The live telecast featured a six bout main card and was headlined by a middleweight matchup featuring former Sengoku champion Jorge ‘The Sandman’ Santiago and Colorado middleweight Justin ‘The Pain Train’ Guthrie, who carried a five fight win streak into the match.
Santiago made short work of his opponent landing an inverted heel-hook submission in the first round to end things at 1:34. It was ‘The Sandman’s’ second win with TFC since his KO finish of Leonardo Pecenha last March at 1:48 of the first. That’s two wins for the Blackzilian fighter since his dismissal from the UFC after losing both of his appearances.
After the bout, the longtime middleweight talked of dropping to 170-lbs. “I’ve seen some of Guthrie’s fights and had planned for it. This is my last fight at 185 pounds. I want to drop to 170.”
The co-main event for TFC 23 saw featherweight Joe ‘The Nose’ Wilk extend his win streak to five with a quick win in the first round after landing a guillotine choke on Josh Huber.
The full ‘Quick Results’ for the TFC 23: “Fight for the Troops” main card is as follows:
Main Card (HDNet)
Middleweight bout: Jorge Santiago def Justin Guthrie via submission (Inverted Heel-hook) – R1 @ 1:34
Featherweight bout: Joe “The Nose” Wilk def. Josh Huber via submission (Guillotine choke) – R1 @ 2:09
Brandon Bear def. Nick Budig via TKO (elbows) – R2 @ 2:23
Lightweight bout: Jake Lindsey def. Jordan Johnson via Unanimous Decision.
Featherweight bout: Freddy Assuncao def. Andrew Carrillo via TKO (injury) – R2 @ 4:24
Light heavyweight bout: Wayman Carter def. Gregg Van De Creek via Unanimous Decision