The first Titan Fighting Championships event airing on CBS Sports Network, took place on Friday (February 28th) night, Titan FC 27: Ricci vs Gurgel. The event took place in Kansas City, Kansas at the Memorial Hall, and featured a plethora of recognizable names and talent, mainly former fighters of the UFC, including a main event between lightweights Mike Ricci and Jorge Gurgel.
Mike Ricci made a statement in the main event of Titan FC 27, in his first fight since being released by the UFC, the Canadian put away former Strikeforce and UFC veteran, Jorge Gurgel in the first round via TKO. Ricci took Gurgel down early and relentlessly delivered ground and pound until the referee stepped in to put a halt to the fight in the 4th minute.
In the co-main event, Matthew Riddle returned to the sport of MMA, a year of contemplating retirement after being released by the UFC–where he competed in all 12 of his previous professional fights, in addition to testing positive for marijuana twice. Riddle made his debut for Titan FC a successful one, against a fellow former UFC fighter in Michael Kuiper, submitting him with a guillotine choke in the 2nd round.
Former Strikeforce and UFC fighter, Kurt Holobaugh bounced back from his back-to-back losses, defeating Eric Marriott via UD in his Titan FC debut.
Kevin Croom—who is set to fight Anthony Birchak at MFC 40 for the MFC Bantamweight Championship—will be going into that title fight riding a huge win streak, defeating Bryan Goldsby via UD to win his 9th straight fight.
TUF 18 contestant Anthony “SharkBait” Gutierrez improved to a career record of 5-0 with a 1st round submission over Charlie Dubray. All 5 fights have been in the promotion, Titan FC
Unfortunately the card did lose two of it’s fighters due to visa issues just days before the event, but Titan FC executives acted quickly and found replacements for those fighters.
Mike Ricci def. Jorge Gurgel via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 3:57
Matthew Riddle def. Michael Kuiper via Submission (guillotine choke) — Round 2, 2:29
Kurt Holobaugh def. Eric Marriott via Unanimous Decision
Kevin Croom def. Bryan Goldsby via Unanimous Decision
Anthony Gutierrez def. Charlie DuBray via Submission (triangle choke) — Round 1, 0:59
Kalvin Hackney def. Jeff Robbins via TKO (strikes) — Round 3, 2:12
Bill Friday def. Kenneth Porter via Submission (guillotine choke) — Round 2, 4:28
Hannah Zeciri def. Florina Meatu-Moeller via Unanimous Decision
Josh Reed def. Jordan Casterline via TKO (punches) — Round 2, 0:42
Aaron Goldfield def. Fernando Andrade via Unanimous Decision
Tags: Anthony Gutierrez Bryan Goldsby Charlie DuBray Eric Marriott Jorge Gurgel Kevin Croom Kurt Holobaugh Matthew Riddle Michael Kuiper Mike Ricci MMA Titan Fc Titan Fc 27 Titan Fighting Championships