On Saturday, June 20th Cage Titans returns to Plymouth Memorial Hall hot off the heels of its sold-out, attendance setting record event at the venue back in April. Over those years, Cage Titans has truly set the bar in New England for having the very best amateurs competing on their shows and for their titles, and this fight card will be no different. Undefeated, #1 ranked 155lb fighter, Don Shainis is coming in fresh after winning the Cage Titans lightweight title last event and with a quick turn-around, will be defending his belt this night. Shainis’ strength is that he is a dominant and aggressive wrestler and likes to wear down his opponents down by dragging them to the mat and deliver brutal ground n pound. Standing across from him, trying to take the title, will be #1 contender, submission specialist, Jacob Weeks. Weeks was also victorious last event, securing himself the title shot, and picked up the win via rear-naked choke, which was his 3rd choke sub in as many victories. Weeks has no problem with the fight going to the ground and his high level jiu-jitsu should level the playing field against the wrestler, if and when it goes there.

The vacant 135lb amateur title will also be up for grabs fight night. #1 ranked and undefeated 135lb fighter, ‘Ill’ Will Smith will battle it out with #1 ranked 125lb fighter, Kris Moutinho. Smith finds himself sitting atop the divisional rankings and will be looking to add another belt around his waist, as he has already won the 135lb Warrior Nation promotional title. As for Moutinho, he too will be looking to add a second championship to his resume, as the Cage Titans’ 125lb champion goes up in weight with hopes of becoming a two division champ. Both these fighters have essentially cleaned out their divisions and with no one left to challenge them, they turn their sights on each other!

And in the final title fight of the night, #1 ranked, Cage Titans 185lb champion Pat McCrohan takes on challenger, #1 ranked 205lber Sean Evans. After cleaning out the light heavyweight division and coming out undefeated, Evans drops in weight with his eyes on the belt which has barely had time to get warm around McCrohan’s waist.  Both fighters fought on the last event and backstage before McCrohan made his way to the cage for his title fight, Evans essentially told him, “I know you are going to win and after you do, I want first shot at your title.” Well, McCrohan kept his undefeated record intact and went on to win the belt in what many were calling ‘Fight of the Year’. After the 5 round war, in his post fight interview McCrohan welcomed Evans’ challenge, he was also victorious earlier in the evening, and he was brought into the cage to set-up up the showdown.

Also in action, former amateur champion Manny Bermudez making his pro debut,  Joe Giannetti and Billy Keenan squaring off for the #1 contender spot in the 145lb division, 2 females match-ups, fan favorite Max Barrett and ‘the unpredictable one’ Sean Lally. Be sure to follow along on the Cage Titans FC Fan Page for those fight announcements as well as specific match-up highlights, new fights added to the card and fighter interviews, each and every day leading up the event.

 

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XXIII Recap


April 22nd, 2015

This past Saturday night, Plymouth Memorial Hall played host to a sold-out capcity crowd for Cage Titans: XXIII. The fans came out in droves for this stacked fight card, top to bottom, featuring some of New England’s most beloved and talented fighters. The night started out with a bang, pitting two 125lb amateurs, both making their cage debuts against one another, in what ended up turning-out to be the Fight of the Night winner for the undercard. As for the main card, it kicked off with the crowning of a new 155lb amateur champion when Don Shainis stopped his opponent via TKO in the beginning stages of the 4th round. Next up, 145lb ammy champion Jeff Perez cemented himself as #1 in New England and was successful in defending his title by defeating challenger Mark Cardarelli. Cardarelli, though coming up short, surprised many spectators and won some new fans with the amount of heart he showed in battle at the age of 42. And in what many afterwards were calling Fight of the Year, Shane Mulligan and Pat McCrohan went toe to toe and bell to bell in an absolute war. Picking up the decision and 185lb amateur title was McCrohan, but this was simply one of those bouts that no one came out a loser. And finishing up the title fights was pro 145lb champ, Frank Sforza showing off his wrestling dominance by winning via ref stoppage with 1 second left in the 4th round. In our final pro match-up of the night, Andy Aiello silenced the crowd before sending them home with beautiful head, body, head combination dropping his opponent and picking up the TKO victory. Below please find results of all the fights as well as various media outlets that covered the event.

