Baroni, Lashley pick up much needed wins at Titan FC 17


You can be certain that no one will ever question the heart of John Ott (8-8).

Bobby Lashley's (6-1) cardio may be an entirely different situation.

Lashley used his world-class wrestling skills to earn a unanimous-decision win over an undersized Ott in the main event of Friday's HDNet-broadcast Titan Fighting Championships 17 event, which took place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. But after looking tired in the second round and absolutely exhausted in the third, Ott nearly pulled off one of the most miraculous comebacks in recent memory.

Leading up to Saturday night, UFC and PRIDE veteran Phil Baroni (14-13) admitted his back was against the wall in his main-card fight with Nick Nolte (3-3). "The New York Bad Ass" claimed a much-needed victory via decision, but he didn't make many new fans in the process.

Nolte opened the fight with a flurry of strikes from the clinch, and Baroni appeared to be affected from the shots. But Baroni returned to his wrestling roots and took the fight to the floor each time he felt in danger on the feet.

As the fight wore on both fighters tired badly. Broni walked forward with his hands down, but Nolte could only attack in short spurts. And when Baroni could muster enough energy to work the action to the ground, Nolte couldn't escape from underneath. Baroni didn't land significant damage from the top, but his dominant positioning was enough to earn a unanimous-decision nod, 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28.

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-Bobby Lashley def. John Ott via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-27)
-Aaron Rosa def. Abe Wagner via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 0:35
-Phil Baroni def. Nick Nolte via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
-Eric Marriott def. Willian de Souza via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Alonzo Martinez def. Aaron Derrow via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-James Krause def. Nathan Schut via TKO (high kick and punches) - Round 1, 0:41
-Anthony Gutierrez def. Jon Hollis via submission (triangle choke) - Round 1, 4:20

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sheepman6 site profile image  

3/27/11 4:20 PM by sheepman6

Phil Baroni not lookin so good i would like to see him fight a decent jits guy im thinkin a guy like red schafer would sub baroni first rnd

ruger007 site profile image  

3/26/11 5:16 PM by ruger007

He pulled a Lashley^^^

Roger AK47 site profile image  

3/26/11 4:49 PM by Roger AK47

Seriously, what is up. Baroni continues to not get his cardio up. He was completely blown up in the third round. If didn't seem Nolte had alot of power left, Baroni could have been in trouble. I mean every fight Baroni has now, he has to consider it might be his last if he doesn't win. And again, he is completely gassed by the third round.

Dojosensei site profile image  

3/26/11 3:45 PM by Dojosensei

I would agree with Wren almost 100% on this, the only issue I have is the lack of respect for pro "rasslin" as you call it. I teach both pro wrestling and MMA and I'll be the first to say pro wrestling is a lot harder on the body.

justinthevikingwren site profile image  

3/26/11 3:21 PM by justinthevikingwren

 Thanks for the support guys!

Wade Hampel site profile image  

3/26/11 2:20 PM by Wade Hampel

some good fights... Can't wait to the next show

sadisticsoldier site profile image  

3/26/11 2:19 PM by sadisticsoldier

If you think handpicking a MW to fight is respectful, than you are pretty warped. I don't care what kind of shape his cardio is in, he should be fighting people his size. There was a fight just before his fight with 2 decent, real HW fighters. You really think they couldn't find him a real HW opponent? He was in the main event, maybe it should have been him fighting Rosa or Wagner. Though I guess since he is going through growing pains it is alright. Hopefully we can watch Sean Sherk vs Verne Troyer in the next UFC event. I heard Sean's been going through some growing pains lately. About damn time I say.

Jaguarrior1975 site profile image  

3/26/11 1:59 PM by Jaguarrior1975

"Technically" Bobby Lashley is a fighter, unfortunately it appears he picks and chooses his fights which I feel a bunch of people find hokey for a guy who is aspiring to become the best at what he does.  He has a huge name, therefore I believe people will always have some sort of eyeballs on him.  That being said, I don't know if he has the "heart" that a guy like Justin the Viking, Cain Valesquez, Randy Couture, Jim Miller, and the list goes on and on, of guys who make money and a career off of the sport of MMA. It just seems to me that when you have made huge dollars in other ventures (in this case WWE), then you seem to not to have the same love and "fight" for the sport that you would if you had started more so in grass roots.  I may be out of line here, or what not... it just seems that what we just saw last night was a travesty from round 2 and forward til the end of the fight.  Bobby passed guard and really didn't seem to try ANY submissions.  His GnP wasn't working effectively as it should have.  Appears Bobby is fighting in his comfort zone which is ok, but if you aren't finishing fights, people will question you when you are as pysically a dominant presence as Mr. Lashley is.

Neil Funk site profile image  

3/26/11 1:57 PM by Neil Funk

Who did he turn down? Del Rosario? I'd say that's a smart move for a beginning fighter with cardio problems. Who else? Dude is going through the same growing pains as any other fighter does, he's been hyped simply because of his former job but you can never say that he's not giving it his all. Does he deserve champion-level respect? Of course not but he's been hospitalized, beat up, got in there with other "real fighters" and has handled himself respectably as of late. He's got problems to work out but dude's been in there 7 times now, I'd say he's a real fighter.  

sadisticsoldier site profile image  

3/26/11 1:47 PM by sadisticsoldier

He consistently turns down fights that make sense, a whole lot more sense than last night's fight. Yet still he has a tough time of it. He does not take the same risks at all. He goes out of his way to not take risks. He is at the beginning of his career and handpicking fights as if it was the end of it. Up-and-comers do not selectively handpick fights. If Kansas City had a legitimate athletic commission presiding over this event, they shouldn't have even let last night's fight happen. Yet still he unloaded on that dude more than he has against anyone in the past. He is not a fighter, he is a joke. A bad one at that.