Two title bouts will headline the
Legacy Fighting ChampionshipMarch 1 offering in Houston.
Promotion officials recently announced that Derrick
Lewis will defend his heavyweight strap against Ricky
Shivers and lightweight king Jorge
Patino will take on Derrick
LFC 18. Additionally, the card will feature a flyweight scrap
between unbeaten Rafael de
Freitas and WEC veteran Antonio
Banuelos. The event takes place at the Arena Theater and will
be televised by AXS TV.
A onetime Bellator competitor, Lewis is unbeaten in his last five
outings. Most recently, “The Black Beast” scored a second-round
knockout of Jared
Rosholt at LFC 13 in August. The Silverback MMA representative
has finished all eight of his professional victories, stopping
seven opponents by knockout or technical knockout.
Shivers carries a two-fight winning streak into his meeting with
Lewis. The longtime Alaska Fighting Championship stalwart has
competed just once thus far in 2012, stopping Mychal
Clark with punches in June.
Patino is unbeaten in three appearances under the LFC banner,
including five-round triumphs over Pete Spratt
Bronzoulis in 2011. The 39-year-old Macaco Gold Team
representative has competed in Pride, the UFC and Strikeforce
during a 43-fight professional tenure.
Krantz is 3-1 in 2012, with his only loss coming at the hands of
Koreshkov at Bellator 69 in May. “D-Rock” has since rebounded
to defeat Brandon
Farran at LFC 14 and Charles
Byrd at LFC 16 in his next two bouts.