Legacy FC 36 Play-by-Play: Results & Updates

By Trula Howe Oct 17, 2014


Sherdog.com's Trula Howe reports from the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, N.M., with live Legacy FC 36 play-by-play.

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Miguel Delgado vs. Hunter Tower

Round 1

Delgado pushes the pace of the first round using his striking to set up takedown attempts. Tower keeps it standing until the last 30 seconds when Delgado finally pulls it down to the ground with a persistent single. He is able to work around to Tower's back and attempt the rear-naked choke right as the bell rings. 10-9 Delgado.

Round 2

Delgado started the round with ring control, but Tower countered consistently, making Delgado pay for sloppy and slow shots. Tower is taking over ring control for the last minute. This round to Tower, 10-9.

Round 3

Delgado was the aggressor at the beginning of the round, but again Tower was on point with his counter punching. A slip from Delgao put him on the ground and Tower immediately dropped head shots and jumped into his opponent's guard, finishing the round with ground-and-pound. 10-9 Tower (29-28 Tower).

The Official Result

Miguel Delgado Def. Hunter Tower Decision (Unanimous) R3 5:00

Adrian Lopez vs. Slade Ring

Round 1

Ring leads the action with several leg kicks, but Lopez shoots and flips Ring on his back. Ring immediately begins working on the triangle choke, but Adrian escapes. Ring traps one of Lopez's arms behind his back, and Lopez taps to a rear-naked choke at 1:49 of the first round.

The Official Result

Slade Ring Def. Adrian Lopez Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 1:49

Dominic Chavez vs. Sean Jeantete

Round 1

Two quick hooks by Dominic Chavez drop Sean Jeantete. Jeantete grabs a leg but is unable to do anything but suffer brutal head and body shots, until Chavez took his back and in just a few seconds. Jeantete gives up bad position and is trapped in a rear-naked choke. He taps at 1:14 of the opening frame.

The Official Result

Dominic Chavez Def. Sean Jeantete Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 1:14

Michelle Nicolini vs. Norma Rueda Center

Round 1

Both tentative at first, Center blocks a couple telegraphed hooks. Nicolini shoots in a single-leg attempt, and Norma pushes her down for a bit. Nicolini keeps working against the cage and finally gets the takedown to half guard. Center is able to push her hips sideways to work her way out, and Nicolini works on the ankle lock. Center flips out of danger and pulls out, standing up and taking dominant position. Nicolini keeps trying to work the ankle lock but Center escapes and lands in the full guard of Nicolini. 10-9 for Nicolini.

Round 2

A right hook by Center drops Nicolini, but Center just circled away and allowed her to stand up. Center is throwing more shots. Nicolini shoots in, but her takedown attempt is easily defedned by Center, who pushes her down and steps away. Center lands solid jabs, and another right hook that drops Nicolini again. Nicolini grabs one of Center's legs and holds on. Center pushes her back and lands in her full guard again, but no positional advancement and the ref stands them up. Nicolini is slowing but Center still seems tentative, but drops Nicolini again with another hook. Nicolini scrambles to get control and is able to put Center on her back, but Center pushes off and drops elbows on the side of Nicolini's head from the ground. 10-9 Center.

Round 3

Nicolini makes a weak attempt at a takedown, as she's visibly tiring. While Center, with plenty of energy, is still cautious about throwing her jab. The referee finally briefly pauses the contest to tell the women to pick up the action. Nicolini drops levels for a takedown attempt that Center flips out of, but Nicolini follows through and lands in side control briefly until Center flips out again and stands up. The referee continues to admonish the women to engage. Center finally starts throwing for the last half minute or so, to finish an otherwise lackluster round. 10-9 Center.

The Official Result

Norma Rueda Center Def. Michelle Nicolini Decision (Unanimous) [30-27, 29-28, 29-28] R3 5:00

Lenny Lovato vs. Clint Roberts

Round 1

Lovato strikes first, laughing out loud. Roberts throws a high kick, which is blocked by Lovato, Roberts tries to throw a flying knee, but Lovato steps away and fails to check a few leg kicks. Lovato tries to shoot for takedown, but Roberts stuffs and pushes back, then lands a headkick and pushes Loavto back into the cage. Roberts lands several jabs. Lovato counters with a leg kick and right hook, but takes the full force of a body kick. Lovato, who is a combat submission wrestler, seems content to keep it standing rather than shooting for takedowns. Lovaato is eating a few jabs and hooks, but countering. Roberts lands a flush headkick that stiff-dropped Lovato, and he rushed in to finish the job. Referee stepped just a few seconds later and stopped the fight.

The Official Result

Clint Roberts Def. Lenny Lovato KO (Head Kick) R1 4:15

Jordan Espinosa vs. Rafael de Freitas

Round 1

Espinosa swings high missing the headkick. He lands two low kicks while de Freitas avoids and then counters with a jab, pushing him against the cage. Espinosa drives up two knees, and de Freitas backs off, Espinosa lands a quick tight hook, but de Freitas counters with body and push kick, then unchecked inside leg kick. Espinosa lands a flying knee followed by a hook, but de Freitas blocks most of it. He then pushes forward with another jab combo, clinching against the cage. Espinosa again throws knees inside that make his opponent back up. Espinosa is dominating the standup, but de Freitas is patient and counters with stiff jabs. De Freitas shoots in for the single, but Espinosa stuffs it and the round ends. 10-9 Espinosa.

