MMA and Kickboxing in one night? Yeah, we could get used to that.
For the first time, Legacy Fighting Championship delivered MMA and Kickboxing bouts on the same card Friday. In what’s been building for most of 2015, the Legacy Kickboxing light heavyweight tournament finally came to an end at Legacy 48. In the first bout of the night Malaipet protégé Manny Mancha pulled off an upset over tournament favorite Brian Collette in the very first round. In the other semi-final bout, Holland’s Andres Van Engelen knocked off Legacy regular Myron Dennis via unanimous decision to punch his ticket to the finals. Mancha and Van Engelen clashed in the night’s main event and after a strong opening round by Mancha, the Dutchman poured it on in Round 2 getting the KO and the light heavyweight strap.
The Legacy 48 card also featured four MMA fights, including a middleweight title fight between champion Leo Leite and Ryan Spann. Leite, a Judo Olympian and BJJ champ, was way too much for Spann, getting takedowns and grinding out a five round decision to remain a two-division champ in Legacy. The knockout of the night was delivered by UFC-vet Sean Soriano making his Legacy MMA debut. Soriano displayed fantastic striking en route to a crowd-silencing and brutal knockout of hometown favorite Josh Quayhagen. Finally, in one of the most controversial fights we’ve ever seen at AXS TV, Gage Duhon earned a first round TKO win over Kolton Englund just moments after appearing to tap from a submission attempt. Englund had Duhon in a painful submission and it looked like Duhon tapped multiple times, but the referee didn’t stop the fight. Certainly strange.
Here are the highlights:
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