On Friday, March 20, Legacy Fighting Championship made its first trip to Georgia for its 40th event from Wild Bills in Atlanta.
In the night’s main event, the promotion’s heavyweight title holder, Cody East, put his belt on the line against New Zealand native, Brice Ritani-Coe. East captured the belt in October with a first-round stoppage of Vernon Lewis. The win moved his winning streak to six fights. East had stopped eight of his nine wins. Ritani-Coe stepped into the title fight on just three weeks notice after he dismantled Dale Mitchell at Legacy 39 in February. All four of the Syndicate MMA product’s wins had come via knockout.
The card also featured three-time Bellator veteran Dave Vitkay, who faced off with Tommy Jones, as well as former The Ultimate Fighter cast member and UFC veteran Clay Harvison, who met Joe Elmore.
The night’s main card airs live on AXS TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Cody East def. Brice Ritani-Coe by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 1:41 – for heavyweight title
Rodrigo Lima def. Matt Betzold by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dave Vitkay def. Tommy Jones by submission (straight armlock). Round 3, 2:44
Clay Harvison def. Joe Elmore by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Gui Cury def. Rusty Crowder by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Wesley Barnes def. Amir Dadovic by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Doug Usher def. Aaron Conway by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:49
Devorious Tubbs def. Derrick Brown by knockout. Round 1
Dee Melton def. Josh Koser by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Zac Cooper def. Joey Mullin by TKO (strikes). Round 2
Jared Gooden def. Betleigh Phillips by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3
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