This Friday, Legacy Fighting Championship makes its debut in the state of Minnesota for Legacy FC 43, and the night packs a solid night of action, including two veterans of the sport.
Brock Larson brings a wealth of experience into the cage every time he fights, but this time out, Larson finds himself in pursuit of Legacy welterweight gold. The only thing standing in his way of achieving that object is Derrick Krantz, who is no stranger to title opportunities, as he has challenged for the promotion’s lightweight crown before. The two will collide on the strength of recent successes as part of the headliner of the night.
Also, Zak Ottow comes in with a bit of a reputation for submissions and solid grappling, as has been shown in some of his more recent bouts, but he will see co-headlining action against a dangerous competitor in Jacob Volkmann, who not only holds veteran experience in multiple organizations, but is also an ace on the ground in his own regard, due in no small part to his dominating top game.
The event, which also features the likes of Augusto Mendes, Chase Waldon, and others, starts live at 10 PM EST as part of AXS TV’s Friday Night Fights.
Legacy welterweight title: Derrick Krantz vs Brock Larson

There is generally no substitute for experience, but as Krantz has shown, it does play a role as a tremendous teacher. Krantz has had his ups and downs, but his hard work has paid off as much as that of Larson. Men like Larson continue to go strong due in large part to their toughness, which factors in to why Larson has not been finished since 2012, but Krantz knows this very well. Subsequently, it will be a long night for the former lightweight title contender, but after a close battle, Krantz’s efforts will earn him a decision win.

Krantz def. Larson by unanimous decision.

Welterweight co-main event: Zak Ottow vs Jacob Volkmann

Volkmann has been in the game long enough to know that the more things change in the landscape and in the way people put techniques together, the more things stay the same in terms of how fights break down to their bare bones. His fight with Ottow breaks down to a physically tough UFC veteran with a serious ground game against a tough Minnesotan who doesn’t have the UFC experience, but does have an equally serious ground game. The bout can always provide a battle with tedious striking exchanges and lots of jockeying for position, but of history taught us anything, it’s that a young boy with a reputation for submission finishes can always find a way to create an opening to finish. Unless we see Volkmann display airtight takedown defense, Ottow will achieve that very result.

Ottow def. Volkmann by submission (arm triangle). Round 2.

Middleweight: Chase Waldon vs Nick Wagner

Those who have been aware of this fight know Waldon has accumulated a nice six-fight winning streak since his first pro loss in 2010, and that Wagner has alternated between wins, losses, and a draw in his past eight bouts. Waldon will need to prepare for everything, including a slow fight against the cage, but once the fight hits the ground, Waldon will find himself sitting prettier, as he controls Wagner on the ground, secures the neck of Wagner, and finds the finish from there.

Waldon def. Wagner by submission (rear naked choke). Round 1.

Bantamweight: Augusto Mendes vs Donald Williams

Mendes showed improvement and evolution in his most recent outing against Evan Martinez, which he won via elbows. Against Donald Williams, the challenge will be fighting a man who has very little to lose, having lost back to back fights. Mendes will expect a difficult opponent and receive one in turn, but he will find his openings early and put him away quickly.

Mendes def. Williams by TKO (strikes). Round 1.

Catchweight (165): Billy Christianson vs Derek Getzel

When Christianson and Getzel collide, the bout will see two finishers in their home state looking to score a huge win on the opener of Legacy’s debut in Minnesota. Getzel comes off of a loss to Jordan Parsons, while Christianson comes off of a knockout of Rick Jackson over one month ago. With both men aware of the what their opposition brings, this one may stretch out at least a round or two, but Getzel will come out victorious

Getzel def. Christianson by TKO (strikes). Round 2.

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Dale De Souza
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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.