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Tap Houston: Legacy Fighting Championship 21 Preview

BRITT HOFFMANN, TAP HOUSTON
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Friday July 19th looks to be the most exciting Legacy Fighting Championship card of 2013! Two long awaited and highly anticipated championship fights highlight the event at Houston Arena Theatre to be broadcasted live (main card) on AXS TV at 9PM CT.

In the main event Dallas native Matt “Crowbar” Hobar (7-1) makes the trek southbound 45 to take on Angel “The Chosen One” Huerta (7-1) for the bantamweight title. Huerta, who runs his own Karate academy, is known for his quick, crisp striking and finding unorthodox angles to put his opponents away in dramatic fashion. Hobar has been a wrestler his entire life and will likely seek to control the fight either against the cage or in a dominate position on the mat to inflict his heavy ground and pound. While each have worked hard to improve other facets of their games to become more well-rounded, don’t expect to see Huerta shoot for a take down or Hobar to stand and bang. This will comedown to who controls the pace and dictates where the fight goes. Expect a lot of feeling out the first round or two and either a 3rd or 4th round KO by Huerta or decision either way in a grueling 5 round war.

Before the fireworks in the main event, the co-main event features a match with Larry “Tae Kwon” Crowe (6-2) vs. William “Bubba” Bush (5-2) that was supposed to have taken place last March at Legacy 18 had Bush not broken his foot playing a girl in a “pick-up” game of basketball. Hopefully he has his game on track for this middleweight title fight because Crowe is one of the most quickly developing prospects in the country after having debuted as an amateur in 2010 with a TKO of Miguel Guerra. Bush, “The Fightin’ Texas Aggie”, is a wrestler and has used it to notch each of his 5 wins on his belt leaving fans to wonder when he’ll showcase his purple belt level Jiu Jitsu and “under rated” striking. One thing is for sure, the name “Tae Kwon” Crowe isn’t just a catchy brand name. Crowe has devastating knockout power in his hands (ask Matt Rogers) and feet (ask Ike Villanueva)! Bush as been quoted as saying he’s willing to showcase his striking and Crowe told Tap Houston, personally, he’s comfortable on the ground stating, “I may wear a white belt. But I don’t roll like a white belt.” I had the good fortune of rolling with Crowe and he’s no white belt! Far from it! Look for this fight to take up the entire cage. Someone is going to sleep via KO or we’re going to see a five round fight of the night!

Whoa! Not so fast with the fight of the night talk! Anyone know what happened to Leonard Garcia (15-11-1) after his departure from the UFC? Oh that’s right, he’s on the Legacy 21 card facing Rey Trujillo (15-9). I’ll tell you one thing. This fight should have taken place two weeks ago because there’s going to be some major fireworks!…Fireworks and blood and classic Leonard Garcia (borderline) psychotic fisticuffs. If you haven’t had the good pleasure of watching Garcia fight, watch this card. This fight alone is worth the price of admission! He’s looking to impress Joe Silva (match maker/scout) of the UFC and make his way back to the big show with an impressive when as he made clear tonight on SportsRadio 610’s The Fred & Ted Show admitting he “feels the pressure to win” with the UFC having their eye on the outcome. All I can say is I’m glad I’m not Rey Trujillo.

Women’s MMA has made huge headway in the last few years with the success (and looks) of fighters like Gina Corano, Meisha Tate, and the current UFC women’s bantemweight champion Ronda Rousey. Enter Holly Holm (3-0), the former IBA female light welterweight champion with 33 wins and 2 losses in her decorated (former) boxing career. Some tout her has “the greatest female boxer ever”, even better than Ann Wolfe (24-1), Lelia Ali (24-0 w/21 KOs), or Lucia Rijker “The Dutch Destroyer” (17-0 w/14 KOs) . Allana Jones (2-2) has the misfortune of facing Holm in her Legacy debut. You may be recalling the Randy Couture vs. James Toney sideshow when Toney made the crossover to MMA and was quickly given a lesson in getting choked out. Well, “The Preacher’s Daughter” has always trained in an MMA gym throughout her boxing career, Greg Jackson’s camp to be exact. She’s got her eye on the UFC and possesses wicked striking prowess. Jones looks to be nothing more than a speed bump on the Holm’s road to facing the likes of Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey in the not so distant future.

In the 135 lbs division, Darrion Caldwell (2-0) makes his third Legacy appearance as he squares off with Gerzan Chaw (3-2). Before I get to how I think this fight will go (Caldwell’s a D1 Champion, All-American wrestler. Chaw, you have no chance except maybe a lucky punch.), someone please tell me Chaw is walking out to Robert Earl Keen’s “Copenhagen”!

So Jonathan Harris (7-3) will be taking on Larry Crowe’s sloppy seconds when he faces Matt Rogers (8-5) who is looking to avenge his TKO loss from Legacy 18, his KO loss at the hands (no pun intended…no, pun intended) of TJ Cook, and submission loss via rear naked choke to Jason DeLucia. In his defense, he is from Jacksonville Florida where mediocrity is often mistaken for success (#JacksonvilleJaguars) and Harris is coming of two KO losses of his own. Don’t expect a decision here. Someone is going on 90 medical suspension after this fight if you get my drift.

LEGACY FC 21 – MAIN CARD (AXS TV)

135 lbs.: Matt Hobar (7-1) vs. Angel Huerta (7-1) *bantamweight title
185 lbs.: Bubba Bush (5-2) vs. Larry Crowe (6-2) *middleweight title
145 lbs.: Leonard Garcia (15-11-1) vs. Rey Trujillo (15-9)
145 lbs.: Holly Holm (3-0) vs. Allana Jones (2-2)
135 lbs.: Darrion Caldwell (2-0) vs. Gerzan Chaw (3-2)
170 lbs.: Jonathan Harris (7-3) vs. Matt Rogers (8-5)

LEGACY FC 21 – PRELIMINARY CARD (non-televised)

145 lbs.: Victor Hernandez (5-16) vs. Rocky Long (20-29-1)
135 lbs.: Ricky Turcios (debut) vs. Colin Wright (0-1)
145 lbs.: Scott Juarez (1-1) vs. Eric Valdez (1-0)
170 lbs.: Kenny Burke (0-3) vs. Chris Lopez (1-0)
155 lbs.: Eric Garcia (debut) vs. Jacob Capelli (1-0)

Britt Hoffmann, Tap Houston

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