On Friday, November 13, Legacy Fighting Champinoship touched down in Lake Charles, LA to bring fight fans Legacy FC 48: Leite vs. Spann live from the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.

In the night’s main event, undefeated Leonardo Leite looked for a successful defense of his Legacy middleweight crown against surging top contender Ryan Spann

Leite (6-0) defeated Larry Crowe to win the Legacy middleweight title at Legacy FC 39 in February, marking the Brazilian’s fourth career finish, as well as his second consecutive win by a form of knockout. Leite’s bout with Spann on this night marked the first defense of his middleweight championship.

Spann (8-1), a mainstay of the Legacy cage, entered on the strength of a three-fight winning streak, which included his own win over Crowe at Legacy FC 42 in June. The eight-second knockout victory moved Spann to the front of the line and cemented his status as the next top middleweight title contender.

The co-main event saw lightweights throwing leather, as Josh Quayhagen combated Sean Soriano. Quayhaygen came off of a split-decision win over Anthony Njokuani, which served as the only fight on the Legacy FC 42 card to go all three round, as most of that card consisted of first-round finishes. For Soriano, however, Quayhagen represented Soriano’s first pro bout since a three-fight losing streak that saw the departure of the Blackzilians standout from the UFC earlier this year.

Finally, the semifinals of Legacy Kickboxing’s light-heavyweight tournament took place, as former Legacy bantamweight champion Myron Dennis joined Andreas Ven Engelen, Brian Collete, and Manny Mancha in the final four. Dennis faced Van Engelen, while Collete battled Mancha, with the winners meeting up later in the night as part of the tournament final.

The action aired live at 10PM ET/7PM PT as part of AXS TV’s “Friday Night Fights”.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Legacy Kickboxing’s four-man tournament started off  with fireworks as Manny Mancha started off hard and finished heavy against Brian Collete. At the start, Mancha landed nearly at will with kicks, punches, and knees, backed Collete against the cage and knocked him down once. Collete got up and attempted to fight back, but once Mancha was able to put Collete down a second time, Collete went out like a light.

Andres Van Engelen surprised many by holding his own and hanging tough against former Legacy light-heavyweight MMA champion Myron Dennis. Dennis gave as well as he took, but Van Engelen’s offense began to take its toll. Van Engelen contended with a dangerous fighter who proved game enough to take him a full three rounds, bit in the end, his ability to stay active paid dividends towards a huge split-decision win.

Joel Scott found a great deal of success with his takedowns against Trent Meaux, and in the earlier rounds, it proved to be a problem for Meaux, who struggled at one point to fight off Scott’s attempt at a rear naked choke. Despite this, Meaux stayed as aggressive on the feet as he could, and although it seemed as though Scott neutralized Meaux’s standup well, Meaux’s aggression led him to a split decision win.

Gage Duhon would take a minute and 52 seconds to make work of Kolton Englund, but the bout came with controversy as it appeared Duhon tapped at one point. Nevertheless, Duhon escaped what appeared to be a nasty predicament, put pressure on Englund, and put him out against the ropes for the TKO victory.

Sean Soriano made his first impression count against Josh Quayhagen. Throughout the bout, Soriano would break Quayhagen down with a combination of punches and leg kicks until he had Quayhagen where he wanted him. Once Quayhagen was left with nowhere else to go, Soriano unloaded a vicious overhand right that spelled doom for Quayhagen.

Legacy middleweight champion Leo Leite knew where he wanted to go against Ryan Spann, and he delivered in taking Spann into his world on multiple occasions. Every time Leite took Spann down, he kept him there and hunted for a submission. Through three, Spann knew he needed a huge finish, but despite a moment where he got the champion in a brief attempt at a Peruvian necktie, he could not pull the trigger within the distance, which ended up costing him the better part of the unanimous-decision win.

Van Engelen and Mancha met in the finals to determine the inaugural Legacy Kickboxing light-heavyweight champion, and on paper, it appeared like Mancha would be the fresher of the two, but Van Engelen kept an aggressive pace and managed to drop Mancha down once before closing the fight out with a right hand that shut Mancha down swiftly.

FULL RESULTS

MAIN CARD (AXS TV)
Andres Van Engelen def. Manny Mancha by knockout (punch). Round 2, 2:15 – LK light-heavyweight tournament final
Leonardo Leite def. Ryan Spann by unanimous decision  (50-45 50-45, 50-45) – for middleweight title
Sean Soriano def. Josh Quayhagen by knockout (punch). Round 1,
Gage Duhon def. Kolton Englund by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:52
Trent Meaux def. Joel Scott by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Andres Van Engelen def. Myron Dennis by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) – LK light-heavyweight tournament semifinal
Manny Mancha def. Brian Collete by knockout (punches). Round 1, 2:20 – LK light-heavyweight tournament semifinal

PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised)
Aaron Davis def. Edgar Verdin by split decision.
Marcus Andrusia def. Darryl Orr by knockout (head kick). Round 1.
John King vs. Matt Baker ends in a draw (accidental headbutt)

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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.