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By David Tees on 2/4/2016 2:22 PM

The weekend may end with the biggest sporting event of the year with Superbowl Sunday, but it starts with some MMA action on Friday Night as we get to check out Legacy Fighting Championships 51. The event will see a brand new bantamweight champion crowned as Ricardo Ramos faces Manny Vazquez. Also, a trio of UFC veterans compete as Tateki Matsuda, Brock Larson and Jacob Volkmann enter the cage with many other top MMA prospects.

Main Card

Main Event

Legacy FC Bantamweight Title Decision Fight

Ricardo Lucas “Carcacinha” Ramos (8-0-0) vs. Manny Vazquez (7-1-0)

Ramos has already won a pair of bouts under the Legacy FC banner, defeating both Justin Rader and Cody Walker. Vazquez will be looking to rebound from his first professional MMA defeat and he will be making his Legacy FC debut in this fight. Ramos has only seen one of his eight fights go to the judge’s scorecards, that bout was a win over Allan Nascimento in 2013. Vazquez had an amazing 2014 as a pro fighter, winning all five fights in that year and competing in four different promotions. Vazquez is going to want to ground Ramos early and often, but Ramos will start to get his striking going midway through the fight to earn a close decision.

Co-Main Event

Legacy FC Welterweight Division Fight

Travis “Iron Chin” Coyle (12-7-0) vs. Brock Larson (41-10-0)

Coyle will enter the fight riding a two fight losing streak, dropping fights to UFC veterans Josh Neer and Isaac Vallie-Flagg. Larson will be competing for the first time since losing a welterweight title fight to Derrick Krantz at Legacy FC 43. Coyle has not earned a victory in just about three years and this fight will be his Legacy Fighting Championships debut. Larson competed in the lone Battlegrounds MMA Welterweight Tournament, losing to Roan Carneiro in the finals. Larson is one of the best wrestlers in all of MMA, he uses that wrestling to grind out a decision win over Coyle.

Legacy FC Welterweight Division Fight

Antonio “Malvado” Trocoli (9-0-0) vs. Jacob “Christmas” Volkmann (18-6-0)

Trocoli will be looking to build on the biggest win of his professional MMA career, as he defeated UFC veteran Wendell Oliveira at XFC International 13. Volkmann is a UFC veteran who is undefeated in Legacy FC, having defeated Zak Ottow at Legacy FC 43. Volkmann will want to use his wrestling to ground his opponent, but Trocoli has an amazing ground game as well and he submits Volkmann in the third round.

Legacy FC Heavyweight Division Fight

Kevin “Concrete” Asplund (16-9-0) vs. Cody “The Freight Train” East (11-1-0)

Asplund has only won just one of his last nine fights and he has not earned a victory in just under two full years. East will enter the bout on the strength of an eight fight winning streak, which includes a win over Bellator MMA veteran Nick Rossborough. Asplund is so far away from the fighter he once was, East destroys him with strikes in the opening round.

Legacy FC Welterweight Division Fight

Clarence Jordan (7-2-1) vs. Jos Eichelberger (15-9-0)

Jordan will be making his Legacy FC debut in this fight and he is a veteran of the King Of The Cage promotion. Eichelberger will enter the fight riding a four fight winning streak, which includes a win over Bellator MMA veteran Lloyd Woodard. Jordan’s strength is to ground his opponent, but Eichelberger in a more well-rounded fighter and he finishes Jordan with strikes in the second.

Legacy FC Featherweight Division Fight

Kuchlong Kuchlong (5-3-0) vs. Nate “The Natural” Togbah Richardson (3-1-0)

Kuchlong will be making his Legacy FC debut in this fight and he has previously fought UFC veteran Leo Kuntz. Richardson is currently undefeated in Legacy FC competition, having defeated Courtney Buck at Legacy FC 43. These are two fighters who are good wherever the fight winds up, but it will be Richardson finishing Kuchlong with strikes in the second round.

Legacy FC Flyweight Division Fight

Joe “The Triangular Strangler” Pearson (45-25-1) vs. Tateki “Tech” Matsuda (11-7-0)

Pearson has only won just one of his last six bouts, with that lone victory coming over Adam Schumacher at Victory FC 44. Matsuda has been undefeated since his UFC release, which came after a loss to Joby Sanchez at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver. Pearson gets in trouble when he fails to ground an opponent, Matsuda will use his striking to keep Pearson at range to get a decision.

Preliminary Card

R’Mandell Cameron over Derek Getzel

Ron Winslow over Ryan Debelak

Billy Christianson over Derek Varin

Chase Waldon over Justin Winkels-Comparetto

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