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Two separate debuts will be made in the next Titan Fighting Championships event in Kansas City, KS. Braulio Estima, one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world and three-time gold medalist at the ADCC World Championships, is making his MMA debut at 31-years-old. He will fight as a welterweight. Also on the card is former UFC welterweight and middleweight Anthony Johnson, who will fight at light-heavyweight against Esteves Jones. Both stories were reported by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani:
Former UFC welterweight star Anthony Johnson will compete in his light heavyweight debut against Esteves Jones, while Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Braulio Estima will make his MMA debut against Chris Holland at Titan 24 on August 24 in Kansas City, KS. The card will air live on AXS TV (formerly known as HDNet).
Titan officials, as well as Johnson and Estima's manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management, confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com on Wednesday.
Of course, the opponent has come secondary to the primary opponent of "Rumble", which is the weight scale. Johnson has failed to make weight an incredible 4 times by a combined 30 lbs. For that reason alone the UFC released him after he badly missed weight against Vitor Belfort earlier this January. Johnson's 2nd attempt at a middleweight fight saw him miss the limit by 8 lbs against Dave Branch in his Titan debut, and he ended up fighting at a catchweight yet again and winning by decision. It's no secret Johnson is a big man physically, so hopefully he can actually make 205 or else we might as well just see him in openweight fights, where it's impossible for him to miss a limit of any sort.
Estima was actually supposed to make his MMA debut back in 2010 against Rick Hawn, but that was under the infamous Shine Fights event due to be headlined by pro boxer Ricardo Mayorga. When Mayorga's fight was blocked by Don King, the entire card was scrapped. Estima made headlines as recently as May when he was scheduled to face Nick Diaz in a BJJ super-fight charity event at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo in California, but Diaz wasn't bothered to actually show up.
As for their respective opponents, Jones is an Arizona-based striker with an 8-3 record, and his only notable win is Darrill Schoonover of TUF 10 fame. His fights have primarily been at super-heavyweight and heavyweight.
Chris Holland is a welterweight with just a 5-3 record, with all wins coming by KO/TKO and all losses by KO or submission. He trains at FactoryX Muay Thai/MMA in Denver, where UFC middleweight Chris Camozzi also trains.