The weekend was filled with action for mixed martial arts fans. A number of former UFC veterans were in the cage either trying to fight their way back to the big stage or just enjoying the sport that they love. Here is a rundown of some of that action.
The Titan Fighting Champions 16 card in Kansas City had a number of former UFC fighters back in action with mixed results.
In the main event, Abe Wagner, an alumnus of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, earned what is the biggest win of his career to this date. In impressive fashion Wagner stopped former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia in just 32 seconds.
Both fighters came out the gate looking to exchange on the feet. Wagner used his quick hands to gain the advantage and push Sylvia back on his heels. Once against the cage Wagner disposed of the former champion with a power combo, leaving Sylvia face down on the canvas. Sylvia tried to protest the stoppage, but he was visibly shaken while on his feet. The former champion weighed in at 311 pounds for the fight and was on a four-fight win streak before the stunning upset by the 30-year old Wagner.
Drew McFedries was successful in his first venture into the cage since 2009. The former UFC fighter was able to defeat Gary Tapusoa by technical knockout in the third round. This was McFedries first fight since his defeat at the hands of Tomasz Drwal at UFC 103.
Former UFC Lightweight Rich Clementi was also in action at TFC 16. Clementi looked impressive during the bout; however he was defeated by Aaron Derrow who used a tight triangle choke to separate Clementi from consciousness. Throughout the fight Clementi showed how his experience played a part as he was dominant around the cage. Derrow was not set to face Clementi who stepped in at late notice due to injury.
The Ultimate Fighter season eight winner Efrain Escudero was victorious in his second fight since being released from the organization. At Rage in the Cage 148 he defeated Jeremy Larsen in the third round via armbar. Since being cut by the organization last September, the 14-2 Escudero has won his last two by submission.
UFC legend Dan Severn continues to compete at the age of 52. This past weekend he won the Elite 1 MMA Heavyweight championship with a submission victory over Scott Fraser. The UFC Hall of Famer has 97 victories to his credit and is the current holder of an eight-fight win streak. Severn has stayed very active, fighting at least three times a year and looks to continue his victorious ways.
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