Titan Fighting Championship 17 went down tonight (March 25, 2011) at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, and aired live on HDNet starting at 10 p.m. ET.
The show featured former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley, taking on late replacement and Bellator veteran John Ott in the main event of the evening.
How did everybody do?
Here are the complete Titan FC 17 results and fight recaps:
265 lbs.: Bobby Lashley John Ott via unanimous decision
Fight Recap: By the time this fight was over, Michael Schiavello was opining that if Lashley were to fight Alistair Overeem, he would be "murdered." I can't disagree with him. Bobby came out and did what he always does, taking his opponent down and pounding on him from full guard. However, he didn't count on the much smaller Ott to survive, which he somehow managed to do, all the way to the third round. Lashley was completely gassed by then but he had just enough left in the tank to get to the scorecards to pick up the decision win.
265 lbs.: Aaron Rosa def. Abe Wagner via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2
Fight Recap: Well, that was interesting. Rosa came out ready and willing to stand and bang and he did so, largely getting the better of the standing exchanges in the opening round. He eventually got a takedown and cruised to the end of the frame. The second stanza saw more standing and banging and Rosa landed a crushing left hook that sent Wagner to the mat. Follow up punches opened him up and Rosa followed down, securing a fight ending rear-naked choke shortly after.
185 lbs.: Phil Baroni Nick Nolte via unanimous decision
Fight Recap: Instead of fighting like "The New York Badass," Baroni came out with a winning strategy. He actually utilized his wrestling game and took Nolte down with relative ease in the first two rounds, holding him down and scoring points. Once it got to the third, though, Phil was completely gassed. Nolte could have taken advantage but the many punches, elbows and knees he unloaded on a basically defenseless Baroni weren't enough to put him away. About mid-way through, Baroni caught another takedown, passed to side control and ended the round on top in dominant position. It was ugly but a win is a win is a win, right?
150 lbs.: Eric Marriott def. Willian De Souza via unanimous decision
Fight Recap: More or less a mismatch in this one, as Marriott was simply too much on the feet for De Souza to have any chance against. Once he finally did get him to the mat, he couldn't take advantage and by the end of it, it was clear Marriott was the better fighter in every way shape and form.
155 lbs.: Alonzo Martinez def. Aaron Derrow via majority decision
Fight Recap: This was an unbelievable fight between two young guys that went out and gave everything they had. After Martinez took the first two rounds on the scorecards, Derrow came out with a head of steam in the third looking to finish the fight. He nearly did so twice, once with punches and once with a rear-naked choke. He just couldn't do it either times and he wasn't dominant enough in the round to earn a 10-8 on enough of the judges cards (he earned one) so the decision went to Martinez. Amazing fight.
155 lbs.: James Krause Nathan Schut via knockout in Round 1
Fight Recap: About 40 seconds into the fight Krause landed a huge head kick that sent Schut to the floor like a sack of bricks. Follow up and it was over. Boom goes the dynamite.
135 lbs.: Anthony Gutierrez def. Jon Hollis