By Patrick Courtois
Legacy Fighting Championship has carved a respectable niche for itself in this pantheon of combat sports which the Greeks bestowed upon us.
The Houston TX based promotion got its start from the most unlikely of sources. Its inception came by way of an Aussie transplant who left Australia barely into his twenties, with nary a pragmatic employment plan in mind. His was a vision to come to Texas, idealism firmly in tow and meld into cultural entrenchment.
But Nick Maynard would soon be bitten by the Mixed Martial Arts bug. Within a few years of his arrival, through laser guided vision and an indomitable spirit, Maynard started making his mark on the fight scene. After a shaky start but through persistence, Nov. 7, 2009 saw the creation in earnest, of Legacy Fighting Championship.
From humble origins in College Station TX and locally produced, hosted and attended events, the promotion started accruing a blazing array of fighter talent—Bubba Bush, Holly Holm, Juliana Werner, Daniel Pineda, Andrew Craig, Kyle Noke, Eric Schambari, Ricky shivers, Derrick Lewis, ad infinitum. In short order Legacy became a nationally recognized promotion hosting fights throughout the country. The steady grass roots growth of Legacy FC coupled with the steely and innovative business savvy of its founder and CEO had finally made its mark.
It’s 35 down and coming up, Legacy FC 36, October 17 in New Mexico. Following that is a blazing Legacy FC 37 set for November 14 in Houston. This card is stacked and features former Legacy FC Featherweight champ Leonard Garcia (18-12-1), getting grimy with former Feather and Lightweight champ Daniel Pineda (18-11), as they both work their way back to title contention.
World renowned BJJ champ Augusto “tanquinho” Mendes (2-0) also steps foot in the cage to handle business against a brutally technical Bruno Viana (8-0). The Women are represented by new comer to the pro ranks, Strawweight Stephanie “the Cyclone” Alba (1-0-0). Her challenger is as yet unnamed.
Continued growth and exploration of relevant and exciting avenues to enhance, better market and accrue a larger share of the MMA pie that is dominated by UFC and Bellator MMA, have been the seeming modus operandi of this promotion. Case in point, the recent announcement of Legacy Kickboxing commencing in 2015. With its inaugural event to take place January 16, the promotion is boosting its stock. The hope is to include an initial four events yearly and seeing where it goes from there. Headlining this first showcase will be a matchup between Bantamweights Valentina ”Bullet” Schevchenko (51-1) and Lindsay Haycraft (25-12). Broadcast will be via AXS-TV and fights will be governed by the same rules presiding over Glory World Series.
With this decisive move, Legacy positions itself as unique in the market. Its brand recognition further emboldened by the calculated risks it will endeavor, to make itself distinct and a game changer in the industry.
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