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Titan FC 17 Results: Yes, You Apparently Can Lose during a Victory

“This picture had to be taken within the opening seconds, he still has one of his hands up.”

Normally, when I watch regional promotions I have to do so with my laptop on mute.  Otherwise, I get so agitated by the announcers trying to hype their minor league talent as “the best in the sport” that I can’t enjoy myself.  So when Titan FC 17 kicked off this ridiculously busy weekend for MMA last night in Kansas City, I can’t help but feel that the biggest winners of the evening were Frank Trigg and Michael Schiavello.  While lesser announcers would hype Phil Baroni like he’s still in his prime and talk about Bobby Lashley slamming a natural middleweight like he’s ready for Cain Velasquez, Schiavello and Trigg were brutally honest critiquing the action. That’s got to be worth something, right?

It’s certainly worth more than the effort Bobby Lashley put in against James Jack John Ott. Last night was Bobby Lashley’s first chance to silence his critics after a humbling loss to Chad Griggs.  John Ott, asdie from being a middleweight stepping in as a late replacement, is also a wrestler with sub-par striking. If I didn’t know that you all come to Cage Potato for responsible journalism, I’d recklessly hypothesize that John Ott was brought in to lose in dramatic fashion. Naturally, Bobby Lashley capitolized on this opportunity by putting in just enough effort to grind out a unanimous decision. 

Lashley started off strong, slamming his opponent early and working the ground and pound.  During the onslaught, it was revealed that Ott’s game plan was to push the much larger, decorated wrestler into the cage and dirty box him.  Sheesh, is it too late to update our worst game plans list?  However, by the end of the first round, Lashley was completely spent.  He spent the second round with his hands at his sides, desperately lunging for a takedown that a person who isn’t 40 pounds lighter than him would have been able to stuff.  After achieving the takedown, Lashley continued to throw punches from the top, causing Schiavello and Trigg to wonder out loud if he knows any submissions.  Round three saw more of the same, except Ott managed to mount enough offense before being taken down to actually win the round.

After the fight, both Schiavello and Trigg had some less than flattering comments for Lashley’s performance.  Frank Trigg summed it all up by saying “So basically what [Lashley] is is a high caliber college wrestler who spent some time in the WWE [and] has crossed over into fighting without learning anything else.”  Oh snap!

Phil Baroni didn’t exactly fare much better.  Like Lashley, Phil Baroni rode out a unanimous decision over local prospect Nick Nolte.  Nolte, who controlled the fight during the standup, couldn’t stop Baroni from taking him down and couldn’t get back to his feet once he was taken down.  It was kind of depressing to watch Baroni struggle with such a greenhorn in the sport, but at this point in his career, a win is a win and that’s all that matters.

Also of note, Abe Wagner was politely reminded that not everyone he fights is a washed up fatty.  The TUF alumnus was thoroughly outclassed by Aaron Rosa before succumbing to a second round rear naked choke.  While this may have prevented Lashley vs. Wagner for a title, this may have just set up Wagner vs. Sylvia II. I’m not sure which hypothetical fight is worse.

Full Results (courtesy of Bloody Elbow)

Bobby Lashley def. John Ott via Decision (Unanimous) R3 5:00
Aaron Rosa def. Abe Wagner via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R2 0:35
Phil Baroni def. Nick Nolte via Decision (Unanimous) R3 5:00
Eric Marriott def. Willian de Souza via Decision (Unanimous) R3 5:00
Alonzo Martinez def. Aaron Derrow via Decision (Majority) R3 5:00
James Krause def. Nathan Schut via TKO (Head Kick and Punches) R1 0:41
Anthony Gutierrez def. Jon Hollis via Submission (Triangle Choke) R1 4:20

Videos of Lashley vs. Ott and Baroni vs. Nolte can be found here.

-Seth Falvo

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zing- March 28, 2011 at 6:08 am
@ Judo_Chop...

Can't help you with the search engine, but if you just type cagepotato in the address bar and then hit Ctl+Enter, that will save you from the laborius process of typing www, com, and two dots. I know my life has changed for the better since learning that trick...
rpn452- March 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm
I think it's time to see Lashley fight Tim "The Roid Monkey Killer" Sylvia. After Sylvia destroys him, Lashley should either drop the cosmetic muscle and try fighting at middleweight or stick to WWF.
RSparrow- March 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm
That was an accident but lets keep it.
RSparrow- March 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm
Bobbly Lashley is a complete fucking joke.
GistoftheFist- March 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm
Now let's see a fight between Phil Jabroni and Booby Lashley.
Bob Reilly- March 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm
Its Dana White's doing. He really hates you guys.
NukeBlast- March 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm
I bet its because one of the add was triggering virus scanners for about 2 weeks.

Cagepotato should've contacted google already.
Judo_Chop- March 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Yeah for about a week now when you search cage potato on google the actual site fails to appear (at least on the first page, at which point I cringe and add the ridiculously time consuming www and com extensions) thanks for wasting my life away CP
mDino- March 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm
baroni and lashley are both roided idiots and have too much muscle, and not enough oxygen to their brain. they both suck and probably wont win another mma fight
SethF- March 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm
1.) No idea, just noticed that myself
2.) Because I appreciate the feedback, http://prommanow.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/nick-nolte-vs-phil-baroni.jpg
scumbag- March 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm
On to another topic which I moslt likely missed the answer to. Why isn't CP a result when searched for in a search engine?
scumbag- March 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm
thank you Seth with no sarcasm I humbly apologize. you put me in my place and I appreciate the feedback. good effort all around
SethF- March 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm
It's been brought up, I figured I'd be beating a dead horse to keep posting the Nick Nolte (actor) next to Phil Baroni picture.
scumbag- March 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Maybe I missed it in a previous article that did not have enough pics for my simple mind but how could Seth miss an opportunity to cross refernce Baroni's opponenent with the star of such classics as 48 hrs and another 48 hrs.???????????
Fried Taco- March 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm
For Phil, lasting through three rounds is a win in itself.
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