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ET) News Features Rankings Fight Finder All Access Pictures Forum Shop Mike Ricci, Matt Riddle Stop Fellow UFC Vets Jorge Gurgel, Michael Kuiper at Tit an FC 27 Tweet0 0 Share0 By Mike Whitman Mar 1, 2014 Mike Ricci hammered fellow UFC lightweight vet Jorge Gurgel at Titan FC 27. | Ph oto: Keith Mills/ Ultimate Fighter 16 runner-up Mike Ricci wasted no time in dispatching veteran Jor ge Gurgel at Titan Fighting Championship 27, pounding out the veteran in the fir st round of their lightweight main event from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. Gurgel hit the cage in typical aggressive fashion, but Ricci easily countered th e veteran s wild punches with a well-timed takedown. The 37-year-old would never r eturn to his feet, as Ricci controlled him from top position and pounded away wi th punches and elbows, his strikes gradually increasing in intensity and lacerat ing Gurgel across the forehead. Eventually, the clean blows landed with such reg ularity that referee Chuck Wolfe had no choice but to halt the contest, waving o ff the bout 3:57 into round one. In the co-main event, former longtime UFC talent Matt Riddle bested fellow Octag on vet Michael Kuiper in his first in-cage appearance in more than a year, submi tting the Dutchman with a second-round guillotine choke. Riddle seemed hell-bent on earning a takedown in round one, but it was actually Kuiper who put the American on his back, surprising Riddle with a driving double -leg. The judoka tried to turn the same trick in the second stanza, but Deep Wate rs was ready for him, turning the tables with a beautiful switch and taking Kuipe r s back. Though Kuiper was able to escape the position and scramble to his feet, Riddle would quickly grab a power guillotine, arching his back and driving his f orearm into Kuiper s windpipe to elicit the tap. I m extremely athletic. I wasn t expecting him to be as strong and as fast as he was, said Riddle. I really like to scramble. The second you grab my leg and give me so me distance, I m already looking for my next move. After dominating Eric Marriott through most of their lightweight contest, UFC al um Kurt Holobaugh survived a third-round scare to walk away with a unanimous dec ision win. Holobaugh controlled the fight s pace from jump street, rocking Marriot t with a hard left hook in the first frame and then attempting a mounted guillot ine. Round two would bring much of the same for Holobaugh, who used superior ath leticism to score takedowns and outmaneuver Marriott on the mat. Trailing in the third frame, Marriott managed to turn the tide with a crisp one-two that put Ho lobaugh on his seat. The 28-year-old could not capitalize, however, and all thre e cage-side judges sided with Holobaugh, awarding him scores of 29-28 and 30-27 (twice). Earlier, Kevin Croom took a unanimous decision from Bryan Goldsby in a battle of ex-Bellator talents, earning scores of 30-27 (twice) and 29-28 to pocket his ni nth consecutive victory. Though the bantamweights traded takedowns in the first

frame, it was Croom who would control the wrestling battle in the bout s final 10 minutes. Despite Goldsby s effectiveness in the standup, he could not keep The Hard Hitting Hillbilly from taking him down, a fact that ultimately cost him the figh t. Ultimate Fighter 18 alumnus Anthony Gutierrez made quick work of 20-fight pro Char lie DuBray to kick off the show s televised card on CBS Sports Network, submitting the Nebraskan just under one minute into the opening period. Though DuBray caug ht a low kick and scored a takedown just seconds into the bantamweight contest, Gutierrez met him with an able rubber guard, trapping DuBray s head and securing a fight-ending triangle choke. Bellator vet Kalvin Hackney punched out Justin Robbins at 2:12 of the third roun d in their featherweight contest, while Illinois flyweight Bill Friday locked in a third-round guillotine at 4:28 to top Kenneth Porter. In amateur action, Josh Reed punched out Jordan Casterline 42 seconds into round two of their middleweight contest, while Hannah Zeciri and Aaron Goldfield earn ed unanimous decisions over Florina Moeller and Fernando Andrade, respectively. Tweet0 0 Share0 Related Articles Matt Riddle Not Fighting for Money, Says He Could Make More at McDonald s Comments Comments powered by Disqus Top trending fighters Chris Weidman | Cain Velasquez | Ronda Rousey | Anderson Silva | Georges St. Pierre | Jon Jones Events/Fights UFC BELLATOR WSOF More > UFC Fight Night 38 Gustafsson VS Manuwa Alexander 'The Mauler' Gustafsson Versus Jimi 'Poster Boy' Manuwa March, 08, 2014 UFC 171 Hendricks VS Lawler Johny 'Bigg Rigg' Hendricks Versus Robbie 'Ruthless' Lawler March, 15, 2014 Mar082014 Mar152014 Mar232014 Apr112014 Apr162014 UFC UFC UFC UFC UFC Fight 171 Fight Fight - The Night 38 - Gustafsson vs. Manuwa Hendricks vs. Lawler Night 39 - Shogun vs. Henderson 2 Night 40 - Minotauro vs. Nelson Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale

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