HOUSTON — UFC and WEC veteran Will Campuzano (10-4) was scheduled to take on Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Chad Robichaux (14-2) for the vacant Legacy flyweight title in the Legacy Fighting Championship 12 headliner this evening at Arena Theater in Houston, Texas. However, Robichaux fell ill yesterday and the fight has been scrapped.
Legacy Fighting Championship 12 will broadcast LIVE on ASX TV Friday night at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). UFC heavyweight and K-1 2010 Grand Prix champion Alistair Overeem will serve as a special commentator alongside “The Voice” Michael Schiavello who will be calling the fights.
Moving into the headliner spot will be veteran Jay Hieron (22-5) making his Legacy Fighting Championship debut against Jungle Fight veteran Romario Manoel Da Silva (19-9) in a welterweight match-up. Also on the card, BJJ world champion Robert Drysdale (3-0) looks to improve his unbeaten pro MMA streak to four as he takes on Texas standout Isaac “Ike” Villanueva (7-6) in a light heavyweight match-up.
ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary throughout the evening.
Legacy FC 12 quick results:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV)
- Jay Hieron def. Romario Da Silva by submission* (D’arce choke) Rd 2 (2:04)
- Robert Drysdale def. Isaac Villanueva by submission (armbar) Rd 2 (1:27)
- Noel Ligon def. Artemas Young by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
- D.J. Linderman def. David Mitchell by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (3:29)
- Alan Nascimento def. Terry Acker by submission (knee bar) Rd 3 (3:19)
Will Campuzano vs. Chad Robichaux(cancelled)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised)
- Ray Blodgett def. Scotty Juarez by split decision
- Lester Batres def. Daniel Rodriguez by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 3
- Justin Reiswerg def. Cris Rucker by submission (triangle choke) Rd 2
- Jared Chaffee def. Jason Carter by TKO (strikes) Rd 2
- Jeremy Morris def. Levi West by submission (Von Flue Choke)
- Charles Ontiveros def. Mark Garcia by TKO (strikes) Rd 2
Legacy FC 12 play-by-play:
Terry Acker vs. Alan Nascimento
Round 1 – Nascimento is undefeated at 5-0. Acker is also undefeated. Bantamweight action. Inside leg kick from Nascimento. Left from Acker. Leg kick Nascimento. Jab, then leg kick. Acker catches a kick, tries to get the takedown, but Nascimento drops him with a punch. Acker seems okay, gets right up, clinched, backs up. Right hand from Acker. Leg kick Nascimento. Clinch, takedown from Acker, lands in side control. Knee to the ribs from Acker. Nascimento holding on to the neck of Acker. Acker now in half guard on top. Nascimento makes it to the feet, high kick. One two from Acker. Jab. Leg kick from Nascimento goes high to the groin and time is called. Leg kick from Nascimento, eats a counter right. Big leg kick from Nascimento. Nascimento connects with punches, clinches up with a body lock before the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 Acker.
Round 2 – Leg kick Nascimento, right counter from Acker. Right from Nascimento. Acker catches a leg and dumps Nascimento hard on his back, landing in side control. Acker looks for an arm lock, Nascimento goes for a leg lock and Acker escapes to his feet. Leg kick Nascimento. One two from Acker. Left hand from Acker backs his opponent up. Jab from Acker, left hook. Left right counter. Clinch, presses Nascimento to the cage. Body shots and dirty boxing from Acker. Knee to the body. And another body lock takedown. He stands over Nascimento, kicks his leg, again, again. Up kicks from Nascimento backs Acker up momentarily. More kicks to the legs from Acker. Ref lets Nascimento up. Left hand Acker, again, then a left right. High kick from Nascimento. Acker lands a nice right left. Nascimento fires back and connects too. Acker pushes him to the cage with some dirty boxing. Knees from Acker to the body. Body punches. PMN scores the round 10-9 Acker.
Round 3 – Nascimento swings wild and misses. Acker counters nicely. Leg kick from Nascimento, again. Acker shoots, stuffed. Left counter from Acker, countering a leg kick. Acker clinches, pushes him to the cage. They struggle for position. Acker with underhooks, knees to the body. Elbow from Nascimento. More knees to the body from Acker, body clinch takedown. Nascimento turtles. Acker with body shots as he rides his back. Nascimento rolls for a knee bar, it’s tight. Acker tries to get out of it but… put a for in em’ — Nascimento moves to 6-0. Great comeback from Nascimento as he was definitely behind on the cards.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alan Nascimento def. Terry Acker by submission (knee bar) Rd 3 (3:19)
D.J. Linderman vs. Dale Mitchell
Round 1 – Heavyweights. Touch gloves. Right hand just misses from Mitchell, swings big, Linderman shoots, gets underhooks against the cage. Knee from Linderman, knee from Mitchell to the body. Another, and another, another. LInderman puts Mitchell on his back and mounts him. Mitchell gets half guard. Linderman with some body shots. Mitchell trying to get up but gets pulled back down.Mitchell gets to his feet, Linderman has a body lock from behind. Knees to the back of the thighs of Mitchell. Linderman tries to pull him down, no dice. Mitchell turns around to face Linderman and gets put on his butt. Knee to the body from Linderman. Now tries to get on his back puts one hook in, then steps back out. They stand up but Linderman still has a body lock from behind. Knee to the back of the thigh, again. Ref warns them to do something. More knees to the back of the thigh. Mitchell turns around. Linderman scoops him to his butt. Punches to the body from Linderman and now to the face. Mitchell tries to get up before the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Linderman.
