Legacy FC 32 took place Friday evening at the Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel in Bossier City, Louisiana. The main event featured a bantamweight title fight between a pair of young undefeated Brazilian fighters; Thomas Almeida (16-0) vs. Caio Machado (5-0) for the vacant Legacy FC bantamweight championship.
Capturing the bantamweight crown would be the 22 year old, Thomas de Almeida, who scored his 15th 1st round finish in 17 career bouts. Training out of Chute Boxe Academy, Almeida pieced together precise and damaging combinations on the feet–doing the majority of his damage inside the clinch of a taller Caio Machado.
As Machado continued to take the fight to the ground, Almedia was able to defend all of his takedown attempts, while making him pay each time with strikes in close range. However it was at striking distance where a right hand, followed by a left hook to the liver that dropped Machado and ended the fight by TKO. Thomas de Almeida’s 13th career TKO victory hands 21 year old Caio Machado his first loss. While Almedia’s star continues to shine brightly as a prospect in MMA.
When asked by Pat Miletich if anyone can go the distance with him in a fight, “Only god,” Almeida said, who has yet to see a judge’s decision in his career.
The co-main event saw a pair of veteran lightweights do battle, as Derrick Krantz (15-8) impressively dominated former UFC fighter Kyle Bradley (18-10), disposing of him in the first round. Making short work of Bradley, Krantz was in relentless pursuit of the takedown, once he got it–by picking up and slamming Kyle Bradley on to the mat, Krantz made seemingly easy transitions on the mat. Working from guard to mount, to Bradley giving up back mount—Derrick Krantz sunk in the rear naked choke for the tap.
Elsewhere on the main card airing on AXS TV, saw 3 early finishes—earning each fighter a $1,000 bonus courtesy of Ready Every Second.
Both flyweights Klayton Mai (6-1) and Matt Schnell (3-2) were coming off suffering their first career loss–inside the Legacy FC cage, and were looking to bounce back. Mai would be the one to successfully accomplish that feat, dropping Schnell in the 2nd round with a counter left hook, and following up by submitting him with the guillotine choke.
Quentin Henry (8-2) caught and dropped Nicholas Jackson (3-1) twice in the first round, first with a straight left as Jackson was coming forward with his chin in the air. Again in the final minute with a left-right-left combination once again with Jackson’s chin not tucked. This time Henry followed him to the mat and secured his 7th career submission win, getting the tap via armbar.
A close back and forth fight contested mainly on the mat, saw Geoff Neal’s (4-1) ability to scramble and take the back of Christopher Anthony (5-3)–gaining the better positions—prove to be the difference on the judges’ scorecards. Neal overcame the longer reach of Anthony to land takedowns and had to survive Anthony taking his back in round 2.
In the main card opener, Team Alpha Male trained fighter, Tony Kelley improved to 2-0, showcasing a strong all-around game. Kelley used his strikes to set up takedowns and his ground game helped beat the clock in the 2nd round by choking out Chris Pham (3-2) unconscious via a rear naked choke with 2 seconds on the clock.
Full Legacy FC 32 Results:
- Thomas Almeida def. Caio Machado via TKO (liver punch)–Round 1, 4:17
- Derrick Krantz def. Kyle Bradley via Submission (rear-naked choke)–Round 1, 3:44
- Klayton Mai def. Matt Schnell via Submission (guillotine choke)–Round 2, 1:04
- Quentin Henry def. Nicholas Jackson via Submission (armbar)–Round 1, 4:51
- Geoff Neal def. Christopher Anthony via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Tony Kelley def. Chris Pham via Submission (rear-naked choke)–Round 2, 4:58
- Brandon Martin def. Jovon Roberson via Submission (guillotine choke)–Round 1
- King Gladney def. John Clay via Submission (guillotine choke)–Round 1
- Andrea Lee def. Valerie Aspaas via Unanimous Dcision
- Spencer Flores def. Ariel Juarez via Submission (rear-naked choke)–Round 1