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The Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas was ablaze with mixed martial arts (MMA) action, as Titan Fighting Championship 24 completed an evening of regional fights last night (Fri., Aug. 24, 2012).
"Rumble" looked great during his dismantling of Jones, which occurred by way of an early second round TKO. It's hard to get incredibly worked up over the win, considering the level of competition that it occurred against. However, it was a nice start, and all you can do, as a fighter, is convincingly beat the guy they place in front of you.
That's just what Johnson did.
In the co-main event, world renown Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) practitioner Braulio Estima made his professional MMA debut in a fight opposite Chris Holland, who came into the night riding a three-fight win streak, notably including a win over everyone's favorite "Badass," Phil Baroni.
Holland was able to land a big right hand in the opening seconds, but it was all for naught when Estima was able to take him down shortly after that.
In hardly any time at all, Estima showed off his BJJ submission skills, and he sunk in a nasty arm triangle choke that put Holland to sleep before he even knew what was happening.
Join me after the jump, where we'll check out the highs and lows of the rest of the Titan FC 24 main card:
Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Brian Davidson saw action against last minute fill-in John DeVall, in a Featherweight fight that featured two men who had no intention of allowing the other the higher ground.
Davidson started off patient, using his Tae Kwon Do background to systematically pick his opponent apart with well placed punches and beautiful spinning back kicks.
It all fell apart for DeVall when Davidson was able to land a huge flying knee, sending "Bogus" to the mat in an absolute disheveled mess.
"Mr. D" jumped all over him with punches from the top, before DeVall finally tapped to strikes at 3:21 of the first round.
The UFC has been rumored to have had interest in Davidson, leading up to this fight. If so, this was about as good of an audition as a fighter could have for his would-be bosses.
Bantamweight Andrew Whitney sought to pile on to his five-fight win streak against Titan FC promotional newcomer, Cody Gibson.
In a furious, back-and-forth first round, Gibson looked to surprise Whitney a bit with his aggressiveness and intensity.
Gibson scored an early takedown, which he followed up with some decent ground-and-pound. Later in the round, Whitney was able to escape, but he never really was able to find the distance or his rhythm against a very active and elusive adversary.
The gameplan was more of the same for the athletic Gibson in the second round, as he was able to score a huge powerslam, early on, subsequently giving him the opportunity to stay on top of Whitney for the rest of the round and bludgeon him with elbows and hammerfists.
In the third round, Gibson was able to secure yet another takedown and stayed on top of Whitney until there was about a minute left, when Whitney was able to reverse things.
Unfortunately, it was too little too late for Whitney, who lost the fight, then lost his cool and took a needless swipe at Gibson after the bell, ala Paul Daley.
In a Light Heavyweight bout, undefeated prospect Matt Uhde and Topeka product Matt Foster, went toe to toe in a battle of the bulges.
At the opening horn, Foster shot and scored with a power takedown and spent much of the first round in top position. Uhde, however, was able to reverse him, resulting in the "Caveman Crew" fighter being able to land some ground and pound of his own.
Overall, the first round was very even and was full of transitions and takedowns by each fighter.
The ground war continued in the second frame, as Foster was able to take things to the mat, pretty much whenever he wanted, going so far as to very nearly finish the fight with a deep north-south choke near the end of the round.
At the onset of the final round, Foster ran straight to the center of the cage and leveled Uhde with a massive overhand right. Uhde was able to recover and dust off the cobwebs, but he never was able to find an answer for Foster's takedowns and top control.
Foster was awarded the unanimous decision. Uhde will need to go back to the drawing board and take a serious look at his takedown defense.
The main card kicked off with a fast-paced bantamweight throwdown between Bellator veteran Jose Vega (who was looking to avoid his fourth straight loss) and Adam Stickley, who was looking to keep the good vibes going by notching his second win in a row.
Early on, the story of this fight was the takedown, as Vega was able to put Stickley on his back, where he bullied him for a minute or two.
That's when Stickley threw up a very slick triangle, out of nowhere, and put Vega to sleep.
TITAN FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 24 QUICK RESULTS:
205 lbs.: Anthony Johnson def. Esteves Jones at 0:49 of round two via TKO (strikes)
Main Card (AXS TV):
170 lbs.: Chris Holland vs. Braulio Estima
145 lbs.: Brian Davidson def. John DeVall via submission (strikes) at 3:21 of round one
135 lbs.: Cody Gibson def. Andrew Whitney via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Matt Foster def. Matt Uhde via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Adam Stickley def. Jose Vega via submission at 3:12 of round one