On Friday, April 12, Legacy Fighting Championship visited the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas for its 19th event.

In the night’s main event, former UFC and WEC combatant Will Campuzano battled undefeated Brazilian Allan Nascimento for the promotion’s flyweight title. After an ill-fated run in the UFC, Campuzano reeled off three straight wins, including a second-round TKO over Jimmy Flick at Legacy 16 in December to capture the title. Meanwhile, the Chute Boxe-trained Nascimento moved his record to 7-0 with a heel hook submission over Leandro Charles last August under the Predator FC banner.

The main card, which aired live on AXS TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET, also featured Bellator and Dream veteran Georgi Karakhanyan battling UFC veteran Din Thomas, world champion grappler Robert Drysdale taking on Bellator veteran D.J. Linderman, as well as four other bouts.

Following a Bellator 37 defeat to Patricio Freire, Karakhanyan put together six straight wins including four stoppages. The 36-year-old Thomas went 3-2 in his most recent stint with the UFC, including wins over Clay Guida and Jeremy Stephens, but after back-to-back losses was released from the promotion. He rebounded with three straight wins before a no contest in his most recent outing.

The light heavyweight Drysdale entered the bout having yet to taste defeat in his five career bouts., with all five coming via first-round submission. Linderman had a three-fight winning streak halted in November as he fell to Anthony Johnson at WSOF 1 via knockout.

Four additional bouts graced the event’s unaired preliminary card.

Campuzano tops Nascimento, retains flyweight title

The Legacy 125-pound championship was on the line as Will Campuzano successfully defended his belt against previously undefeated Brazilian Allan Nascimento.

The flyweights wasted little time exchanging. Nascimento missed with a head kick and Campuzano dropped him with a counter right hand. Campuzano attacked with a guillotine choke, but the Brazilian escaped and the fight returned to standing. Using an outside trip, Campuzano planted Nascimento on his back. Nascimento used a leg lock to get back to his feet. Campuzano charged forward wildly, allowing Nascimento to counter and drop him to the mat. A D’arce attempt from Nascimento was defended by Campuzano who took the top position once more late in the frame.

Campuzano opened round two with a takedown against the cage. Nascimento worked hard for a sweep off his back, but the champion patiently controlled the position from the top. Another leg lock attempt from Nascimento allowed him to gain the top position, but Campuzano simply muscled out and back on top as the round closed.

The wrestling of Campuzano continued to be the weapon of choice in the third round as he again put the challenger on his back. Nascimento looked for leg attacks, but Campuzano was wise to it. In the final minute of the round Nascimento attacked with a triangle choke, but Campuzano escaped and dropped heavy shots in the waning seconds that opened a cut under Nascimento’s left eye.

Campuzano worked hard to attack the cut early in round four. Nascimento did his best to avoid the shots, but Campuzano rained shots. A hammerfist clipped the back of Nascimento’s head and the referee deducted a point from Campuzano. From the guard, Campuzano dropped more ground and pound.

Round five saw Campuzano deliver more punishment from the top. Nascimento worked for an Achilles’ lock, but Campuzano escaped. The Brazilian continued to fish for subs from his back, but Campuzano did not panic. The pace slowed, but Campuzano’s conditioning proved to be the stronger fighter as the fight went to the scorecards.

Even with the point deduction, there was little doubt as the judges gave the victory to Campuzano.

Karakhanyan edges Thomas

Featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan outlasted a tough veteran in Din Thomas, scoring a unanimous decision win.

Karakhanyan opened the fight with multiple kicks to Thomas’ lead leg. A brief guillotine attempt from Karakhanyan was quickly abandoned as he put Thomas on his back. The Russian-born Armenian spent the majority of the round in Thomas’ guard, delivering shots from the top position.

The second round began with more kicks from the former soccer player Karakhanyan. Thomas answered back from close quarters, forcing the fight along the fence. After jostling for position, it was Thomas who scored with a double-leg takedown. Karakhanyan used a leg lock to sweep into the top position with 90 seconds remaining in the frame. Thomas scrambled to his feet and delivered a right hand to Karakhanyan’s chin, but was quickly put on his back as the round closed.

Thomas let his hands go to start round three. Karakhanyan seemed unfazed as he continued to connect with leg kicks. With two minutes remaining in the bout Karakhanyan scored with a takedown, but did nothing with it. The fight ended with a final flurry from Thomas.

When the scorecards were read, it was Karakhanyan who was awarded the win.

Drysdale destroys Linderman

Six-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Robert Drysdale kept his perfect record intact with yet another first-round submission win over Bellator vet D.J. Linderman.

Drysdale immediately looked for a takedown as the fight began. He barreled in with a left hook, setting up a double-leg takedown. Drysdale quickly moved to mount and took Linderman’s back. Once there, it was just a matter of time as Linderman was forced to tap to the rear-naked choke before the two-minute mark.

FULL RESULTS
Will Campuzano def. Allan Nascimento by unanimous decision (49-45, 48-46, 48-46) – retains flyweight title
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Din Thomas by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Robert Drysdale def. D.J. Linderman by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:48
Matt Hobar def. Nelson Salas by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
George Pacurariu def. Steven Peterson by knockout (punch). Round 1, 3:42
Rey Trujillo def. Chris Jones by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:59
Kevin Aguilar def. Hunter Tucker by submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:24
Brad Mitchell def. David Armas by split decision.
Evan Thompson def. Angelus McFarlane by unanimous decision.
Bull Lawal def. Jabari Shakur by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Vernon Lewis def. James Hall by TKO (strikes). Round 1

Photo:Will Campuzano (Andy Hemingway/Sherdog)