Popular Kansas City promotion Titan Fighting Championship returned to the HDNet airwaves again on Friday night with Titan FC 18 and kept things entertaining throughout with a card featuring former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver in addition to appearances from talented siblings Jake Rosholt and Jared Rosholt.
The comeback of Pulver from an extremely rough patch in the ring ended at two consecutive wins after opponent Brian Davidson used striking and groundwork to set up a fight-ended Rear Naked Choke with a little less than a minute left in the first round of their headlining bout.
Meanwhile, the Rosholt brothers split their scraps with the younger Jared stopping Kirk Grinlinton a few minutes into their match-up and Jake, a decorated amateur wrestler, landing an accidental illegal knee preventing John Ott from continuing, thus resulting in a DQ loss.
Read below for a full breakdown of Titan FC 18 results:
Sean Wilson vs. Deryck Ripley
Round One: Ripley got an early takedown and almost immediately moved to mount. Wilson tried to use the cage to push off but ended up give up his back. Ripley tried an armbar from the back but slipped off. Wilson got on top, avoided a triangle choke, and then grabbed an ankle lock. Ripley tried to roll out of it but was forced to tap out. Schiavello mentioned that Wilson defeated Ripley 4 years ago by kneebar just seconds before Wilson locked on the ankle lock.
Result: Sean Wilson def. Deryck Ripley via Submission Round 1 (Ankle Lock)
Joe Wilk vs. Jesse Zeugin
Round One: All in the clinch early until Wilk managed to get a trip takedown into half guard. Wilk did a nice job controlling Zeugin and landing some short elbows. As Zeugin turned into Wilk to get up, Wilk sprawled out and locked up a d’arce choke. Zeugin tired to fight it but was ended up tapping out.
Result: Joe Wilk def. Jesse Zeugin via Submission Round 1 (D’Arce Choke)
Bobby Cooper vs. Nick Budig
Round One: Cooper lost his mouthguard early in an exchange but regained it during a lull in the action. Some really good exchanges early with Cooper throwing straight punches and Budig throwing hooks. Cooper started to use his reach advantage to peck away with the jab before Budig could get off with his strikes. Budij was trying to land with power but most of his punches kept coming up short. Cooper started having success with the straight right and kicks. Fight was even at the start but Cooper really took over the last 3 minutes or so with accurate strikes. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cooper.
Round Two: Second round was more of the same as Budij kept throwing the same left hook-right straight combo and Cooper easily avoided it and countered with the jab and leg kicks. Budij shoved Cooper down off a leg kick but allowed Cooper to get back up. Cooper just kept jabbing away as Budij failed to mount any kind of real offense. Cooper landed a big flurry at the end of the round but Budij managed to stay up-right. Dominant round by Cooper. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cooper.
Round Three: Budij opened up strong, landing a big flurry but Cooper survived and regained his composure. After the initial flurry Cooper settled back into his jabbing rhythm while also mixing in some leg kicks. Not the most eventful round in the world after the opening moments but another good round for Cooper, who showed good defense and was very accurate with his jab and leg kicks. It should be noted that Budij’s left eye was almost completely swollen shut. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cooper and the fight 30-27 for Cooper.
Result: Bobby Cooper def. Nick Budij via Unanimous Decision
Jared Rosholt vs. Kirk Grinlinton
Round One: Grinlinton has some success early on the feet with punches and leg kicks. Then Rosholt decided to get the takedown. On the ground Rosholt immediately passed to mount and pounded Grinlinton until the ref stopped the fight.
Result: Jared Rosholt def. Kirk Grinlinton via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
Rudy Bears vs. Darryl Cobb
Round One: Both men traded a punch of leg kicks early. Cobb caught Bears with a flurry and then stuffed a takedown and allowed Bears back up. Cobb rocked Bears with a straight right but as he rushed forward finished, Bears dropped him with a right hand of his own. Bears tried to finish with a rear naked choke but Cobb survived. Bears remained on top though, landed some ground and pound, and then locked on the rear naked choke again. This time he fully sunk it in and Cobb was forced to tap.
Result: Rudy Bears def. Darryl Cobb via Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)
Jake Rosholt vs. John Ott
Round One: Ott came out very quickly with strikes and tried for a takedown but Rosholt kept the fight on the feet. Ott got a takedown but Rosholt was right back up and then Ott stuffed the takedown of Rosholt. Ott tried another takedown but Rosholt stuffed it, spun to the back, and ended up in mount after Ott tried to turn to his back. Rosholt cut up Ott with elbows from the mount and controlled the rest of the round. Good round for Rosholt once the fight hit the ground. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Rosholt.
Round Two: Rosholt got an early takedown into side control but Ott did a good job avoiding damage and getting back up. Rosholt got him right back down into half guard. Ott did a good job of holding him to only half guard but Rosholt landed some short body punches and controlled the position for the majority of the round. Another controlling round for Rosholt although he did much less damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Rosholt.
Round Three: Ott came out aggressive but Rosholt put a stop to that with another takedown. Ott got up but ate a couple of head kicks and a right hand that rocked him. Rosholt continued to pour it on Ott before throwing him to the ground as he went for a takedown. Rosholt got the mount and the ref called the doctor to check the many cuts of Ott. His face is an absolute mess. The doctor rules he can continue. Instead of putting them back into mount, the fight starts back on the feet. Ott tried a takedown but Rosholt stuffed it and put Ott on his back. As Ott tried to get up, Rosholt caught him with an illegal knee. Ott tried to stand up but he wobbled around and eventually fell to his back. The doctor rules that the fight can’t continue and Rosholt gets DQ’d.
Result: John Ott def. Jake Rosholt via DQ Round 3 (Illegal Knee)
Jens Pulver vs. Brian Davidson
Round One: Pulver had a lot of trouble dealing with the speed of Davidson early and Davidson was able to land some good strikes. Pulver got a takedown and when he postured up in the guard, Davidson caught him with an illegal up kick. The ref warned Davidson but didn’t take a point and Pulver continued on. Back on the feet, Davidson continued to tag Pulver but Pulver again got a takedown. Davidson got up without taking much damage. Pulver tried another takedown but ate an uppercut and took some ground and pound. Davidson got the back of Pulver, locked up the RNC, and Pulver had to tap out.
Result: Brian Davidson def. Jens Pulver via Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)