Legacy Fighting Championship 59 Recap, Official Results & Video Highlights
Legacy Fighting Championship 59
Friday, September 17, 2016
Article By: Patrick Courtois
Photo Credit: Nerissa Papajohn
Cover Photo Credit: Legacy Fighting Championship
HOUSTON, TX (Saturday September 17, 2016)— This past Friday, September 16, 2016 saw Houston’s Arena Theatre play host to Legacy FC 59.
Let’s breakdown some of the more exciting and memorable moments featured in the main card.
Chad Cook (10-11) vs. Danny Orr (2-0).
From the onset Orr dominated the strategy and was able to impose his game plan on Cook. Surprisingly, Cook comes from a wrestling background, so the expectation was that he’d be a force difficult for Orr to deal with on the ground. But the opposite proved true, Orr steam cooked Cook. Took him to the ground, rear-mounted him and unleashed a plethora of punches non-stop. Cook had no answer. He covered his face and took punishment until Orr forced him to tap out. All this inside 1:15 of Round 1. Quick, easy, simple.
Randy McCullough (3-1) vs. Mike Trinh (5-3).
Ref starts fight, Randy rushes forward and throws a low kick, Trinh ducks with amazing accuracy and lunges for the takedown and it’s now a ground game. Trinh doesn’t do much damage with top control, allowing McCullough to scramble back to his feet.
Throughout the bout McCullough presses the action, moving forward, throwing low leg kicks and causing Trinh to retreat. To Trinh’s credit, he did stuff a lot of take down attempts but didn’t offer much counter attack.
Round two and Trinh’s on the run again. Dodging bullets from McCullough’s fists until one connects and sends Trinh sprawling to the canvas. McCullough offers serious punishment which Trinh has no answer for. At some point during that exchange Trinh got cut just above the right eye and bled out for the rest of the bout. Doubtful it impeded his vision but had to be detrimental psychologically.
As the fight progresses it becomes evident that not all gas tanks have the same capacity. Trinh was rolling with a half tank at best, and was visibly affected. His speed, reaction time and mime-like slow motion movements were telling.
Surprisingly, Trinh manages to pump out enough turbo boost to turn the tide. He takes McCullough to the ground, mounts him and then, nothing! He doesn’t use his position to great advantage. Instead, like riding a pony, he sits and recuperates with minimal assault on his foe. His tank nearing the quarter mark, he’s unable to make points or advance his cause. McCullough on the other hand defends himself valiantly from the ground. Trinh’s take downs manage to give him a slight edge going into the third.
Trinh’s corner more than likely whispered sweet nothing’s into their man’s ears because he came out of the gate re-invigorated and seemingly determined to change his fortune. Both fighters start off standing and banging with 2:20 remaining of the third with jabs, kicks and punches.
Unable to finish Trinh on ground, both fighters eventually stand and trade back-and-forth until the bell. The fight went to the judges and mysteriously, Trinh wins by split decision.
Colin Wright (4-3) vs. Adrian Yanez (5-1) for the 135lbs class.
Wright was determined to drive the fight from the onset. It wouldn’t be easy with an adversary such as Yanez. During round two we saw the tenacity both fighters displayed. Wright lands a right leg kick, which Yanez quickly counters with a series of punches impacting Yanez on the kisser. To his credit, wright has a hell of a chin, and is till on his feet after the barrage. Yanez displays some pretty sensational boxing. Timing, picking and slipping punches through that find their target, but don’t do much by way of slowing down said target. Credit due, this kid is aces with his hands and lightning fast. However, when your opponent has a chin made of cinder block, you might want to re-think your game plan.
Third Round. Yanez jets out of his corner like gang busters. It’s now or never. He manages a liver shot which buckles Wright to some degree but not enough to have him kiss the canvas. Both fighters end up against the cage fighting for advantage which comes when they hit the ground. Yanez takes control and manages an arm bar from his back, submitting wright at 2:44 of Round 3.
Chris Pham (5-4) vs. Domingo Pilarte (6-1) for the 135lbs class.
All in all the 135lbs. class showcased some amazing young talent. Inside 38 seconds of the first round Domingo lands a massive right punch that sends Pham to the canvas leaving him open to a mount. Pham manages to scurry to his feet, just in time for a waiting Pilarte to bury his fists deep into Pham’s face, again sending him to the ground. Hovering above Pham, Pilarte unloads the mother of all fists to the chagrin of his opponent, and with no viable defense the ref stops the fight at 38 seconds.
Justin Reiswerg (10-6) vs. Jason Langellier (4-1).
What a way to start a bout. Reiswerg takes a short notice fight and Langellier welcomes him with a kick that sends his guest flying to the ground. Reiswerg quickly returns to his feet to meet his hostile date, only to be pushed against the cage for marination. Bypassing first date etiquette, Langellier drops Reiswerg to the ground offering no explanation as to why this date has gone so horribly wrong. Instead, both fighters grapple and look for ground advantage. Leg locks and arm bar attempts ensue, as both fighters look for a seeming advantage among a tangle of octopus-like limbs.
Finally back on their feet, Langellier takes a page from Ronda and expertly executes a Judoka’s secret weapon, a lightning fast hip throw that culminates in Reiswerg unflatteringly, heading to the canvas.
Round 2: Langellier takes Reiswerg to ground but to his horror gets locked in an arm bar attempt which he barely manages to pull out of. With 2:11 remaining in the second, Reiswerg manages to roll on top of Langellier and administer a triangle choke from which there is no escape. Locked in with a ViceGrip, there was no tapping on this one, the lights went out for Langellier and the ref called it. A strong display of technical MMA.
Main Event: Trevin Giles (8-0) vs. Issac Villanueva (11-8).
Tentative, best describes the intro to this fight. Both fighters feeling each other out, patty cake, patty cake, seemed the order of the day. The audience started booing, which did nothing but embolden both fighters in their touchy feely advances towards each other. Villanueva has had enough and throws a kick which Trevin intercepts, bringing his assailant to the ground to commence grinding him up. Villanueva is saved by the bell.
Round three was the beginning of the end for Villanueva. Out of the gate, Trevis connects, dazing Villanueva and sending him crashing to the canvas. Villanueva is then submitted by arm triangle. With his undefeated status still in hand, Giles calls out the UFC for a shot at the big league.
Legacy FC 59 official results:
- Trevin Giles def. Isaac Villanueva via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:45
- Justin Reiswerg def. Jason Langellier via submission (triangle choke and armbar) – Round 2, 3:21
- Domingo Pilarte def. Chris Pham via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:38
- Adrian Yanez def. Colin Wright via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 2:44
- Mike Trinh def. Randy McCullough via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 27-30)
- Danny Orr def. Chad Cook via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:15
- A.J. Hoffman def. Thomas Moreno via TKO (punches) – Round 1
- Chase Eastham def. Angel Zamora via unanimous decision
- Leomana Martinez def. Clarence Brown via TKO (punches) – Round 2
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