“Maybe if we leave Bobby Lashley on the poster, no one will notice that we left the ‘L’ out of professional” -The TFC Marketing Intern who worked on this poster
Are you a regional promotion that wants to get our attention? Put Bobby Lashley on your cards, and we’ll begrudgingly give you an article every time he fights. He decides to pull out of a fight for “personal problems”? Just stack your card with guys with crazy nicknames and we’ll sort it all out the next day.
As we mentioned earlier this week, Titan Fighting Championships returned with TFC 19 last night. Since the card featured a cast of relatively unknown fighters with unusual nicknames, we’re not going to do a traditional recap. Rather, we’re going to break this one down by examining which fighters actually lived up to their nicknames, and which nicknames appear to be failed attempts at ironic humor.
If you’re going to from the Midwest and refer to yourself as “The” *your name here*, you should have a few things going for you. Namely, you should demonstrate the ability to crush cans, consistent success against top tier competition and involvement in a “tattoos for autographs” scandal. Heading into last night’s fight with journeyman Clay French, James Krause was one for three (though Krause’s back tattoo may have been done for an autograph, who knows). After losing to French, Krause is now 0-3 with those requirements. Time for a new nickname, Krause.
Okay, so neither of these fighters have a nickname. But since we plugged this fight the last time we brought it up, we’ll tell you how it ended. True to form, Sara McMann used her superior wrestling background to grind out a victory. And by “used her superior wrestling background to grind out a victory”, I mean that if the Olympic wrestler was in a room with Jake Shields, Jon Fitch, Antonio McKee and Gray Maynard, she’d be referred to as “the really boring fighter who just lays on top of people”.
With nicknames like these, a quick finish is to be expected. With Rob Kimmons making his first post-UFC appearance against a 22-17-1 journeyman, one might also expect Kimmons to walk away with the victory. Naturally, Brendan Seguin won this fight by unanimous decision. Time for Rosedale to get a new reaper. And since Seguin now has as many victories by decision as he does by knockout (10), perhaps he should 86 the whole “devastation” thing.
Come on guys, Joe Wilk’s nose isn’t THAT big…
If you’re thinking you’ve heard of an MMA fighter who shares a name with that guy from Weeds, it’s because he recently fought Phil Baroni at TFC 17. He also won via unanimous decision and proceeded to not say anything completely crazy in a post fight interview. I guess “The Kansas City Person of Normal Temperament” doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Some of you may assume that Lee’s Summit, Missouri doesn’t have any sharks because it is nowhere near an ocean. While this may be part of the reason, the main reason is because fighters like Anthony Gutierrez are used as shark bait. Gutierrez made quick work of “Locked and Loaded”, earning a first round submission from knees and elbows.
Results, courtesy of MMAMania:
Clay French def. James Krause via split decision
Sara McMann def. Tonya Evinger via unanimous decision
Brendan Seguin def. Rob Kimmons via unanimous decision
Joe Wilk def. Willian de Souza via unanimous decision
Nick Nolte def. Marcio Navarro via unanimous decision
Alex Huddleston def. Daniel Gallemore via unanimous decision
Anthony Gutierrez def. Cody Land via submission (strikes) in round 1