On Friday, July 19, Legacy Fighting Championship returned to the Arena Theater in Houston to host a stacked lineup with two title bouts.

In the main event, two men with one loss records Matt Hobar and Angel Huerta battled for the inaugural bantamweight title. Co-headlining the event was a match-up for the vacant middleweight strap as William “Bubba” Bush squared off with Larry Crowe.

Another four fights rounded out the main card, including former UFC competitor Leonard Garcia taking on Rey Trujillo, as well as the Legacy FC debut of former decorated boxer Holly Holm.

A lineup of undercard bouts were untelevised, with the main card kicking off at 10 p.m. ET on AXS TV.

Hobar submits Huerta to claim inaugural bantamweight title

The inaugural bantamweight belt was up for grabs in the main event of the evening as one-loss contenders Matt Hobar and Angel Huerta went toe-to-toe.

The bantamweights came out with a constant pace to begin the fight, but was put to an end by Hobar who landed a double-leg takedown. Hobar worked in the guard of Huerta, then found himself in side control. Hobar advanced to take the back of his opponent, flattened Huerta out, and forced a tap in the first round.

Bush defeats Crowe by TKO to win middleweight title

In the co-main event, William “Bubba” Bush and Larry Crowe competed in a five-round battle to determine who would be crowned the new middleweight champion.

Bush shot in early looking to take Crowe to the mat, and did so by utilizing an inside trip. The referee stood the two up, but Bush used the same move to take Crowe down for the second time in the first round. Bush moved to side control, but after transtioning for a choke attempt, lost the position. The round ended after Bush landed a third takedown.

In round two, Bush continued to dominate Crowe in the wrestling department by gaining full mount early in the frame. Crowe turned to give up his back, but was flattened out to eat multiple blows. Bush continued to pursuit while in full mount, and finally did enough damage for the referee to stop the fight.

Garcia finishes Trujillo in Legacy FC debut

Former UFC competitor Leonard Garcia made his debut in his new promotion on Friday, taking on Legacy FC veteran Rey Trujillo.

Both men came out throwing wild kicks early, which led to Trujillo earning a takedown seconds into the fight. After landing punches in the guard of Garcia, Trujillo allowed his opponent to stand. Trujillo got the better of the exchanges on the feet by stunning Garcia on multiple times, but “Bad Boy” answered back with a combination. Trujillo utilized his strikes to do damage, and take round one of the scorecards.

After exchanging early in the second round, Garcia landed a double-leg takedown and took the back of Trujillo. The featherweights traded momentum as the round went on, with both having their own share of damage done. Garcia landed a takedown and easily transitioned to full mount, but was reversed by Trujillo in the final seconds of the round.

In the final round, Garcia landed a head kick that stunned Trujillo and pounced on him with wild punches on top. After several of them landed, the referee was forced to stop the fight.

After a five-fight losing streak in the UFC, Garcia now has his career going back in the right direction with Legacy FC.

Holm knocks out Jones with head kick

Once a highly decorated boxer, Holly Holm competed in her fourth MMA fight of her career against Allanna Jones on Friday.

Both women felt one another out to begin round one, which made for a slow-paced five minutes. Holm suffered an eye poke in the round, which appeared to have had an effect on her vision, but scored points with her strikes to take control of the fight.

Holm continued to keep her opponent at bay in round two, with Jones unable to mount any offense. After staying patient, Holm delivered with a highlight-reel head kick that knocked Jones out cold.

Caldwell dominates Chaw

Former N.C. State wrestler and undefeated prospect Darrion Caldwell returned to the Legacy FC cage as a massive favorite, taking on Gerzan Chaw.

Even as a huge underdog, Chaw made things competitive early in the first round by defending a takedown attempt and pushing the pace. But Caldwell ultimately took control of the five minutes by earning a couple of takedowns–one of which coming after pressing his foot off the side of the cage–and worked while in top position on the ground.

Caldwell took his opponent to the mat quickly to begin round two and transitioned to side control, then into full mount. However, Chaw stayed active to shake Caldwell off of him. Caldwell attempted a d’arce choke, but let it go to remain on top until the end of the frame.

Up two rounds, Caldwell played it safe to not allow Chaw an opening to pull off a finish. The former collegiate wrestler took the fight to the ground to avoid striking with his opponent, and held him there until the referee stood them up. After Chaw got his opportunity to pull something off, Caldwell easily took him down once again to seal the deal.

Harris stops Rogers in second round

Kicking off the main card were two welterweights in need of a win as Jonathan Harris took on Matthew Rogers.

Harris came out quickly by pressing Rogers against the fence, looking to earn an early takedown. But once he got it, Harris wasn’t able to keep him grounded which allowed Rogers to take top position in the center of the cage. After the referee stood them up, Rogers capitalized off an inaccurate takedown attempt to once again retain position. In the closing seconds of round one, Harris landed yet another double-leg.

In round two, Harris put his hands on the chin of Rogers to stun him, and took the fight to the mat. From there, Harris stayed patient this time around to pick his shots and force the referee to stop the bout.

Matt Hobar def. Angel Huerta by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:05 – for bantamweight title
William “Bubba” Bush def. Larry Crowe by TKO (punches). Round 2, 2:41 – for middleweight title
Leonard Garcia def. Rey Trujillo by TKO (head kick and punches). Round 3, 0:24
Holly Holm def. Allanna Jones by knockout (head kick). Round 2, 2:22
Darrion Caldwell def. Gerzan Chaw by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jonathan Harris def. Matthew Rogers by TKO (punches). Round 2, 0:47
Ricky Turcios def. Colin Wright by split decision
Scott Juarez def. Eric Valdez by submission (guillotine choke). Round 3
Chris Lopez def. Kenny Burke by split decision
Eric Garcia def. Jacob Capelli by unanimous decision

Photo: Leonard Garcia (L) vs. Max Holloway (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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