Morono knocks out Araujo, Banks remains undefeated, Northcutt earns UFC shot at LFC 44
Legacy Fighting Championship 44 appeared ahead of time to be all about three Blackzilians on the card but the end result was more about TX standout Sage Northcutt. LFC 44 took place August 28th at the Arena Theatre in Houston, TX with a main card broadcast on AXS TV.
In the main event Alex Morono upset TUF 21 vet Valdir Araujo of the Blackzilians. Araujo controlled much of the first two rounds with takedowns and submission attempts to go with his kicks but by the third Araujo was slowing down. After a flying knee by Araujo was countered with a powerful left from Morono the Houston native stunned the Brazilian with a right hook then landed a knee that set up the right hook that knocked Araujo down. Once Araujo fell it took just one hammerfist for the referee to stop the fight giving Morono the KO win on a 10-3 record with four wins in a row. Araujo drops to 14-6 officially, 15-7 if one includes TUF.
In the co-main event TUF 21 contestant Carrington Banks remained technically undefeated as he racked up points for a unanimous decision over Justin Reiswerg. Banks quickly established his ground-and-pound strategy but had a little trouble with defense on the feet especially in the second round when without setting up for a takedown Banks shot in and caught a kick to the face. Reiswerg threatened submissions while scoring about even with Banks on the feet but the grinding control of Banks carried the Blackzilian through. Banks remains officially undefeated at 4-0, Reiswerg exits 8-5 with two losses in a row.
The “feel good moment” of the night came with Sage Northcutt’s defeat of Rocky Long. Despite having over ten times the experience in the cage the 37 year-old Long just couldn’t stop the 19 year-old standout from taking him down and searching for submissions while throwing the occasional blow. Long becomes the first man to force Northcutt out of the first round as it took the Texan 3:30 in the second to find the neck crank for the win which improved Northcutt’s record to 5-0. Following the bout it was announced in the cage that Northcutt next fights at UFC 192 in Houston against an unknown opponent, this fight being his last test before getting the opportunity. Long meanwhile announced his retirement exiting the sport with a record of 21-33.
LFC 44 main card results
- Colin Wright def. Ryan Hollis by unanimous decision
- Charlie Ontiveros def. Bilal Williams by split decision
- Jonathan Harris def. Rey Trujillo by unanimous decision
- Sage Northcutt def. Rocky Long 3:30 R2 by neck crank
- Carrington Banks def. Justin Reiswerg by unanimous decision
- Alex Morono def. Valdir Araujo 2:18 R3 by KO