Legacy Fighting Championship traveled down to the Lone Star State on Friday night for their first fight card of 2015 featuring a welterweight bout between UFC veteran Anthony Njokuani and rising submission artist Dave Burrow. Burrow took the fight on short notice, replacing Thomas Gifford, to challenge Njokuani. Njokuani made his promotional debut since losing back-to-back fights in 2014 and being released by the UFC.

In the co-main event, Jason Sampson clashed with Joseph Sandoval at 135 pounds. Sampson, since losing for the first time in his career, had won his past three consecutive fights including two by submission. Sandoval started his career with a 6-0 record, lost his next four including two inside the UFC, but stopped that streak with win at Legacy FC 22. LFC 38 marked the end of a 17-month layoff from the sport for Sandoval.

Check below for the results and total recap of Legacy Fighting Championship 38, which took place at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.

MAIN EVENT SUMMARY

Anthony Njokuani vs Dave Burrow

Round 1: Both fighters started the first round slowly, getting a feel for their opponent. Just over a minute into the first round, the fight was paused from an inadvertent eye poke by Burrow. Njokuani took some time to shake it off and the fight resumed. Not a minute after the first eye poke by Burrow, his fingers find the eye of Njokuani again. The fight continued. Njokuani was clearly the superior striker, peppering Burrow with shots. The fight is paused again for yet another eye poke by Burrow and the referee deducts a point. Njokuani was fine and the fight continued. Burrow ended the round with a last second takedown, but it wasn’t enough to win the round.

Round 2: Burrow showed his chin as Njokuani really started to find his range in the second round. Burrow, taking hard shots, yet continued to move forward. Njokuani dropped Burrow with a big shot, but Burrow held on for dear life. Njokuani elected to allow Burrow to stand back up and continued to hurt Burrow who again held on to survive. Burrow got a quick takedown against the tired Njokuani, but the UFC veteran stood right back up to end the round.

Round 3: Njokuani started the final round with a hard left hook, but he gave up his back to Burrow. Burrow gets a takedown and immediately goes for the arm bard. Njokuani tried to defend it, but tapped and the fight was over! Burrow completed an incredible comeback.

Dave Burrow def. Anthony Njokuani by submission (armbar). Round 3, 1:28

FULL RESULTS

Main Card

Dave Burrow def. Anthony Njokuani by submission (armbar). Round 3, 1:28

Jason Sampson def. Joseph Sandoval by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:36

Steven Peterson def. Caio Machado by submission (guillotine). Round 1, 3:55.

Augusto Mendes def. Evan Martinez by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:26

Charles Byrd def. Evan Thompson by KO (punches). Round 1, 4:51.

Eli Tamez def. Saul Elizondo by split decision.

Andrew Parker def. Bilal Williams by submission (rear naked choke). Round 1, 4:53.

Prelims

Mark De La Rosa def. Keeton Gorton by split decision.

Tristan Grimsley def. George Pacarariu by split decision.

Cameron Couch def. Kris Bickham by unanimous decision.

Colton Wright def. Jon Camero by TKO. Round 1, 1:19.

Jarrod Trotter def. Federico Olivera by unanimous decision.

Dylan Ashburn def. Donis Francois by submission (twister). Round 2, 1:55.

About The Author

Blane Ferguson
Associate Editor/Senior Staff Writer

Blane can trace his MMA roots, like many others, to the finale of the first Ultimate Fighter season between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin. After watching that incredible fight and cleaning the local Blockbuster of any recorded UFC pay-per-views they had, Blane was hooked on watching the sport and he carried that passion with him to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Blane is a four-year broadcasting veteran of ASU's campus radio including a founder and co-host of the station's combat sports show, The Final Round.