Three UFC veterans captured gold on a talent stacked Titan FC 33 card, which was headlined by a featherweight title showdown between one-time UFC and Strikeforce talent Kurt Holobaugh and former Bellator contender Desmond Green.
Kurt Holobaugh outworked his opponent in a fight that went the distance, being handed a split decision nod that many felt should have been unanimous. Coming into the fight, Holobaugh – now on a five fight winning streak, including a 2-0 stint for Titan FC – made his intentions clear: win the Titan FC belt, then go to the UFC.
Desmond Green captured the belt with a unanimous decision victory over Steven Siler, his second consecutive win over former UFC talent following a 46-second KO over Miguel Torres. On his first attempted title defence, however, Green was unsuccessful but at just 25 years of age, ‘The Predator’ has potential to get back to the top.
In the co-main event, it was a battle between the heavyweight, with former UFC fighters Chase Gormley and Jon Madsen taking centre stage. In a fight mostly contested on the feet, Madsen rocked Gormley with a series of heavy shots in the first round and came close to finishing his durable opponent, but the fight ended up going the distance.
Madsen landed the most notable offence of the fight, but failed on multiple takedown attempts which may have swayed the judges in Gormley’s favour. Madsen had a lot of success in the fourth stanza and came close to finishing Gormley once again, but ultimately paid the price of leaving it in the judges’ hands after the unanimous decision was awarded to Chase Gormley. Madsen is now 1-1 since leaving the UFC in 2011.
In the third feature fight of the night, 52-fight veteran Pat Healy made it two straight since leaving the UFC, winning a split decision verdict over the then-unbeaten Kurt Kinser.
Healy entered the UFC with a ton of momentum and was scheduled to fight Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce title prior to the merger with the UFC, before defeating Jim Miller in his first Octagon appearance. A failed drug test for marijuana saw that result overturned, and Healy went on to lose four straight, leading to the UFC cutting ties with the 31 year-old.
With two straight split decision victories, Healy is slowly getting back to his pre-UFC ways, and is now unbeaten in 9 of his last 13. Kinser, meanwhile, was handed the first loss of his 10-fight career, but showed signs of promise in the five-round affair.
A fourth title also changed hands, with Welsh prospect Brett Johns defeating UFC vet Walel Watson for the bantamweight strap with a rear naked choke finish in the second round.
The full results for the Titan FC 33 card can be found below.
Kurt Holobaugh def. Desmond Green via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 48-47) to win the Titan FC featherweight title
Chase Gormley def. Jon Madsen via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46 x2) to win the Titan FC heavyweight title
Pat Healy def. Kurt Kinser via split decision (49-46 x2, 47-48) to win the Titan FC lightweight title
Andre Harrison def. Cody Bollinger via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Brett Johns def. Walel Watson via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 2, 3:06 to win the Titan FC bantamweight title
Anthony Gutierrez def. Austin Lyons via KO (head kick) Round 3, 3:28
Belal Muhammad def. Keith Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Brian Davidson def. Estevan Payan via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Marcus Edwards def. Adam Nijem via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 1:20
Andy Uhrich def. Bobby Cooper via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Robert Washington def. Luciano dos Santos via unanimous decision.