Legacy Fighting Championships touched down on Friday, April 8, for Legacy FC 53, live from Center Stage in Atlanta, GA. The main card aired live at 9PM ET/8PM CT on AXS TV.

Brazilian welterweights Dhiego Lima and Antonio Trocoli threw down as part of the AXS TV Fights headliner. Lima looked to return to the win column after back-to-back knockout losses knocked the TUF 19 alum out of the UFC. Meanwhile, Trocoli aimed for a win to rebound from a loss to one Jacob Volkmann at Legacy FC 51.

Welterweight action also took place in the event’s co-main attraction as Cody Wilson and Dave Vitkay did battle inside the Legacy cage. Both men carried winning streaks into the bout, with Vitkay bringing six wins into the bout, and Wilson having a 9-0 run as a professional since losing his MMA debut in 2011.


Dhiego Lima vs. Antonio Trocoli

The 25 year-old Trocoli wanted to make a name for himself at the expense of American Top Team product Lima, but Lima would deny him that opportunity. Trocoli trusted his skills in the striking game, and demonstrated some takedown defense, but Lima would spend the later rounds taking the young prospect down. Lima would put an exclamation point on his performance by taking Trocoli’s back and executing with a flurry of ground-and-pound from that position to seal the deal on what would be a dominant unanimous decision win, with all three judges scoring it 30-26 for the TUF 19 runner-up.

Cody Wilson vs. Dave Vitkay

Vitkay may have planned on being the aggressor for three rounds in his home battle against the 9-1 prospect Wilson, but Wilson did not make it easy for him. Both men grappled against the cage in round one, though neither man found themselves able to accomplish much. Vitkay found a takedown in the early part of round two, though he couldn’t keep Wilson down for very long. Still, the wily cage veteran took advantage of a situation where Wilson took his back, and escaped a potentially dangerous situation before maintaining top position. Vitkay would continue to find takedowns in round three, keeping the prospect grounded before raining down with punches. Vitkay didn’t find the finish, but his efforts earned him a win by unanimous decision on home soil.

C.J. Hamilton vs. Jacob Hebeisen

Hebeisen had the strength of a unanimous-decision win over Hamilton behind him, but from the start of round one, both he and Hamilton set out to prove that this fight would be anything but reminiscent of their first fight. The pace remained a fast one as Hamilton appeared to get the better of Hebeisen in round one, thanks to a healthy takedown-heavy offense,m but Hebeisen would keep the pressure on Hamilton in round two. Despite being on the business end of Hamilton’s takedowns, Hebeisen not only tagged Hamilton, but also almost choked out Hamilton before the end of the second round.

Hamilton would survive the second round, though, and keep coming in round three, as would Hebeisen. The back and forth battle continued, with Hebeisen almost finishing Hamilton near the end of the round by way of an inverted triangle. Hamilton survived, however, and stayed in the fight until the bitter end. After a grueling three-round firefight, the judges found themselves divided on the victor, but Hamilton found himself on the better end of their split-decision call.

Amir Dadovic vs. Adam Dehart

Dadovic and Dehart made for one of the night’s more interesting affairs, as both men fought their hardest to leave their fate out of the hands of the cageside judges. Dehart made round one roughy for Dadovic, dominating every aspect of the fight and leaving Dadovic in need of a huge turnaround early on. Dadovic responded well, as he found a chance secure a tight guillotine in round two, but Dehart willed his way out. Once round three began, Dehart hunted for an opportunity to take control, and in doing so while on the ground, he pulled off a rarely-seen hip crank to take home the main card’s third instance of a victory by way of a submission finish.

Zachary Klouse vs. Devorious Tubbs

For three full rounds, Tubbs’ movement told the entire story of the bout. Klouse would try to take Tubbs down in the first round, but to no avail, as Tubbs would demonstrate excellent takedown defense. Klouse would keep coming in the later rounds, but Klouse would not find an answer to the movement of the taller, lankier Tubbs before the end of the final bell. After three rounds, Tubbs took the win on the scorecards via a unanimous verdict, to nobody’s surprise.

Wesley Golden vs. Chazz Walton

Golden wasted no time in going to the ground with Walton in the early going, but Walton planned on making this night a short one for Golden, and he delivered. Walton would lock a triangle choke up, forcing Golden to initially attempt to strike back with some ground and pound with his right arm. Walton kept the choke locked, though, and Golden eventually found no alternative to tapping out, thus granting Walton the televised night’s second consecutive finish.

Jonathan Cobb vs. Nathan Williams

Williams got himself off to a great start in round one. Despite Cobb’s counters, Williams kept the pressure on Cobb by controlling the grappling aspect of the fight, thus keeping Cobb from getting anything going on the feet. Round two told a different story, however, as Cobb would kick Williams away after getting taken down near the fence and catch his neck on a double-leg attempt. Williams attempted to secure side control, but Cobb would wrap his legs around Williams’ body and crank on the guillotine to force the tap in what was the televised card’s first victory by way of a finish.

Full Results
Dhiego Lima def. Antonio Trocoli by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Dave Vitkay def. Cody Wilson by unanimous decision
CJ Hamilton def. Jacob Hebeisen by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Adam Dehart def. Amir Dadovic by submission (hip crank) Round 3, 2:29
Devorious Tubbs def. Zachary Klouse by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Chazz Walton def. Wesley Golden by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 0:43
Jonathan Cobb def. Nathan Andrews by submission (Guillotine Choke). Round 2, 1:27

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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.