After a successful debut on HDNet in January, Titan Fighting Championships is back on the network with another live event. Taking place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Missouri it’s Titan FC 17. As always FiveOuncesofPain.com will bring you live coverage including a round-by-round recap of all the televised fights.
The live action kicks off at 10:00 PM EST on HDNet.
Titan FC 17 is headlined by the MMA return of former WWE superstar (and Strikeforce heavyweight) Bobby Lashley, looking to bounce back from his first professional loss, taking on John Ott. In the co-main event, MMA veteran Phil Baroni looks to snap a three fight losing streak by taking out Nick Nolte. Also on the card is Abe Wagner, fresh off his win over Tim Sylvia, battling Aaron Rosa.
Anthony Gutierrez vs. Jon Hollis
Round One: Hollis got an early takedown but did nothing with it as Gutierrez threatened with a kimura. Gutierrez kept going for multiple submissions but Hollis fought them off. Gutierrez had a relatively deep armbar but Hollis slammed his way out of it. Hollis let Gutierrez up and then immediately took him down where Gutierrez finally locked up a triangle and forced Hollis to tap out.
Result: Anthony Gutierrez def. Jon Hollis via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
James Krause vs. Nathan Schut
Round One: The first strike thrown was a head kick by Krause, which knocked down Schut. Krause immediately jumped on him and finished him with strikes.
Result: James Krause def. Nathan Schut via TKO Round 1 (Head Kick/Strikes)
Aaron Derrow vs. Alonzo Martinez
Round One: Derrow pulled guard early and almost got a reverse armbar but Martinez got out and back up. Martinez put Derrow down but didn’t do much damage before standing back up again. Derrow kept trying for takedowns but Martinez had good defense. Derrow did a good job controlling the clinch and roughing up Martinez with knees to the thighs before landing a small flurry at the end of the round. Close round but Derrow was more active on the ground and did more damage overall standing. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Derrow.
Round Two: Derrow got clipped with a right hand but quickly recovered and got back up. Martinez once again stuffed the takedowns of Derrow and this time opened up more with his hands on the feet, catching Derrow with some good shots. Martinez stumbled Derrow with a counter left and then went for a flying knee but failed. Derrow kept working for a takedown but Martinez ended up putting him on his back. Martinez landed short punches and then avoided an armbar near the end of the round, standing over Derrow as the round ended. Good round for Martinez, landing some good punches and stuffing the takedowns. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Martinez.
Round Three: They traded solid punches at the start and then Derrow dropped Martinez with a right hand. Derrow tried to finish and jumped on the back of Martinez but Martinez rolled into guard, avoided a triangle, and got to his feet. Derrow landed a flurry of punches to drop Martinez again. Derrow again tried to finish on the ground but Martinez survived. Derrow stayed on top in sprawl position before getting the back of Martinez. It looked like Derrow had a tight rear naked choke sunk in but Martinez used the cage to push off and roll over into the guard of Derrow. They stood and threw wild punches that pretty much missed in the finale 10 seconds. Great round for Derrow to close out a very good fight. First round scoring will determine the winner. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Derrow and the fight 29-28 for Derrow.
Result: Alonzo Martinez def. Aaron Derrow via Majority Decision
Eric Marriott vs. William DeSouza
Round One: Marriott working the leg kicks early and fending off the takedowns of DeSouza. Marriott keeping his hands very low, showing little respect for DeSouza’s striking. More leg kicks by Marriott. DeSouza got a takedown from the clinch but Marriott immediately flipped him over and into side control. After a few short elbows, Marriott just decided to stand up. Marriott landed a side kick that stumbled DeSouza and some wild right hands as the round ended. Good round for Marriott. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Marriott.
Round Two: Slow start with Marriott continuing to just work the leg kicks. DeSouza initiated a clinch but couldn’t do anything with it before Marriott escaped. DeSouza offering nothing on his feet but Marriott not really pressuring. Marriott sprawled out on a takedown and then stood over DeSouza as he tried to roll into guard. Marriott avoided a kneebar before letting DeSouza up. Pretty dull round but a clear one for Marriott. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Marriott.
