Ladies and Gentlemen UFC 169 is this Saturday and the Superbowl on Sunday. It's a huge weekend for sports in general. I don't watch football anymore (the Lions are a constant source of disappointment for me), but I recognize most of you shall be. Before that check out regional MMA on Friday night.
AXS TV has another event this Friday from Legacy Fighting Championships
When and Where:
See it on TV: AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET following Inside MMA.
See it in Person: Houston Arena Theater (7326 Southwest Fwy Houston, TX 77074)
Event Starts at 7:30 p.m. local time, 8:30 p.m. ET for the preliminary bouts
Behind the bouts:
-There are five undefeated fighters on the card.
-Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo (5-0) is fighting another undefeated prospect.
-Undefeated Prospects Caio Machado (3-0) vs. Domingo Pilarte (3-0)
-UFC Veteran Tim Means is headlining
-Finish Rate for all fighters on the main card: 76%
|Kamarudeen Usman||V||Steven Rodriguez|
|WIN RATE||HEIGHT||6'0"||ODDS||WIN RATE||HEIGHT||N/A||ODDS|
|FINISH RATE||AGE||25||RH||FINISH RATE||AGE||33||RH|
|LAST FIVE||2||1||0||LAST FIVE||2||1||0|
|GYM||Blackzilians||GYM||One Fight Club|
Not a lot of information available on these gentlemen. Rodriguez lost his pro debut (in an amusing fight that saw him run around with his hands down and dropped repeatedly with single punches) and has fought once for Legacy and earned his first career finish via armbar in the first round. On the other side you have Usman... a 3 time Division II Wrestling All American (with a 44-1 record his senior year) who trains with top level fighters already and made his pro debut in the RFA. Guy is young and is likely going places. His submissions need work as his lone loss was via submission in his second pro bout, but expect big things from him.
If Usman fights to his athletic potential and up to the snuff of his camp, he should take it.
Usman by knockout, round 1.
|Domingo Pilarte||V||Caio Machado|
|WIN RATE||HEIGHT||6'0"||ODDS||WIN RATE||HEIGHT||N/A||ODDS|
|FINISH RATE||AGE||24||UNK||FINISH RATE||AGE||20||RH|
|LAST FIVE||3||0||0||LAST FIVE||3||0||0|
|GYM||4Oz Fight Club||GYM||Kezen|
Not a ton is known about either fighter but this is what I was able to find:
Pilarte is a grapple first fighter who has not fought since 2012 and only once since 2010. He is actively attempting to improve his kickboxing and boxing but has a long way to go. He has grappled at the Pan-Ams, the Worlds and Nationals. He's quoted in saying "I did pretty good," in an article from 2012. I can't say much about him.
Machado is only 20 years old but hasn't been any more active. He fought twice in 2012 and took all of 2013 off. From what I was able to find Machado is a Muay Thai based striker who likes to attack with leg kicks and likes to use ground and pound from the top position. HERE is a highlight video someone made. It showcases as many weaknesses as it does strengths.
I'm very curious about this fight, mostly because so little is known about these prospects... Pilarte by decision.
|Larry Crowe||V||Terrance Ferguson|
|WIN RATE||HEIGHT||5'11"||ODDS||WIN RATE||HEIGHT||5'10"||ODDS|
|FINISH RATE||AGE||29||LH||FINISH RATE||AGE||33||RH|
|LAST FIVE||3||2||0||LAST FIVE||2||1||0|
|GYM||Silverback Fight Club||GYM||Gracie Barra Katy|
I've seen Crowe fight a couple times on AXS TV fights and I'll say he's a decent regional level fighter. A south paw striker he prefers to stand and trade. He has three times the fights his opponent has and it seems like he's been given a favorable matchup. LINK to one of his fights from 2011 where he won via head kick. His gas tank is subpar.
Ferguson is a grapple first fighter who will look to get this fight to the ground as soon as he can. He is older, smaller and will likely have the reach disadvantage against a guy who's nickname is "Taekwon." LINK to his last bout from September 2012
Crowe by knockout, Round 2.
|Charles Cheeks||V||Alex Black|
|WIN RATE||HEIGHT||5'7"||ODDS||WIN RATE||HEIGHT||6'0"||ODDS|
|FINISH RATE||AGE||25||RH||FINISH RATE||AGE||26||RH|
|LAST FIVE||5||0||0||LAST FIVE||4||1||0|
|GYM||Reis Extreme MMA||GYM||Bushi Ban|
Cheeks is a grappling first fighter who good takedowns and ground and pound. He will be the more athletic fighter and will look to take the fight to the ground and work for his fifth career submission win. Black is 1-2 in Legacy competition but is riding a four fight win streak going into this bout. I think Cheeks is the fighter with the bigger upside and athletic ability. Should be entertaining while it lasts.
Cheeks by submission, round 2.
|Flyweight Bout Co- Main Event|
|Henry Cejudo||V||Elias Garcia|
|WIN RATE||HEIGHT||5'4"||ODDS||WIN RATE||HEIGHT||5'4"||ODDS|
|FINISH RATE||AGE||26||RH||FINISH RATE||AGE||27||RH|
|LAST FIVE||5||0||0||LAST FIVE||4||0||0|
|GYM||Fight Ready||GYM||Weapons at Hand MMA|
We all know who Henry Cejudo is, the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in freestyle wrestling. He's a pure blue chip prospect whose lone decision victory was likely attributed to his opponents 7' height, and 6.5' reach advantage and his willingness to strike when he had such an extreme advantage in the grappling. He is a truly elite wrestler who does have some amateur boxing experience. Garcia is an interesting prospect himself who is undefeated and has good striking. It's worth noting he has trained at Rufusport. I think he's still going to be a stepping stone for Cejudo. Unless he's got crazy takedown defense, I don't see it going his way.
Cejudo by decision.
|Welterweight Bout – Main Event|
|Tim Means||V||Artenas Young|
|WIN RATE||HEIGHT||6'2"||ODDS||WIN RATE||HEIGHT||6'2"||ODDS|
|FINISH RATE||AGE||29||RH||FINISH RATE||AGE||33||RH|
|LAST FIVE||3||2||0||LAST FIVE||3||2||0|
|GYM||FIT NHB||GYM||4oz Fight Club|
Tim Means is a UFC veteran with a 2-2 record in the UFC. He was released for failing to make 155 lbs in 4th UFC bout and losing. With his last two bouts being held at 170 lbs, it seems that Mr. Means has abandoned lightweight. He has a very high finishing rate at 89% including 14 knockouts. Young is a striker first, and all of his finishes are by knockout or TKO. Young tried about for Bellator's "Fight Master" but didn't make it past the elimination round. He has alternated wins and losses over that past three years over 7 bouts (4-3). Tim Means was a gigantic lightweight and he's still a big welterweight. He won't have the height advantage he's used to or the usual reach advantage, but his quality of opposition and comparable consistency: 10-2 in his last 12, will lead him to victory.
I believe Means is the better fighter and will win this fight convincingly on his way back to the UFC. Means by technical knockout, round 2.
The event is Friday, and though it lacks so many top prospects like last weekends RFA 12 card, it still is worth a watch.
AXS TV Fights: Legacy Fighting Championship 27 (via AXS TV Fights)