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Legacy FC 13: Derrick Lewis crowned heavyweight champ with TKO over Jared Rosholt

Legacy FC 13 took place Friday night in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas Convention Center, and the high octane card was broadcast on AXS-TV. A new heavyweight champion was crowned, and only three fights on the entire card made it to the score cards.

The heavyweight title-fight between Jared Rosholt and Derrick Lewis looked like it was going to be a run of the mill wrestling clinic by Rosholt. An accomplished amateur wrestler, Rosholt initiated the clinch and went for takedowns almost as soon as the fight started. Lewis showed signs of explosiveness, and was able to power out of a few submission attempts, but it was a clear cut round for Rosholt when the end of the round came.

Things would go differently for Rosholt in the second round. The visibly tired Rosholt’s takedown attempts were initially thwarted by Lewis, but he was able to get Lewis to the ground. Even though Rosholt had moved to side control, referee Don Turnage felt there was enough action and stood the fighters up. Lewis began landing combinations on Rosholt, but Rosholt was able to land a low kick on Lewis that had him limping on the leg. However, Lewis gutted it out, closed the distance on Rosholt, and landed a combination that knocked him down for the eventual finishing sequence.  After celebrating his win on top of the cage, the pain caught up Lewis and he was the one who was attended to by the doctors. In fact, his corner even had to help him stand as the LFC belt was put around his waist.

The co-main event was a back and forth affair between Evan Cutts and Sean Spencer. Cutts displayed superior grappling over Spencer, though he had Spencer’s back several times during the fight and couldn’t cinch up any submissions. Spencer was patient and was able to wiggle out of some tight spaces in order to stand and land hard shots on Cutts while he scrambled to get up. Spencer came close to finishing Cutts at the end of the second round, prompting him to shoot in for a takedown that would never come, and even the announcers expressed he was saved by the bell. Although Cutts was able to score the takedown again in the third round, he didn’t very much with it, and the judges obviously felt that Spencer did more than enough with his striking when he broke free to award him the round. Spencer was given the unanimous decision, two rounds to one, and exited the ring with a 9-1 record to his name.

Read below for a full list of Legacy FC 13 results:

Derrick Lewis def. Jared Rosholt via TKO Round 2 (punches)
Sean Spencer def. Evan Cutts via unanimous decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Steven Peterson def. Matt Hobar via TKO Round 1 (injury, elbow)
Hayward Charles def. Russell Brewer via submission Round 1 (armbar)
Ryan Benoit def. Randy Villareal via TKO Round 1 (punches)
Sean Holden def. Lior Shporen via unanimous decision
Burt McDonald def. Casey Williams via submission Round 1 (rear-naked choke)
David Armas def. Quaint Kempf via  KO Round 3 (knee)
Evan Martinez def. J.P. Cole via split decision
Ray Rodriguez def. Joseph Salas via KO Round 3 (slam)
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