Titan Fighting Championship returned with its 24th event from its familiar home of Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

The AXS TV-broadcast event featured UFC veteran Anthony “Rumble” Johnson against Esteves Jones in his light heavyweight debut. Also on the card, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Braulio Estima made his MMA debut against hard-hitting Chris Holland.

Johnson successful in light heavyweight debut, overwhelms Jones

Former UFC welterweight and middleweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson moved up to light heavyweight and easily defeated Esteves Jones.

Both men traded on the feet early but Johnson’s kicks and punches were thrown with more poise. Johnson picked Jones up for a big slam in the first minute, but the action halted once the fight got to the ground. Jones tied Johnson’s arms from the bottom and the action was stymied. Johnson was successful with some ground and pound and in the last seconds of the round and Jones appeared to be hurt. The fight was not stopped and Jones was saved by the bell.

In the second Johnson threw more stiff high kicks, setting himself up for a double-leg takedown. The fight returned to where it left off at the end of round one and Johnson slugged away at Jones who turtled on the bottom until the ref halted the action.

Estima chokes Holland unconscious in MMA debut

World renowned grappling ace Braulio Estima had a successful MMA debut, submitting fellow welterweight Chris Holland by arm-triangle.

Estima ate a right hand to start the match and he stumbled backwards. He circled away from danger and tied Holland up along the fence. Estima secured a takedown and quickly looked for submissions. Holland successfully defended an initial arm-triangle but Estima stuck to him like glue. Eventually Estima found the choke again and Holland went out before he could tap.

Davidson dismantles Devall

Taekwondo stylist Brian Davidson used a variety of kicks and strikes to finish John Devall in the first round.

The fight kicked off, literally, with both men throwing more kicks than punches. Davidson got the better of the exchanges, throwing kicks from different levels. He landed multiple spinning back kicks. Devall backed away and covered up but Davidson jumped at him with a flying knee that connected. Devall dropped to the mat. Davidson took the full mount and looked to finish with ground and pound. He postured up and landed big elbows. One last elbow to the side of Devall’s head forced him to submit.

Gibson uses wrestling, control to dominate Whitney

Bantamweight Cody Gibson showcased his superior wrestling to best slugger Andrew Whitney.

The first minute was a feeling out process as Gibson kept outside the range of Whitney’s heavy hands. Gibson tried for a takedown and pinned Whitney against the cage. Eventually Gibson secured a trip takedown near the two-minute mark. Gibson looked for multiple guillotines and d’arce chokes, but Whitney defended.

In the second, Whitney rushed forward with punches. Gibson picked Whitney up for a large slam and worked ground and pound for the rest of the round.

The third rounded opened with Whitney landing a hard right hand that stunned Gibson. Gibson returned to grinding his opponent with his wrestling. The fight continued as a grappling affair with Gibson controlling the majority of action.

The scorecards reflected Gibson’s domination.

Foster outlasts Uhde

Light heavyweight Matthew Foster outworked Matthew Uhde to take a unanimous decision win.

Foster started the fight with an explosive double leg takedown. Uhde defended from the bottom with punches and tied Foster’s left leg up to reverse position. Uhde threatened Foster with a triangle choke but he escaped back into top position. Foster briefly returned to his feet but is taken taken down by Uhde as the round closes.

Uhde began the second round with a trip takedown which Foster reversed to gain side control from the top. Foster worked ground and pound with punches and elbows but none did damage, although they scored points. By the final two minutes of the round, Uhde’s fatigue was apparent and worked to Foster’s advantage. Foster used his wrestling to control the rest of the round and threatened a choke from the north-south position but Uhde survived.

Foster opened the final frame with big shot that dislodged Uhde’s mouthpiece. Halfway through the round Foster secured a takedown. In the final seconds of the fight, Foster taunted his opponent by dropping his hands, eating multiple punches from Uhde.

The judges awarded the fight to Foster for his performance.

Stickley chokes out Vega

Featherweight Adam Stickley used his length advantage to claim a submission win over Jose Vega.

Vega secured a takedown in the first minute and held the position with little offensive attack. With two minutes remaining, Stickley rolled out from the bottom of his opponent’s side control and quickly applied a triangle choke in the transition. Not long after he forced the tap from Vega.

Anthony Johnson def. Esteves Jones by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 0:51
Braulio Estima def. Chris Holland by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 3:21
Cody Gibson def. Andrew Whitney unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)
Brian Davidson def. John Devall by submission (strikes). Round 1, 3:27
Matthew Foster def. Matthew Uhde by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Adam Stickley def. Jose Vega by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 3:20
Jeremy Smith def, T.J. Brittin via unanimous decision
Josh Pfeifer def. Josh Ford via unanimous decision
Antonio Martinez def. DeAllen Hicks via unanimous decision
Steven Graham def. Ben Louchious via split decision
Shawn Maynard def. Keith Curtis via unanimous decision
Photo: Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

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David Massey
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David Massey studied Humanities and Art History at the University of Central Oklahoma. He first found interest in MMA from the first TUF show and has been hooked ever since. He began posting on mmajunkie then submitting Sunday Junkie entries and that began his interest in writing about MMA. Through twitter David found other MMA enthusiasts and began contributing articles to marqueemma.com. He looks forward to growing as a writer and being a part of the sport he loves.