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Albuquerque will be well represented at Legacy 23 on September 13th

Albuquerque will have its chance to shine brightly as two of our area’s premier fighters will be in action at Legacy FC 23 inside the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio TexasFirday  September 13th.

Tim "Dirty Bird" Means

Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means

“The Dirty Bird” is headed to Legacy and while the FIT NHB fighter won’t be fighting for the UFC, he will be battling UFC veteran Pete Spratt (25-22). Tim Means (18-5) was just released from the UFC after going 2-2 in the promotion. His release most likely was prompted by a few unfortunate weight related issues and his return to the regional scene will be the main event for the most prominent promotion in Texas.

Means won his first two UFC bouts emphatically showcasing his devastating and precision striking. The clinch work and Muay Thai centered arsenal overwhelmed opponents Bernardo Magalhaes and Justin Salas. However since then, Means has fallen onto some unfortunate times.

In September, Means fall in the sauna while cutting weight which prevented him from competing in his bout against Abel Trujillo. In his next two bouts Means succumbed to two wrestling based fighters in Jorge Masvidal and Danny Castillo. While Means fought valiantly from bottom position often in those fights, he was controlled on the ground and would go on to lose decisions in each bout. In the most recent with Castillo, Means missed weight by five pounds.

The path back to the UFC will start in San Antonio, Texas and will be a Welterweight bout where Means will compete 15-pounds heavier than his typical weight class. While Means is considered one of the sports premier finishers, he will need to secure a few solid wins to get back to the sport’s top promotion. A win over a former UFC fighter is one of the best ways to do so and Spratt will be a perfect opponent to get his rhythm back against.

Spratt has shown himself to be susceptible to submissions and inclined to knocked opponents out. Means will be more than happy to test out the striking and will undoubtedly be hunting for another highlight reel finish.

Damacio Paige.

“Angel of Death” Damacio Page

Already on his comeback bid, the “Angel of Death” Damacio Page (16-8) looks to continue on his success under the Legacy FC banner. Back at Legacy 20 in May, Page one-shot knocked out the unbeaten Patrick Ybarra with a lethal hook and this time around he will get the very tough Ryan Benoit (6-2).

The WEC and UFC veteran Page had fallen on bad times during his stint for the ZUFFA owned companies going 0-4 in a two-year span. The Jackson-Winklejohn product has always been a dangerous fighter holding notable wins over Scott Jorgensen, Marco Galvao and Will Campuzano. The hard hitter has finished nine of sixteen victories by way of knockout.

His opponent is a Jinjira Muay Thai fighter who possesses a 100% finishing rate and is a four-fight Legacy veteran. “Baby Face” Benoit is a tough match up and will present several obstacles for Page should the Albuquerque product work to keep the fight standing. The two fighters should provide an exciting main card bout for Legacy 23 and if history should in anyway repeat itself, both fighters will be leaving San Antonio with a highlight reel win.

Stay tuned to SWFight.com for all of your local combat sports coverage. We will provide Legacy FC 23 results and coverage so we urge fight fans to keep an eye out in September for more about the two bouts.

About Phillip Lujan

Phillip Lujan is one of the lead contributors and a featured writer for SWFight.com. Specializing in MMA breakdowns and analysis, Phillip is considered the MMA aficionado on staff. With nearly ten years of experience in combat sports, gazing through the eyes perceptively as a fan and a cornerman and from fight manager to analyst. He can be reached on twitter at @KingStark24 or through email at marcello.lujan@gmail.com.