UFC president Dana White took a detour on his way back to Las Vegas for UFC Fight Night 82 Saturday, catching some live MMA action in Minnesota.
The main event provided a shocking result, as Manny Vazquez choked out Ricardo Lucas Ramos to become the new Legacy FC bantamweight champion.
Vazquez won the title that was vacated by Thomas Almeida after he signed with the UFC.
White, filming another episode of his reality series, “Lookin’ for a Fight” with Matt Serra, was on-hand for Legacy FC 51. The main card aired on AXS TV from Hinckley, Minnesota’s Grand Casino.
There would be no denying Brock Larson in his retirement fight – in his home state – as the 38-year-old overcame a deep choke by Travis Coyle to secure the win. After slipping free, Larson pounded away on his opponent, claiming his 42nd career win.
Jacob Volkmann kept his Legacy FC record perfect and handed Antonio Trocoli his first loss, scoring a decision. Volkmann, a former UFC fighter born and raised in Minnesota, off-set a 10-inch reach disadvantage with his wrestling.
In early action, former UFC fighter Tateki Matsuda remained unbeaten since his release by the promotion, scoring a first round submission via strikes over Joe Pearson. Also, Cody East kept his prospect status intact, finishing Kevin Asplund in just 40 seconds.
Results can be found below:
Manny Vazquez def. Ricardo Lucas Ramos via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:45 of Round 1 to become the new Legacy FC bantamweight champion
Brock Larson def. Travis Coyle via TKO (strikes) at 2:03 of Round 1
Jacob Volkmann def. Antonio Trocoli via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cody East def. Kevin Asplund via TKO (head-kick/strikes) at :40 of Round 1
Jos Eichelberger def. Clarence Jordan via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Nate Richardson def. Kuchlong Kuchlong via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tateki Matsuda def. Joe Pearson via submission (strikes) at 4:49 of Round 1