23-year-old bantamweight Brett Johns (11-0) upset the odds once again last night when he claimed North America’s Titan FC Bantamweight Championship in Mobile, Alabama.
On February 27 Englishman Liam McGeary became the first Briton to win a major MMA world title when he defeated Emanuel Newton at Bellator 134. Now, Swansea’s Johns has become the second British fighter in less than a month to claim a notable international crown.
The Welshman may finally have shaken off the underdog moniker that has followed him through recent victories against European standouts such as David Haggstrom and James Brum under the Cage Warriors banner, and on March 20, the former Cage Warriors champion produced a surprise victory once again when he submitted UFC veteran Walel Watson in brilliant fashion with a second round rear-naked-choke, marking his debut appearance in North America.
Titan Fighting Championship 33 full results:
Kurt Holobaugh def. Desmond Green, split decision (49-46, 47-48, 48-47) – Titan FC featherweight championship
Chase Gormley def. Jon Madsen, unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) – Titan FC heavyweight championship
Pat Healy def. Kurt Kinser, split deicision (47-48, 49-46, 49-46) – Titan FC lightweight championship
Andre Harrison def. Cody Bollinger, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brett Johns def. Walel Watson, submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:06 of Round 2 – Titan FC bantamweight championship
Anthony Gutierrez def. Austin Lyons, KO (head kick and strikes) at 3:28 of Round 3
Belal Muhammad def. Keith Johnson, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brian Davidson def. Estevan Payan, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Marcus Edwards def. Adam Nijem, technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:20 of Round 1
Andy Uhrich def. Bobby Cooper, split decision (29-27, 29-28, 28-29)