On Saturday June 17th Cage Titans FC will host their third event of 2017 and 34th overall since their inaugural event July 30, 2010. The event will feature five professional bouts with Manny Bermudez sitting atop of the card against Joe Pearson in the main event. Two amateur champions will put their titles on the line when Zach DiSabatino puts his lightweight strap up against Gerald Meuse. The other title bout is for Josh Meehan‘s flyweight title as he is challenged by Jake Kasperowski.
The bottom half of the card will feature nine amateur bouts with talent from throughout the region and beyond as we will see LaNeisha Vinson and Jordan Brown back in our cage, and the return of Hilarie Rose, Aaron Hughes, in addition to some anticipated amateur debuts.
On Saturday June 17th at The Plymouth Memorial Hall the doors will open at 5pm with the first bout to begin at 6pm. If you are staying the weekend, don’t miss weigh-ins hosted Friday afternoon at “The tavern On the Wharf.
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Cage Titans FC 34 Main Card (Pro Fights & Amateur Title Bouts)
Main Event – Manny Bermudez (9-0, SSSF) vs. Joe Pearson (45-31-1, Miletich Fighting Systems)
After dismantling Tony Gravely in the 1st round of the main event in our last show, Manny Bermudez (9-0) of SSSF returns to face 75 plus fight veteran Joe Pearson (45-31-1) of Miletich Fighting Systems. After finishing seven of his nine opponents, all in the first round, Bermudez has made it difficult to find an opponent in the Northeast willing to step up at bantamweight to face him. Pearson, who has fought from flyweight to featherweight will travel from the Midwest and stepped up in an attempt to thwart Bermudez’s bid to the UFC and make the claim of handing Bermudez his first lost.
With Bermudez’s sight set on the next level of his career, expect him to be laser focused on making Pearson another first round finish victim. While Pearson has no intention of coming to the northeast just to be that 10th victory, he will have a wealth of experience on his side when he enters our cage for the first time in hope to capturing a victory and shocking the New England crowd.
Peter Barrett (8-0, Juniko/Sityodtong) vs. Drew Morals (6-4, Fuse MMA)
Undefeated fan favorite “Slippery Pete’ Peter Barrett (8-0) of Juniko/Sityodtong returns to the cage since January when he was victorious against Vince McGuiness after a grueling 3 round war. His opponent, Drew ‘All Day’ Morais (6-4) representing Fuse MMA will enter the Cage Titans’ cage for the first time riding the momentum of a two fight win streak, 3-1 in his last four fights with two first round submission victories.
Barrett will be deadset on getting his 6th first round finish after going to decision for the first time in his pro career while Morias will look to continue putting together the longest winning streak of his career at three fights, and handing the top ranked New England lightweight his first loss.
Frank Sforza (6-0, SSSF) vs. Jay Ellis (25-36, Team Knockout)
When Frank Sforza (6-0) of SSSF enters the cage Saturday June 17th, at the Plymouth Memorial Hall, it will mark consecutive events he would make a cage appearance after being away for two years. He will look to improve on his January unanimous decision victory when he faces Jay Ellis (25-36) of Team Knockout in a lightweight clash. Ellis is a 60 plus fight veteran and when he enters for the 2nd time the Cage Titans cage on June 17th, it will be for no less than the 5th time he has fought in 2017. Sforza has a big task ahead of him in front of his home crowd as he has fought all but two of his fights at or below 150 lbs. while his opponent has fought no lower than lightweight but as high as middleweight. Ellis, who has fallen victim to submissions, will have to defend off his Sforza’s persistent pace and dominating ground game to come away the victor.
Joe Giannetti (4-0, SSSF) vs. Vince McGuiness (5-6, Bang Muay Thai)
This fight will keep the fans engaged from start to finish and could easily be viewed as the perfect example of Grappler vs. Striker when Joe Giannetti (4-0) of SSSF faces Vince McGuiness (5-6) of Bang Muay Thai. Giannetti, the grappler, has made it known his disliking for McGuiness’s last opponent, Peter Barrett. Although McGuiness lost that fight the SSSF standout still views him as the “baddest dude around” at lightweight in New England.
McGuiness is returning to our cage after turning in an amazing 3-round striking performance in our main event at Cage Titans 32. He will likely have every intention of picking his opponent apart on the feet and avoid going to the canvass. It is clear by looking at Giannetti’s professional victories, all by first round submission, he will ultimately want to get the fight to the ground where he will be most dominant. This is a big step up in competition and test for the young Giannetti, while a victory for McGuinness adds to his buzz in the northeast and keeps him very relevant within the Cage Titans lightweight ranks.
Jimmy Manning (3-0, SSSF) vs. Montoyia Swilling (0-7, God’s Team)
In a rescheduled bout Jimmy Manning (3-0) representing SSSP will take on Montoyia Swilling (0-7). Manning, still competing at 40 years young, looks to continue to beat father time, by continuing to win. He will look to keep the momentum rolling having already gone to 3-0 with two first round stoppages in just a six month span of having gone pro. As for Swilling, he recently made the switch to training full time with American Top Team Watertown and hopes with doing so, it will turn things around and rejuvenate his career, leading him to a big victory June 17th.
