Titan FC 41: Full Card Preview

Marino Eatman (3-0) vs. Steve Mowry (Pro Debut)

Heavyweight (265)

You could not ask for a better opener than this battle of behemoths.These two unbeaten Heavyweights should set the pace for a great night of fights.One a All American wrestler and the other a decorated submission grappler, this will be an intriguing clash of styles.

Marino Eatman will be the hometown favorite and have the Coral Gables crowd on his side. He grew up in the area and began his combat career as a wrestler down the road at Coral Gables High School. Eatman is out of the MMA Masters gym and is perfect in his career thus far, displaying dominant wrestling and heavy strikes. He has the grappling credentials to do damage in the heavyweight division and in camp like MMA Masters his entire mma game should be coming together nicely.

6’9″ Steve Mowry is one of the sports more talked about prospects. The 22 year old Pittsburgh native now makes his home in South Florida training with the Blackzilians. Mowry is 7-0 in his Amateur career and has won multiple grappling competitions prior to deciding to make his professional debut. His skills are not limited to the mat, his stand up is raw, but the technical framework is solid.

CJ Hamilton (8-4) vs. Jay Pressley (6-2)

Catchweight (130)

This 130 pound catchweight bout will pit two former collegiate wrestlers who like to stand and bang, against each other in a match that should showcase a wide array of skills.

CJ Hamilton has completely transformed himself from a collegiate wrestler to a well rounded mma fighter. Fighting out of Georgia’s Contemporary Martial Arts, Hamilton has been on the wrong side of some close decisions that has slowed his rise to the larger promotions, but has put together a solid three fight win streak coming into Friday’s fights. Hamilton’s footwork with his striking is extremely impressive, especially for a guy who’s base is wrestling.

Jay “Presto Pressley is also a former collegiate wrestler turned mma fighter. Pressley started his mma journey at the Armory in Jupiter, but now trains with the kickboxing heavy Roufusport team in Milwaukee. Pressley  will bring a leathal combination of muay thai and wrestling into the cage that will make a tough night for any flyweight fighter.

Caio Uruguai (5-0) vs. Ramon Emilio Martinez (7-1)

Banatmaweight (135) 

This should be a muay thai clinic when an undefeated Brazilian takes on a rising fighter from the islands who has made a name for himself in Caribbean promotions.

Blackzilian Caio Uruguai Rocha is a lethal muay thai striker with five wins to his professional record including a win over the previously undefeated Peter Petties at Titan FC 38 this past April. Uruguai’s stand up is his strongest weapon but he has also trained in Judo and BJJ since a child and will be game in every position of the fight.

Dominican stand out Ramon Matinez will step in on short notice for Tampa fighter Aalon Cruz. Marinez has showcased lighting quick strikes and slick submissions in his seven professional victories, but this fight will represent a huge leap in competition for Martinez who will be competing in the states for the first time.

Raush Manfio (7-1) vs. Demarques Jackson (5-0)

Lightweight (155)

This will be a battle between rival gyms American Top Team and The Blackzilians, with two young, well rounded prospects who will leave it all in the ring to represent their teams and take one more step towards greatness.

Former Team Nogueira and current American Top Team fighter Raush Manfio is brutal in the thai clinch, three of his five knockouts have come from knees in the clinch, including a knockout of Luis Zequeira at Titan FC 39. Manfio competed for a spot on the third season of TUF Brazil, but lost his bout to get into the house to eventual season winner Glaico Franca. At only 24, Manfio has a wealth of high level experience and has an all around game that will make him a contender at lightweight for many years to come.

For Demarques Jackson a move from Georgia to South Florida has been a major turning point for his career. Jackson began training with the Blackzilians in March and picked up his first victory in May, following an 18 month layoff. Jackson has remained undefeated by utilizing a well rounded attack and prides himself on exposing his opponents weaknesses and exploiting them in a violent fashion.

Martin Brown (9-2) vs. Brok Weaver (7-3)

Lightweight (155)

This fight matches a Bellator veteran who has not lost a fight in five years with a newly crowned champ from a rival promotion, in a fight that will earn the winner lightweight contender status.

Gracie Tampa fighter Martin “Trey” Brown is unbeaten since 2011 and on a seven fight win streak that includes two Bellator victories in 2014. Brown is a efficient technical kickboxer with heavy hands. But if the striking battle is not going his way he is no slouch on the ground, he likes to utilize trip takedowns to set up slick guard passes and heavy ground and pound. A pro since 2009 Brown’s biggest weapon is his high fight IQ, a tool that keeps him constantly adapting in a fight to gain the upper hand.

Brok Weaver is coming off of the biggest win of his career defeating Rance Jones Jr with superior footwork and lighting quick hands to bring home the Island Fights welterweight title.  Weaver has fought at welterweight a few times but makes his home at lightweight and will make the cut down to 155 with the help of his team at MMA Masters once again and look for a win in his biggest test to date.

