french (top) edged James Krause at TFC 19. | Photo: Keith
Former King of the Cage lightweight champion Clay French
scrambled and hustled his way to a split verdict over James
Krause in the HDNet Fights Presents
Titan Fighting Championships 19 headliner on Friday at Memorial
Hall in Kansas City, Kan. All three judges saw it 29-28, two of
them siding with French.
Faced with an eight-inch height and four-inch reach disadvantage,
French (19-6) worked hard to close the distance and secure
takedowns when the opportunities presented themselves. Krause
seemed content to try for submissions from his back, threatening
with multiple guillotine chokes, and provided little resistance in
terms of keeping the fight standing. French appeared to move ahead
on the scorecards in rounds one and two, as he stayed busy, pushed
to keep the fight on his terms and freed himself from Krause’s
clutches more than once.
However, Krause (12-4) did not go quietly. The 25-year-old
Bellator Fighting Championships veteran cracked French with a
front kick to open the third round, backed him up with an uppercut
and a right cross and landed a takedown of his own -- all inside
the first minute. He then made French pay for an attempted knee
bar, as he transitioned to top position and cinched an arm-triangle
choke. French escaped but absorbed some elbows on the exit, and the
round was lost.
French, who holds a win over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 6 winner
Danzig, has rattled off three consecutive victories since
submitting to a guillotine choke from Eiji
Mitsuoka under the Sengoku Raiden
Championship banner in August 2009.
In the co-main event, 2004 Olympic silver medalist
McMann remained unbeaten and took a significant step forward in
her development as a mixed martial artist with a one-sided
unanimous decision over EliteXC
Evinger. McMann (3-0) swept the scorecards by matching 30-27
McMann (right) bested Evinger.
The first American to win Olympic silver in women’s wrestling,
McMann delivered takedowns in all three rounds, as she bullied,
smothered and largely short-circuited Evinger on the mat. She set
the tone from the start, as she timed an ill-advised kick from
Evinger, put her on the ground inside the first 30 seconds and
settled into half guard, uncorking punches and elbows to the head
and right hands to the body.
The scene repeated itself throughout the 15-minute affair, as
Evinger (8-6) could not stay upright and failed to mount much in
the way of offense outside of sporadic punches and an attempted
triangle choke. Evinger bloodied McMann and may have broken her
nose in the third round but again found herself pinned to the
canvas with no viable means of escape.
Seguin posted his fifth straight victory, as he took a hotly
contested unanimous decision from
UFC veteran Rob Kimmons.
All three cageside judges scored it 29-28 for the 35-year-old
Detroit native, who has not lost in nearly two years.
Seguin (left) notched his fifth straight.
The two well-traveled middleweights engaged in a taxing clinch
battle for much of the three-round encounter, as Seguin landed more
strikes of consequence but received a diagonal cut near his left
eye for his efforts. The spilled blood did nothing to discourage
Seguin (23-17-1), as he attacked with punches to the body and short
elbows to the face.
Kimmons (23-8) -- who was released by the UFC after defeats to “The
Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 alum Kyle Noke and
the once-beaten Dongi Yang --
now finds himself on a three-fight losing streak, the worst such
skid of his career.
Lower on the TFC 19 lineup, Joe Wilk
extended his winning streak to three fights with his one-sided
unanimous decision (30-27 all) over Willian de
Souza; Nick Nolte
Navarro by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 and 30-27);
heavyweight prospect Alex
Huddleston survived an illegal upkick to win his professional
debut, ousting Daniel
Gallemore by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25 and 29-26); and
Gutierrez remained undefeated, as he struck Cody Land into
submission with a knee and follow-up elbows 2:36 into the first