Trisha Cicero (0-0) vs. Barbara Acioly (2-0)
The Opening bout of the night features the debut of a highly touted women’s prospect and a undefeated Brazilian muay thai striker making her U.S debut on short notice.
Trisha Cicero: Undefeated amateur champion Trisha Cicero will make her professional debut in this flyweight match up. She was scheduled to debut earlier this year in Titan FC but had her fight scrapped when her opponent was injured in a car accident two weeks before the fight. Cicero splits her training between American Top Team Coconut Creek and Ft.Lauderdale, one of her main training partners at ATT is UFC title contender Valerie “Trouble” Letourneau. Cicero was 4-0 as an amateur, all of her fights took place in the XFN promotion where she was their flyweight champion. Cicero is 28 years old and has the all around skills to have long term success on the highest levels.
Barbra Acioly: 23 year old Brazilian Barbra Acioly will step in for Angie Reinhardt who was scheduled to make her debut in this fight but tore her ACL forcing her to withdraw. Acioly may offer Cicero a stiffer test than Reinhardt, she is 2-0 in her professional career with one rear naked choke and one TKO to her name. Training with Brazil’s Team Adios she will be well prepared for a ground battle, but will stand and trade if she has her way. At 5’8″ Acioly is going to have a height and reach advantage over the majority of her flyweight opponents. She will look to make a huge statement in her U.S debut.
Preston Parsons (4-1) vs. David Mundell (6-1)
These two Florida born prospects have run through the state’s premier competitions and now will face off to see who will take the next step towards a major promotion. Both fighters only have one blemish on their records, and in both cases it was to the UFC rising star “Platinum” Mike Perry.
Preston Parsons: 21 year old Jacksonville Beach native Preston Parsons was perfect in his amateur career going 5-0 and collecting two promotional titles. He has carried that early success into his pro career, now 4-1 Parsons cut his teeth in the House of Fame promotion going 3-1 before wining his Titan FC debut via a first round armbar this past June. Parsons trains with Ludus MMA, where he assists in head coaching duties with mma veteran Billy Mitchell. A highly decorated NAGA competitor, Parsons excels in submission grappling with all four of his pro wins coming by way of submission. The future is bright for this young Floridian and if he continues on his current path he may not be far away from an opportunity of avenging his only loss to “Platinum” Mike Perry.
David Mundell: RFC welterweight champion and one of the most well known prospects in the Tampa Bay area, David “Redneck” Mundell will look to make the most of this huge opportunity in front of a worldwide audience. Mundell has been fighting since 2010 and has made a name for himself in the mma world compiling an extensive 9-2 amateur record before going pro where he won all but one (also lost to Mike Perry) of his seven professional bouts, mainly in the aforementioned RFC promotion. Mundell trains at Gracie Clearwater where he is a BJJ purple belt, but don’t be misled by his grappling credentials, he is more than a ground fighter. The 25 year old Oldsmar native will gladly engage in a standup war if the situation calls for it.
Taylor Krahl (7-4) vs. Adriano Capitulino (4-0)
This fight features a hungry young prospect eager to show he is worthy of competing on the higher levels and a lanky Jiu-Jitsu champion excited to put on a show in his stateside debut.
Taylor Krahl: American Top Team fighter Taylor “Young Gun” Krahl received the call to fill in for Hayder Hassan on less than two weeks notice and accepted this fight without hesitation. Krahl is looking to bounce back from a disappointing Titan FC debut in which he was choked out by Judoka Robert Turnquest. Prior to the upset loss Krahl appeared to be hitting his stride with four straight first round victories under the Absolute Fighting Championships banner. 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.
Adriano Capitulino: High level BJJ black belt Adriano “Pantera Negra” Capitulino will make his long awaited U.S debut after signing with Titan FC four months ago. He suffered his first defeat last month when he was submitted by TUF alum Eddy Ellis. At 6’3″ Capitulino is enormous for the welterweight division and he uses his long limbs to keep his opponents at a distance until he decides to take the fight to the ground. He trains with the Rio Fighters camp which includes fellow Titan FC fighter Pedro Nobre and UFC and Pride veteran Milton Vieira. Capitulino has the physical gifts and combat credentials to make some serious waves in the U.S mma scene.
