Legacy Fighting Championships touched down on Friday, March 25, for Legacy FC 52, which marked the promotion’s return to Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, LA. The main card aired live at 10PM ET/9PM CT on AXS TV.

Matt Schnell and Klayton Mai headlined the card in an interim Legacy flyweight championship showdown. The two last fought on the Legacy FC 32 card, where Mai submitted Schnell. Since then, Mai accumulated two more wins to add to the strength of his victory over “Danger”. Meanwhile, Schnell scored a six-fight winning streak, including a win on the undercard of a Legacy Kickboxing card.

Sean Soriano saw featherweight action in the co-main event against Baton Rouge product Thomas Webb. A unanimous decision win in January helped Webb rebound from a loss to Daniel Pineda at Legacy FC 39. Meanwhile, Soriano saw success in his Legacy debut, knocking out Josh Quayhagen as part of  Legacy FC 48.


Klayton Mai vs. Matt Schnell – for interim flyweight title

Schnell originally planned to take on flyweight titleholder Damacio Page for the undisputed crown, but accepted the rematch with Mai for the vacant interim belt. Despite the relatively short notice, Schnell responded well to the task of  turning back the Texas native, thanks in no small part to a mix of hooks and uppercuts, which dropped Mai. It didn’t take long for Schnell to follow up by keeping on top of Mai until he found an arm and locked up the arm bar to force the tap. The submission victory guaranteed Schnell a spot across the Legacy cage from undisputed champion Page in a future Legacy flyweight title unification bout.

Jose Ceja vs. Irwin Rivera

Bantamweights Ceja and Rivera came out looking to light the crowd on fire, and certainly did not disappoint. Ceja came out fired up, but Rivera made use of his right hand expertly in the first frame, along with some knees. On two separate occasions, Rivera caught Ceja with some brutal shots and looked to end the fight on a flurry, but was unsuccessful in both attempts to finish, though he did take the first round with ease.

Ceja sensed that he needed to come back strong in the second round, and it showed as he began landing the harder strikes. Ceja also did himself a bit of good by mixing things up with a successful takedown attempt, which saw him take Rivera’s back. He didn’t find a finish from the back, but he showed Rivera that he would not go down without a fight.

Rivera responded in a big way in the third round when he landed a huge knee that looked like a definite walk-off knockout victory, but Ceja somehow got back up and stayed in the bout. Still, Rivera kept pressuring Ceja, cutting him open with a combination of punches and elbows until he found an opportunity to hunt for a rear-naked choke. With 15 seconds to go in round three, Rivera locked the choke up and left Ceja with no choice but to tap out.

Sean Soriano vs. Thomas Webb

Soriano and Webb wasted no time keeping things competitive from the onset of the bout, as both men traded time on top in addition to trading shots on the feet in the first frame. Still, Soriano would edge Webb with his kicks, thus ending with round one more in his favor.

As was a bit of a common theme of the evening, Webb found himself needing to pick things up in round two and took control of most of the round. Soriano weathered shots from Webb, who enjoyed the top position before taking Soriano’s back and looking actively to lock up a rear-naked choke. Unfortunately for Webb, he never found the choke before the end of the round.

Webb knew that he needed to stay on top of Soriano in the third round, so he proceeded to take Soriano back down and keep him there. Webb transitioned to the mount and rained down on Soriano with a succession of strikes until Soriano could no longer defend himself properly, thus causing the referee to intervene and Webb to take home the upset win.

Trent Meaux vs. Cody Williams

Meaux came ready with a special plan of attack in mind for Williams, as he spent the better part of the first round kicking with intentions of working the body. Williams survived a vicious display of ground-and-pound and make it to the second round, but Meaux kept the body work coming strong. A well-timed left roundhouse kick to the ribs dropped Williams and kept him down, leading Meaux to take home a spectacular victory by way of second-round knockout.

Aaron Davis vs. Ryan Spann

If Spann wanted to put the Legacy light-heavyweight division on notice, he accomplished his task by way of his performance over Davis. Davis drove in to take the former Legacy middleweight champion down, and Spann made him pay. Once he caught Davis’ neck, he cranked the guillotine choke to send Davis face-planting to the floor. With no immediate means of escape, the tap became academic.

Brendan Allen vs. Trevin Giles

Allen hoped to use his grappling to secure a successful homecoming against Houston product Giles, but Giles had other plans. Despite being outgrappled for a majority of the bout, Giles found a way to escape a dangerous predicament in the first round, eventually finding an opportunity to land some ground-and-pound on Allen before the end of the round.

The Lousiana native faced more of the storm in round two, as a leglock attempt led to Giles taking Allen to the ground again and implementing more brutal ground-and-pound. From there, Giles found his way to mount and locked up the rear-naked choke to close the book on an excellent victory in hostile territory.

Full Results
Matt Schnell def. Klayton Mai by submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:14 – for Legacy interim flyweight title
Irwin Rivera def. Jose Ceja by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 4:45.
Thomas Webb def. Sean Soriano by TKO (punches). Round 3, 1:25.
Trent Meaux def. Cody Williams by knockout (body kick). Round 2, 2:59.
Ryan Spann def. Aaron Davis by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 2:53.
Trevin Giles def. Brendan Allen by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:47

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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.