3 Bouts Added to March 25 Titan Fighting Championship


Eric Marriott has joined the lineup for TFC 17. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com


Three new matchups have been added to the card for Titan Fighting Championship 17, which goes down March 25 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

Headlined by a heavyweight attraction pitting former pro-wrestling superstar Bobby Lashley against M-1 Challenge veteran James Jack, the event will now feature a bantamweight tilt between Anthony Gutierrez and Jon Hollis, a lightweight attraction showcasing James Krause and Nathan Schut, and a 150-pound catchweight confrontation pairing Eric Marriott with Willian de Souza.

Sherdog.com learned of the additions Friday afternoon from a source close to the event. As previously reported, the show will also feature a heavyweight bout between “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 participant Abe Wagner and Bellator vet Aaron Rosa. Additionally, onetime UFC contender Phil Baroni will meet former Strikeforce talent Nick Nolte at middleweight.

Known as “Shark Bait,” Gutierrez compiled a 16-4 amateur record before making an impressive professional debut at January’s TFC 16, where he stopped Jacob Aiken in the first round with elbow strikes.

Salina, Kan., native Hollis also had an extensive amateur career prior to turning pro last September. He, too, competed at TFC 16, notching a third-round knockout of Brian Phillips.

Krause has been beaten only thrice over his three-year career. The 24-year-old was defeated in both of his World Extreme Cagefighting appearances in 2009, dropping bouts to Donald Cerrone and Ricardo Lamas, respectively. Though he recovered with a win at TFC 15 to end that year, Krause was again beaten in his most recent outing, falling to two-time Bellator tournament finalist Toby Imada in April 2010.

Schut rides a five-fight winning streak into his bout with Krause. A King of the Cage veteran, the Minnesotan owns all 11 of his career wins by submission.

A competitor in Bellator’s second-season featherweight tournament, Marriott is a teammate of Gutierrez at K2L Grindhouse in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Known as “The Machine,” Marriott has finished over half of his career victims by knockout or submission.

De Souza, a 28-year-old Topeka, Kan., resident last competed in August, when he earned a second-round submission victory over Travis Sveum at a local event in Missouri. DaSouza’s bout against Marriott will mark his first inside the Titan cage.

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