Gesias Cavalcante (20-9) vs. Robert Turnquest (6-2)
This lightweight showcase will match up a legend of the sport with an unlikely Judo contender who specializes in throwing and choking opponents who underestimate him.
Gesias Cavalcante: Two time K-1 HERO’s grand prix champion, Shooto Americas champion, Titan FC champion and all around mixed martial arts legend “JZ” Cavalcante returns to action after losing his lightweight title to Atlanta black belt Freddy Assuncao at Titan FC 40. JZ fought valiantly but Assuncao fought a perfect fight and manage to nab JZ’s belt with a guillotine in the fourth. Cavalcante, a long time member of the famed Blazckzilians fight team, has almost zero weaknesses in his mma game. A devastating muay thai striker and incredibly slick submission artist, JZ is a scary opponent for every fighter competing at 155 pounds. Now looking to get back on the winning track, JZ may be able to earn a shot at redeeming his lightweight strap with a impressive finish in this fight.
Robert Turnquest: 33 year old judoka Robert Turnquest made the most of his short notice opportunity when he filled in for an injured Valdir “BBMonstro” Araujo at Titan FC 41. With only one week of notice he agreed to take on up and coming prospect Taylor Krahl. Turnquest submitted Krahl in the third and put his name on the radar of fans and matchmakers throughout the mma community. Even though he has a fairly small amount of professional experience, the Pensacola based fighter has proven he is a legitimate submission threat and now has the opportunity to prove himself against a legend of the sport.
Desmond Green (18-5) vs. Martin Brown (10-3)
This intriguing striker vs. grappler match up pits two guys on the verge of stardom against each other for the chance at a title shot or a possible call up to a major show.
Desmond Green: Former Titan FC featherweight champion and Bellator tournament finalist Desmond Green returns to the Titan FC hexagon for the first time since his title fight against Andre Harrison in September of last year. Green returns to the lightweight division following a few difficult cuts to featherweight that forced him to cut off his trademark dreads. The collegiate wrestler has spent multiple camps improving his striking abilities training under the guidance of famed mma coach Firaz Zihabi at Quebec’s Tristar gym. Now working with the Blackzilians to integrate his newly acquired striking skills with his already strong grappling background, this fight will serve as a highly visible platform to showcase his multi faceted skills and get him to the next step that has been so close to for so long.
Martin Brown: Unbeaten in his last eight fights Martin “Trey” Brown kept rolling at Titan FC 41, knocking out Brok Weaver in the second round of their September bout. A long time Gracie Tampa fighter, Brown is well versed in all aspects of the sport but stands out from the crowd when it comes to his technical counter-striking, takedown defense and knockout power. He attributes the drastic improvements of his boxing to training with Jahaad Wingfield, a professional boxer and coach at Tampa’s Shift MMA. The only thing holding Brown back has been lack of opportunity, now is his chance to prove he belongs in the mix with the best in the sport. Punch-Face.com wrote a profile piece on Brown earlier this year, which you can check out here: Martin Brown: The Best Fighter You Have Never Heard Of
Kurt Holobaugh (15-4) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (10-5-1)
This lightweight bout could steal the show, a flashy karate fighter and a technically sound former champion will look to get impressive finishes to get back in the title picture.
Kurt Holobaugh: Louisiana BJJ brown belt Kurt Holobaugh showed he can get it done on the feet as well as the mat in his last fight. The 30 year old former Titan FC featherweight champion made a impressive lightweight debut, outstriking ATT muay thai specialist Luciano dos Santos who he managed to stop with punches on the feet in the second round. Holobaugh was hoping for a title shot against newly crowned lightweight champion Freddy Assuncao, but is content with proving his worthiness against a well known UFC veteran like Cedeno. If he can get the victory in this high profile match up, Holobaugh would be on a very short list of guys to compete for the lightweight title.
Yosdenis Cedeno: Unorthodox Cuban Karate fighter Yosdenis “The Pink Panther” Cedeno is coming off of a draw to Jason Novelli in his Titan FC debut. Most felt Novelli did enough to get the win, including the UFC who signed Novelli following their fight. Cedeno is looking to rebuild his resume following a four fight stint with the UFC in which he went 1-3 and failed to exhibit his full arsenal of striking techniques. The Blackzilian fighter brings a dangerous, unique striking attack to Titan’s lightweight division that few can replicate in sparring. Despite going 0-2-1 in his last three, Cedeno is one or two wins away from getting right back into title contention.
