Jorge Patino got the winner's interview by beating Mike
Bronzoulis at Legacy FC 9. | Photo: Andy Hemingway
HOUSTON -- Jorge “Macaco”
’s relentless takedowns and iron chin helped him win a
unanimous decision over Mike
to retain the Legacy Fighting Championships
welterweight title at
in Houston on Friday night.
Patino landed takedown after takedown to control Bronzoulis for the
majority of the five-round affair. However, it was Bronzoulis that
did the most damage. When the fight moved into the fourth and fifth
rounds, Patino was clearly winded. Bronzoulis took advantage,
tagging him with stiff combinations.
He even landed a slick 1-2 head kick combo in the fourth, but
Patino was unfazed. He took everything Bronzoulis could dish out
and continued looking for takedowns.
When the bell rang for the fifth, Patino immediately went for
another takedown and landed it, but only momentarily. Bronzoulis
immediately got to his feet, but Patino remained relentless in his
pursuit of takedowns throughout the round.
Patino busted Bronzoulis..
He eventually took Bronzoulis’ back with both hooks locked in.
Bronzoulis defended, reversed the position and got back to his
feet. The round ended with Bronzoulis rushing forward for one last
flurry. It was to no avail, as all three judges scored the contest
49-46 in favor of Patino.
Rexroad finished Larry Crowe
in their 175-pound catch-weight contest late in the third round
with a slick armbar from his back.
Rexroad used counter hooks and overhand rights to bloody Crowe’s
nose early in the third round. Crowe was visibly gassed in the
final frame, leaving his hands low and telegraphing his
Rexroad took advantage, landing crisp shots in their exchanges and
locking up a few Thai plums to land solid knees to Crowe’s bloodied
face. It was after one of those knees that Crowe shot for a
takedown in desperation. Even though he landed it, Rexroad pulled
guard and locked up a triangle. He quickly transitioned to a
modified arm bar, forcing Crowe to tap with less than two minutes
left in the third.
For the first four and a half minutes of their bantamweight bout,
Williams dominated Steve
Garcia. Williams’ combinations and leg kicks were getting the
best of Garcia, and he also outclassed his opponent on the
Then Garcia turned the tide, landing a left hook that stopped
Williams in his tracks. When Garcia moved to finish, the referee
stepped in to stop the fight at 4:39 of the first round.
In other action, Jonathan
Harris used an impressive mix of standup, takedowns and
ground-and-pound to stop Ricardo Talaverra in round three of their
Both men were tired going into the final frame, but Harris had a
little more left in the tank. He quickly landed a takedown and
moved to mount. From the top he landed an assortment of punches and
elbows, but Talaverra weathered the storm, and bucked Harris off
into side control. From there, Harris continued the onslaught,
forcing the stoppage.
Pineda ended his 150-pound catch-weight fight with Gilbert
Jimenez in spectacular fashion, finishing the San Antonio
native with a spinning backfist at 1:27 of round two.
To begin the professional card, heavyweights Derrick
Lewis and Rakim
Cleveland fought into the third round before Lewis capitalized
on a takedown and some vicious ground-and-pound to force a referee
stoppage at the 3:12 mark.
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