Round 2 – Linderman shoots, appears to get caught with a shot (head butt) and he goes down. Mitchell has a front head lock. Linderman stands up and pushes Mitchell to the cage. Knee from Linderman. Mitchell backs out and Linderman shoots and puts him down. Linderman takes Mitchell’s back with one hook in. Mitchell turtles up, now both hooks in for Linderman, flattens him out. Lands several punches on the chin but somehow Mitchell gets to his feet. Knees from Linderman to the back of the thighs. Linderman drops levels for yet another single leg and gets him down easy. Mitchell gets to his knees but Linderman takes his back, both hooks in, flattens him out and Linderman punches in bunches until the referee stops it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: D.J. Linderman def. David Mitchell by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (3:29)
Artenas Young vs. Noel Ligon
Round 1 – Young with the takedown early, on top in half mount. Ligon makes his way to his feet and they square up. Left from Ligon backs Young up. Clinched against the cage, exchange knees. Knee from Ligon before they break and square up. Leg kick from Ligon, Young with the counter punch. Leg kick from Ligon. Clinched, they struggle for position. They break and square back up. Leg kick from Ligon before the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Ligon.
Round 2 -Left hook from Young. Ligon with a leg kick. Left from Ligon. Young backs up, right hand just skims Ligon’s face. Leg kick from Young. Young with a counter right. Leg kick checked by Young. Left counter, leg kick from Young. Left hand from Ligon, and a leg kick. Another leg kick. Right hand from Ligon. Left jab from Young. Knee from Ligon, body kick. Leg kick from Ligon, high kick blocked. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Young.
Round 3 – Body kick from Ligon, backing Young up. Leg kick Young. Ligon with a low kick, body kick, front kick. Ligon backs him up with punches. Nice body kick from Ligon. Right hand from Young. Big body kick from Ligon, then a low kick. Right counter from Young. Leg kick from Young.Leg kick from Ligon, and a body kick. Right hand from Young. Left hand from Ligon, leg kick. Body kick from Ligon. Young counters with a one two. PMN scores the round 10-9 and 29-28 for Ligon.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Noel Ligon def. Artemas Young by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
Robert Drysdale vs. Isaac “Ike” Villanueva
Round 1 – Drysdale a -1500 favorite. Ike +750. Drysdale flashing a feeling jab. Front kick feeler, overhand right, shot to a single, gets Ike down, mounts, takes his back, drags him down, body triangle, going for the neck. Switches to an armbar and Ike is in trouble and looking like a male Ronda Rousey taps out Ike with an armbar.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Robert Drysdale def. Isaac Villanueva by submission (armbar) Rd 2 (1:27)
Romario Da Silva vs. Jay Hieron
Round 1 – Hieron throwing a jab, head and body. Leg kick. Leg kick from Da Silva. Spinning back kick misses from Hieron. Big leg kick from Da Silva. Nice right from Hieron. Counter left from Da Silva. Big leg kick from Da Silva, Hieron fires back with his own. Liver kick from Da Silva. Hieron with the counter. Inside leg kick now. Left hook from Hieron. Left hook from Da Silva. Leg kick Hieron. Inside leg kick Hieron. Again. Outside. Da Silva with a leg kick, again. Inside from Da Silva. Outside leg kick from Hieron. Double jab. Jab. Da Silva connects with punches, lands a head kick that hurts Jay slightly. they swing big. Leg kick from Hieron. Da Silva gives one back. Great back and forth action. Jab from Hieron and a leg kick before the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Hieron.
Round 2 – Overhand right from Jay. He shoots, takes a couple shots but gets Da Silva down. He gets right up. Body lock from Hieron, pressing Da Silva to the cage. Da Silva softening him up. Knees from Hieron. Pummeling shots from Da Silva. Hieron with the takedown, inside closed guard. Now in half guard. Hieron locks on a D’arce. Looks tight. Hieron tells the ref he’s out, the ref checks Da Silva’s hand, then stops the fight, and Da Silva was NOT out. Terribly bad call apparently. Vey anticlimactic. Da Silva only had one and a half week’s notice. He did great for such short notice. Definitely we need a rematch to settle this and this ref…. my goodness…. Jay said after the fight he thought Da Silva was out and did tell the ref he was out. However, that’s not Jay’s job – that’s the ref’s job. Awful awful call. Da Silva asked for the rematch and was very classy in the controversial loss.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jay Hieron def. Romario Da Silva by submission (D’arce choke) Rd 2 (2:04)*
* – Ref stopped the fight because he thought Da Silva was out. He was not out and was in fact fine. Hopefully there will be a rematch.
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