I know this probably gets said more often than it should, but Legacy 18 was one of the best shows the promotion has put on to date. (Almost) every fight was action packed, and there were several amazing finishes and jaw-dropping moments. Below is a quick recap of the night's action.
The Black Beast Retains Heavyweight Title
Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis proved yet again that while there may be no substitute for experience, being really, really strong is a nice alternative. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Ricky Shivers refused to go easy, surviving a vicious first round assault and coming back to win the second round, spending much of it mounted on the champion. He even had an arm bar fully stretched at the end of the round, but could not get a tap from Lewis. The power of Lewis was overwhelming though, as he pounded Shivers out with punches and elbows late in the 3rd round. The win moved Lewis to 9-2 (1 NC) overall, and could have him in line to be the next Houston based fighter representing in the UFC.
Macaco Survives Early Push, Subs Krantz
Derrick Krantz provided a nice test for Jorge "Macaco" Patino, dropping him with a flurry in the opening frame. Krantz had a couple of takedowns, but Macaco was able to work his way up quickly each time. In the second round, Patino was more aggressive with his striking, and started to win some grappling exchanges. Off of a scramble, the veteran Patino jumped guard and finished with a modified guillotine to retain his title. The win moves Macaco to 29-13, and runs his win streak to 6.Up next is a fight in Japanese organization Pancrase later in the month. The loss dropped Krantz to 14-7 as a pro.
DeFreitas and Banuelos Fight To Split Draw
Antonio Banuelos and Rafael DeFreitas finished in a draw after 15 minutes of somewhat lackluster action. DeFreitas had a few exciting moments, nearly finishing a choke at the end of the 2nd round. Unfortunately for him, a first round flurry finished with an illegal kick to the head of the downed Banuelos. He was deducted a point, and after Banueleos controlled the 3rd round, the fight was scored a draw.
Moore Puts First Career Loss On Ontiveros
Charlie Ontiveros very well could be the future of MMA in Houston, but Todd Moore made it clear that the future isn't here just yet. Ontiveros threw some of the flashy standup we have seen from him in the past, but the veteran Moore was able to get takedowns and eventually get mount on Ontiveros. Moore brought down elbows and punches, opening up a cut and forcing the ref to stop the fight in the 2nd round.
Taylor Stops Scott In Bloodbath
Lauren Taylor made an impressive Legacy debut, pounding out Jennifer Scott in violent fashion. Scott looked sharp early, picking Taylor apart on their feet. Once the fight went to the ground, Taylor was able to open up a cut on Scott's head with ground and pound and force the referee to jump in and make a stop late in the 1st round.
Morono Notches Another Submission Win
Alex Morono showed once again that he is the most underrated fighters in Houston's MMA scene. He was never in danger against Brandon Farran. Morono scored a trip and grabbed a guillotine, but couldn't finish it (possibly due to Farran's dreadlocks). He transitioned into an arm bar and Farran had no choice but to submit just over a minute into the fight.
Larry Crowe def. Matt Rogers by TKO (Punches) RD 1
Dale Mitchell def. Chad Cook by TKO (Unable to answer bell- ribs) RD 2
Gerzan Chaw def. David Armas by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Chris Reed def. Jermaine Anugwom by KO (Punch) RD 1
Kaileb Cummins and Justin Murray fought to a draw
Eric Valdez def. Edgar Juarez by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
FIGHT NIGHT AWARDS
Fight of the Night: "Macaco" Patino vs. Derrick Krantz
Submission of the Night: "Macaco" Patino
Knockout of the Night: Chris Reed