the 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling
World Championships absolute division winner -- is unbeaten as a
mixed martial artist. The Las Vegas resident has fought three times
under the Armageddon Fighting Championships banner, submitting each
of his opponents inside the first round. Most recently Drysdale
elicited a tap out from “Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 alumnus
Nickels via guillotine choke last June.
Villanueva has lost two consecutive fights, falling to Larry Crowe
at LFC 8 and Justin
Ledet earlier this year. The Metro Fight Club representative
has finished six of his seven wins by knockout or technical
Unbeaten in his first six appearances, Sandoval suffered the first
loss of his career at UFC Live 6, as Walel
Watson stopped him 1:17 into the opening frame. Nick Denis
handed the 25-year-old Lubbock, Texas, native another brutal loss
in the Octagon in January, knocking him out with elbows to the head
in 22 seconds.
Robichaux also began his career on a tear, winning 11-straight
fights before suffering his first loss at the hands of current
Bellator bantamweight king Zach
Makovsky. He was submitted by Jonathan
Mackles in his most recent outing last July.
Emanating from the Arena Theater in Houston, the
Legacy Fighting Championship 11 main card is set to air on
HDNet. To date, the promotion has held 14 events since 2009; its
next event is scheduled for Feb. 24 and will be highlighted by a
welterweight scrap between Mike
Bronzoulis and Eric Davila.