KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Titan Fighting Championships 17 takes place this evening at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., and will feature a main event bout between former WWE star turned MMA fighter Bobby Lashley (5-1) and Missouri’s John Ott (8-7).
Titan Fighting Championships 17 will air LIVE on HDNet this evening starting at 10 p.m. ET. ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary during the broadcast.
Titan FC 17 quick results
- Bobby Lashley def. John Ott by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-27)
- Aaron Rosa def. Abe Wagner by submission (rear naked choke) Rd 2 (0:35)
- Phil Baroni def. Nick Nolte by unanimous decision
- Eric Marriott def. Willian de Souza by unanimous decision
- Alonzo Martinez def. Aaron Derrow by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- James Krause def. Nathan Schut by knockout (strikes) Rd 1 (0:41)
- Anthony Gutierrez def. Jon Hollis by submission (armbar) Rd 1 (4:20)
Titan FC 17 play-by-play
Anthony Gutierrez vs. Jon Hollis
Round 1 – Body kick from Gutierrez, they clinch, release and Hollis gets the takedown, moves to side control, in half guard now. Gutierrez looking for a kimura but can’t get the arm out. Still working for it. Small scramble and Gutierrez achieves full guard, pulls up a quick rubber guard, lets it go. Hollis with a short elbow. Gutierrez pulls up rubber guard again but lets it go and eats a few elbows.Gutierrez lands an elbow off his back to the head of Hollis, then throws up a triangle, moves to an armbar attempt. These two fought as amateurs and this is how Hollis won then. Gutierrez escapes, and Hollis stands and lets Gutierrez up. Hollis scores another takedown. Gutierrez throws up another armbar and this time he’s got it. Hollis taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Anthony Gutierrez def. Jon Hollis by submission (armbar) Rd 1 (4:20)
James Krause vs. Nathan Schut
Round 1 – Holy crap, Krause lands a perfect head kick, first shot of the night and Schut drops to the mat. It’s over, just like that. One hitter quitter for James Krause. Referee jumps in to stop it after Krause follows up with a few punches. Shin to chin and Krause picks up a great win (Hey that rhymes). The ref asked Schut afterward if he knew his name and he said “It’s Wednesday.”
OFFICIAL RESULT: James Krause def. Nathan Schut by knockout (strikes) Rd 1 (0:41)
Alonzo Martinez vs. Aaron Derrow
Round 1 – Leg kick from Martinez. Clinch, Derrow with some knees to the thighs. Martinez with red, green. blonde checkerboard haircut. Derrow throws up a triangle attempt. Martinez escapes and throws down some punches inside Derrow’s full guard. Stands up and out, kicks Derrow’s thigh. Leg kick from Martinez and shoots for a takedown, gets it. Inside full guard, lands a couple elbows. Derrow holding on tight but Martinez steps up and out. He dives in with a couple punches but Derrow defends well, grabs his arms. Martinez looking to pass, Derrow gets butterfly guard. Martinez stands up and lets Derrow up. They exchange a flurry of punches and Derrow shoots, clinches. Knee to the gut from Martinez. They reset and square up. Body shot from Martinez. Clinch, knees to the thighs from Derrow. Derrow backs out and lands a beautiful one-two-three punch combo at the bell; two land flush. Close round. ProMMAnow.com scores it 10-9 for Martinez.
Round 2 – They exchange punches. Clinch against the cage. Leg kick from Derrow and Martinez fires off with a nice punch combo that forces Derrow to shoot, stuffed. Martinez throws some punches lands a nice one to the head that forces Derrow to shoot, stuffed. They square up again. Big body shot from Martinez and Derrow shoots. Stuffed. Martinez lets him up. Leg kick, jab from Derrow. Leg kick again. Jab. Martinez fires back but misses. Martinez lands a shot and then scores with a flying knee although it doesn’t appear to hurt Derrow. Clinch, knee from Derrow to the thigh. Martinez tries to drag Derrow down and ends up on top inside guard. Derrow’s nose is bleeding. Martinez staying busy with elbows. Derrow tries to hang on as much as possible. Body body head from Martinez and lands a nice right. Derrow throws up an armbar. Martinez stands and backs out, leg kick from Martinez to his downed opponent. ProMMAnow.com scores it 10-9 for Martinez.
Round 3 – Derrow swings and misses. Martinez fires back with a stiff left then a big body shot. It goes down and Derrow lands several shots from top position. Martinez sweeps him, Derrow goes for an armbar and Martinez gets out and up. Derrow gets up and clinches. Derrow tags him with several shots and Martinez goes down after eating a perfect right to the chin. He turtles up and Martines tries to take his back but Martinez rolls to his back. Derrow gets on top and fires up bombs, landing some big shots and there goes Martinez’s mouth guard. Derrow passes from half to side control. Tries to go for full mount and Martinez bucks and turtles up. Derrow has turned this fight around. He’s landing several punches as Martinez is still turtled. Derrow takes his back, transitions to an armbar, then rear naked choke. They roll and Martinez twists, ends up in top position inside full guard. Big elbows from Martinez and the blood flies. Martinez has gained the advantage in this back and forth affair. Martinez stands up and lets Derrow up with 12 seconds to go. Derrow gets up and they both swing away with Derrow getting the better of the exchange. Awesome fight! ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Derrow and the fight 29-28 for Martinez. — However, I think Derrow deserves the win for whatever that’s worth.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alonzo Martinez def. Aaron Derrow by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Eric Marriott vs. Willian de Souza
(This is John Buhl stepping in on the PBP. Jack is busy…or really lazy. Also, Jack should’ve scored that third round for Derrow 10-8, not 10-9. I’ll make fun of him later.)
