On Friday, March 20, Legacy Fight Championship touched down in Georgia to bring fight fans everywhere Legacy FC 40 live from the Wild Bills Atlanta.

In the night’s main event Cody East took on the heavy handed Brice Ritani-Coe for the promotion’s heavyweight title.

East (9-1) entered this bout coming off a first round TKO win over Vernon Lewis at Legacy FC 36 in October. This victory pushed ‘The Freight Train’s’ win streak to six straight, with only one of these wins reaching the judge’s decision, and earned him the then-vacant heavyweight championship.

Ritani-Coe (4-2) was looking to push his win streak to three straight. Prior to his bout with the champion East, the Syndicate MMA product earned a first round TKO over Brandon Endriss in his Legacy FC debut. To date, all four of his victories have by way of knockout.

Complete results and full recaps from the epic night of fighting can be found below.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Doug Usher’s fight with Aaron Conway didn’t last longer than two minutes, but he showed plenty in the time that the fight lasted. Though Conway went looking for a submission at one point, Usher went looking to show that he could hang on the ground, which he did, until the fight went back to the standup. From there, one shot found the mark and caused Conway to crumple before Usher swarmed in for just a few extra shots.

Wesley Barnes, on paper, seemed like a man that had almost every edge over Amir Dadovic, but for all Barnes gave out, Dadovic make him work for his “W”. The first two rounds told the same general story, albeit in different ways, as Barnes controlled the top position for much of the first round, and worked his way to control the back at one particular point in the second. Dadovic figured out the wrestling-heavy game plan out and attempted to rally in the third round, but not even Dadovic’s best efforts could turn the tide, as Barnes would still walk out with a unanimous decision win.

In only the second unanimous-decision verdict of the night, Gui Cury fought with intentions of taking Rusty Crowder to the ground and winning the fight from there. Like the bout that preceded it, Cury would use takedowns and ground control to take the first two rounds before Crowder would make an attempt at a comeback of sorts. In the end, the only difference between Cury-Crowder and the bout before it was that one judge saw all three rounds in favor of Cury, while the other two saw the bout as a 29-28, though all three agreed that Cury earned the victory.

The battle of Clay Harvison and Joe Elmore can be best described as a live-action version of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. Both men wanted to trade hard leather for the full fifteen minutes, and both did exactly that. Elmore certainly had an argument for throwing more, but at the end of the day, Harvison made the most of a nice reach advantage and found homes for multiple shots, which helped his case for a win by way of the night’s third consecutive unanimous-decision outcome.

Dave Vitkay wanted to show Tommy Jones that no amount of expertise in knockouts can substitute for experience, and it showed throughout their middleweight contest. As was the case for the earlier part of the main card, the bout saw one man in control of the striking and the ground game, and it came as little surprise that Vitkay served as that man. Once an opportunity arrived in the third round for Vitkay to trap the right arm of Jones after taking him down against the cage, Vitkay locked up the left arm for a straight armlock and forced the tap.

Rodrigo Lima knew he needed to deliver in a big way in order to get himself back in the winners’ circle against Matt Betzold, and he made the statement he wanted against the Team Alpha Male product. From the onset, Lima left Betzold with no real way of countering his grappling game, though Betzold would attempt to make the most of the chances he had from the top. His performance showed plenty of grit as the fight progressed from one round to the next, but ultimate, the grappling chops of the former Bellator standout proved way too much.

Cody East took it to Brice Ritani-Coe from the onset, though as many expected, he needed to earn his way to the win column. Ritani-Coe hurt East early on and caused a first-round scare, which some did not expect Ritani-Coe to do while performing against the champion on 12 days’ notice. East re-adjusted himself, however, and even when Ritani-Coe tagged him, he kept composed and never stopped looking for opportunities to land some powerful shots of his own. As the second round kicked off, East’s adjustments paid off, as he would back Ritani-Coe up against the cage and connect with a menacing flurry of strikes that put Ritani-Coe down and out.

FULL RESULTS
 Main Card – AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET

Cody East def. Brice Ritani-Coe by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 1:41- For Legacy FC heavyweight title
Dave Vitkay def. Tommy Jones by submission (straight armlock). Round 3, 2:44
Rodrigo Lima def Matt Betzold by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Clay Harvison def Joe Elmore by unanimous decision (30-27 30-27 29-28)
Gui Cury def Rusty Crowder by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Doug Usher def. Aaron Conway by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:49
Wesley Barnes def. Amir Dadovic by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Prelim Card – Unaired

Devorious Tubbs def Derrick Brown by knockout – Round 1 
Dee Melton def Josh Koser by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Zac Cooper def Joey Mullin by TKO. Round 2.
Jared Gooden def Betleigh Phillips by submission (rear naked choke). Round 3