After a successful international Titan FC 51 fight card in Kazakhstan this past weekend, Titan Fighting Championship officials have announced their first card of the 2019 calendar.
The organization returns to its home at Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Titan FC 52 on Friday, January 25 and will broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass.
Two titles are on the line to include the organization’s bantamweight and featherweight titles.
“The Speciman” Jason Soares defends the Titan FC featherweight title for the very first time when he meets challenger, Caio Uruguai. Soares, undefeated at a 11-0, won the title in April with a rear-naked choke over Luis Gomez. Caio Uruguai, 7-1, is coming off a win over Juan Villaseca, also on that April Titan FC 49 fight card.
The vacant bantamweight title is on the line when Edir Terry and Rudson Caliocane meet in the evening’s co-main event. When former champion Jose “Shorty” Torres was signed to the UFC earlier this year the title was vacated. Caliocane, 6-1, is new to the Titan organization. The Brazilian mixed martial artist is riding a six-fight win streak. Terry, 6-2, has one win and one loss with Titan. His most recent, a victory over Irwin Rivera in Febraury.
Luke Rockhold is done killing himself to compete at middleweight.
The former 185-pound champion has declared his intention to move to the light heavyweight division after teasing that same decision throughout 2018 but then ultimately booking a fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 230 in New York.
Unfortunately, Rockhold’s body couldn’t hold up and he was forced to pull out of the fight and that was the final straw to tell him it was time to move up to light heavyweight.
According to Rockhold, he had already plotted a move to 205 pounds but when the UFC came calling with an opportunity to compete on the card at Madison Square Garden in November, it was too good to pass up.
He tried to get through a full training camp while still nursing a shin injury that had hampered him for much of 2018 but the strain was just too much.
Robin van Roosmalen remembers the first time he knew, without question, he eventually had to compete in mixed martial arts.
It’s a pretty simple story, really. An easy memory to recall. The veteran kickboxer knew he had to compete in MMA the first time he hit pads with 4-ounce gloves.
“I didn’t really like the game at first, the wrestling between standup,” van Roosmalen told ESPN. “But the small gloves, that’s what really drew me to it. Sometimes in training, I’ll get lazy with the big gloves. With small gloves, you can’t do that. You don’t want to get hit. It’s a whole different game.
“I was excited and scared at the same time. I put those smaller gloves on and said, ‘Wow. I need to hit somebody with these.'”
Daniel Cormier named ESPN 2018 MMA Fighter of the Year
Daniel Cormier had one of the most dominant years ever for a fighter, going 3-0 while retaining the light heavyweight belt and claiming the heavyweight title.
Earlier this month, van Roosmalen, the only two-weight champion in Glory kickboxing history, announced his departure from the ring in order to pursue MMA full time. The 29-year-old will compete at 145 pounds.
Originally from the Netherlands, now fighting out of Hard Knocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, van Roosmalen hasn’t signed with an MMA promotion yet, but says a deal could be in place before the end of the year. end of the year.
A top kickboxing star is making the move to mixed martial arts.
Robin van Roosmalen, the first-ever man to win two championships for Glory Kickboxing, will transition full-time to MMA, his new management team Paradigm announced Thursday evening. Paradigm also represents the likes of Conor McGregor, Cris Cyborg and Glory heavyweight star Rico Verhoeven.
Van Roosmalen, 29, has won 10 of his last 12 bouts in Glory, recently losing his featherweight belt in September. The Netherlands native now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., training at Hard Knocks 365 under decorated coach Henri Hooft.
Van Roosmalen, who has a black belt in judo, is already 2-0 in MMA and boasts a 40-8 record in kickboxing. He will compete at featherweight in MMA, per the Paradigm release.
Michael Chandler was seen as a potential cornerstone the minute he set foot inside the Bellator MMA organization. In the eight-plus years since, he has done nothing to diminish that viewpoint.
Chandler will attempt to reclaim the organization’s lightweight championship when he confronts the unbeaten Brent Primus in the Bellator 212 main event on Friday at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The 32-year-old Hard Knocks 365 representative surrendered the 155-pound title to Primus at Bellator 180 in June 2017, his defeat resulting from a doctor stoppage due to a leg injury 2:22 into Round 1. Now comes the sequel. Chandler enters the rematch on the heels of consecutive victories over Brandon Girtz and Goiti Yamauchi. Should he dethrone Primus, he would become the first three-time champion in Bellator history.
Kamaru Usman entered “The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale” main event on Friday in Las Vegas with one goal in mind: to secure a title shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title. Now that the dust has settled, he appears to have done so. The Hard Knocks 365 product put himself in excellent position with a one-sided decision win over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Usman immediately looked to take the center of the Octagon and began applying pressure on his opponent, walking dos Anjos to the fence for an early takedown. It became a running theme of their fight. “The Nigerian Nightmare” handled his business across five rounds, as he succeeded at stifling dos Anjos at nearly every turn on his way to a blowout on the scorecards. UFC President Dana White indicated that the performance may have put Usman next in line for a crack at the welterweight belt currently in Tyron Woodley’s possession.
