Titan FC 17 took place last night live on HDNet with former WWE and Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley and former UFC veteran Phil Baroni being the marquee fighters on display.
Both picked up much needed wins, but their performances left much to be desired.
Lashley was fighting for the first time since a humiliating defeat last August in Strikeforce against the unheralded Chad Griggs. On that occasion the wrestler’s cardio had come up woefully short, but after having plenty of time to reflect and make adjustments to his diet and training an improved performance had been expected here.
However, despite facing a later replacement in John Ott, a natural middleweight who held a record of just 8-7 and was outweighed by almost 40lbs at the weigh-ins, Lashley put in another poor performance.
In the first round Lashley looked in control, taking down Ott and ground and pounding him. The damage was taking it’s toll and the fight was close to being stopped, but somehow Ott survived until the end of the round.
From their things went rapidly downhill for Lashley as once again his lack of stamina was clearly evident. Looking lethargic, with his hands down by his waist and breathing heavily, Lashley had little for Ott in the stand-up, and the challenger began to pepper him with strikes.
Lashley’s wrestling came to his rescue though and another takedown and some increasingly labored ground and pound secured him another round.
Into the final stanza and Ott is undoubtedly looking beaten up, but he’s still the fresher man with Lashley appearing to be struggling just to stand, let alone fight. Ott was weary of the takedown though, so even as he starts to find a home for his punches he doesn’t commit fully the the kind of offense he needs to take advantage of the situation.
Finally Lashley managed to get ahold of him and even in his exhausted state managed to score a takedown and Ott’s chances of pulling off an upset vanished.
So Lashley made it the full 15 minutes and claimed a unanimous decision victory (29-27, 30-27, 29-27), but on this evidence he’s got a long way to go before he’s a credible heavyweight contender.
Meanwhile Phil Baroni was looking to halt a three fight losing streak from his second stint in the UFC when he took on the far less experienced Nick Nolte (3-2), but he too struggled to make an impact and ran out of gas in the later rounds.
Despite a game performance from Nolte, Baroni’s experience paid off though and some rare takedowns and ground and pound from the striker enabled him to earn a win on the scorecards (29-28 x3).
Check out the official results for the event below.
Bobby Lashley def. John Ott by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-27), R3
Aaron Rosa def. Abe Wagner by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 0:35, R2
Phil Baroni def. Nick Nolte by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
Eric Marriott def. Willian de Souza by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Alonzo Martinez def. Aaron Derrow by Majority Decision (29-28, 28-28, 29-28), R3
James Krause def. Nathan Schut by TKO (Strikes) at 0:41, R1
Anthony Gutierrez def. Jon Hollis by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:20, R1