Titan FC: 43 Full Card Preview

Carlos Hernandez (0-0) vs. Gustavo Eddy Balart (1-0)

Flyweight (125)

The Opening bout of the night features the pro debut of a highly touted Midwest prospect and an Olympic wrestler who is determined to achieve the same level of success in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.

Carlos Hernandez: Midwest rising prospect Carlos “Pee wee” Hernandez will be making his pro debut following a stellar 7-2 amateur career that included a IMMAF world championship in 2014. Hernandez has been training with his dad Carlos Hernandez Sr. since he was eight. Hernandez Sr. now serves as a kickboxing coach for his main fight team Combat-Do in Cicero, Illinois.

Much like team mate Jose “Shorty” Torres, Hernandez has been training MMA since day one making him a extremely well rounded fighter who excels in all aspects of the sport. When he’s not training Hernandez works as a teachers assistant at a school for children with autism.

Gustavo Eddy Balart: Member of the 2012 Cuban Olympic Greco Roman wrestling team and Pan Am Gold medalist Gustavo Eddy Balart will bring a level of wrestling to the Titan FC cage that few in the sport can match. He won his MMA debut in Bogata, Colombia and will now have the opportunity to showcase his skills in the stateside.

Balart is learning the ins and outs of MMA with fellow Cuban wrestlers Yoel Romero and Alexis Villa at American Top Team West Kendall. He is twenty nine which is pretty old to be starting a MMA career but if Vila (45 and still active) and Romero (39 and about to fight for a UFC title) are any indication of how Cuban wrestlers age, he will have more than enough time to find his feet in the cage.

Will Starks (0-0) vs. Dennis Malanado (0-0)

Welterweight (170)

This bout features the professional debut of one of the premier talents in the country against another debuting fighter who is looking to shock the world with his heavy hands.

Will Starks: Midwest stand out Will Starks is one of only two men (The other being Jose Torres) to win the IMMAF World Championships twice. 11-0 as an amateur Starks has fought hard to earn his title as the number one amateur lightweight in the world. When it comes to the fundamentals Starks is about as close to perfect as a young fighter can get and at only 21 he is improving exponentially with every fight.

Starks lives and trains in Colombia Missouri, he spends most of his time at The Heart of America Athletic training center where trains under long time martial artist Rob Huelett who is a big proponent of getting MMA in to the Olympics. Starks is a can’t miss prospect as he ventures out in to his professional fighting career.

Dennis Maldonado: South paw striker Dennis “Deuces Wild” Maldonado trains under Professor Juan Mott at Jacksonville’s Choke Fight MMA. Maldonado is well rounded but prefers to stand and bang if he has the choice.

4-4 as an amateur his fights have featured a few highlight reel knockouts and the former servicemen is looking to carry over that excitement in to his professional debut this Saturday night.

 

Steve Mowry (1-0) vs. Abel Valdez (0-0)

Heavyweight (265)

The third bout of night features a 6’9″ submission machine against a 5’11” knockout artist, both looking to start their pro careers out on the right foot.

Steve Mowry:  “Tall Steve” Mowry is one of the most promising heavyweight prospect in the sport. Mowry won his debut at Titan FC41 with a triangle choke, he submitted MMA Masters Marino Eatman in the third round after two hard fought rounds that could’ve gone either way.The 24 year old Pittsburgh native now makes his home in South Florida training at the newly formed Combat MMA gym under coaches Henri Hooft, Gilbert Burns and Greg Jones.

Mowry does his best work on the ground using his long limbs to catch opponents in unfamiliar positions. His stand up is still raw, but once he masters how to use his distance with his jab and knees in the clinch he wont have many heavyweights lining up to fight him.

Abel Valdez: San Antonio native Abel Valdez A.K.A Rome Diesel now makes his home in Miami Florida. The muscular brawler was scheduled to make his pro debut against Mowry at Titan FC 41 but was forced to withdraw due to injury. Now fully recovered Valdez will finally make his long awaited pro debut.

At 5’11” 220 Valdez is a physically imposing figure, his amateur record is 6-7 and he collected two promotional belts in that period. He posses one punch knockout power if he can land clean.

Mehdi Hassan (4-3) vs. Gregory Rodrigues (3-2)

Light Heavyweight (205)

This bout will feature an American Top Team fighter who will be looking to decapitate his world champion BJJ opponent who is supported by some of the biggest superstars in the sport.

Mehdi Hassan: American Top Team fighter and younger brother of TUF: ATT vs. Blackzilians star Hayder Hassan, Mehdi Hassan is looking to follow in his big brothers foot steps and make his way to the UFC.

Mehdi is the larger of the Hassan brothers and much like Hayder he possess deadly one punch knockout power. The hulking southpaw is a converted linebacker who prides himself on caring the aggressive attack first mentality into his fights.

Gregory Rodrigues: Long time training partner of Jacare, Gregory “Robocop” Rodrigues has made a smooth transition from BJJ to MMA. The 24 year old Brazilian traveled to the states the first time this past year to help Vitor Belfort train to fight Gegard Moussasi. While working with Vitor, Rodrigues met Rashad Evans who has taking him under his wing and helped sponsor his MMA career.

Rodrigues is aggressive as a striker and looks to constantly pressure his opponent in order to set up the take down where he really flourishes. Once on the mat he will have a distinct advantage over nearly any light heavyweight.

