Titan Fighting Championship made their television debut Friday on the home with the most original MMA programming, HDNet, with a live event from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. As always, FiveOuncesofPain.com was here to provide results including a round-by-round recap of all the live action.
Titan FC 16 was headlined by former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia‘s embarrassing loss to significant underdog Abe Wagner. Meanwhile, in the co-main event, Jason High, fresh off his win on New Years Eve in Japan, returned to action to face Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Rudy Bears and finished his fellow Kansas City product in prompt fashion.
Here is a complete rundown of Titan FC 16 results including play-by-play for fights making the broadcast
Mirsad Bektic def. Mac Bailey via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Tony Cardello def. Billy Thomas via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Jon Hollis def. Brian Phillips via KO Round 3 (Knee)
Alonzo Martinez vs. Deryck Ripley
Round One: Martinez was winning the striking battle and after failing on a takedown, Ripley pulled guard. Martinez landed some good elbows in the guard before backing out. Martinez dropped Ripley with a right hand and pounded him with punches on the ground but Ripley did a good job covering up and surviving. Martinez kept pounding away from the half guard before Ripley finally got guard but Martinez kept dropping punches. Ripley tried to scramble up but Martinez kept him on his back and continued to rain down punches. Martinez tried for a guillotine late in the round but Ripley survived and landed a couple of elbows from the bottom as the round ended. Dominating round for Martinez. Ripley was in survival mode for most of the round and spent almost the entire round on his back eating punches and elbows. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Martinez.
Round Two: Martinez dropped Ripley early with a straight right as Ripley was coming in but after getting tied up on the ground, Martinez back out and up to his feet. Ripley pulled guard but Martinez back out again and on the feet, Martinez once again dropped Ripley with a right hand. Martinez finally got the back of Ripley and sunk in a rear naked choke, which forced Ripley to tap out.
Result: Alonzo Martinez def. Deryck Ripley via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
Jacob Aiken vs. Anthony Gutierrez
Round One: Aiken got an early takedown off a leg kick but Gutierrez swept him over. Aiken attacked well off his back with leg locks and armbars but Gutierrez avoided them and even slammed his way out of a couple of armbars. Gutierrez eventually worked his way to a knee on belly position where he dropped a number of elbows down on the head of Aiken and the ref eventually stepped in to stop things.
Result: Anthony Gutierrez def. Jacon Aiken via TKO Round 1 (Elbow Strikes)
Bobby Cooper vs. Drew Dober
Round One: Cooper got an early trip takedown but Dober did a nice job getting to his feet without taking any damage. Dober was getting the better of things on the feet, including some nice inside leg kicks. Dober caught a body kick and went for a takedown but Cooper countered with a guillotine. Dober got the takedown into half guard though to get out of the guillotine. Dober controlled things on the ground and then landed some good knees to the body as Cooper got up. Cooper got a clean takedown with a bout five seconds left in the round but couldn’t do anything with it as the round ended. Close round by Dober did better on the feet and controlled things better on the ground. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Dober.
Round Two: Cooper did well on the feet early, landing a good right straight but Dober slowed things down in the clinch. Cooper was able to get free without much trouble though. Cooper landed some good body-head combos but Dober managed to get a takedown. Dober got to half guard and dropped some short elbows and punches but Cooper defended well. Cooper used the cage to push off and sweep Dober over into guard. Cooper let him up but Dober immediately clinched and put Cooper against the cage where he got a single leg takedown into half guard. Dober did a nice job landed body shots and elbows as Cooper tried to control the posture. Dober feel into an inverted triangle trying to pass but managed to survive as the round ended. Another close round but Dober had more ground control and damage on top, which was enough to win him the round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Dober.
Round Three: Dober got a takedown about a minute in after an even battle on the feet. Dober went for an arm triangle but Cooper didn’t allow him to pass to the other side and then used the cage to push off and roll Dober onto his back. Dober went for a kimura but Cooper blocked it holding his own shorts, which went undetected by the ref. Dober managed to get to his feet without taking much damage and then put Cooper against the cage in the clinch, where he got another takedown with just over a minute left. Dober passed to side control but was swept over as he tried to pass to mount but he got back up as the round ended. Another round where Dober controlled things on the ground. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Dober.
