The official weigh-ins for Titan Fighting Championships 17 went down last night at the Argosy Casino in Kansas City featuring a headliner of Bobby Lashley vs. John Ott. We were in attendance for all the festivities and caught up with some of the fighters during the event.
The biggest story of the weigh-ins was the weight difference between Lashley and Ott.
Lashley weighed in at 252.4 while his opponent weighed in at 215.4. Ott will be sacrificing 37 pounds in the match up. Lashley seemed cool and collected, which makes sense considering his distinct size advantage. Ott was there with WEC alum Brock Larson. Ott took the bout on late notice and normally fights at middleweight (185).
We'll see if the added weight affects him in his bout but there is no disguising the size difference when you see these two men side-by-side.
The co-headliner features Phil Baroni vs. Nick Nolte. Baroni showed up in true "New York Bad Ass" style. He was wearing aviators, a leather jacket and he was about 30 minutes late. It's easy to see why Baroni is such an intriguing figure once you see him in person.
From the moment he walked in the room, all eyes were on him.
His first few pictures were of him giving the camera the middle finger. He left his aviators on for most of the pictures until the stare down. Then, Baroni took off the glasses and gave the best stare down of the entire weigh ins. Baroni predicted a knockout in his fight and when asked whether it would be the right or the left hand that finished his opponent, Baroni said "maybe I'll finish it with a slap."
Ultimate Fighter (TUF) alum, Abe Wagner, is also on the card. It's a quick turn around for Wagner coming off his first round TKO of Tim Sylvia on January's TFC 16 card. Wagner appeared to be in phenomenal shape and weighed in at 255.6.
His opponent, Aaron Rosa, weighed in at 259.2.
We caught up with Bobby Lashley who told us in an interview that now he just wants to get some experience. He's not interested in fighting on the big cards or going after the big names. He wants to take the time to develop his MMA game and get a lot of fights under his belt.
We were also fortunate enough to catch up with Joe Kelly, CEO of Titan Fighting Championship. Joe discussed his background in fight promoting and also gave his opinions on the purchase of Strikeforce by Zuffa.
You can check out all the interviews, including our talk with headliner Bobby Lashley and the full gallery of pictures from the weigh-ins by clicking below.
Make sure to come out to the Memorial Hall if you are in the Kansas City area to check out a great card. If you're not in the area, make sure to tune in to HDNet starting in 10PM ET.