Legacy Fighting Championship held their first event of 2014, Legacy FC 27 on Friday at the Arena Theatre, in Houston Texas featured a welterweight main event between Tim Means (19-5-1) and Artenas Young (10-6). After being released by the UFC—due to back to back losses to Masvidal and Castillo, snapping his 10 fight win streak, and having a literal battle with the sauna, cutting weight—Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means made his Legacy debut at Legacy FC 25 with a vicious knockout of veteran Pete Spratt in the main event. On that same card, Artenas Young bounced back from a loss by defeating Jonathan Harris via Unanimous Decision.
These two met in the main event of tonight’s card. Both started cautious on the feet, aware of each others power. But the fight ended quickly when Means landed a left knee to the chin of Young, followed by an uppercut to the body and a barrage of strikes to finish the fight via TKO in the 2nd minute. Young disputed the referee’s stoppage, but it was too late, Means had notched his 15th victory by (T)KO.
In the co-main event, Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo (5-0) remained undefeated and improved his record to 6-0 defeating Elias Garcia (4-0) by unanimous decision. Garcia stunned Cejudo in the opening minute with a right hand, but Cejudo quickly went to his ‘bread and butter’, world class wrestling. Cejudo would easily takedown Garcia and remain in top control for the entire three rounds, mixing in a bit of clinch work in between. Garcia post-fight told his corner that he had broken his elbow.
“I saw stars, I’m still seeing stars.” Henry Cejudo said of the punch he took in the first round.
However this victory was overshadowed by the events that occurred during the previous day’s weigh-ins, in which Cejudo claimed he had cut over 20lbs in a day.
According to MMAJunkie.com, Cejudo missed weight by 2.5 lbs (weighin in at 128.25lbs) and was fined half of his purse. In addition, for arriving 2.5 hours late to the weigh-ins, Cejudo was fined $1,000 and is expected to be suspended for 90 to 180 days. As of now, his future in Legacy FC remains uncertain.
Larry Crowe (7-3) won a unanimous decision over Terrence Ferguson (2-1) in a lackluster bout. Crowe came out stalking down his opponent landing powerful punches, popped right back up on 3 of Ferguson’s first takedown attempts. Ferguson was able to weather the early storm and would eventually be able to take down the bigger Crowe, and wear him down on the mat. Role reversal in the 2nd round, saw Crowe take Ferguson down twice in the round and remained in top control. More of the same in round 3, Crowe took Ferguson down to start the round, then mounting and taking the back of Terrence to end the round. Crowe did seem to injure his rib at some point during teh fight, holding onto it post fight.
Alex Black (5-3) extended his win streak to 5 fights, while snapping Charles Cheeks III (7-2)‘s 6 fight win streak in the process. 5’7″ Cheeks was able to overcome 6’0″ Black’s big height and reach advantage by using his wrestling, but on the ground had to deal with Black’s very active guard, defending triangles and armbar attempts in round 1. In round 2, after getting taken down once again by Cheeks, Black locked in and finished a triangle choke from the bottom for the tap. Flashing his BJJ purple belt in celebration post-fight was Alex “Bet on” Black, later rewarded the submission of the night.
20 year old, Caio Machado (3-0) made his Legacy FC debut a successful one, against Domingo Pilarte (3-0) in what was the most action packed first round of the night, and awarded the fight of the night. With both fighters throwing caution to the wind, Pilarte swung for the fences early and was tagging Machado against the fence, but the early output exhausted Pilarte, as Machado came back to land huge haymakers of his own and nearly finishing him at the end of the 1st. That exhaustion continued into the second round for Pilarte—who had his hands on his knees, which saw Machado take Pilarte down and spent most of the round delivering ground and pound on the back of Domingo. The 3rd round saw an exchange of takedowns with a quick standup from the referee, Machado swept Pilarte into a calf slicer attempt with a side choke to end the fight. Machado took the decision 29-28 on all scorecards.
In the opening bout of the main card, Blackzillians’ Kamaru Usman (2-1) landed big counter shots early on in the standup against Steven Rodriguez (2-1), dropping Rodriguez with a leaping left hook and proceeding to finish him on the ground in over-under control with strikes.
Ready Every Second (RES Nation) rewarded each fighter that finished their fight via KO/TKO/SUB, a $1,000 bonus.