February 24, 2017
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Tonight, Legacy Fighting Championship returns to the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX for LFC 61. This promises to be an exciting event, with some must see match ups. Legacy Fighting Championship is known for its competitive match ups and a high finish rate. This event will be no exception, with some excellent bouts on the card including two title fights.

The main card sees fights across several weight classes. Kicking off the main card is a featherweight battle between Takayuki Iijima (6-4) and Rob Butler (0-0). Takayuki is Japanese fighter that has fought several times for the long-running Pancrase promotion. Going up against him will be Octagon MMA’s Rob Butler. Butler will be making his pro debut, but brings with him an undefeated amateur career, going 9-0.

 Legacy veterans Melvin Jordan (4-2) and Bilal Williams (7-2) clash in a welterweight (170 lb) affair. Jordan is an athletic versatile fighter who is comfortable on his feet and on the ground. A former gymnast, he hasn’t fought since 2014 and it will be interesting to see how his game has improved in that time, and what adjustments he has made. Williams is currently on a four-fight winning streak, and has been looking impressive with his last fight being a TKO victory of Sean Holden (4-2) in June. Fighting out of Chris Brennan’s Next Generation MMA, Williams has strong stand up and a good ground game which will result in a compelling matchup.

A heavyweight Texas showdown between Houston’s Jeremy Hardy (4-2) and Dallas’ Rashad Coulter (6-1) will keep fans on the edge of their seats. Both fighters are known for the raw power they have in their strikes and both are finishers.  Coulter has stopped all his opponents, brutally knocking out most of them with the exception of his one submission loss. Hardy also has a record of finishing fights, with him only leaving the first round on one occasion where he lost a close split decision to a much more experienced opponent.

A second welterweight fight will be between Jos Eichelberger (18-10) vs Abdul Razak Alhassan (5-0).  Eichelberger is looking to rebound from his loss to Dakota Cochrane (25-10) at Legacy Fighting Championship 60. Prior to that loss he was riding a five-fight win streak. Defeating Abdul Razak Alhassan, however, is no easy task, as he has stopped all of his opponents in the first round. The question is can Abdul Razak Alhassan repeat his success against a veteran opponent such as Jos Eichelberger. Both fighters will be looking to make an impression on the Legacy audience making it highly unlikely this fight will go the distance.

One of the most anticipated fights on the card is the matchup between Montana Stewart (5-2) and Mackenzie Dern (1-0). If you aren’t familiar with Dern, you might easily be surprised to see a fighter with one pro fight facing one with seven. Dern is the daughter of BJJ legend, Wellington ‘Megaton’ Dias and holds multiple accolades including in 2015 winning both the BJJ World Championships and No-Gi World Championships.  Dern’s debut saw her beat by decision an incredibly tough and durable opponent in Kenia Rosas (0-1) at LFC 58. Team Takedown’s Montana Stewart (5-2) is confident in her ability to defeat Dern, with a victory bringing her a lot of attention.  Stewart considers herself a well-rounded fighter, and is coming into this fight on a five-fight winning streak.

Fighting at featherweight (145 lb) are Levi Mowles (4-1) and Damon Jackson (9-1-1). “The Leech” Jackson formerly held the featherweight belt and vacated it when he went to the UFC. Suffering a loss, a draw and a no contest at the UFC, Jackson has returned to Legacy determined to vindicate himself and ready to show the world that his last fights aren’t what defines him. Mowles on the other hand is a young and hungry fighter, but is stepping up a weight class to compete. A Jiu Jitsu standout at an early age, this will be his fifth Legacy fight, with his only loss being via decision to Tony Kelley (5-1) in May of last year. Jackson possesses good wrestling, so it will be interesting to see if this becomes a grappling battle or a stand up fight. Mowles is hoping that a win will see him move into position to challenge the winner of the main event.

The main event sees Steven Peterson (14-4) defend his 135 lb title against undefeated Mark De La Rosa (7-0). Peterson won the title in June of this year when he defeated Enrique Vasquez (9-2) via TKO. Peterson has been developing as a fighter since moving to Octagon MMA, and is looking to add a seventh win to his impressive current winning streak. De La Rosa is another versatile fighter coming out of the team Takedown camp. De La Rosa started training as a youth in boxing, before taking up Jiu Jitsu at the age of fourteen. A very tactical fighter who looks to take advantage of his opponent’s weaknesses, he is an excellent opponent for Peterson who will be looking to stamp his seal of dominance on the division.

Legacy Fighting Championship 61 will be televised on AXS TV and promises to be one of the best cards of the year, and definitely not one to miss.