Titan Fighting Championships 23: "Fight for the Troops" took place last night (Fri., June 15, 2012) from Marshall Army Airfield in Fort Riley, Kansas.
The main event featured former Sengoku middleweight champion and five-fight UFC veteran Jorge Santiago squaring off against Chicago Fight Factory's Justin Guthrie.
Santiago worked his jab early, which forced Guthrie to shoot in for a takedown. This would be ill-advised, however as Santiago grabbed a leg, swept Guthrie and finished him off inside the first two minutes with a vicious heel hook.
With the victory, "The Sandman" now moves to 2-0 since his release from the UFC last year.
There's plenty more where that came from after the jump.
In the co-main event of the evening, top featherweight prospect Joe Wilk made quick work of his opponent Josh Hubor. Wilk scored an early takedown after initially clinching against the fence, then proceeded to have his way with Hubor on the canvas. After some initial posturing, he latched on a tight guillotine choke and fell back into closed guard, forcing a tap.
In middleweight action, undefeated prospect Brandon Bear put a solid beating on Nick Budig. Bear took Budig down in a dominant first round, pounding Budig with ground and pound for the majority of the frame and busting Budig up pretty badly with his short elbows.
Budig landed a nice counter in the beginning of the second round, but once Bear took him down again, he was toast. Bear pounded away, eventually forcing a stoppage with punches and elbows on the ground.
Lightweights Jake Lindsey and Jordan Johnson put on a spirited effort, but it was Lindsey's consistency in earning top position and dropping ground and pound shots that won him all three rounds. Johnson had his moments in each round with sweeps, takedowns of his own and submission attempts, but he could not sustain his offense and he would always wind up on his back eating punches. Lindsey would go on to win a 30-27 unanimous decision across the board.
In the strangest bout of the evening, featherweights Freddy Assuncao adn Andrew Carrillo seemed on pace for a very exciting back-and-forth battle. Carrillo was landing some nice shots on the feet and was even forcing Assuncao to occasionally play defense on the ground in the first frame, taking it to the prospect.
In the second round, however, Carrillo dislocated his shoulder with a freak injury while throwing a punch and the referee put a halt to the proceedings, handing Assuncao the victory via injury TKO.
In the opening bout of the evening, light heavyweight Wayman Carter earned his first professional victory against Gregg Van De Creek, who was making his professional debut. Van De Creek threatened at the beginning of each round with submission attempts and takedowns, but Carter's conditioning and strength prevailed, allowing him to sweep and finish each round from top position to earn a unanimous decision victory.
Titan Fighting Championship 23 Main Card Results
Jorge Santiago def. Justin Guthrie via submission (inverted heel hook) in round one
Joe Wilk def. Josh Hubor via submission (guillotine choke) in round one
Brandon Bear def. Nick Budig via TKO (elbows) in round two
Jake Lindsey def. Jordan Johnson via unanimous decision
Freddy Assuncao def. Andrew Carrillo via TKO (injury) in round two
Wayman Carter def. Gregg Van De Creek via unanimous decision