On Friday night, March 25th, Titan Fighting Championships held their 17th event at Kansas City’s Memorial Hall and the fans were treated to a great night of fights featuring such names as Bobby Lashley, Abe Wagner and “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni.
But it wasn’t about the big names Friday night as two great young talents, James Krause and Anthony “Shark Bait” Gutierrez stole the show with their impressive performances; both finishing their opponents in the first round.
Gutierrez was the first of the two to take to the cage and he did not disappoint catching his opponent, Jon Hollis, in a triangle choke in the closing seconds of the first round.
“The fight was kinda crazy,” Gutierrez told Bleacher Report in an exclusive post fight interview. “He is an undefeated pro boxer so I thought he was going to stand up with me the whole time so I trained standup the majority of this camp. We fought as amateurs and he made the mistake of taking me down last time so I thought for sure he was just going to stand up with me. Then he started shooting and I got really confident and just knew it was my fight.”
Taking the cage in the very next fight was WEC veteran, James Krause. Krause wasted no time in putting his opponent, Nathan Schut, to sleep with a vicious head kick 41 seconds into the very first round.
“I feel great,” Krause told Bleacher Report following his decisive victory. “I woke up with a cold this morning but my body felt good and my training camp went good. It’s always awesome to come out and get a quick win like that.”
“I like to throw a lot of head kicks,” Krause said when asked about his method of victory. “My plan was to come out and not necessarily run from him but stay away from him for awhile and get him frustrated. He likes to shoot and he is a good grappler. I know he wanted to engage and be close to me the whole time so I had to keep some distance. When he got a little more comfortable he came into my range so I threw one and threw it as hard as I could and lucky day.”
While Bobby Lashley and Phil Baroni failed to impress Krause and Gutierrez’s stars shone bright Friday night.
Keep your eyes open because before too long both of these talented young fighters will be competing on the big stage.