Fresquez Productions

Legacy 36

Cody East vs Vernon Lewis

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at Legends Theater - Route 66 Casino

October 17, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Time: 7:00pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 6:00pm     Ages: All Ages     Price: $30 - $200
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Cody "Freight Train" East (8-1, Los Lunas, NM) is a 26-year-old independent heavyweight mixed martial artist, as well as an undefeated professional boxer at 2-0. While East is a declared Independent, most of his camps include regular sparring with the heavyweights at Jackson's MMA.  Of his eight MMA wins, five have been KO/TKO, two by submission, and only one decision.  That decision was a five-round title fight against Strikeforce veteran Nick Rossborough, who had more than five times his fight experience.  Although he broke his fibula during the 2nd round, he was able to earn the unanimous decision and the King of the Cage Heavyweight Belt, a title once held by current UFC HW Title Contender, Daniel Cormier. In December, East fought for Fresquez Productions, promoters of the UFC's newest female bantamweight, Holly Holm.  He won via 1st round TKO over Esteves Jones.  Now he will step onto his biggest MMA stage yet, as the main event of Legacy 36.

Vernon "Big E" Lewis (4-2, Relson Gracie, Waco, TX) is a 30-year-old Legacy heavyweight fighter, as well as one of the instructors at Relson Gracie. Lewis had an early start in martial arts, beginning at the age of nine, when he started training in Tae Kwon Do. At 22, he began his career in MMA, going 3-0 as an amateur and earning Arkansas/Texas/Louisiana heavyweight amateur belt.  He made his pro debut in 2008, and although his first two professional matches were learning experiences, his last four fights have been finishes, winning three by TKO and one by kimura submission.  Lewis also has some professional boxing experience and currently holds a 2-1 record in the "sweet science."

Damacio "The Angel of Death" Page (18-9, Jackson's MMA) is a 31-year-old Albuquerque native and former bantamweight of WEC and UFC, and now Legacy fighter.  Page was the first fighter featured on NBC's reality show, Tapout,  and he starred in several episodes of the YouTube show , Tapout Virtual Training Center. Page's martial arts education began at eight-years-old, when he started training at Chavez Martial Arts Academy with his mother, Deborah Page, who was a professional kickboxer on the national level.  He got into wrestling in high school, becoming state champion on going on afterward to win All American twice in junior college and going on to wrestle at Fresno. One of Greg Jackson's first students, he has trained with Jackson for the last 11 years. Page also appeared on the Bellator reality TV show, Fightmaster, as one of Greg Jackson's assistant coaches.  Page's last fight for Legacy, a sensational 3rd round arm-triangle-choke against Elias Garcia, was also his 125-lb weight debut.  Now 3-0 for Legacy, Page is in direct contention for the vacant Flyweight title.

Allan "Puro Osso" Nascimento (13-2, Chute Box, Sao Paolo, Brazil), another Legacy Flyweight contender, will be making his 3rd appearance in the LFC cage, against Page. Only 22-years-old, Nascimento has already racked up 15 fights since his professional debut less than 3 years ago, and fought seven times, going 6-1, since July 2013.  Nascimento is an acknowledged submission specialist, with 11 of his 13  coming by submission,  and of his two KO/TKO victories, one was a submission to strikes.  His only losses were by decision, and one of those a title attempt against former Legacy flyweight champion Will Campuzano; Nascimento has never been finished as a professional fighter.

Donald Sanchez (29-14, Jackson's MMA) is Albuquerque's most experienced active fighter, although he is only 30-years-old.  Sanchez is the former King of the Cage Champion, and has  fought for promotions around the world, including Bellator, Shooto and ONE FC.  He has faced some of the best Featherweights in the world in Hatsu Hioki and Tatsuya Kawajiri, as well as his most recent fight for Legacy, against Brazilian Flavio Alvaro (47-10).  Having dropped that decision to Alvaro, Sanchez is more determined than ever to work back to winning ways. Sanchez has never been knocked out, and with a robust skill set that boasts 12 wins by KO/TKO, 11 by submission, and six by decision, Sanchez is comfortable with wherever the fight may go.

Rafael "Barata" de Freitas (6-0-1, Gracie Barra NM) is a professionally undefeated MMA flyweight and BJJ black belt under Carlos Gracie.  DeFreitas is one of the Head Professors for Gracie Barra NM, and he gained international BJJ fame for his invention of the Baratoplata, a shoulder lock technique. The 30-year-old "BJJ Hero" is also versed in Capoeira, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Muay Thai.  Recently, DeFreitas participated on reality show The Ultimate Fighter, but loss to the large bantamweight and now WSOF Featherweight Cody Bollinger sent him out of the house.  DeFreitas' last actual professional fight was for Legacy, and it ended a majority draw against WEC and UFC veteran Antonio Banuelos (20-11), due to a point deduction for an illegal kick in the first round.

Jordan Espinosa (5-3) who is an Albuquerque transplant out of Ohio, is a 24-year-old flyweight, big for his weightclass, with a strong wrestling background, medaling at state every year that he wrestled for West Mesa High School. When he comes to Albuquerque for fight camp, he trains at Jackson's with long-time friend and fellow West Mesa alum, Damacio Page. With four of his wins by submission and the other by unanimous decision, Espinosa has never been knocked out and knows how to use his wrestling to control the pace of the fight and neutralize the striking of his opponents.

Clint Roberts (5-3, Jackson's MMA) is a 28-year-old Albuquerque-based fighter, originally a baseball player from Texas, who fell in love with martial arts.  About five years ago, he moved to Albuquerque to train at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, where he has grown and flourished.  All of his wins have been 1st or 2nd round finishes, three by KO/TKO and two by submission.  Although his first fight for Legacy, in April this year, resulted in a TKO loss to undefeated Bushido prospect Martin Sano, he won his last fight via 2nd round TKO over Randy McCarty, this past June.

Lenny Lovato Jr. (8-3, Lovato Total Fitness) is another Albuquerque-native, who also wrestled out of West Mesa High School, under the guidance of his father, and that school's longest-running coach, Lenny Lovato Sr.  Lovato fought out of Jackson's for his first nine fights, going 8-1, with three KO/TKOs, four submissions and one decision; then he took a three year hiatus to be with his family.  In February 2013, the 30-year-old husband and father returned to the cage to fight for Bellator, but succumbed early in the first round, to the punching power of Blas Avena. However, he kept training and when he made his Legacy debut in April, he stuck it out until the 3rd round before falling to the undefeated Blackzilian prospect, Kamarudeen Usman. 

"South Valley's Own" Angelica Chavez (4-2, Chavez Dojo) is returning to the cage after a two-year hiatus from MMA.  The 27-year-old martial artist has trained since before she could walk, under the instruction of her father, Grandmaster Melcor Chavez (who has taught Kajukembo for the last 41 years). In addition, for the last five years, she has worked alongside Gracie Barra NM to supplement her skills with world-class BJJ instruction.   Her only two losses by decision, Chavez has never been finished, and all of her four wins have come by submission.

 

Natalie Roy (2-0, Santa Fe, NM) is a 36-year-old professional boxer who just this year made the transition to mixed martial arts.  As might be expected of a fighter with such a foundation, Roy's wins have both come by KO/TKO in the first round.