“Yeah, guys? I don’t really feel like fighting that night, personally.”
Titan Fighting Championship returns to HDNet tomorrow night for TFC 19, with local favorite James Krause taking on 18-6 journeyman vet Clay French as the new headliner. Titan had planned to have Bobby Lashley vs Eddie Sanchez for the main event, but Lashley reportedly pulled out due to “personal problems”, and is now scheduled to return for Titan’s next show on August 26th. Funny thing is, Titan still hasn’t taken Lashley off the poster.
Krause, who made his debut under the Titan banner in 2007, is an exciting fighter popular with the local crowd, but has had difficulties when he steps up into the national scene. Krause dropped back to back fights against Donald Cerrone and Ricardo Lamas in the WEC, then fell victim to a Toby Imada armbar at Bellator 14. His opponent French has been around the game for a minute, carrying a loss to Shinya Aoki via flying triangle at PRIDE Bushido 13 in 2007 before Krause had even turned pro, so we guess those crazy flying subs do work. Sometimes.
The co-main event is a catchweight fight in the women’s division, featuring Tonya Evinger vs Sarah McMann at 140 pounds. Interesting note: Evinger’s last two losses, a pair of RNC submissions, came at the hands of Alexis Davis, a Canadian fighter making her Strikeforce debut Saturday night against Julie Kedzie. (What? We thought it was interesting.) Evinger will face Sarah McMann, an MMA n00b with just two fights. But hold the phone: McMann is also the first American woman to medal in Olympic wrestling, which makes this matchup an intriguing one. Evinger has a high school wrestling background herself, which is a relative oddity in the women’s division.
Check out the full card after the jump.
“The” James Krause vs. Clay French (160 lbs.)
Sara McMann vs. Tonya Evinger (140 lbs.)
Rob “The Rosedale Reaper” Kimmons vs. Brendan “The Caucasian Devastation” Seguin (185 lbs.)
Joe “The Nose” Wilk vs. Willian de Souza (145 lbs.)
Nick “The Kansas City Head Case” Nolte vs. Marcio Navarro (170 lbs.)
Daniel Gallemore vs. Alex Huddelston (265 lbs.)
Anthony “Sharkbait” Gutierrez vs. Cody “Locked and Loaded” Land (135 lbs.)
(Note: None of these nicknames are made up, we swear.)