Doing their first event since COVID-19, Titan FC returned with their 60th event on Friday night. Headlining the card was a “combat grapping match” between Gesias Cavalcante and Raush Manfio. Other than that, the show had many MMA fights. From the MMA Masters gym in Miami, Florida, USA, here’s how Titan FC went down.
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Cavalcante Becomes Combat Grappling Champion
Going into overtime, Gesias Cavalcante won the Titan FC Welterweight Combat Grappling Championship against Raush Manfio.
The fight went all eight minutes of regulation, with neither fighter landing a takedown. The overtime, which saw both fighters have to escape positions. It took Manfio roughly a minute to escape, with Cavalcante escaping in around 10 seconds.
“If it was bad for me it was bad for him as well,” said Cavalcante, addressing the slipperiness of the mat.
Hamed Wins Kickboxing Battle
A pure kickboxing battle favoured Rami Hamed against Frank Carrillo when going to the scorecards.
“I’m really happy with my performance just because of the cage, it was really slippery,” said Hamed after the fight.
Lilly Earns Chilling Knockout Win
A clean overhand right from Michael Lilly ended the battle against Kendly St. Louis. The knockout win came in the second round, giving Lilly his seventh win as a pro.
The first round was one-sided, as Lilly held St. Louis on the ground after getting a takedown.
There were some worries after the fight, as St. Louis was attended to for numerous minutes on the ground.
“R.I.P George Floyd, that’s it,” said Lilly after the fight, commenting on the recent murder of a man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, who was killed by police.
Also after the fight he asked for a Titan FC title shot, or for UFC or Bellator to give him a chance.
Lilly trains at MMA Masters, the gym which the event was held at.
Gonzalez Gets First Win
In the first decision matchup of the evening, Daniel Gonzalez got the first win of his career, bouncing back from a debut loss. The split decision came against Sal Guerriero.
“We trained as much as we could because of COVID-19,” said the translator for Gonzalez.
The match was quite based in grappling, with lots of takedowns from both fighters.
Villamil Makes Pro Debut
In a double debut matchup, Gustavo Villamil was successful, making John Birdsong tap out to a rear naked choke in the second round. The first round also went the way of Villamil, as he earned two takedowns. However, he was stood up once due to inactivity.
Arm Triangle Gives Sabatello Win
Opening the show, Danny Sabatello was able to use his ground skills to dominate Chris Johnson, ending the matchup with a third round arm triangle.
The win bounced Sabatello back from the first loss of his career, which he took back in December. The American Top Team Fighter
“Raymond Ramos, see you June 26th for the belt, b****,” said Sabatello, calling out his opponent who pulled out of the matchup initially.