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Anthony Johnson Wins Light Heavyweight Debut, Attila Vegh Stops Travis Wiuff

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It was a good night for UFC veteran and former welterweight Anthony Johnson tonight at Titan Fighting 24 in Kansas City, Kansas. Making his light heavyweight debut, Johnson walked over Esteves Jones in a two-round thrashing. After coming out strong in the first with strong leg and push kicks, Johnson easily took Jones to the ground where he advanced position and held it for the duration of the first. Within 51 seconds into the second round, the referee had seen enough as Johnson rained punches on an Esteves with his back turned.

"I felt great," Johnson told commentator Pat Miletich after his win. "I still gotta get used to it. I can't just say 'Oh, I feel comfortable already'. But it's a fight. You gotta do what you gotta do to win."

This is two wins in a row for Johnson since being cut by the UFC after missing weight and ultimately losing to Vitor Belfort at UFC 142. Johnson competes next at XFN 8 on Sept. 21 in Tulsa, OK.

Also on the Titan Fighting 24 card, world jiu-jitsu and ADCC champion Braulio Estima won his MMA debut putting Chirs Holland to sleep with a head and arm triangle in the first round.

Estima came out southpaw and within one minute and thirty seconds he ended up in mount, although a few takedowns were stuffed in the clinch. Estima was also tagged a with crisp right to start the first frame. Still, after one failed head and arm triangle to Holland's left arm, Estima switched sides to the right and put his challenger away.

In Bellator 73 action in Tunica, Miss., UFC veteran and light heavyweight journeyman Travis Wiuff lost the season seven light heavyweight tournament finals to Attila Vegh in just 25 seconds due to strikes. Vegh switched stances and unloaded with an uppercut-hook combination that sent Wuiff crashing to the mat. A quick barrage of strikes finished the job just seconds later.

Also on the Bellator 73 card, WEC veteran Marcos Galvao stopped Luis Nogueira in the finals of the season six bantamweight tournament to earn a title shot against Nova Uniao teammate and Bellator bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas. The end came at 4:20 in the second round.