This Friday night, history is made as AXS TV Fights throws it back to the old school days of the sport, as Ed Soares’ Ressurection Fighting Alliance and Mick Maynard’s Legacy Fighting Championship combine to bring a super-card of fights featuring some of the best mixed martial arts action from both promotions’ best mixed martial artists.

In the headliner, RFA flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja does battle with Legacy flyweight kingpin Damacio Page. Both men have looked impressive in recent bouts, but only one can leave this events as the “superfight” champion, a situation with aded intrigue once we recall that Pantoja is on an eight-fight winning streak against Page, who has won three of his last four bouts.

Also, two titles are on the line, as undefeated RFA bantamweight champ Luke Sanders takes on Terrion Ware, and the vacant Legacy lightweight title hangs in the balance when former Bellator MMA and Strikeforce veteran combats Dave Burrow. Additionally, the flyweights get a bit of extra representation when Kevin Gray locks it up with Brian Hall.

All of this and more goes down this weekend when RFA vs. Legacy FC 1: Pantoja vs. Page, better known as “RFA vs. Legacy FC 1: Superfight”, comes live from Horseshoe Tunica Hotel and Casino in Robinsonville, Miss., live and directly on AXS TV at a 10:00 PM ET start time.

Flyweight “Superfight” title: Alexandre Pantoja vs. Damacio Page

Even without the allure of a “superfight” championship title, both the Legacy flyweight champion Page and the RFA flyweight champion Pantoja provide enough stylistic genius to provide for one of the sport’s best flyweight fights outside of the UFC. On both ends, the MMA world will see two finishers, with Pantoja seeming more likely to hunt for a submission and Page appearing more likely to do what nobody has been able to do yet and finish Pantoja inside of the distance. Everything about this fight would suggest Page takes this on the basis of “WEC never die” if this were any other foe, but an actual look at how Page stacks up to Pantoja suggests that he will struggle with trying to get inside on the Brazilian, who will put the pressure on early before taking Page down. From there, Page will fight valiantly to defend, but ultimately will have his back taken by the Brazilian, whose go-to hold, the rear naked choke, will spell the difference.

Prediction: Pantoja def. Page by submission (rear naked choke). Round 1.

RFA bantamweight title: Luke Sanders vs. Terrion Ware

When a product like Sanders enters the sport, some fans see him coming a mile away, and the same can be said for Ware. Coming off of a late-rallying victory over Joe Murphy, Ware only enjoys a three-inch reach over the champion, who has shown tremendous killer instinct thus far. Still, this is a title fight, and while Sanders certainly can finish Ware, he will find that finishing Ware will be easier said than done. It may not be a pretty fight, but it will be one where Sanders shows his true composure over five rounds and reminds the world why he is “the man” in the RFA’s 135-pound ranks.

Prediction: Sanders def. Ware by unanimous decision.

Legacy Lightweight title: Dave Burrow vs. Mike Bronzoulis

For all Burrow might lack in reach and aggressive striking against someone like Bronzoulis, he compensates by way of a “never quit” attitude. As was the case with Anthony Njokuani, Burrow will come into this bout recognizing that Bronzoulis will come at him with intentions of breaking him down before putting him away, but Burrow will execute a different plan, as he survives an onslaught in the earlier rounds before coming back strong and putting him down in the championship rounds.

Prediction: Burrow def. Bronzoulis by TKO (strikes). Round 4.

Bojan Velickovic vs. Charles Byrd

Velickovic and Byrd might be two unsung welterweights at this time, but a win here will likely give the victor a bit more shine. Of course, Byrd scored a huge win in his last out against one Evan Thompson, while Velickovic holds a distinction of having all three of his pro losses come somehow by way of majority decision. This means that Byrd will need to set the tempo of the fight from the moment it starts by keeping constant pressure on Velickovic and presenting a well-rounded threat in all areas. If he banks on a knockout win like the one he got over Thompson, Velickovic will have his way with Byrd, but given the momentum he carries, Byrd will keep pressuring Velickovic at every turn, and he will score a decision that won’t be as close as some of the ones Velickovic has gotten in past defeats.

Prediction: Byrd def. Velickovic by unanimous decision.

Kevin Gray vs. Brian Hall

On paper, many would peg Hall as the favorite because of how he tends to rebound from defeat, but Gray is a different beast. Known as “The Pocket Herc”, he carries an explosive wrestling-based arsenal, complete with submissions, which could pose problems for Hall if Hall has not prepared for this one to be a long one. Conversely, Gray must ensure that his striking is on par with that of Hall come Friday night, or else he will get dropped and stopped with ease. Anything can happen once the cage door closes, but all signs point to another solid performance from the man known as “The Pocket Herc” over the course of three rounds.

Prediction: Gray def. Hall by unanimous decision.

Adam Townsend vs. Yuri Villefort

The big question isn’t so much about what Villefort can do in the cage as much as it is about what he can do to re-right his career’s ship after a recent 0-4 skid. Add in the wave of momentum Townsend has acquired recently, and this one is a foregone conclusion. Unless Villlefort bring a special kind of fire on Friday night, Townsend hurts the 6-4 lightweight up and submits him quickly.

Prediction: Townsend def. Villefort by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1.

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

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.