Andrew Whitney (14-4) vs. Farkhad Sharipov (16-7)
Bantamweight Title (135)
This is the long awaited final of the four man tournament to determine who will take home the vacated Bantamweight title. Originally set to take place in September these two will finally settle it in the cage with the winner taking home the Bantamweight strap.
Andrew Whitney: Kansas City native Andrew “The Beast” Whitney fought his way into this title opportunity by knocking out Brazilian Chute Boxe fighter Anderson dos Santos. Whitney has put in the work to earn his title shot, 5-1 in Titan FC he has competed with the Florida based promotion since 2011 where he has taken on all comers in the stacked bantamweight division. He recently made the move from ATT to train with MMA Masters and judging by his first performance, it is a good fit. Whitney is an all around threat and has a ton of power, a marketable skill that is hard to come by in the lighter divisions and may be his ticket to the next level.
Farkhad Sharipov: Kyrgyzstan born Bellator veteran Farkhad “Frank” Sharipov punched his ticket into the finals by winning a split decision over Bruce Lutchmedial in a fight that saw Sharipov continually pressing forward and taking the fight to the evading Lutchmedial. Sharipov trains with the Gracie Barra Orlando team as well as running his own gym The Sharipov MMA Academy in Kissimmee Florida. He has an extensive professional boxing record and background in Combat Sambo making him a dangerous opponent in every position of a fight.
Volkan Oezdemir (12-1) vs. Jack May (8-3)
Heavyweight Title (265)
These behemoth brutes will duke it out for the vacant heavyweight belt in a fight where the judges will only be spectators, the chances of this one going all five rounds is slim to none.
Volkan Oezdemir: Swiss knockout artist Volkan Oezdemir will fight for the heavyweight title in his Titan FC debut. He has earned this opportunity by laying waste to his previous competition winning nine of his twelve fights via the knockout. Oezdemir specializes in muay thai striking, but has shown a finishers instinct with his ground and pound when the fight hits the mat. He has spent the majority of his career fighting at light heavyweight, but has decided to move up to heavyweight and has been working with the Blackzilians to maximize his speed and agility advantage that he will own over the larger lumbering heavyweights.
Jack May: K-1 and UFC veteran Jack “The Outlaw” May will return to the Titan FC cage for the first time since suffering a leg injury against Chase Sherman. Following the Sherman injury loss May got back on the winning track with a victory over King of The Cage champion Tony Lopez. At 6’8″ May is a enormous heavyweight who is most at home in a stand up war, but the Californian is also well prepared for a ground battle, training with legendary catch wrestlers Erick Paulson and Josh Barnett at the CSW camp in Fullerton California. If May is victorious in this match up it would be his first title and go a long way towards getting him another shot in the octagon.
Dhiego Lima (12-4) vs. Jason Jackson (6-2)
Welterweight Title (170)
The Main event pits two TUF alums up against each other for the welterweight title. Both men are in the prime of their careers and will leave it all in the cage to take home the championship gold.
Dhiego Lima: TUF: 18 finalist Dhiego Lima captured his first championship title defeating David Michaud in a grueling five round battle at Titan FC 39. Both Lima and Michaud showed unbelievable heart, but it was Lima who caused more damage and got the nod on all three judges’ cards. Dhiego had a rough stint in the UFC going 1-3, but he never gave up and after being cut by the UFC he went back to the drawing board at ATT Atlanta with his brother, Bellator champion Douglas Lima, and came back stronger than ever. If Lima can defend his Titan belt in this fight his fan friendly style will make him a sought after signing for the larger promotions.
Jason Jackson: “The Ass Kicking Machine” continued to do what he was programed to do, completely dominating Brazilian striker Rodrigo Cavalheiro at Titan FC 41. Jackson has gone 2-0 since his time on TUF representing the Blackzilians, he won the Valor Fighting Championships title in his first bout and will now look to add to the belt mantle. Jackson pushes an extremely high pace and has the cardio to back it up, if he can keep his insane work rate over five rounds he is going to be a tough man to beat in a title fight.