Round 1 – Big experience gap here between these two. Outside leg kick from de souza, Marriott responds with the inside variety. Slow start, but de Souza rushes in looking for a shot/takedown into the clinch, Marriott fights it off easy and lands an elbow on the way out. Another inside leg kick foowed by a jab from Marriott, then an outside kick. Another one. De Souza dives in for the clinch and gets the over unders. Marriott gets him off and back to the center. Almost a jumping/superman jab from Marriott just misses. Big Marriott leg kick countering a punch from de Souza, and a left hand from Marriott lands. De Souza shoots as Marriott looks to land something; good timing but doesn’t have the drive there. He has Marriott on the cage and grabs a leg, sucks him in, and pulls him down. De Souza in half guard where he wants to be, but Marriott reverses nicely and into side control. De Souza gets the half guard…and now to the feet. They exchange near the end of the round. De Souza misses and Marriott lands a back kick into the gut and catches him with a right. 10-9 for Marriott.
Round 2 – De Souza doesn’t look ready to box at all, keeping his right hand open and close to his face. And when he throws his punches, he leaves his head/chin straight up. That’s not a recipe for success. Marriott starting this round slow. Now tries a spinning heel kick. Maybe getting a bit too comfortable. Lead lunging left hook from Marriott is blocked and they clinch. Marriott had his arm around de Souza’s head and de Souza lands a knee to the body. They separate and de Souza misses with a right; Marriott counters with a Thai clinch — knee that almost connects. Another spinning back kick from Marriott, lands in the chest. De Souza misses wildly and Marriott scores with a left hook right hand combo. 1-2 to leg kick from Marriott. De Souza almost gets a single leg out of it and tries desperately to pull guard. Marriott spins out and is on top after the scramble with de Souza turtled up. To the guard, Marriott back to his feet. Apparently Marriott is bored, as he lands a spinning back kick to de Souza’s butt. On the feet, more ineffective striking from de Souza. A right from Marriott. De Souza tries a jumping kick/knee that isn’t close and a superman punch that misses. ProMMAnow.com gives that one 10-9 for Marriott, but he could stand to be more assertive.
Round 3 – Marriott starting off bouncing around a bit, lands a right hand. Marriott lands a knee and de Souza dives for a leg. Again de Souza is turtled up and Marriott is looking for places to land hammerfists. De Souza pulls him into half guard and eats some elbows form Marriott. Marriott spins out to his feet. He jumps in with a few punches and backfists. Michael Schiavello says de Souza’s taking more hits than a Cheech and Chong movie. I’ve heard better from The Voice, but not bad. Back on the feet, de Souza eats a knee. Again dives for a leg and eats some Marriott hammerfists. Marriott might have a crucifix here. Yes he does. De Souza is rolling and Marriott lets him up. Left hook from Marriott and a spinning back kick again. Desperation takedown attempt from de Souza in 3…2…1…there it is. Marriott ended up on top. More ground and pound. Not brutal enough to stop the fight but it’s one-sided. With de Souza turtled up, Marriott looking for a d’arce choke, then a guillotine. It isn’t there, but another round for Marriott, 10-9.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Eric Marriott def. Willian de Souza by unanimous decision (three scores of 30-27)
Phil Baroni vs. Nick Nolte
Prefight promo gold: The Jersey Shore has “The Situation,” so what are Phil Baroni’s abs? “The Circumstance.” I like it.
Round 1 – Outside leg kick from Nolte to start, a few punches. Nolte is active. He gets Baroni in the Thai clinch and throws some knees. Baroni on the cage trying to tie him up. The taller Nolte still has him pressed on the fence. Baroni got double underhooks and went for the takedown, but Nolte fights it off. Knee to the body from NOlte. Baroni can’t get off the fence yet. Baroni drops for the takedown and Nolte sprawls out easy. Baroni landed that big right of his, but didn’t have enough force behind it to turn the tide. Finally Baroni gets the takedown with the double. Some GNP from Baroni, landing punches to the body and a few to the head, but Nolte’s tying him up. Now Baroni passes to side. Hard round to score. Nolte controlled the first half on the fence and probably had the better of the striking, but Baroni spent a couple of minutes on top, though he couldn’t land a ton of strikes. ProMMAnow.com has it 10-10.
