Titan FC 61: Sabatello vs. Ramos Play-by-Play

This article covers the play-by-play for Titan FC’s event on Saturday night: “Titan FC 61: Sabatello vs. Ramos.” Live coverage for the event can be found here.

Quick Results – Click a fight to skip to its part:

Main Card (8:00PM EDT) (UFC Fight Pass)

Bout 1: Collin Lubberts (4-1) vs. Irvin Jones (3-1) (Welterweight)

Bout 2: Joey Y’Shua def. Ryan Schwartzberg via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 4:49)

Bout 3: Christian Ynastrilla def. Philip Keller via Submission, Triang,le Choke (RD 1, 2:04)

Bout 4: Victor Dias def. Cleveland McLean via Decision, Split

Bout 5: Landon Quinones def. Geralbert Castillo via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 6: Danny Sabatello def. Raymond Ramos via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 1:56) (Vacant Titan FC Bantamweight Championship)


Bout 1: Collin Lubberts (4-1) vs. Irvin Jones (3-1) (Welterweight)

Jones started by throwing lots of leg and body kicks. He landed a good counter overhand right to Lubberts in the second minute. Both of them were fighting a very slow pace at the start, throwing singular shots instead of combinations. Lubberts was the fighter coming forward and advancing more often. Lubberts landed a counter-left hook in the final seconds that hurt Jones. Lubberts wasn’t able to follow up with anything more before the round ended.

The pace of the second round felt much like the first round where the pace was slow again. Jones was surprisingly the first to throw strikes. The fighters were going pretty tit-for-tat with striking

Jones started with a clinch in the third round, failing to get a takedown from it. Jones got hurt in the second minute of the third round, being wobbly after a few clean jabs landed. Jones was playing defence for the most of the round, throwing less and moving backwards constantly. Going to the judges, all three judges chose Lubberts as the winner (29-28, 30-27 & 30-27).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Lubberts 10 9 10 29
Jones 9 10 9 28

Bout 2: Ryan Schwartzberg (0-0) vs. Joey Y’Shua (0-0) (Featherweight)

Y’Shua landed some hard punches in the first minute. Schwartzberg got a takedown early on, getting full guard on top. Y’Shua was able to sweep Schwartzberg, trying for a guillotine when on the feet before they separated. A pause came after Schwartzberg was hit in the groin. Both fighters were throwing wailing shots when back on the feet, Schwartzberg put Y’Shua against the cage in a body lock with two minutes to go. Y’Shua got a takedown from a clinch with a minute left. He went from side control into full mount. He got on the back of Schwartzberg, trying for a rear naked choke. He eventually got the joke in until Schwartzberg went limp, ending the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 3: Christian Ynastrilla (5-1) vs. Philip Keller (2-4) (Catchweight 130 lbs)

Keller put Ynastrilla against the cage in the first minute. They separated shortly after. Keller caught a leg kick for a takedown shortly after. Despite being in side control for a moment, Keller took full guard. Ynastrilla tried for an armbar from the bottom, even going as far as extending the arm. Ynastrilla transitioned into an armbar triangle choke to end the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 4: Victor Dias (6-2) vs. Cleveland McLean (12-8) (Flyweight)

The fight opened with stand-up where both fighters landed some shots. Dias clinched up with McLean against the cage halfway through the round. Dias was able to get a takedown, being on the back of McLean on the ground. McLean escaped the position eventually. Dias worked his way back to his feet in a clinch, although McLean scored with a dozen elbows to the head in the process. They stayed in the position until the round ended, even though Dias tried for a takedown.

McLean was aggressive to start the second round, throwing more strikes than Dias. In the second minute, Dias put McLean against the cage in a body lock. He got on the back of McLean again. Dias grabbed the fence for a moment to resist takedown. They went down in the fourth minute with Dias on the back of McLean. He tried for a rear naked choke eventually. McLean endured, with Dias eventually losing the choke. The round ended with Dias on the back of McLean.

McLean landed a few good punches to start the final round. Dias tried for a takedown after McLean continued to land punches to the head and body. Dias got McLean down. They stood back up in a body lock, going back down with Dias on the back of McLean. He went for the rear naked choke again, getting the hold under the chin of McLean. He slipped out of the choke again, flipping around into full guard this time. Getting to his feet for a moment, McLean decided to go back down. He got caught by a heel hook from Dias, but when he escaped it he decided to bring the fight to the feet. With a minute to go, McLean went back to the strong striking he had at the beginning of the round. Dias got in another body lock, mounting on the back of McLean while still on the feet. The fight ended from this position. The scorecards favoured Dias (29-28 Dias, 29-28 McLean & 29-28 Dias).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Dias 10 10
McLean 9 8

Bout 5: Landon Quinones (4-1-1) vs. Geralbert Castillo (4-1) (Lightweight)

Quinones had some sharp striking to start the fight. Castillo put Quinones against the cage for many minutes in the first round. When they separated it looked like Quinones was throwing more strikes and connecting more often.

Castillo connected with a hard right-cross that dropped Quinones early in the second round. Castillo landed some follow-up punches before they got back to the feet. He continued with a flurry of strikes on the feet, but eventually Quinones started the answer back. Quinones had a series of punches and knees to the head connected, quickly turning the tides of the round his way. Castillo was covering up on the feet after getting clubbed with punches. They clinched up with just over three minutes to go. They left the clinch, where Quinones continued with punches and knees to Castillo, who had his back to the cage. Castillo tried for a takedown, but was hit with many elbows while holding the legs of Quinones. They were separated from the position eventually by the referee due to inactivity. Castillo was hit with a knee to the head that knocked his mouthguard out. Castillo went to the ground after shooting for a takedown. Quinones landed hammerfist punches and normal punches from top position, although Castillo endured until the round ended.

Castillo seemed hurt by the second round, as Quinones picked him apart with punches to the head and body. The mouthguard of Castillo was knocked out again halfway through this round by a punch. Castillo shot for takedowns throughout the round. Castillo pulled guard in the final minute with Quinones going down in full guard on top. They went back to the feet for the final few seconds of the round. Scorecards gave the win to Quinones (29-28, 30-27 & 29-29).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Quinones 10 10 10 30
Castillo 9 8 9 26

Bout 6: Danny Sabatello (7-1) vs. Raymond Ramos (5-3) (Vacant Titan FC Bantamweight Championship)


Sabatello got a takedown early in the first round. Ramos was able to get up quickly, although Sabatello stayed on his back. They went back down with Sabatello on the back of Ramos. Just like the time before, Ramos got to his feet moments after. Kicking off the fence, they went back down. On the back of Ramos still, Sabatello got a rear naked choke that made Ramos tap out. Danny Sabatello became Titan FC’s new bantamweight champion.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total

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