Taylor Krahl (7-3) vs. Robert Turnquest (5-2)

Catchweight (175)

Fight six will match an up and coming knockout puncher with a veteran judo player who has a penchant for breaking limbs, in a classic striker vs grappler match up.

23 year old Taylor “Young Gun” Krahl splits his training between ATT Sunrise which is owned and operated by his dad Roger Krahl, and the main ATT academy in Coconut Creek. Krahl amassed a 21-3 record as a muay thai fighter but has always known his ultimate goal was to become an mma champion. He suffered a few losses early in his career, but has come on strong as of late with a four fight win streak which earned him his first fight in Titan FC.

33 year old judoka Robert Turnquest will step in for Valdir “BBMonstro” Araujo on one weeks notice. Turnquest is a BJJ Purple belt and Black belt in Judo, he does not have a exorbitant amount of fights but has fought on large stages, with his last bout taking place in Russia’s premier promotion M-1. He possess high level submission skills that will end a fighter’s night very early if they have not been drilling their submission defense.

Jason Jackson (5-2) vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro Correia (18-5)

Welterweight (170)

A reality TV star and promotional champion will have his striking defense tested against a late replacement that specializes in separating people from consciousness.

Former TUF: ATT vs. Blackzilians cast member Jason Jackson began his post TUF career with a bang, knocking out 60 fight veteran Victor Moreno and collecting the Victory Fighting Championships welterweight belt. Jackson pushes an extremely high pace and has the cardio to back it up. He relied heavily on his wrestling in TUF but has been working tirelessly on his striking and it showed in the Moreno fight. Injuries have prevented Jackson from competing more frequently in the last year, a string of bad luck Jackson hopes to put behind him.

Muay thai specialist Rodrigo Cavalheiro steps in for an injured Steve Carl to save this fight from being pulled from the card. Brazilian Cavalheiro began his mma training with Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho in their native Brazil. He now trains at ATT to help round out his combat skills. Cavalho has lights out power with 14 of his 18 wins coming via knockout, a stat column he will be looking to add to Friday night.

 

Andre Harrison (13-0) vs. Alexandre Bezera (19-4)

Featherweight Title Fight (145)

The first title fight of the night matches the five time defending champion who’s wrestling and striking have dominated the field, against a veteran BJJ black belt who has submitted some of the divisions best and won consistently on a national stage.

Titan FC’s featherweight champion Andre “The Bull” Harrison will be looking to defend his title for the fifth time Friday night and hopefully catch the eye of UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby in the process. Harrison was a 2x All American D II collegiate wrestler who has transitioned into a complete martial artist under the guidance of Keith Trimble and the rest of the crew at New York’s Bellmore Kickboxing academy. He is a premier talent but his low finishing rate may be holding him back from taking the next step to the UFC. Harrison will look to stay unbeaten and hopefully get a finish that should propel his career forward to the big time.

Nine fight Bellator veteran Alexandre “Popo” Bezera will make his Titan debut in this title fight. The immediate title shot is well deserved for the dangerous Brazilian who went 7-2 in Bellator and whose only losses were  via split decision. Bezera is a BJJ black belt who will not hesitate to stand and trade in the pocket. He has been training with current UFC flyweight contender and long time friend Wilson Reis for this fight and will be a game contender for the five time champs title. “Popo”also has his sights set on the UFC if he can take home the Titan crown.

Carina Damm (23-12) vs. Kalinda Faria (17-5-1)

Bantamweight Title Fight (135)

The main event is for the inaugural women’s bantamweight title and matches up two rivals whose bad blood goes back seven years and will make for a hate fueled slugfest that will complete their trilogy. 

Carina Damm is a pioneer in the sport of women’s mma, most of her wins have come via submission but she has no issues with going toe to toe with any women. Damm has fought almost every major name you can think of in her 35 fights, winning the majority of them. But Friday night will be her biggest opportunity yet, at 37 Damm is fighting for the inaugural women’s bantamweight title and a very good chance at getting a call up to the UFC, which is pretty much the only promotion she has not fought in. If these reasons were not enough to excite the Brazilian “Barbie” for this fight, she will be looking to get revenge on Faria who held an armbar well after Damm tapped in their last fight.

This will be Kalinda Faria’s third promotional title fight in three years. She lost a very close split decision to UFC #1 contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz in Kowalkieciz’s home country of Poland and a hard fought scrap in WSOF to #11 UFC Strawweight Jessica Aguilar. Prior to her two title fights Faria was unstoppable putting together 11 straight wins in her native Brazil. She prefers to use her world class muay thai in her fights, but is no slouch with her BJJ, a fact Damm found out in their last meeting. If Faria captures the Titan FC title in a impressive manner Friday night, it would be very difficult for the UFC to not sign the 30 year old.

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