Result: Drew Dober def. Bobby Cooper via Unanimous Decision
Drew McFedries vs. Gary Tapusoa
Round One: A long feeling out process before Tapusoa landed a couple of good right hands. A lot swinging and missing for the most part but Tapusoa was the more aggressive of the two and landed the cleaner shots although none of them looked too damaging. Tapusao landed the best strike of the round with just under a minute left, a nice counter right as McFedries threw a leg kick. McFedries started to find his range late with the jab. Not the most action packed round ever but Tapusoa landed the cleaner punches and took the round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Tapusoa.
Round Two: McFedries started the round strong, really working the jab and doubling it with the lead hook. Tapusoa caught McFedries with a counter right that dropped him but McFedries recovered quickly and got up. McFedries started to work some leg kicks to go along with his jab after the knockdown while Tapusoa started to headhunt with his punches. McFedries continued to jab and put a right hook behind it along with landing some good leg kicks. Tapusoa tried to fire back but came up short every time. Despite the flash knockdown, McFedries landed the better shots and did more damage on the feet. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for McFedries.
Round Three: McFedries continued to land a really good right hook and then move away when Tapusoa looked to counter. Tapusoa tried to turn things into a brawl but McFedries kept using his movement to avoid the wild strikes of Tapusoa. McFedries kept pecking away with the jab and landing a good inside leg kick. McFedries ended up busting up the left eye of Tapusoa with the jab and right hook. Tapusoa hung tough but McFedires hit him with almost every punch he threw for most of the round. McFedries ended up landing a big uppercut that had Tapusoa turning and running away. McFedries landed one more shot before the ref jumped in to stop it. Tapusoa never went down but his eye was busted up, he was taking a lot punches, and he was turning away from the action at the end.
Result: Drew McFedries def. Gary Tapusoa via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Rich Clementi vs. Aaron Derrow
Round One: Good grappling exchange early with Derrow getting a takedown but Clementi getting up and using a trip takedown to get Derrow down. Clementi controlled things on the ground but didn’t do too much damage. With about a minute and a half remaining, Clementi decides to back out and up to his feet. Derrow put Clementi against the cage and got a takedown but Clementi used the cage to push off, sweep him over, and land a couple of punches as the round ended. Clementi controlled the fight on the ground and that was good enough to win him the round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Clementi.
Round Two: Derrow landed a counter right early that stumbled Clementi but he remained on his feet and stuffed the ensuing takedown. Derrow worked hard for the takedown but Clementi fought it off, turned things around, and got a takedown of his own. Clementi ended up mounting Derrow but Derrow hipped to half guard without taking any damage. Clementi took the back of Derrow and landed a series of punches before Derrow escaped and ended up gaining guard. Derrow did well to control the posture of Clementi but Clementi ended up creating enough space to drop some hammerfists as the round ended. Good round for Clementi as he once again dominated on the round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Clementi.
Round Three: Derrow landed a good left hand early but then missed with a head kick, got taken down, and was mounted by Clementi. Clementi landed some short body shots but Derrow got back to guard and forced a stand up by holding on. Both men landed some good punches on the feet but Clementi clinched and put Derrow against the cage. Derrow tried to jump guard but Clementi shoved him off and got on top. Derrow locked on a triangle and after trying to fight his way out of it, Clementi ended up going to sleep.
Result: Aaron Derrow def. Rich Clementi via Submission Round 3 (Triangle Choke)
Jason High vs. Rudy Bears
Round One: High got an early single leg takedown and then as Bears turned into him, High grabbed a guillotine choke, went to his back, sunk in the choke, and forced Bears to tap out.
Result: Jason High def. Rudy Bears via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Tim Sylvia vs. Abe Wagner
Round One: Both guys throwing heavy punches early. Wagner rocked Sylvia with a right hand and then swarmed on him with a flurry of punches. Sylvia ended up falling forward and going down and that’s when the ref jumped in to stop things. It looked like Sylvia was trying to grab a leg and he complained about the stoppage but when he went to stand up, he was a little wobbly.
Result: Abe Wagner def. Tim Sylvia via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)