UNDERCARD FIGHTS

Fight 1: 125lb AM – Nick Amendola (0-0, Speed School MMA) vs Nirav Modi (0-0, MassBJJ)
WINNER AMENDOLA VIA UD

Fight 2: 155lb AM – Jim McSweeny (1-1, Team Link) vs Chris Mehu (1-1, Gate City MMA)
WINNER MEHU VIA TKO RD 1

Fight 3: 125lb AM – Jessie Pires (1-6, Team BKJA) vs Miguel Trinadad (0-0, TriForce)
WINNER TRINADAD VIA GUILLOTINE RD1

Fight 4: 180lb AM – Steve Young (0-0, FightZone) vs Myles Reid (1-5, Indy)
WINNER YOUNG VIA GUILLOTINE RD1

Fight 5: Hyw AM – Gravin Guillen (2-1, Indy) vs Jeff Soivilien (1-2, Boston Muay Thai)
WINNER SOIVILIEN VIA TKO RD1

Fight 6: 145lb AM – Timothy Cenabre (Speed School MMA) vs John Douma (0-0, TriForce)
WINNER DOUMA VIA RNC RD1

Fight 7: 160lb AM – Derek Peterson (0-3, Gillett’s MMA) vs Rob Moser (0-2, Redline)
WINNER PETERSON VIA DECISION

Fight 8: 155lb AM – Jimmy MacDonald (1-1, FightZone/Lauzon) vs Jimmy Bruce (1-1, Upstate BJJ)
WINNER BRUCE VIA DECISION

Fight 9: 120lb AM – Randi Beth Knowles (1-0, Youngs) vs Danielle Hindley (0-0, SSSF)
WINNER HINDLEY VIA ARMBAR VIA RD1

Fight 10: 205lb AM – Yorgan De Castro (2-1, Lauzon MMA) vs Sean Evans (2-0, Simmler BJJ)
WINNER EVANS VIA DECISION

Fight 11: 135lb AM – Arslan Otciev (2-1, K Dojo) vs Max Barrett (4-4, GFMMA)
MAJORITY DRAW

Fight 12: 155lb AM – Devin Carrier (2-1, Lauzon MMA) vs Jacob Weeks (2-1, SBG East)
WINNER WEEKS VIA RNC RD2

MAIN CARD

Amateur 155lb Lightweight Title Fight (Vacant)

Alex Ortiz (2-0, Renzo Gracie CT) vs Don Shainis (3-0, Victory)
WINNER SHAINIS VIA TKO RD4

Amateur 145lb Featherweight Title Fight

Mark Cardarelli (3-1, Rivera Athletics) vs Champion Jeff Perez (5-2, SBG East)
WINNER PEREZ VIA DOCTOR STOPPAGE BEFORE RD5

Amateur 185lb Middleweight Title Fight (Vacant)

Pat McCrohan (3-0, Gillett’s MMA) vs Shane Mulligan (2-0, CCFA/GFMMA)
WINNER MCCROHAN VIA UD

Pro 145lb Featherweight Title Fight

Taylor Trahan (5-2, Team Link) vs Champion Frank Sforza (4-0, SSSF)
WINNER SFROZA VIA TKO RD4

Pro 145lb Featherweight Fight

Scott Gorgone (1-0, MassBJJ) vs Manny Torres (2-3, Kipp’s)
WINNER GORGONE VIA KIMURA RD1

Pro 170lb Welterweight Fight

Addison O’Neil (1-3, DCNU) vs Sean Lally (2-1, GFMMA)
WINNER LALLY VIA TKO RD 1

Pro 125lb Flyweight Fight

Andy Aiello (2-1, Lauzon MMA ) vs Remo Cardarelli (4-1, Rivera Athletics)
WINNER AIELLO VIA TKO RD1

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AWARDS

Amateur SUB of the Night

Danielle Hindley

Amateur Fight of the Night

Nick Amendola vs Nirav Modi

(T)KO of the Night

Chris Mehu

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MEDIA

Photography – CrossFace Productions

Video – Courtesy of ProVizion Video

Reviews

WesternmassMMA.com – Review and Results

Mass-MMA.com – Review and Results

Wicked Local – Cage Titans 23

 

On Saturday, April 18th Cage Titans heads back to Plymouth Memorial Hall for its second event of the year. The fight card will be headlined by the long awaited showdown between 145lb champion Frank Sforza defending his title against Taylor Trahan. This fight has been 6 months in the making and both fighters are itching to get inside the cage with one an other. Back at the event in August, following an impressive Sforza 1st round victory, the two were brought inside the cage to announce the title fight but unfortunately scheduling conflicts and injuries prevented the bout from taking place…Untill now!  Sforza, a dominate wrestler with a smothering ground game, typically likes to get the fight to the mat quickly and finish his foes there, as 5 out of his 7 career victories have come by way of either ground and pound stoppage or submission. As for Trahan, he is also known for his ground work, but more as strictly a submission specialist, and the BJJ purple belt has won via submission in 8 out of his 11 career wins.  Being a title fight we are scheduled for 5 rounds but needless to say, these guys rarely go to the judges so expect a ton of action and someone being finished in exciting fashion!

