“Going into the fight, I’ve got to show what I’m capable of and open up a bit more,” Jackson told MMAWeekly.com before the fight.
He did just that, and it paid off with a championship bel.
Jackson wasted no time opening up and immediately took the fight to Garcia, putting him on the mat and landing in mount. Jackson softened Garcia up for a moment and then slid off for an arm-triangle choke, finishing him for just the third time in his lengthy career.
Jackson captured the Legacy FC featherweight championship with the victory and likely ended Garcia’s hopes of returning to the UFC.
Check out the full results below and Legacy FC 33 fight highlights video above.
Damon Jackson def. Leonard Garcia by Sub (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 1:32, R1
Kamarudeen Usman def. Marcus Hicks by TKO (Strikes) at 5:00, R2
Victor Reyna def. Evan Thompson by TKO (Strikes) at 1:21, R1
Steven Peterson def. Johnny Ray Rodriguez by Unan Dec (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Eli Tamez def. Kory Vialet by Unan Dec (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Andrew Parker def. Melvin Jordan by Sub (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:31, R1
Brad Mitchell def. Darius Yancy by Split Dec (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
George Pacurariu def. Kashiff Solarin by Sub (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:36, R2
Keeton Gorton def. Robert Ricks by Sub (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:48, R2
(Video courtesy of AXS TV)