For the first time in AXS TV FIGHTS history, two promotions went head-to-head in a co-promoted live event broadcast as Resurrection Fighting Alliance and Legacy Fighting Championship join forces to pit their top fighters against one another at AXS TV FIGHTS: RFA VS. LEGACY SUPERFIGHT on Friday, May 8.

The historic card was headlined by a flyweight superfight between RFA champion Alexandre Pantoja (15-2) and Legacy champion Damacio Page (19-9), with one-of-a-kind superfight belt on the line.

To complement the night’s headlining superfight, the promotions also agreed to each host a title fight in two co-main events. Undefeated RFA bantamweight champion Luke Sanders (9-0) put his belt on the line against RFA contender Terrion Ware (13-3) while top Legacy contenders Dave Burrow (13-5) and Mike Bronzoulis (17-8) faced off for the vacant Legacy lightweight championship.

Leading up to these championship bouts, AXS TV FIGHTS: RFA VS. LEGACY SUPERFIGHT also showcased four additional matches between top ranked RFA and Legacy fighters on the televised main card.

Main Card Summary

Bojan Velickovic and Charles Byrd looked to deliver a fight that many people thought could have taken “Fight of The Night” and it certainly was a fun affair. Byrd took control in the first round, but as the fight progressed, Velickovic began to show his true heart and take over. Throughout the course of the three round bout, Velickovic had to endure a great amount of punishment, as well as an armbar attempt from Byrd in the early-going, but Velickovic would walk out with the unanimous decision, winning all three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards

Kevin Gray promised to bring some explosiveness and represent the RFA against Legacy’s Brian Hall, but Hall would never give Gray any opening. Actually, Gray’s execution of a takedown, which came after getting put in the clinch and hit with a solid helping of knees, would prove to be his undoing. Once he got put on his back, Hall secured the opening to lock up the guillotine choke and forced the submission out of Gray.

Adam Townsend knew he was going to get a game Yuri Villefort when the two crossed paths, and so few really expected Townsend to breeze through Villefort. Alas, Townsend kept his foot on the gas from the onset of the fight, and never stopped threatening Villefort at every turn, especially at multiple moments in the standup, where it often appeared as though Villefort would go out on his own two feet. Villefort would show heart and solider on until the final bell, but Townsend’s aggression from the onset earned him the unanimous nod.

Mike Bronzoulis and Dave Burrow both knew their fight for the Legacy lightweight title would be a tough battle from start to finish, and the fight certainly played out as such. Burrow would attack with submissions in round one, as many expected, but Bronzoulis would defend himself from each attempt and then come strong with his striking game in the second frame. As the fight wore on, Burrow would stay in the fight and hurt Bronzoulis at one point, but by the end of the hotly-contested contest, it proved all for not, as “The Greek” took home both a unanimous decision and the Legacy lightweight title.

Luke Sanders delivered on one of the clearest decision victories of the entire “Superfight” card with his unanimous-decision win over Terrion Ware, but two stories came from the bout itself. Firstly, Sanders brought more of his striking out this time, which left some wondering when the takedowns would come. The effects of Sanders’ striking accumulated to the point where Ware was left seemingly unable to see out of his left eye, and in that moment came the second story of the fight. Somehow, Ware was able to battle through the championship rounds, but despite the challenger’s valiant efforts, “Cool Hand Luke” kept the volume turned up in his striking, and although he never finished Ware, he left no doubt about the end result.

For the first round of action, Damacio Page and Alexandre Pantoja went hard, setting the frenetic pace that fans are used to seeing from the flyweight division. Once the fight hit the ground in round two, though, Pantoja took the former WEC veteran into his world. Within about five seconds of having locked in the triangle choke, Page looked like he was on the way out, and as it looked like he had gone out at the end of the second round, the bout was ruled a second-round submission win for Pantoja, now the AXS TV superfight flyweight champion, with only one second left on the clock.

FULL RESULTS

MAIN CARD – AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET
(c) RFA’s Damacio Page def. (c) Legacy’s Alexandre Pantoja by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 4:59 – For superfight flyweight title
(c) Luke Sanders def. Terrion Ware by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) – For RFA bantamweight title
Mike Bronzoulis def. Dave Burrow by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) – For vacant Legacy FC lightweight title
RFA’s Adam Townsend def. Legacy’s Yuri Villefort by unanimous decision (30-27 29-28 30-27)
Legacy’s Brian Hall def. RFA’s Kevin Gray by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 1:59
RFA’s Bojan Velickovic def. Legacy’s Charles Byrd by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.