Rising prospect Roberto Sanchez not only correctly predicted that he would submit “The Python” in the Legacy Fighting Alliance 7 main event, he made a case to be brought up the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the process. Klayton Mai had the Houston native in some early trouble when he locked Sanchez up in a tight guillotine in the first, but Sanchez remained calm and eventually escaped. From there, it was all downhill for Mai.
Sanchez kept the crowd inside the Arena Theatre on its toes when he turned the tides and dominated his Dallas-based foe until it was over. Mai tried to keep a distance from his aggressor, but Sanchez was relentless and eventually dragged him to the canvas in the second. Working to his adversary’s back like clockwork, Sanchez latched on a body triangle and slowly, patiently slipped his arms up around Mai’s throat. Before he could defend the choke, “The Pyhton” was in immediate danger and eventually had no choice but to tap out to a perfect rear-naked choke.
The end officially came at 2:08 of the second, allowing Sanchez to rise to 6-0. After the match, he called out the UFC and politely demanded that they give him a contract.
The AXS TV co-feature was as close as they come but it was Domingo Pilarte who came on top in a bantamweight battle of Houstonians against Adrian Yanez. Pilarte scored numerous takedowns in the fight, which offset the better overall striking of Yanez. With the fight seemingly hanging in the balance in the final round, Yanez exploded in a flurry of punches late and nearly stopped Pilarte, but he was unable to put him away. When the dust settled, two of the three judges favored Pilarte via scores of 29-28, countering the same score for Yanez from the third official.
Local fighter Gilbert Urbina filled in on one week’s notice to face comebacking Noel Ligon in a middleweight skirmish, and the natural welterweight was stellar. Urbina landed several stinging kicks to the legs and body and when Ligon, who had been out of action for five years due to injuries, had his body kick caught, the fight was all but over. Urbina swiftly took the shorter man down, quickly climbed up his back and then locked in a textbook rear-naked choke. Ligon tried to fend it off but couldn’t, and had no option but to tap out 3:01 into the first.
After dominating American brawler Clovis Hancock in the first and second rounds, Nikolay Veretennikov ended things with a sensational knockout in the third. Veretennikov rocked Hancock with shots to the head and body in the first and then continued to maul him in the next frame, but when Hancock was buzzed by a quick flurry of punches in the third, the Kazakhstani turned off his lights. A thudding left head kick knocked Hancock over like a fallen tree, forcing referee Patrick Patlan to intervene before any follow-up damage could be inflicted. The end came officially at 2:21 of the third.
Lightweight Jason Langellier switched teams going into his fight with Josh Davila and his decision paid off. Langellier dominated the Louisiana fighter in the first, nearly landing a brabo choke. But when Davila stormed back in the second, the Texan poured on the pressure in the final round to score a unanimous decision via tallies of 29-28 across the board.
Itzel Esquivel took her fight with debuting Brandi Narvaez on short notice and she showed no ill effects of her decision. After a relatively slow opening few minutes, the fight found its way to the canvas. Esquivel was on her back, defending the attacks and strength of Narvaez. Esquivel remained calm and methodically worked her legs up around her foe’s head and shoulders, locked in the triangle and switched to a textbook triangle-armbar to force the tap. The official time of the submission came at 4:35 of the opening frame.
Coming in with a head of steam and loads of brash talk, Gregg Dulani Perry kept his perfect record intact with a split decision win over Leomana Martinez. Perry used his length and awkward striking style to befuddle Martinez, who also didn’t know how to handle Perry’s constant showboating and taunting. In the end, Perry won a lackluster verdict on scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 27-30, much to the chagrin of the booing crowd.