One of America’s best regional promotions returns this weekend when Legacy Fighting Championship comes to you from Corpus Christi, Texas.

Legacy FC has become one of the hottest MMA organizations with its exciting fights, top-notch fighters and accessibility on cable via AXS TV. Headlining this potentially great card is UFC veteran Carlo Prater, who meets fellow lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira in what promises to be a martial arts chess match.

Here is a full preview of this weekend’s card.

LW: Carlo Prater (31-13-1) vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira (6-0)

The main event will see two top grapplers compete when UFC veteran Carlo Prater meets Carlos Diego Ferreira. Both men are known for their submission prowess, so this could either be a great grappling match, or their jiu-jitsu games will negate each other and it will be a kickboxing match.

Prater is two fights removed from his three-fight tenure in the UFC. Since his release, he has gone 1-1 with a loss to Kuniyoshi Hironaka and a win over Sebastian Latorre in his latest outing. The luta livre-based fighter has won most of his fights via submission, proving how skilled he is on the ground.

Ferreira is a jiu-jitsu based fighter, with five of his six wins coming via submission. This is the biggest test in his career, as Prater is truly the best opponent he will have faced so far.

When this fight goes down, the more well-rounded guy will be the victor. Prater can match Ferreira on the ground, but we have not seen much of Ferreira’s striking. That leads me to believe that Prater will outstrike him en route to a decision.

BW: Damacio Page (15-8) vs. Patrick Ybarra (4-0)

The co-main event sees another UFC veteran make an appearance on the card when Damacio Page meets youngster Patrick Ybarra in a high-stakes bout. This will be Page’s first bout since being released by the UFC.

Page is a brawler with knockout power that is not often seen in a 135-pound fighter. While he can end the fight with one strike, the biggest knock on him has been his submission defense. However, his experience may be the big factor in this fight with Ybarra.

As for Ybarra, this is the biggest fight of his young career. He has finished every fight he has been in, including three via submission. That is the biggest thing going for Ybarra, who can use his submission skills to expose Page’s weakness.

Smart money would say Page is going to use his experience and power to win this fight, but Ybarra is no walk in the park. Page should take this fight via TKO, but don’t be surprised if Ybarra pulls off the upset.

FW: Adam Schindler (10-4) vs. Chris Pecero (7-5)

Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Adam Schindler makes his Legacy debut when he meets Chris Pecero in the featherweight division. Schindler makes the drop from lightweight for this fight, and it is his more natural weight class from looking at his frame.

Schindler is a grappler who has been improving his striking skills ever since he was embarrassed at the hands of Ronnie Mann. His recent time in Bellator was a disappointment, as he dropped bouts to Mann and Jeremy Spoon in the two-fight stint. He hopes to get back in the win column against a lesser opponent in Pecero.

Pecero does not have a sexy record, but he is an exciting fighter. He is a jack of all trades, master of none, when it comes to the mixed martial arts game. He should stay off the ground with Schindler, who is likely the superior grappler.

It’s not likely that Schindler will finish Pecero, but he will probably dominate this fight. Expect some takedowns and a dominant top game en route to a decision win.

FlyW: Antonio Banuelos (20-9-1) vs. Alp Ozkilic (6-1)

Another UFC veteran graces the main card when Antonio Banuelos takes on up-and-coming prospect Alp Ozkilic. This may be the most intriguing bout on the card, as the old guard meets the new guard.

Banuelos hit hard times in the bantamweight division after his expulsion from the UFC, so he made the move to the 125-pound division. However, he is 0-1-1 in bouts against Josh Sampo and Rafael de Freitas since dropping to flyweight. He has good wrestling and boxing, so he should mix those in together in an attempt to stifle the younger fighter.

Ozkilic is actually a teammate of Sampo, the man who recently defeated Banuelos. Ozkilic is a grappler with solid takedowns and underrated submission ability. If he can put Banuelos on his back, he could definitely pull this one off.

It is time to sound the upset alarm. Ozkilic will secure the takedown, use a grinding style, make Banuelos uncomfortable and earn a judges’ decision. Perhaps it will open the door for Ozkilic to enter the UFC.

Catchweight (175 pounds): Hayward Charles (9-4) vs. Rodrigo Pinheiro (3-1)

America meets Brazil when 13-fight veteran Hayward Charles takes on relative newcomer Rodrigo Pinheiro. Charles is on a six-fight winning streak and has won most of his fights via submission. Pinheiro has won all of his fights via tapout, with his lone loss coming by injury against UFC employee Andrew Craig. Despite the experience disadvantage, Pinheiro is likely the better grappler and should score a submission win to move to 4-1.

FlyW: Matt Schnell (2-0) vs. Elias Garcia (3-0)

Matt Schnell looks to continue moving out of the MTV Caged spotlight when he meets fellow flyweight Elias Garcia. Both men are undefeated and young in this sport. Garcia is well-rounded, having won a fight by knockout, submission and decision in his career. Schnell has taken both of his victories under the Legacy banner using his ground game. Schnell will employ the same tactic of ground work in this fight to run a decision victory.

Preliminary Card

WW: Marcelo Lumakang (2-8) vs. Corey Bellino (6-2)

In just looking at the records of Marcelo Lumakang and Corey Bellino, one would likely pick Bellino because he is well above the .500 mark and Lumakang is not. Bellino has solid striking ability and is likely the much more well-rounded fighter. This one should be a no-brainer, as Bellino scores a knockout in a somewhat quick fight.

FW: Kirk Hubble (1-2) vs. Gerald Gagnon (0-0)

Two newcomers will duke it out early in the night when three-fight veteran Kirk Hubble takes on the debuting Gerald Gagnon. Hubble has a four-inch height advantage and an undoubtable experience advantage. Gagnon will have to expose Hubble’s striking defense, as both of his losses have come via knockout. Sound the upset alarms, as Gagnon makes a successful debut.

Women’s AtomW: Paulina Granados (1-0) vs. Maria Lopez (0-0)

In the lone female bout of the night, debuting Maria Lopez meets “The Firefox” Paulina Granados at 105 pounds. The difference between the two fighters is that Granados not only has a pro fight under her belt, but an amateur fight as well. In her pro debut, Granados took a unanimous decision win over Sarah Lagerstrom, which showed that she is a prospect to look out for. Look for her to take another decision to spoil the debut of Lopez.

WW: David Siller (0-0) vs. Jared Perez (0-0)

Two men make their pro debuts when fellow Texans David Siller and Jared Perez meet in the welterweight division. These two men will throw down and when it’s all said and done, Siller will take a decision to make his debut triumphant and Perez’s forgettable.

Photo: Carlo Prater (Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

About The Author

Riley Kontek
Staff Writer

Riley Kontek is a Chicago-land native that has been an addict of mixed martial arts since the first Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz encounter. He has been writing on MMA for the last year and is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA. In addition to that, he used to host a weekly radio show on MMA. Though he has no formal training in mixed martial arts, Riley is a master in the art of hockey fighting.