Anderson Hutchinson (5-1) vs. Bruce Lutchmedial (5-2)

Bantamweight (135)

Anderson Hutchinson: Long considered the best amateur featherweight in Florida Anderson Hutchinson has now carried that hype over to his pro career. Hutchinson has been away from the cage for over a year and will make his return as a bantamweight and finally get the opportunity to be the larger man come fight night.

Hutchinson’s bread and butter is his BJJ and his stand up has steadily improved over the past few years under boxing coach Pete White. Of his four pro victories only one was a stoppage a stat Hutchinson is dead set on improving in 2017.

Bruce Lutchmedial: Canadian striker Bruce “The Iron Lion” Lutchmedial lost a controversial split decision in his last fight to current bantamweight champion Farkhad Sharipov at Titan Fc40. Lutchmedial has been training at American Top Team since the age of 13 and has paid his dues in the fight game.

Lutchmedial prides himself on his stand up fighting abilities, but being a veteran of the sport since 13 he is more than capable on the mat. He is the “new breed” of fighter that will usher the sport into the next era.

Raush Manfio (8-1) vs. Matt Frevola (4-0)

Lightweight (155)

Raush Manfio: Former Team Nogueira and current American Top Team fighter Raush Manfio scored his second knockout in Titan FC when he TKO’ed previously unbeaten fighter Demarques Jackson with elbows on the ground at Titan FC 41.

Manfio is an expert in the thai clinch and has pinpoint accuracy with his deadly knee attacks. At only 24 years of age, expect big things to come from this rising lightweight prospect.

Matt Frevola: See Prospect Profile: Matt Frevola

Valdir Araujo (16-7) vs. Preston Parsons (5-1)

Welterweight (170)

The seventh bout will feature two high level BJJ fighters whose grappling skills may cancel each other out and force them to battle it out on the feet.

Valdir Araujo: Alumni of TUF ATT vs. Blackzilians “BBmonster” Valdir Araujo now trains mainly with Blackhouse Miami. Araujo was not offered a UFC contract after the show and has gone 2-2 headlining shows across the country, competing in some memorable back and forth battles.

Araujo has the grappling prowess to control and ride out decisions on almost any opponent, but the 32 year old fighter often goes out on his shield attempting to finish fights. It’s rarely said but Araujo would be smart to implement a more cautious grappling heavy game plan to string together a few wins and get a UFC contract.

Preston Parsons: 21 year old Jacksonville Beach native Preston Parsons pulled off his second thrilling submission victory in Titan FC when he armbared David Mundell a little over a month ago at Titan 42. 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 five of his pro wins coming by way of submission. He is a young hungry fighter whose 100% finishing rate has him on the door step of the UFC. Parsons only loss professional or amateur was to now UFC star “Platinum” Mike Perry, a fight he would love to avenge.

Caio Uruguai (6-0) vs. Michel Quinones (7-1)

Featherweight (145)

Titan FC President Jeff Aronson recently announced in a interview with MMA journalist James Lynch that this fight would be a title eliminator and the winner would take on a yet to be announced “big named fighter” for the featherweight belt that was recently vacated after departure of long time champion Andre Harrison.

Caio Uruguai: Former Blackzilian Caio Uruguai who now trains at CSMMA is a lethal muay thai striker with five wins to his professional record including two Titan wins over Peter Petties and Ramon Martinez. 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.

The 23 year old Undefeated Brazilian is one of the top young featherweights in the country. A win here would move him one step away from becoming Titan FC featherweight champion, which would would be a huge leap towards the ultimate goal of getting a UFC contract.

Michel Quinones: Bellator veteran Michel “El Capo” Quinones is coming off of his biggest win to date a first round head kick knockout to TUF veteran Billy Quarantillo. Quinones is riding a four fight win streak all of which have been first round stoppages. Of his seven professional victories only one has gone the distance.

The American Top Team Fighter is proud to be one of the few MMA representatives of Colombia, where both of his parents were born. Quinones believes his technical striking and strong take down defense will be enough to get him the W in this featherweight title eliminator match up.

 

Jose Torres (3-0) vs. Pedro Nobre (18-2-2-1)

Flyweight Title Fight

This title fight will feature a young champion attempting his first title defense against a battle tested UFC veteran that has the punching power to end fights in a hurry.

Jose Torres: The most decorated amateur fighter in MMA history Jose “Shorty” Torres looks to defend his flyweight strap for the first time. Torres and under card fighter Will Starks are the only men to win the IMMAF World Championships twice. His 25-0 amateur career has laid the foundation for his immediate success as a professional.

Torres called out the battle tested UFC vet Nobre because he believes a win over an experienced fighter like Nobre will prove to himself that he is ready for the UFC. The jovial 24 year old champion’s potential is limitless, his personality and fighting style make him a terrific candidate to be MMA’s next mega superstar.

Pedro Nobre: Brazilian Top Team stand out Pedro “The Rock” Nobre possesses dangerous knockout power and over eight years of experience against high level flyweight and bantamweight opponents. The battle tested 30 year old has seen it all in the fight game is hungry to get back to the UFC and prove his critics wrong.

In 2013 Nobre accepted a short notice fight to take on the much larger Iuri Alcantara at bantamweight. The fight ended in a controversial no contest when Nobre was unable to continue due to questionable shots to the back of his head. Many labeled Nobre a quitter including former boss Dana White who tweeted that Nobre was “a great actor”. This bizarre incident has added fuel to Nobre’s fire to prove to his former boss and the fans that he is a true warrior and ready to compete with the best in the sport.

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