Tap Houston: Legacy Fighting Championships 18 Recap, Of Sorts
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Congratulations to Mick Maynard and the Legacy crew on their fifth sellout and a great night of exciting fights! If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching or attending a Legacy show, you’re missing something special.
Legacy Fighting Championships is to the UFC as D1 BCS College Football is to the NFL. People are intrigued by Legacy Fighting Championships for the same reason they are about College Footbal…..HUNGER! These guys put it all out there on the canvas and are ever improving. Andrew Craig and Daniel Pineda (both Legacy alumni turned UFC fighters) are proof of that!
Before we get to thoughts on Friday night’s matchups here’s a quick rundown of the results:
Legacy Fighting Championship 18 – Quick Results
Derrick Lewis over Ricky Shivers by TKO (GNP) – RD3 – 4:22
Jorge Patino over Derrick Krantz by submission (guillotine choke) – RD2, 3:07
Rafael de Freitas and Antonio Banuelos fight to a split draw (27-29, 29-28, 28-28)
Todd Moore over Charlie Ontiveros by TKO (GNP) – RD1, 2:01
Lauren Taylor over Jennifer Scott by TKO (GNP) – RD1, 4:10
Alex Morono over Brandon Farran by submission (armbar) – RD1, 1:16
Larry Crowe over Matt Rogers by TKO (strikes) – RD1, 1:16
Dale Mitchell over Chad Cook by TKO (rib injury) – RD2, 3:00
Gerzan Chaw over Davis Armas by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chris Reed over Jermaine Anugwom by KO (straight left hand) – RD1
Kaileb Cummins and Justin Murry fight to a draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Eric Valdez over Edgar Juarez by decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tap Houston Fight Night Awards
Fight of the Night – Derrick Lewis vs. Ricky Shivers (Not why you would think)
Knockout of the Night – Chris Reed (HIGHLIGHT REEL KO!)
Submission of the Night – Jorge “Macaco” Patino (Swickotine-style guillotine choke)
Ok, so most blogs, articles, or write-ups analyze the entire card starting with the main event. Tap Houston won’t bore you with that. Instead. let’s touch on the highlights, points of interest, and offer criticism. Starting with the prelim card, we wish two Texas MMA vets a fond farewell leading up to the main event and my two cents, Chad Cook and Chris Reed.
265 lbs.: Chad Cook (9-9) vs. Dale Mitchell (5-5)
Chad Cook has been around a long time and is one of the pioneers of Houston MMA beginning his amateur fighting career in 1999. Cook almost pulled the victory out with his (would be) 4th career heel hook (one of those on Chris Reed who was also on the card and another on my Jiu-Jitsu/MMA coach, Jody Draper), ultimately it was a slam inflicted by Mitchell that broke Cook’s rib that ended the fight as Cook could no longer continue after the first round. “Bone” voyage, I guess.
205 lbs.: Chris Reed (4-2) vs. Jermaine Anugwom (0-1)
If there was one word to describe Chris Reed’s knock out of Jermaine Anugwom, to quote Rener Gracie, “DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG!!!!!!!” Talk about going out with a bang!
185 lbs.: Larry Crowe (5-2 ) vs. Matt Rogers (8-3)
If there’s anything you can count of from Larry “Tae Kwon” Crowe, it’s that he’ll press forward, push the pace, look to finish, and when he does, you’re gonna see a touchdown dance! Friday night was no exception.
Originally slated to face Bubba Bush, bravely or not so intelligently (still trying to decide), Matt Rogers took the fight instead. Note to all 37 year olds coming off a layoff of nearly a decade….DON’T MAKE A COMEBACK AGAINST LARRY CROWE! Matt Rogers is lucky his head is still on his shoulders!
Moving on to the main card:
125 lbs.: Jennifer Scott (2-2) vs. Lauren Taylor (4-0)
I have to be honest. I’ve been a bit on the fence about women in MMA. There’s definitely a novelty factor to the idea and most women are extremely technical, which I can’t appreciate enough. Maybe it’s just me, but there’s a tiny smidgen (is that like saying wet water?) of WNBA factor there I’ve wanted to get past but couldn’t seem to.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge advocate of women’s self-defense and using Jiu Jitsu and MMA technique to empower them. This fight may have done the trick in swaying my opinion, however!
Jennifer Scott came out firing crisp 1-2 combos landing a few on Lauren Taylor’s face seemingly setting the tone for the fight. But Taylor quickly proved why she’s undefeated and a force to be reckoned with as she quickly identified poor footwork that left Scott standing flat-footed and feet square to her leaving herself wide open to a double leg takedown.
Once LT had Scott flat on her back she capitolized on the huge grappling advantage, dropping vicious elbows that would make Kenny Florian blush. It wasn’t long until the referee ended the fight but not before Scott’s forehead was split like a banana, painting the Legacy canvas with deep crimson.
170 lbs.: Charlie Ontiveros (3-0) vs. Todd Moore (14-5)
Celebrating the eve of Texas Independence day, Todd Moore made his way to the ring draped in the Texas flag to face a rising star in Charlie Ontiveros. Experience was the key to success in this bout as Moore ignored the showboating and striking skills of The “American Bad Boy”, Ontiveros.