In the Co-Main Event, top ranked flyweights #1 Remo Cardarelli and #4 Andy Aiello will battle it out for the top spot in the region. Lauzon MMA’s Aiello has been around this sport for a very long time, having his first fight 12 years ago back in 2002. Over a long career, he has molded himself into a complete fighter capable of competing no matter where the fight ends up. As for Cardarelli, he is the young lion in this match-up and will be looking to knock-off the tough veteran. Cardarelli is what you would call the new breed of MMA fighter, one that has no specific background, and trains all aspects of MMA as one art. Pound for pound you will not find two better or more complete fighters than these guys and this easily has the making of Fight of, not only the night, but the year!

Highlighting the amateur action will be the two best Middleweights in New England facing-off for the vacant Cage Titans 185lb title, with Shane Mulligan and Pat McCrohan going to battle.  These two have been on a collision course since they first started competing at Cage Titans and it was only a matter of time before they squared off inside the cage. Both guys undefeated, both guys huge for the weight and both guys accomplished wrestlers…These fighters could not match-up any more evenly so its truly anyone’s belt and it may come down to simply who wants it more!

Also in action, fan favorite Peter Barrett, ‘Mr Fight of the Night’ Devin Carrier, the pro debut of Manny Bermudez and defending amateur champ Jeff Perez, all in match-ups soon to be released. Be sure to follow along on the Cage Titans FC Fan Page for those announcements as well as specific match-up highlights, new fights added to the card and fighter interviews, each and every day leading up the event.

 

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XXII Recap


January 29th, 2015

This past Saturday night, New England fight fans braved the stormy, wintery mix to head out to Plymouth Memorial Hall for Cage Titans XXII, the first event of 2015. Feeding off the energy of the crowd, the fighters responded and put on an extremely memorable night of fights. On the Undercard, Devin Carrier once again stole the show picking up the win via TKO, as well as ‘Fight of the Night’  for the third time in as many fights. As for the Main Card, ‘And Still’ was the theme, as out of the 4 title fights only the 145lb title changed hands. And in the final two fights of the night, both fights lived up to the hype and in the Co-Main event New England’s two most feared strikers, Chip Moraza-Pollard and Ralph Johnson stood toe to toe trading leather and in the Main Event, Johnny Cupcakes showed killer instinct stopping his opponent in the 2nd with a barrage of strikes on the ground.  Below please find results as well as various media outlets that covered the event.

UNDERCARD FIGHTS

FIGHT 1: 135lb AM – Andres Rodriguez (2-0, Sityodtong) vs Will Smith (1-0, DCNU)
WINNER SMITH VIA UD

FIGHT 2: 145lb AM – Jose Rustrian (2-4, Boston Combat) vs David Espino (2-2, Team Trifecta)
WINNER ESPINO VIA RNC RD2

FIGHT 3: 125lb AM – Brendon Stephenson (0-1, Team BKJA) vs Robby Fraser (0-1, SSSF)
WINNER FRASER VIA UD

FIGHT 4: 145lb AM – Chris Labbe (0-0, Team Anubis) vs Devin Carrier (1-1, Lauzon MMA)
WINNER CARRIER VIA TKO RD2

FIGHT 5: 155lb AM – Mark Cardarelli (2-1, Rivera Athletics) vs Angel Rodriguez (0-1, Boston Combat)
WINNER CARDARELLI VIA RNC RD1

FIGHT 6: 125lb PRO – Anthony Carmenatty (0-4, Independent) vs Nick Iaciofano (0-0, USMMA)
WINNER IACIOFANO VIA TKO RD1

FIGHT 7: 180lb PRO – Sean Lally (1-1, CCFA) vs Tunde Odomusu (2-2, Independent)
WINNER LALLY VIA RNC RD1

MAIN CARD

Amateur 170lb Welterweight Title Fight

Carlos Correia (3-0, DCNU) vs Champion Paul Gaffney (4-1, Team Link)
WINNER GAFFNEY VIA UD

