Legacy FC 19 Betting Preview

Legacy FC 19Legacy Fighting Championships 19 is coming to us live on AXS TV from the Allen Events Center in Dallas, Texas, and if any of the previous dozen shows are an indication of what’s to come, it should be a fun night of fights. In the night’s main event, inaugural Legacy Fighting flyweight champion, Will Campuzano (11-4), defends his title for the first time against undefeated Allan Nascimento (7-0). Campuzano is out of Team Alpha Male and has won his last three fights after dropping two in a row and four out of his last six after joining the WEC and UFC. Nascimento, AKA “Little Anderson” is fighting out of Chute Boxe and is highly-touted as the next big thing out of Brazil. He’s spent a lot of time at bantamweight and even then he looked huge, so expect him to have a ridiculous size advantage on Campuzano. Nascimento has finished every single one of his fights, with Campuzano mixing it up with a combination of typical Team Alpha Male striking and wrestling. Stylistically, this fight may be in Campuzano’s favor, as it could be said that Nascimento’s one flaw right now is his wrestling. However, Campuzano hasn’t fared well against the “next level” of competition, so this fight will be important for both men to quiet their critics. Despite those struggles at the top level, Campuzano has opened as a large -300 favorite (bet $300 to win $100) with Nascimento a +220 underdog (bet $100 to win $220) over at Several Bookmakers. The co-main event features two extremely skilled veterans of the sport as Georgi Karakhanyan (20-3-1) faces off with Din Thomas (25-8, 1 NC). Karakhanyan has been on a tear since leaving Bellator following a loss to Patricio Freire, going 6-0 with wins over the likes of Hiroyuki Takaya, Micah Miller and Isaac DeJesus. Thomas returned from a 28-month layoff to defeat Cody Bollinger in May 2012, only to have the bout overturned to a No Contest due to him testing positive for Ambien. This bout will be the biggest test Thomas has faced since his last stint in the UFC back in 2008. Both fighters have very well-rounded skills and can end fights via KO or Submission, but at the same time are difficult to finish, so we may see this go the full 15 minutes. Karakhanyan opened as a -280 favorite, with Thomas a +200 underdog since many feel that the fighters are moving in different directions in their careers. Thomas is now 36 and has been fighting professionally for nearly 15 years, and that prolonged career combined with his recent inactivity isn’t going to do the ATT product any favors against a guy like Karakhanyan. At the same time, Georgi’s recent wins have been some of the best of his career to this point. The third featured bout pits light heavyweight D.J. Linderman (14-4) against BJJ ace and teacher of the stars, Robert Dysdale (5-0). Linderman was last seen getting flattened by Anthony Johnson at World Series of Fighting 1, while Drysdale has finished every single one of his fights via submission no later than three minutes into the round, so his gameplan should be fairly obvious. Linderman has never been submitted, and Anthony Johnson was the first man to knock him out, so this should be a good test for Drysdale, who should have the likes of Dan Hardy and Forrest Griffin to help him prepare for this fight. If Linderman can make sure this doesn’t turn into a grappling match, especially not early when both men aren’t covered in sweat, he may be able to keep Drysdale at bay. But if Drysdale can get a hold of Linderman early, it could be a short night inside the cage. Drysdale comes into this fight with the same type of hype that many crossover BJJ stars before him have had, and opened as a healthy -215 favorite before being bet up to -285. The comeback on Linderman opened at +165 and is now +205. Bantamweights step into the cage as Matt Hobar (6-1) takes on undefeated Nelson Salas (4-0) with a title shot a real possibility for the winner. Ironically, the current champion is Angel Huertas, a fighter Hobar has already defeated. Hobar is primarily a wrestler, though he’s dabbled in judo and generally training MMA for years now, but when in doubt he sticks to his takedowns. Salas is a powerful man, with heavy hands and the ability to turn the tide of a fight with strong ground and pound. Really, the fight will come down to how Hobar utilizes his wrestling. Can Salas deny the takedown and deliver yet another exciting fight? Hobar opened as a -260 favorite over Salas, who is a +180 underdog. Another of the three featherweight bouts on the card sees George Pacurariu (4-1) take on Steven Peterson (8-3). Both fighters hold half of their victories by way of submission, so this could end up being a ground battle, although each fighter also holds at least one TKO and decision victory as well. Peterson has faced the better competition thus far in his career, as he has taken on both Matt Hobar and Chris Jones, while Pacurariu is making his Legacy FC debut in this one. Oddsmakers have sided with the more experienced Peterson, and made him a -275 favorite, with the comeback on Pacurariu +195. Featherweight Chris Jones (8-1) is on a seven-fight winning streak and is an outright beast of a man. He’s coming down from 155, but looks like a welterweight and throws bombs with reckless abandon. Needing to duck the strikes of Jones will be veteran Reynaldo Trujillo (13-10) who is coming off a quick 76-second TKO win against James King at LFC 17. There are 13 knockouts between these two men, so expect the fight to start hot and heavy, with both men looking to trade. Jones has only lost via a split-decision in his second fight, where Trujillo can be knocked out or submitted. Trujillo may use his ring-savvy and experience to drag the fight into deeper waters, but this could also be a case of the lamb being led to slaughter. Jones looks tough, and was given a sizeable edge in the opening line at -275 to Trujillo’s +195.

Written by Jason Nawara

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