Titan Fighting Championship 19 took place on Friday, July 29 from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.  The event aired live on HDNet and featured seven bouts.  The event was originally expected to feature Strikeforce veteran Bobby Lashley against former UFC combatant Eddie Sanchez, but Lashley was forced out of the fight due to injury.  Big show veterans James Krause and Clay French stepped into the night’s main event.

French claims split decision over Krause

In the main event, a 160-pound affair, Pride and King of the Cage veteran Clay French utilized his wrestling advantage to defeat WEC and Bellator competitor James Krause.

Krause entered the fight with a significant reach and height advantage against the southpaw French, but failed to find his rhythm on the feet.  French timed a number of kicks and scored single leg takedowns.

On the mat, Krause threatened with submissions, but French continually escaped the choke attempts.  A number of scrambles ensued throughout the affair, with French landing in top control with regularity.

Although Krause would turn it on during the final stanza, landing a front kick to French’s face and threatening with an arm triangle, he simply had no answer for French’s wrestling.  Two of the three judges scored the bout in favor of French, who admittedly stated that he was complacent in the third round feeling he was up on the scorecards.

McMann outwrestles Evinger

Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann used numerous takedowns and a smothering top game to neutralize the striking of Tonya Evinger.

Despite a significant experience disadvantage, McMann looked at home against Evinger.  The pair had met multiple times in the past in wrestling matches, with McMann claiming victory each time.

Evinger looked to score with spinning back kicks when the fight was standing, but McMann avoided the strikes and scored takedowns.  Working from the top, McMann prevented Evinger from mounting offense, but showed her lack of experience by inflicting little damage herself.

Late in the fight, Evinger managed to connect and bloody McMann’s nose, but the fight was never close, as McMann cruised to a clear-cut decision win.

Seguin wins war of attrition against Kimmons

Veterans Brendan Seguin and Rob Kimmons met in a 200-pound catchweight bout and battled relentlessly for the full three rounds.

In a testament to grit and their chins, the battle-tested fighters stood toe-to-toe, exchanging knees, uppercuts and body shots from the single-collar tie for nearly the entire fight.

Late in the second round, a big cut was opened over Seguin’s left eye and blood poured over both competitors.  The damage temporarily gave Kimmons a spark, as he flurried and looked to capitalize.

Seguin rebounded in the final round, landing more consistently to the body and face.  The punishment was enough to convince the judges give the veteran the nod.

Wilk dominates de Souza

Lightweight Joe Wilk got his revenge against Brazilian Willian de Souza, taking home a dominant decision win.  De Souza had beaten Wilk in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match, but Wilk’s experience in MMA proved to be too much for de Souza.

The pair battled back and forth, but Wilk landed more frequently and controlled the positioning.  As the fight progressed, Wilk showcased superior wrestling, scoring with both a single-leg and double-leg slam that enthralled the crowd.

Neither fighter truly threatened the other on the ground, as de Souza’s grappling prowess kept Wilk from finishing despite the one-sided affair.

Wilk was given all three rounds from all three judges.

Nolte takes decision over Navarro

Kansas City based welterweight Nick Nolte used a mix of striking and takedowns to take a decision win over Marcio Navarro.

A stiff jab from Nolte sent Navarro crashing to the mat early in the fight, and Nolte looked for an arm triangle from the half guard, but the Brazilian escaped.

The two exchanged kicks and submission attempts throughout the bout, but Nolte consistently landed the better shots throughout the first two rounds.  Navarro looked fresher in the final round, but could not find a finish.

The judges rewarded Nolte with a unanimous decision victory.

Huddleston outlasts Gallemore, wins debut

In a clash between heavyweights making their pro debuts, Alex Huddleston used superior top control to dominate Daniel Gallemore.  In a high-paced opening frame, Huddleston used his right uppercut to force Gallemore into pulling guard.  Huddleston pounded away from side control, but Gallemore connected with an illegal upkick from the bottom, forcing a lengthy stoppage.

Although Huddleston continued, his pace was clearly impacted by the illegal blow.  Gallemore showed his chin and heart, surviving a barrage while mounted and escaping the damaging position.  Unfortunately, he failed to mount much offense over the entire fight, even as Huddleston tired.  The judges handed Huddleston a lopsided decision win.

Anthony Gutierrez finishes Cody Land

Undefeated bantamweights collided in the opening fight of the night.  Land opened the fight aggressively, landing an early takedown.  Gutierrez used a triangle attempt from the bottom to return the fight to the feet.  Connecting with a big right knee, “Sharkbait” dropped Land and flurried with elbows and punches, forcing a referee stoppage.

  • Clay French defeats James Krause by split decision. (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
  • Sara McMann defeats Tonya Evinger by unanimous decision (30-27 x3).
  • Brendan Seguin defeats Rob Kimmons by unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
  • Joe Wilk defeats Willian de Souza by unanimous decision (30-27 x3).
  • Nick Nolte defeats Marcio Navarro by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
  • Alex Huddelston defeats Daniel Gallemore by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 29-26).
  • Anthony Gutierrez defeats Cody Land by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:37.

Photo: James Krause (L) delivers a front kick to the face of Clay French (R)