Amateur 155lb Lightweight Title Fight

Billy Connors (3-0, Boston Muay Thai) vs Champion Jim Manning (5-2, CCFA)
WINNER MANNING VIA RNC RD2

Amateur 145lb Featherweight Title Fight

Jeff Perez (4-2, SBG East) vs Champion Ricky Proctor (4-1, Lauzon MMA)
WINNER PEREZ VIA DOCTOR STOPPAGE BEFORE RD4

Amateur 135lb Bantamweight Title Fight

Max Barrett (4-3, CCFA) vs Champion Manny Bermudez (6-1, SSSF)
WINNER BERMUDEZ VIA RNC RD2

Pro 185lb Middleweight Fight

Ralph Johnson (9-12, FAF/Wai Kru) vs Chip Moraza-Pollard (8-7, CCFA)
WINNER MORAZA-POLLARD VIA RNC RD1

Pro 130lb Catchweight Fight

Billy Giovanella (8-2, Connors MMA ) vs Johnny Campbell (10-5, SSSF)
WINNER CAMPBELL VIA TKO RD2

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AWARDS

Amateur SUB of the Night

Mark Cardarelli

Amateur Fight of the Night

Devin Carrier vs Nick Labbe

(T)KO of the Night

Nick Iaciofano

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MEDIA

Photography – RichO’s Photography

Video – Courtesy of ProVizion Video

Reviews

WesternmassMMA.com – Review and Results

Mass-MMA.com – Review and Results

Wicked Local – Into the Sunset (Jim Manning) & Chip Pollard Unbeaten

 

Cage Titans XXII Announced


December 23rd, 2014

On Saturday, January 24th Cage Titans returns to Plymouth Memorial Hall to kick 2015 off with a bang!  The Main Event will feature a 5 round showdown between two of the hottest fighters right now in New England, when Johnny ‘Cupcakes’ Campbell battles it out with Billy ‘The Wolverine’ Giovanella. Cupcakes (10-5) is coming in off an outstanding 2014 going 5-0 on the year while Giovanella (8-2) comes in on a 4 fight win streak himself, 3-0 in 2014. Both guys plan on starting the new year off right where they left off and look at the other as just another obstacle on their way to the next level!

In the co-main event two of the best strikers in New England will stand toe to toe inside the cage when Chip Moraza-Pollard takes on Ralph Johnson. Chip, nicknamed ‘The Surgeon’ for his precision striking, is known for picking apart any opponent that dare stands with him. As for Johnson, he is the definition of a power striker, throwing everything with ill intentions, with all 9 of his pro victories coming by way of knock-out. Truly a ‘Fight for the Fans’ that has been years in the making and one you will not want to blink during.

In addition, four Cage Titans’ amateur champions will all be defending their titles on this night. First up, 170lb champion Paul Gaffney faces challenger Carlos Correia. Gaffney won the title in a 5 round absolute war from Correia’s teammate back in August. That night in the cage the belt was barely strapped around his waist before Correia, who was cornering, immediately asked for a shot at the new champ. These two will battle it out to see if the belt is going back to DCNU or staying with Team Link NH?

Next up, 155lb champion Jimmy Manning takes on challenger Billy Connors. The Champ Manning, a BJJ wiz, is coming in off back to back, impressive submission victories while picking up the title belt along the way. As for Connors, the Muay Thai specialist, is coming in off stunning consecutive 1st round KO wins, one in 9 seconds and the other in 20 seconds! This is the classic striker verse grappler match-up, what style will be victorious?

In a fight the fans have been waiting for, 145lb champion Ricky Proctor takes on top contender Jeff Perez. Proctor has heavy hands with an extensive wrestling background and uses that style to make quick work of his opponents, ending all but 1 of his fights in the 1st round. As for Perez, the Marine veteran is as tough as they come and earned his crack at the title by KOing his last two opponents in devastating fashion.

And finally, Cage Titans 135lb champion Manny Bermudez battles challenger Max Barrett. This matchup has the feel of an old, schoolyard scrap where you meet up after class and throw down at the playground. Both these fighters grew up and still reside in nearby Abington, literally 5 house away from one an other, and it was only a matter of time these two rising prospects crossed paths. With that being said, not only will the coveted title belt be on the line but also hometown bragging rights!

Be sure to follow along on the Cage Titans FC Fan Page for breaking fight announcements, specific match-up highlights and interviews that will be released every day leading up the event.

 

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