Round 2

De Freitas' stance is wide, apparently looking for the wheel kick, but Espinosa steps in and lands body shots, getting the takedown and quickly standing back up, evidently not wanting to risk a submission attempt by the BJJ black belt. Espinosa lands a flying knee, but deFreitas is still pushing forward, landing inside leg kicks and sneaking in a head kick. Espinosa stuffs a takedown attempt. De Freitas is controlling the center of the cage, but Espinosa is landing the bulk of the strikes. De Freitas lands a nice combo from the outside, then a stiff jab putting Espinosa against the cage. DeFreitas against shoots in for takedown, trying to trip Espinosa, but he is able to keep standing. Then de Freitas finds an opening and takes Espinosa's back, quickly converting to a knee bar, then to the back, attempting a rear-naked choke to finish the round. 10-9 de Freitas.

Round 3

De Freitas immediately goes for the takedown, which is stuffed by Espinosa. De Freitas tries to set up another takedown attempt with a combo, grabbing on to one of Espinosa's legs, but Espinosa pushes him off. Again de Freitas shoots in, this time getting the double, lifting Espinosa off the ground and dropping him into half-guard. De Freitas gets the full mount. He's dropping head and body shots, then elbows, looking for the arm triangle. De Freitas continues to give rib and head shots, while working on the triangle. Finally de Freitas postures up to drop more ground and pound to finish the round. 10-9 de Freitas (29-28 de Freitas).

The Official Result

Jordan Espinosa Def. Rafael de Freitas Decision (Unanimous) [29-28, 29-28, 29-28] R3 5:00

Donald Sanchez vs. Charles Cheeks III

Round 1

Cheeks pushes forward, but Sanchez counters and stuffs the takedown attempt. Sanchez pushes forward, and Cheeks slips on a kick. Sanchez stuffs another takedown attempt, and then throws a knee to Cheeks' chest. Cheeks reasons with body shots. A head kick connects for Sanchez. Sanchez lands a clean jab. Cheeks jabs in with some body shots and a couple leg kicks. Sanchez counters with an uppercut combination. Sanchez with another five-shot combination, which is countered with a single jab by Cheeks. Finally, Cheeks is able to get the double for takedown, but Sanchez immediately gets back up. Sanchez with another combination, landing the greater quantity of strikes by far. 10-9 Sanchez.

Round 2

Sanchez lands a solid body kick then a leg kick and Cheeks counters with a single jab. Cheeks swings head kicks which are easily dodged. Sanchez throws a knee that Cheeks catches and drills in a couple shots against the cage. Sanchez with combinations. Cheeks is countering but Sanchez angles away from most of it. Cheeks lands a looping overhand right, but Sanchez comes back with uppercut, and then a headkick. Another headkick for Sacnhez, and a seven-strike combination for Sanchez. Cheeks counters ending with a superman punch. Sanchez is pushing the pace, Cheeks counters coming slower and now Cheeks' nose is bloody. Sanchez sneaks in a takedown with his shoulder and lands in the half guard of Cheeks, immediately dropping elbows and head shots, then taking the full mount but the bell rings. 10-9 Sanchez.

Round 3

Head kick for Sanchez to start the round. A jab for Cheeks. The referee calls a timeout to wipe the cage floor after several slips. Sanchez dodges a head kick and pushes in a leg kick, then the two exchange simultaneous body kicks. Sanchez stuffs another takedown. Cheeks lands a body shot, but Sanchez immediately counters with a right hook. Cheeks lands a left hook. Sanchez responds with a jab and another headkick, then a takedown for Sanchez to side control. Sanchez stands up and drops back down into side control, dropping elbows and looking to pass. Cheeks pulls one leg in for the half guard, but Sanchez continues to punish with elbows to the face, then audible head shots. Cheeks tries to twist out, but Sanchez postures up and drops a couple last shots, then stands up and drops back into half guard. Sanchez finishes the round with more elbows. 10-9 Sanchez.

The Official Result

Donald Sanchez Def. Charles Cheeks III Decision (Unanimous) [30-27, 30-27, 29-28] R3 5:00

Flyweight Title Fight:
Damacio Page vs. Brian Hall

Round 1

Leg kick for Damacio, and Brian answers with a left hook that rocks Page. Page goes for a bear-hug takedown, but Hall evades and knocks him down. Page gets a double for a takedown attempt but Hall keeps his balance. They clinch against the cage with Page on the outside, throwing knees, then back to center of cage. Leg kicks for Page. Body shot for Hall, then Page throws a double left jab fake followed by a big overhand right that knocks Hall out cold.

The Official Result

Damacio Page Def. Brian Hall KO (Punch) R1 1:48

Heavyweight Title Fight:
Cody East vs. Vernon Lewis

Round 1

Light jab for East to start the action. Leg kick and and a hook combo for East, then a push kick by Lewis lands a low blow to East, however he waves away the referee and keeps going pushing forward. Lewis lands a body kick. East lands a body kick and right jab, then another jab combination, pushing Lewis back across the cage. Lewis eats another hook, and slowly moves forward, East gets the push kick, but Lewis counters with a solid body kick. East throws a jab that drives Lewis back into the cage, then a knee to the gut, then a relentless unanswered flurry, that finally causes the referee to stop the fight at 3:26 of the first round.

The Official Result

Cody East Def. Vernon Lewis TKO (Punches) R1 3:26

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