Three fights, three wins. Things couldn’t have gotten better for the three Blackzilian fighters who stepped inside the cage last night. A lot of hard work went into last night’s victories and when one member of the team wins, they all feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Leading the night off was Cosmo Alexandre who defeated Harry Johnson via second round TKO at Bellator 73 in Tunica, MS. The win was the third in a row for the 30-year-old Alexandre who had lost his MMA debut to Josh Quayhagen at Bellator 52 last October. A native of Brazil, Alexandre is a decorated Muay Thai Champion who is considered one of the best strikers in the world. The fight was stopped just 39 seconds into round number two.
Heading on over to Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS fans were treated to the MMA debut of one of the more decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champions in the world as Braulio Estima faced Chris Holland in the co-main event of Titan Fighting Championships 24. Estima has won gold medals in the ADCC, Pan-American Championships, World Championships, Nogi Pan-American and European Championships. His MMA debut has been a long time coming and he did not disappoint last night.
He was scheduled to face Bellator lightweight Rick Hawn in May of 2010 for Shine Fights, but the card was cancelled at the last minute. What was Shine Fights loss was certainly Titan’s gain as Estima wasted little time in taking Holland down and submitting him via arm-triangle choke at 3:21 of the first round. Holland landed a right hand early on in the first round, but Estima stuck to his game plan and had Holland mounted and asleep with little trouble.
In the main event former UFC welterweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson made his light heavyweight debut after failing twice to compete at 185lbs. Johnson seemed light on his feet and showed tremendous hand speed and was able to take Jones down and control him on the ground. It took a bit for Johnson to inflict damage, but once he did Jones was in severe trouble, he was saved by the bell in the first round, but that was only delaying the inevitable.
As soon as the bell sounded to start round number two Johnson took the to the center of the cage and dropped Jones on his back with relative ease. From there he rained down punishment until the referee ended the fight 51 seconds into the round. Jones, a former King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Champion offered little resistance, but Johnson did what he was supposed to do and that was dominate.
There is little time for Johnson to enjoy this victory as he is scheduled to face former UFC middleweight Jake Rosholt at Xtreme Fight Night 8 on September 21st in Tulsa, OK. When I spoke to Johnson’s manager, Glenn Robinson this past week he was extremely excited at the progress Johnson has made and became quite emotional when talking about their relationship. If Johnson remains dedicated and continues to progress we should see him back in the UFC in no time.