After a first round knockout of Nate Garza at Legacy Fighting Championship 8 in September, Beaumont’s only professional mixed martial arts fighter Cody Williams will next step into the cage with Steve Garcia (7-5) at Legacy Fighting Championship 9 on Dec. 16 at the Arena Theatre in Houston. Tickets are on sale now for $85, $65, $55, $45 and $35, and can be purchased at American Top Team-Beaumont at 7310 Highway 105 in Beaumont.
Williams vs. Garcia will be on the undercard of two Legacy FC titles fights and will be shown on HDNet.
The biggest MMA news of the week was announced Oct. 26. Bellator says Viacom is now a majority shareholder and beginning in 2013, Bellator will makes it move to Spike TV. Viacom owns MTV along with Spike, Comedy Central, VH1 and a slew of other networks.
“It absolutely solidifies the long, long term viability of this brand,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney told Newsday. “(Viacom) is an owner in Bellator, they’re not simply a distributor of content. They provide capital, and capital combined with that expertise to build the brand, to reach consumers, to reach top-tier fighters We’ll have a platform to promote the brand that reaches 99 million fans. The benefit of what we’ve done in terms of this partnership is going to be reflected in who we’re able to sign, and where we’re able to sign them from and what we’re able to provide the fighters.”
That leads us to Bellator 56 on Saturday, Oct. 29, live from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Mo., and televised at 8 p.m. on MTV2.
Headlining will be undefeated Ben Askren (8-0) defending his welterweight title against No. 1 contender and welterweight tournament winner Jay Heiron (22-4).Also scheduled are the remaining two semifinal bouts in the heavyweight tournament with Ron Sparks (8-0) vs. Erik Prindle (8-1) and Thiago Santos (9-1) vs. Neil Grove (11-4-1).
The prelims will be shown on spike.com starting at 5:30 p.m., which include Daniel Gallenmore (0-1) vs. Derrick Ruffin (1-3), Marcio Navarro (7-7) vs. Rudy Bears (14-8), Houston native Adam Schindler (9-2) vs. Jeremy Spoon (11-2), Kevin Tiller (1-1) vs. Dan Spohn (6-0), William De Souza (3-3) vs. Emanuel Brooks (4-0), Jeimeson Saudino (1-0) vs. Jacob Aiken (0-1), and Aaron Ely (1-0) vs. Owen Evinger (7-1).
The UFC presents UFC 137 live on pay-per-view ($44.99) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 29, beginning at 8 p.m.
No title fights are scheduled due to welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre injuring his knee last week, and now his fight with Carlos Condit will be postponed.Now we get veteran B.J. Penn (16-7-2) vs. Nick Diaz (25-7) in the main event. Penn, 32, is on the cusp of being done inside the cage as he is 1-2-1 in his last four fights and Diaz, 28, has won his last 10 fights, most coming in Strikeforce.
Let’s turn to my resident MMA expert and 17-year-old nephew Kasey Cooper, who also holds a brown belt in American Freestyle Karate at ATT-Beaumont.“I broke this fight down into eight categories,” said Kasey, who owns as 12-5 UFC pay-per-view main event record.