Round 2 – High kick from Nolte is blocked. Baroni spins around and lands some punches from behind then a few body shots as Nolte turns back to face him. Baroni has the takedown. In Nolte’s guard. Bit of a stalemate here. The ref stands them up. Nolte throws a knee to the body on the inside again and gets taken down. Nolte had the leg over and an arm trapped looking for a triangle, but he couldn’t lock it together. Baroni in side control, lands a short elbow. Nolte is covered up and Baroni is throwing punches, but little behind them. 10-9 for Baroni. We’ll see how the NYBA holds up in the third with his cardio.
Round 3 – A lazy front kick from Nolte and some punches, a left hook from Baroni scores. But Baroni is looking tired. Wow. Spinning back kick to the head from Nolte, and Baroni can’t get out of the way. Nolte lands some knees from the Thai clinch and backs up to do more work in the center. Both guys looking worn down. Baroni’s hands are down. A couple of knees to the body from Nolte. Nice standing elbow from Nolte. Baroni dives for a takedown and he’s got it. That could be huge. Baroni has almost passed to mount. He’s in side control but too tired to do much of anything. Another strange round. ProMMAnow.com scores it 10-10. Nolte dominated the striking but gave Baroni an out with the takedown.
The first and third could be scored either way.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Phil Baroni def. Nick Nolte by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Abe Wagner vs. Aaron Rosa
Round 1 – Outside leg kick form Wagner. Right hand to left hook from Wagner blocked. Wagner another leg kick and a jab. Rosa lands a couple and Wagner responds. Both big men just missing. They clinch up and Rosa pushes him into the fence. Knee to the guy from Wagner and back to center. Wagner comes in with a flurry of 1-2s and Rosa takes him down. Rosa is in the half guard. Not landing much here; Rosa being careful. Wagner gets full guard. The ref finally stands them up. Again they exchange in close and Rosa ducks in looking for a single after a Thai-knee from Wagner. Abe is fighting is off so far. That’s how the round ends. 10-9 for Rosa on our scorecards.
Round 2 – Another exchange and Rosa lands a big left hook at the end of the combo that drops Wagner at the star. Rosa pounces and looks for the finish. After some GNP, Rosa gets his back and sinks in the rear naked choke. Submission win for Rosa.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Aaron Rosa def. Abe Wagner by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (0:35)
Bobby Lashley vs. John Ott
Can Lashley regain his momentum after losing to Chad Griggs in Strikeforce last August? He has a definite big weight advantage over Ott – about 30 pounds heavier.
Round 1 – Here we go. Ott lands a right. Lashley shoots and Ott tries to lock up a guillotine. Lashley slams him VERY hard that almost put a hole in the cage. Lashley starts with the ground and pound inside Ott’s full guard. Ott trying to hold on tight. Ott is a glorified middleweight, keep that in mind. Lashley postures up with some big right hands, a couple connect but Ott defending rather well. Big elbow, and a real big elbow from Lashley. Ott holding on for dear life. Another right from Lashley. He raises his right arm up high with big big shots. Ott trying to throw his legs up for something but Lashley slips out. Ott’s face is a bloody pulp at this point. Lashley may be punching himself out here though. Ott’s still in the game, tries to hold Lashley’s arms but he slips out with more punches. Ott flails his arms as Lashley blasts and the bell sounds. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-8 for Lashley.
Round 2 – Spinning backfist misses for Ott. Trigg says Lashley is completely exhausted and used it all up in round one. Lashley throws three ugly slow punches and flails. Ott with a leg kick. Lashley shoots and gets the fight down with Ott on his back. Ott holds on. If Ott can get to his feet he could win this fight. Lashley is very tired and his work rate here is almost non-existent. Lashley throws a couple shots and moves to side control. Lashley trying to open Ott’s cuts with elbow shots. Lashley moves to north-south and lands a few punches, moves back to side control. Hammerfists from Lashley, more punches. Ref calls for work. Lashley shows the epitome of lay and pray and runs out the time. ProMMAnow.com scores it 10-9 for Lashley.
Round 3 – If Ott just went for leg kicks here he can win this thing. His cardio looks better than Lashley at this point. Superman punch from Ott. He lands a couple shots. Lashley is sliding across the mat. He’s so sweaty. Ott knows he has the chance of his life here. Lashley flails some punches and Ott is trying to get to him. He throws a one two. Overhand right from Ott. Lashley’s hands down by his sides. Three minutes to go. Lashley uses a jab and lands. Ott comes in swinging but Lashley puts him on his back… the crowd was cheering for Ott but as Lashley slams him down it sounds like the air came out of a balloon. The crowd is booing now as Lashley goes back to his lay and pray. Lashley on top in half guard. Ott pretty much holding on, Ott landing shots from the bottom but that’s not going to help him with the judges. The arena is a huge boo choir. Ott has opened Lashley’s head with a cut. Lashley rides it out. No one is pleased with Lashley and he has showed he is not progressing very quickly. ProMMAnow.com scores it 10-9 for Lashley.
Lashley said after the fight he did not gas after the first round. He said he felt good out there was pleased with his performance.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Bobby Lashley def. John Ott by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-27)