On Friday, June 7, Titan Fighting Championships returned to the Marshall Army Airfield at Fort Riley, Kan. to host the 25th event in the promotion’s history.

Headlining the ‘Fight for the Troops 2′ card was former WWE superstar and Kansas native Bobby Lashley locking horns with Kevin “Concrete” Asplund. Lashley (7-2) last fought in May of 2012 as he was defeated by James Thompson by unanimous decision, while Asplund (15-4) came in looking to bounce back after three-straight defeats.

Another five bouts took place on the main card, including a battle of unbeaten Jake Lindsey and Zach Freeman, Brian Davidson taking on Jesus Adame, Aaron Derrow squaring off with Marcio Navarro, Zach Hubbard vs. Jeimeson Sudino, and Gregg Van De Creek vs. Kirk Grinlinton.

The action was broadcast live and free on AXS TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

Lashley submits Asplund

In the main event of the evening, Bobby Lashley and Kevin Asplund stepped inside the cage for a three-round heavyweight battle.

Lashley shot in for a single-leg takedown seconds into the fight, and immediately mounted Asplund. However, Asplund used the cage to work his way back to his feet, but was then taken back down to the mat. Lashley smothered Asplund while in side control, with Asplund unable to break away. Lashley landed many elbows to the face of Asplund, then switched to full mount as the opening round ended.

Asplund tried to put together some type of offense, but once again taken down by Lashley. Lashley stepped over to mount once again, and accomplished what he wanted which was a submission victory.

The americana submission lock forced Asplund to tap at 1:23 of the second round.

Lindsey knocks out Freeman

With both holding a record of 7-0, Jake Lindsey and Zach Freeman squared off in the co-main event to determine who would keep their undefeated record intact.

Both men felt one another out to begin the fight, with both mixing up their attacks. Lindsey clipped Freeman with an overhand right, which dropped Freeman, and followed up with punches on top to force the referee to stop the fight.

The stoppage came at 2:31 of the opening round, giving Lindsey his eighth professional victory.

Davidson outworks Adame to earn decision

Jesus Adame was unable to make weight the day prior to the event, but Brian Davidson said the fight must go on as the two stepped inside the cage on Friday.

Davidson, who is known for his kicks, looked for opportunities to land them as the fight began. Davidson worked his kicks well, mixing them up high and low, but landed one below the belt on Adame to cause a break in the action. The two went back to work, and Adame showed some offense by winding up on top of his opponent. However, Davidson reversed the position to take the back of Adame, but the stronger Adame was able to power out to escape trouble.

In the second round, Adame came out aggressive by coming forward, but was met with a front kick by Davidson. It did not affect Adame though as he continued to press hoping to land his big right hand. Davidson stuck with his game plan of changing up his kicks, while also looking to counter attack.

Adame appeared to slow down as the fight went to the third round, which allowed Davidson to earn a key takedown. While in side control, Davidson tried to trap the arms of Adame to make it easier to land shots on top. As Adame escaped, Davidson control the back of Adame until the final bell sounded.

Davidson earned a unanimous decision, while no scores were announced.

Saudino stops Hubbard via triangle choke

Jeimeson Saudino put his four-fight winning streak on the line against late replacement Zach Hubbard in a flyweight contest.

Hubbard came out quickly to begin round one, but was met with a spinning back kick to the ribs by Saudino. After pressing Hubbard against the cage, Saudino continued to throw heavy shots that stunned Hubbard, but Hubbard answered back to turn it into a slugfest. When the fight hit the mat, Saudino locked up a triangle choke from the bottom., forcing a bloody Hubbard to tap out.

The finish came at 2:41 of the first round, improving his record to 7-1.

Van De Creek submits Grinlinton

Gregg Van De Creek and Kirk Grinlinton went to battle next in a heavyweight collision.

Grinlinton put the pressure on Van De Creek as soon as the opening round began, and earned a big takedown after pressing his opponent against the cage. However, Van De Creek used his long legs to lock up a triangle choke from the bottom to force Grinlinton to tap out.

The tap came at 2:06 of the first round, giving Van De Creek his first professional win.

Navarro edges out Derrow

In the opening bout of the evening, Aaron Derrow took on Marcio Navarro in a three-round contest.

Derrow came out of the gates looking to press Navarro against the cage, working to secure a takedown in the first round. Once he put Navarro on his back, Derrow land some strikes until Navarro returned to his feet. However, a scramble allow Derrow to wrap his long legs around the back of his opponent and land punches to Navarro’s head, but could not secure a choke as the round ended.

Navarro opened the second round by looking to keep the fight standing to trade with Derrow, and hurt Derrow with punches. As the round progressed, Navarro became more and more confident with his strikes as they continued to land, evening the score.

Derrow attempted a takedown to begin the third and final round, but Navarro fought it off well to remain standing. Both men went back and forth with strikes, with neither fighter having a true edge. Navarro appeared to land the harder punches, but a late takedown by Derrow made the fight a close one to score.

In a split decision verdict, Navarro edged out Derrow to earn the win.


Bobby Lashley def. Kevin Asplund by submission (americana). Round 2, 1:23
Jake Lindsey def. Zach Freeman by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:31
Brian Davidson def. Jesus Adame by unanimous decision
Jeimeson Saudino def. Zach Hubbard by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 2:41
Gregg Van De Creek def. Kirk Grinlinton by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 2:06
Marcio Navarro def. Aaron Derrow by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Photo: Bobby Lashley (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

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