The UFC and Strikeforce may have the weekend off, but that doesn’t mean MMA fans will have to go cold turkey through it. Tachi Palace Fights and Legacy Fighting Championships are stepping in to fill the MMA void.

Tachi Palace Fights 13

TPF 13 will stream on Sherdog Thursday night and features a pair of interesting bouts for its main attractions. In the card’s headliner, Joe Soto squares off against Chad George while the co-main event will showcase Ian Loveland and Alexander Crispim.

Chad George (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Soto, you may remember, was the first-ever Bellator featherweight champion. Since he lost the title to Joe Warren in 2010, Soto has faced off against current UFC fighter Eddie Yagin and defeated Chris Davis in January.

His opponent, George, is remembered by MMA fans for his appearance in the WEC in 2009-2010. George went 1-2 with the win coming against Josh Hosman and the losses coming against very credible competition in Scott Jorgensen and Antonio Banuelos.

George has been on a roll recently with three straight wins, all coming before the final bell, including a one-punch KO of Kaiwhare Kara France.

The other prominent bout features Loveland, fresh off a stint with the UFC that saw him go 1-2. In his first appearance, Loveland stepped in on short notice against Tyler Toner and won via unanimous decision.

Loveland was unable to secure a win in his next two UFC appearances, but he still holds a respectable 14-9 record overall.

His opponent, Crispim hails from Brazil and has never been submitted.

The Brazilian holds a 7-3 record with his last fight ending in a decision loss. Prior to that, Crispim had won four straight bouts including two successful appearances with the Strikeforce promotion.

Legacy Fighting Championship 11

If TPF 13 isn’t enough to fulfill your MMA appetite, LFC 11 will be shown on HDNet on Friday. The main event will feature a lightweight tilt for the vacant LFC 155-pound title and also a handful of notable fighters like Chad Robichaux, Joseph Sandoval and Gerald Harris.

The lightweight title affair will feature the young Clay Hantz facing off against the grizzled veteran, Jorge Patino.

Joseph Sandoval (top) delivers ground and pound (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

Hantz has won three straight, which includes two first-round submissions and a TKO victory. Hantz has only been to a decision once in his career with a win over Tony Castillo in 2009. He’s won the majority of his fights via submission.

Patino, meanwhile, is well-known in Brazil for his legendary battles during the Vale Tudo days. Patino actually holds a victory over world-renowned grappler and former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza via KO.

The Brazilian has won three straight with the last two coming under the LFC banner. The win against Pete Spratt won Patino the vacant LFC welterweight crown, and the victory over Mike Bronzoulis was his first title defense. He will be moving down a weight class in order to become champion simultaneously in two separate weight classes.

In the evening’s co-main event, Robichaux squares off against former UFC fighter Sandoval.

Robichaux began his career on an 11-0 run that saw him win all his fights before the final bell sounded, save for his win over Humberto DeLeon in Robichaux’s lone Strikeforce appearance.

He has made one appearance under the Bellator promotion in a loss to former champion Zach Makovsky. Robichaux is also reeling from another loss in his last fight, which was his LFC debut.

With a background in the armed forces, fans will surely find it easy to cheer for Robichaux to get back on track.

Getting back on track is exactly what Robichaux’s opponent, Sandoval, will be attempting to do. After starting his career with a 6-0 run, Sandoval was finished inside the opening frame in both of his UFC losses.

In a battle of slumping fighters, one man will resurrect his career while the other will be left to gather the broken pieces following yet another defeat.

Also featured on the LFC 11 fight card is the former UFC fighter Gerald Harris.

Harris is most noted for his KO slam of Dave Branch in 2010 and his bizarre bout with Maiquel Falcao. The loss to Falcao saw Harris released from his UFC contract and the subsequent loss in his next fight left Harris at a crossroads of sorts.

He’s since turned things around with three straight wins and will be stepping in for Marcus Aurelio, who was unable to secure a fight license in time.

The weekend may not feature the bright lights of the UFC or Strikeforce, but there’s definitely some quality MMA action to be had for fans.

Top Photo: Gerald Harris (R) throws a kick (Andy Hemingway/Sherdog)

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.