When it comes to Aubin-Mercier, he has a preferential style matchup. Yes, Gilbert Burns is an outstanding and legitimately world-class jiu-jitsu player. However, Aubin-Mercier’s losses have come when he’s not able to buy takedowns. He couldn’t take down Carlos Diego Ferreira, and as we found out, Alexander Hernandez isn’t exactly an easy out. However, even with Burns’ continued training under Henri Hooft at Hard Knocks 365, Aubin-Mercier has vastly improved his striking, possesses superior conditioning and should be able to buy takedowns when necessary. This is absolutely his sort of fight to grind out.
As for Katona, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 27 winner doesn’t really have any particular individual skills that stand out above his contemporaries. However, he is dropping down to his more natural weight class at 135 pounds, and opponent Matthew Lopez, while he may be the more dynamic party, has an awful lot of trouble keeping up with opponents and routinely gasses out halfway through 15-minute affairs. I think Katona will work a conservative game. He’s going to pump his jab, land low kicks and be the superior scrambler to Lopez. It’s not going to be a dominant win by any stretch, but Katona should be able to use his fundamentals in every round to not just best Lopez but also tire him out and take a more resounding control over the bout as the fight rolls on to earn himself a tidy decision. That’s three competitive favorites sorted for +355, which is fine money if you ask me.
Charles Medical Group Teams Up with Local MMA Fighters to Deliver Toys, Smiles and HOPE to Children with Disabilitieshardknocks365 December 05 2018 (0) Comment
Boca Raton, FL, December 04, 2018 –(PR.com)– Local professional fighters have just announced an upcoming event taking place at Broward Children’s Center on Tuesday December 4, 2018 to present gifts and toys to children who live with medical disabilities. In an act of kindness and love, UFC fighter Chas Skelly, along with Charles Medical Group, is rounding up his friends from Hard Knocks 365 to let the kids of Broward Children’s Center know that they are not forgotten. It is the goal of the fighters to bring hope and encouragement to a group of brave children who fight the hardest every day to thrive in spite of the many physical challenges they face.
“The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to give back. I know how hard it must be for these kids during the holiday season and we as a team just want to brighten this Christmas for them by ensuring they all wake up with gifts. The kids at Broward Children’s Center are the real champions. I want them to know that we are in their corner. We have their back,” says Skelly.
“When we sit and talk about ways to give back, we always circle back to Broward Children’s Center as we have worked with them in the past and fully support what they do. This year we decided on a toy drive,” says Alexia Donovan of Charles Medical Group. “Chas and I have been friends for a long time and, being the fantastic person he is, he reached out to see how he and the guys can help brighten the holidays for these much deserving children.”
Those interested in helping can drop off new, unwrapped toys to Charles Medical group at 200 Glades Road, Suite 2, Boca Raton, FL 33432 or Hard Knocks 365 at 5300 Powerline Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 by December 4th at noon.
Usman will meet Rafael dos Anjos in “The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale” on Nov. 30 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. A decisive victory over dos Anjos would move the Hard Knocks 365 standout one step closer to the title shot he covets. As Usman approaches his critical showdown with dos Anjos, here are five things you might not know about the 31-year-old welterweight contender:
1. He comes from Nigeria.
Usman was born on May 11, 1987 in Benin City, the capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria. When he was 5, Usman and his family emigrated to America in search of a better life. Despite leaving at such a tender age, “The Nigerian Nightmare” still identifies as Nigerian. Being draped in a Nigerian flag has become a staple of the brash combatant’s walkouts. Usman’s successes in the cage have seen him gain a strong following back in his homeland, where the nascent sport is just starting to take off.
2. He was a talented wrestler.
Prior to becoming a professional MMA fighter, Usman was a wrestler. He initially excelled in the sport while at school. During his tenure at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, Usman compiled a 53-3 wrestling record. After graduating, Usman went to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. There, he continued wrestling competitively. His college accolades include earning NCAA Division II All-America honors in each of the three years he was at the school. He was also the 2010 NCAA Division II national champion and a member of the University World Team that same year. During his days on the wrestling mat, Usman went by the moniker “Marty.”
To cap off this season of The Ultimate Fighter, welterweight contenders, Rafael dos Anjos and Kamaru Usman will square off in a main event bout with title implications. Dos Anjos, who adjusted beautifully to his transition to welterweight, is coming off a loss to Colby Covington for the interim title. He needs a win in this one to keep his name in the title picture. Usman has been lobbying for a title shot for quite some time now and if he beats dos Anjos, it will be impossible to say he does not deserve it. He is 8-0 in the UFC with a 12 fight winning streak as a professional.
A similar task in front of dos Anjos
Since making the transition from lightweight to welterweight, Rafael dos Anjos (28-10) has looked rejuvenated. He started his welterweight career with three straight wins over Tarec Saffiedine, Neil Magny, and Robbie Lawler before dropping the interim title fight to Colby Covington. At welterweight, we have seen crisp and accurate striking from dos Anjos despite a lack of knockout power. The huge punches have not come against the larger competition but his consistency is there. Dos Anjos has also never looked better on the ground. The black belt blew through Neil Magny to get a submission and is capable of doing so to many more.