By TXMMA Staff
Clarifying the Legacy FC title picture; Summer schedule promises exciting championship caliber fights
HOUSTON, TX, April 11, 2014 – The Legacy Fighting Championship has definitely been busy as of late. The promotion just completed the latest leg of their 2014 schedule, going out of state once again for their 30th event. That one ended with Holly Holm winning the first-ever women’s title bout in Legacy history in front of her hometown crowd. It also follows the Legacy FC 29 event held in Tulsa, OK just last month that saw local Myron Dennis upset Paul Buentello for the 205 lbs. title.
With those two division squared away as far as champions go, Mick Maynard and crew don’t plan on stopping here. The promotion recently announced several title fights heading into this summer.
Before we talk about those, here’s the Legacy FC title holders as they stand today:
- 265 lbs. Champion: Vacant (last titleholder: Derrick Lewis *UFC)
- 205 lbs. Champion: Myron Dennis (Oklahoma City, OK)
- 185 lbs. Champion: Bubba Bush (College Station, TX)
- 170 lbs. Champion: Vacant (last titleholder: Jorge Macaco Patino *WSOF)
- 155 lbs. Champion: Vacant (last titleholder: Carlos Diego Ferreira *UFC)
- 145 lbs. Champion: Leonard Garcia (Edgewood, NM)
- 135 lbs. Champion: Matt Hobar (Dallas, TX)
- 135 lbs. Champion: Holly Holm (Albuquerque, NM)
- 125 lbs. Champion: Vacant (last titleholder: Will Campuzano *TBD)
Now let’s take a look at some of the upcoming fights Texas and national fans can look forward to seeing in the near future.
Damacio Page and Henry Ceujo to clash at Legacy Fighting Championship 31; Bubba Bush also set to defend middleweight title versus Roger Narvaez
First up in the summer lineup for LFC is Legacy Fighting Championship 31, set to take place in Houston at the Arena Theatre on June 13, 2014.The show will be headlined by two title fights that should be amongst the most talked-about matchups of the summer.
The Legacy FC 31 main event features UFC veteran Damacio Page (17-9) facing undefeated Olympic wrestling transplant Henry Cejudo for the flyweight title. That division hasn’t had a titleholder since Will Campuzano parted ways with the organization almost a year ago. A worthy title fight hasn’t matriculated since then but it turns out it was worth the weight as this one is definitely a worthy fight for the belt. Despite only 2 wins in his last 7, “The Angel of Death” (Page) earned this one by virtue of a scintillating TKO over Matt “SMG” Lozano in Dallas this past February. He’s also retained his power and is only 31 years old so he’s not looking to be another building block for his much-hyped opponent. Speaking of which, Cejudo has been nearly perfect in MMA so far with 6 wins to 0 losses. The main issue for him hasn’t so much been opponents in the cage but issues cutting weight. With a 0 pound weight allowance in title fights, the margin for error goes from slim to none in this one for the Olympian so it should be very intriguing to see if he not only shows up for this fight, but shows up prepared.
The second of Legacy FC 31’s title fights sees middleweight champion William “Bubba” Bush (7-2) defending his title for the second time since winning it over Larry Crowe last July. “The Fighting Texas Aggie” defended the belt against Rakim Cleveland at Legacy FC 28 just this past February but didn’t really rest much in preparation for the next challenge ahead. That comes in the form of Roger Narvaez aka “The Silverback” from Corpus Christi. Roger Is 6-0 heading into his first prominent pro title shot against Bush.
Brazilian striker Thomas Almeida headlines Legacy FC 32; Bantamweight title implications in this main event versus Aaron Phillips
Next on tap for the summer schedule is Legacy Fighting Championship 32, scheduled for Shreveport, LA on June 20th. This show will featured undefeated Brazilian strike extraordinaire Thomas “Thominhas” Almeida (16-0) taking on fellow undefeated Aaron Phillips (8-0).
For those of unfamiliar with Almeida, he’s been absolutely brutal since debuting in professional MMA. The 22 year old has an unblemished 16-fight record with an amazing 16 finishes. Moreover, only 2 of those went past the first round. His Legacy FC wins include a highlight reel KO win by elbow over Cody Williams at Legacy FC 15 and an equally impressive first round TKO over George Pacurariu at Legacy 26 this past December.
As for Aaron Phillips, he’s not one to count out either despite his opponent’s credentials. The of “Crazy” Tim Credeur protégé most recently defeated South Texas veteran David (DJ) Fuentes this past December to gain his eight pro win and also holds a submission victory over Legacy FC veteran Ryan Hollis (5-4).
The winner of Almeida vs. Phillips is said to have the inside track on a bantamweight title shot in the division currently championed by another undefeated fighter and UFC prospect in Dallas, TX native Matt Hobar.
Damon “Leech” Jackson gets his title shot, fights Leonard Garcia at Legacy FC 33
In the last but not least of the recently announced summer matchups, undefeated Octagon MMA fighter Damon Jackson (8-0) gets his featherweight title shot against Leonard Garcia (18-11). “Bad Boy” (Garcia) was supposed to defend his belt at Legacy FC 29 in Tulsa before his opponent fell off at the last minute. Instead he gets an even tougher test here when Legacy heads back to the Allen Event Center in Dallas for Legacy Fighting Championship 33.
Stay tuned for more on these fights and other matchups as they develop here on TXMMA.com.