For a minute or two it looked as though Ontiveros was going to give the crowd his impression of Nick Diaz vs. BJ Penn. The problem was, Ontiveros doesn’t have Nick Diaz-level grappling skill and it soon ended similarly, although not as bloody, as the previous women’s fight with Ontiveros taking quite a beating at the elbows (as it were) of Moore. Fittingly, it was the Texas flag being waved in victory in Houston, TX as it was 177 years ago.
155 lbs.: Jorge “Macaco” Patino (24-13) vs. Derrick “D-Rock” Krantz (14-6) Legacy Lightweight Championship
Had this fight gone a little longer it would have been Tap Houston’s FOTN selection. This was the most technical/exciting fight I watched Friday night and it went from a near KO one way to sub of the night the other way in a matter of minutes.
Derrick Krantz “rocked” Jorge Patino in the first round giving himself the chance to upset the champion via TKO. However, Patino did what champions do and recovered. Then he found a way to win. But he didn’t just win; he finished in spectacular style with a variation of the Mick Swick “Swickotine”. (Little known fact: Mike Swick did not invent the “Swickotine”. He was taught it by Tony Torres-Aponte of Urban Jungle and Professor of Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu – you won’t find that factoid on the inside of a Bazooka wrapper!)
“Macaco” initially had both arms in to complete the choke but Krantz broke the grip. So instead of gable gripping the opposite hand he cupped the chin of Krantz with the right hand and scooped his thumb on toward the throat. With the left hand he gripped his right ankle which was wrapped around the back of “D-Rock” creating pressure with his forearm/elbow on the right shoulder and closing Krants’ airway. Typically, you want to cut of blood supply on both sides of the neck ,as well as, the airway, but this did the trick as Derrick Krantz soon submitted and fell short of his goal of winning the Legacy Lightweight title.
While this was a fantastic submission, it’s astonishing to me how few MMA fighters I never see use proper guillotine defense. The odd thing is, as long as it’s not and arm out guillotine, the defense is quite simple. Check out the video below and see for yourself courtesy of my friends at The Gracie Academy:
265 lbs.: Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis (8-2) vs. Ricky “Ice Cold” Shivers (10-5-1) Legacy Heavyweight Championship
While the was Tap Houston’s FOTN, it wasn’t out of amazement or even being impressed. Most of the other fights didn’t go as long and the ones that did, not only didn’t have the hype or buzz around their fights, but weren’t as intriguing either.
In fact, this fight was about as ugly as AFC North football in a December snow storm. For one thing, there was Ricky Shivers who is supposed to be a renown and accomplished grappler that showed about as much technique as the VW guy teaching his kid to throw a baseball! After talking so much trash and disrespected every accomplished grappler on the card (including some under his own Gracie Barra flag) his takedown defense and propensity for getting swept by Lewis was abysmal!
Shivers is a world champion Jiu Jitsu black belt, although NAGA isn’t exactly the Mundials, the Gracie Open, Pan-Ams, Abu Dhabi, or IBJJF, now is it? And professor? If my professor left that much space between himself and his opponent that often allowing a one stripe white belt (at best), in Derrick Lewis, to sweep him so easily (and other fights I’ve watched Shivers in), Royce Gracie would snatch his name off the front door faster than Shivers could say “Dan Henderson couldn’t touch this chin, son!”
Shivers repeatedly rides way too high in back mount which makes his hooks far less effective and easier for an opponent to escape. The armbar at the end of the 2nd round was atrocious form with his legs out of position allowing Lewis’ head to escape just enough to relieve pressure till the bell. Had he put his feet on the other side of Derrick Lewis’ left arm and his left shin under the chin, we may have seen the belt change hands Friday night. Shivers, while relatively skilled (more so than most) is way too sloppy to be called “professor” and nowhere near his self-proclaimed “best competitive grappler in Texas”!
Then there’s “The Black Beast”. My how fascinating is this guy? I like to think I see a lot and understand transitions, escapes, sweeps, and other technique. Lewis defies all logic in the fight game. He frequently drops his hands, punches wildly, his trips and sweeps look like Frankie MacDonald sounds forecasting the weather, yet he not only won the Legacy Championship but also defended it against a “black belt”.
He even nearly submitted Shivers! Well, actually, not really. Not only was Derrick out of position underneath Ricky, but he did not have the proper angle on the shoulder and elbow to finish the Kimura attempt. In the words of Paully D, “Les be honest”. That submission attempt was sloppy and less than technical.
With that said, if I were a betting man, I’d be homeless because every fight I watch Derrick Lewis in, I just know he’s going to lose and he proves me wrong. It makes one wonder what his potential really is if he were to train full-time at a top-level gym that would teach him sound technique and get him in shape.
The buzz is he’s the next Legacy fighter to make the leap to the UFC. I don’t think he’s quite ready but he’s also proved me wrong nine times and holds the Legacy Championship belt. Here’s to wishing you nothing but success big fella! Just work on that technique!