Legacy Fighting Championships 9 results: Champs Patino and Pineda victorious
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Dec 17, 2011 at 9:30 am ET
Welterweight champion Jorge Patino picked up first successful title defense at Friday's Legacy Fighting Championships 9 event.
The onetime UFC/PRIDEfighter outlasted recent Strikeforce competitor Mike Bronzoulis for a unanimous-decision victory.
The bout headlined LFC 9, which took place at Houston's Arena Theater. The main card aired live on HDNet.
Patino fought his fight and scored frequent takedowns during the five-rounder. He started strong and engaged in some exchanges but shifted to a ground-oriented game plan by the end of the first round.
Bronzoulis, a fellow Texan, connected on some heavy blows, but his attacks were interrupted by Patino's many successful takedowns. Bronzoulis' best shot at victory came later in the rounds, when he landed some crisp shots from distance and a couple head kicks. But like Patino, he began to fade in the championships rounds.
In the end, Patino earned the win and defended his title with 49-46 scores across the board.
Patino (26-13-1) closes out a successful 2011 campaign with a 3-0 record, which included additional wins over Cleburn Walker and Pete Spratt. Bronzoulis (13-4-1) spoils the progress of a recent 5-1 run.
Crowe, Pineda earn stoppage wins
In 175-pound action, Jeff Rexroad (5-1) capitalized on and submitted a fading Larry Crowe (5-2), a late replacement for UFC-bound Efrain Escudero, with a third-round armbar that followed a tired takedown attempt from his opponent.
In a bantamweight bout, Steve Garcia (8-5) survived an early onslaught from Cody Williams (2-1) before connecting on a left hook that sent his opponent face first into the canvas late in the first round.
In a welterweight fight, Jonathan Harris (4-1) fended off an early rear-naked-choke attempt and then wore down late replacement Ricardo Talavera (2-3) standing and on the mat before to earn a third-round TKO stoppage.
In a non-title fight, Legacy featherweight and lightweight champion Daniel Pineda (15-7) used a slick second-round spinning backfist to earn a TKO victory over Gilbert Jimenez (5-4-1) in a 150-pound catchweight affair.
In the night's first televised fight, heavyweight Derrick Lewis (6-2) picked up his sixth career stoppage win with a third-round ground-and-pound TKO victory over Rakim Cleveland (2-2).
The full Legacy Fighting Championships 9 results included:
Champ Jorge Patino def. Mike Bronzoulis via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) - retains welterweight title
Jeff Rexroad def. Larry Crowe via submission (armbar) - Round 3
Steve Garcia def. Cody Williams via TKO (strikes) - Round 1
Jonathan Harris def. Ricardo Talavera via TKO (strikes) - Round 3
Champ Daniel Pineda def. Gilbert Jiminez via KO (punches) - Round 2 (non-title fight)
Derrick Lewis def. Rakim Cleveland via TKO (strikes) - Round 3
Chop Rucker def. Frost Murphy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jeremy Morris def. Justin Murray via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jesus Rivera def. Randy Hauer via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2
Noel Ligon def. Patrick Hutton via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1
Jeremy Mahon def. David Armas via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)