Round Three: Marriott much more aggressive to start this round, landing some nice flurries and a jumping knee. Marriott sprawled on a takedown and got back side control, where he landed hammer fists before DeSouza rolled into half guard. Marriott landed some heavy ground and pound before DeSouza finally got to his feet. DeSouza kept trying to roll but Marriott ended on top every time and kept throwing hammerfists. Marriott eventually just let DeSouza up but then ended up back on the ground with Marriott on top. Marriott went for a guillotine as the round ended but gave up on it and decided to keep throwing hammerfists as the round ended. Dominating round for Marriott. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Marriott and the fight 30-27 for Marriott.
Result: Eric Marriott def. William DeSouza via Unanimous Decision
Phil Baroni vs. Nick Nolte
Round One: Nolte throwing early and landing some good knees in the clinch. Long clinch with both men throwing knees to the body. Nolte controlling the clinch and really going to the body of Baroni. Baroni ate a knee to the chin on the break but then landed a right hand. Back in the clinch and Baroni got a takedown. Baroni landed good ground and pound from the guard before passing to side control. Baroni ended the round on top and in side control. Nolte won the early portion of the round but Baroni finished strong to make things close. Since Baroni finished on top, he’ll likely get the round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Baroni.
Round Two: Baroni got the back standing and landed some good punches but Nolte spun out and landed a knee. Baroni got a takedown but didn’t do much and the ref stood them up. Baroni got another takedown and then escaped a triangle to pass to side control. Baroni didn’t really do anything with the position besides some short punches but he controlled Nolte the majority of the round. Good round for Baroni. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Baroni.
Round Three: Nolte opened with a nice flurry but then ate a left hook. Nolte landed a turning back kick and then continued to batter Baroni with strikes. Baroni looks completely gassed. Nolte is very tired as well though. Slow punches by both men. Nolte tagging Baroni but no starch behind his strikes. Baroni got a takedown into half guard and landed some short punches before passing to side control. More short punches by Baroni to finish the round. Almost exactly like the first with Nolte winning early but Baroni taking over late. Nolte did much more damage this round than in the first though. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Nolte but the fight 29-28 for Baroni.
Result: Phil Baroni def. Nick Nolte via Unanimous Decision
Abe Wagner vs. Aaron Rosa
Round One: Rosa landing the cleaner punches in the exchanges. Rosa scored with a takedown but did nothing with it and was stood up. Rosa tried for another takedown at the end of the round but Wagner fended it off. Relatively dull round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Rosa.
Round Two: Rosa dropped Wagner immediately and tried to finish with strikes but Wagner survived. Rosa got the back of Wagner though and choked him out with a rear naked choke.
Result: Aaron Rosa def. Abe Wagner via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
Bobby Lashley vs. John Ott
Round One: Big slam takedown by Lashley early. Lashley landed some heavy punches in the guard of Ott. Ott did a decent job controlling the posture but every time Lashley was able to create space, he landed heavy strikes. Ott was cut open badly on the forehead. Lashley landed some huge hammerfists at the end of the round but Ott was able to survive. Dominating round for Lashley. 5OZ scores the round 10-8 for Lashley.
Round Two: Lashley looked very tired to start the round and after doing nothing on the feet, he was able to get a takedown. Lashley continued to pound away, re-opening the cut of Ott. Lashley not quite as dominant in this round, although he did pass to side control rather than stay in guard. Another strong round for Lashley on top although he did considerably less damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Lashley.
Round Three: Ott fired up to start the round but he’s not throwing anything. Lashley’s mouth is wide open. Weak takedown attempts by Lashley are easily defended by Ott. Ott pressed forward with a wild flurry, which only led to Lashley taking him down. Lashley didn’t do too much on top but he landed enough strikes and controlled Ott the entire time. Lashley ended up cut near the eye but he fought through it. Dull round but Lashley took it with control. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Lashley and 30-26 for Lashley.
Result: Bobby Lashley def. John Ott via Unanimous Decision