Johnny Campbell (13-9, SSSF) vs. Tim Wheeler (2-3, Independent)
Tim Wheeler (2-3) of The Compound MMA will enter the our cage for the 1st time to take on the refocused Cage Titans veteran Johnny ‘Cupcakes’ Campbell (13-9) of SSSF in a bantamweight match-up. Wheeler brings his toughness and fighter’s mentality of anyone, anywhere as he hopes for the biggest win of his career. Campbell, who has been adamant about fighting six times in 2017, will be looking to string together his first 3-fight win streak since 2014 while getting his third finish so far this year. As the crowd will be loud and behind ‘Cupcakes’, expect to see a determined Wheeler prepared to shush the fans.
Amateur Lightweight Title: (Champion) Zach DiSabatino (4-0, SSSF) vs. Gerald Meuse (4-2, Sityodtong)
Newly crowned amateur lightweight champion Zach DiSabatino (4-0) of SSSF will make his first title defense against Gerald Meuse (4-2) of Sityodtong. DiSabatino has been a wrecking ball enroute to winning the title, earning three finishes, two of those being KO’s in the very first round. Cage Titans 34 will mark his 4th consecutive event and 3rd fight total already in 2017 so you know he will be looking get in and out quickly and ready for the next event. By no means will this be an easy first title defense when he stands across the cage from Meuse, who is equally as well rounded as the champ, turning in dominant performances in his cage appearances winning all his fights by finish. Both of these fighters will be aiming for the finish early in the fight which will make for a fight you will not want to blink when the bell sounds.
Amatuer Flyweight Title: (Champion) Josh Meehan (4-0, Juniko) vs. Jake Kasperowski (3-2-1, Redline)
Top ranked Josh Meehan (4-0) of Juniko will defend his Cage Titans amateur flyweight title against Jake Kasperowski (3-2-1) who is representing Redline MMA. The Champ has shown he is a proven finisher winning all of his bouts prior to the final bell. Redline’s Jake Kasperowski is a very creative striker who was impressive in his last cage appearance. He showed off a well rounded game and finished his opponent by strong ground-n-pound in the 3rd round. Both fighters are quite well rounded for this point in their amatuer careers so expect these flyweight to put in impressive performances regardless of where the fight takes place. With the contrast in styles, Meehan’s possible edge on the mat and Kasperowski’s perceived striking advantage, this title bout could be the show stealer.
Undercard (Amateur Bouts)
Ron Marshall (1-3 Nostros MMA) vs. Fabio Cherant (2-1, Juniko)
Fabio Cherant (2-1) will look to avenge his only loss against Team Anubis’ Ron Marshall (1-4). In their first match-up we saw both fighters throwing bombs from the start of round one through the final bell, which Marshal walked away with the unanimous decision victory. Cherant will surely be motivated to prove that he is the more evolved fighter and ready to walk away the victor as Marshall will look to put in another winning performance, and begin his own winning streak. If their first fight is any implication of what their second meeting will deliver then you will not want to move from your seat.
Chris Sniger (1-1) of SBG East battles Antoine Caparotta (3-1) who will represent SSSF in a showdown set at a catchweight of 150 lbs. Sniger enters the bout following an impressive TKO victory in the very 1st round last August, while Caparotta is making a quick turnaround from his last fight at Cage Titans 33 which he was also victorious by 1st round TKO. Each fighter has showed they are resilient and have the heart to match their skill making this bout one that will not likely reach the final bell as both fighters have yet to make it out of the second round, win or loss.
Mike Albert (0-1, Independent) vs. Pat Gilbride (0-0, Lauzon MMA)
Independent fighter and 4th degree black belt in Freestyle Karate, Mike Albert (0-1) takes on debuting fighter Pat Gilbride of Lauzon MMA. Albert will be looking to rebound from his quick loss in his amateur debut which has driven him to put in a performance that best represents the type of fighter he is. Gilbride, a product of Lauzon MMA, will look to start off his MMA journey in dominating fashion beginning when our cage door is shut behind him for the first time!
Trevor Gudde (2-0, Florian BJJ) vs. Marty Navis (2-1, Lauzon MMA)
Florian Martial Arts Center‘s Trevor Gudde (2-0) steps into the cage for the first time this year to take on the active Marty Navis (2-1) of Lauzon MMA, which he is making his second Cage Titans appearance of 2017. Guude was impressive in his first cage appearance earning a second round TKO while in his second bout from November he fought a tough opponent and squeaked out a split decision win. Since his only defeat, Navis has finished his last two opponents in impressive fashion, both by TKO. Factoring each fighter’s attributes and skill level, and knowing that they both are vying to move their win streaks to three fights, expect them to bring the same level of intensity we saw from them in their previous bouts, aiming at earning the amateur fight or performance of the night honors.
LaNeisha Vinson (4-2-1) of the Warrior Warehouse returns to our cage from South Carolina to battle USMMA’s Hilarie Rose (3-3) in a strawweight clash. After winning over some of the Northeast fans because of her incredible war against Kylie O’Hearn, Vinson is returning back to our cage for the second consecutive event. She will be also returning back to strawweight, which best suits her frame, as she faces Rose, another natural 115 pounder. After nearly 15 months away from the cage, and longer than a year and a half from fighting in our cage, Rose returns to improve on the unanimous decision win in her last bout and show that this is her hometown crowd. This match-up, as most of the women fights have a tendency to do, could be the bout that has you shaking your head the following day in pure amazement of what these ladies can do inside of the cage.
Aaron Hughes (0-2, Regiment) vs. John Payne (0-3, Lauzon)
Aaron Hughes (0-2) of Regiment will face the John Payne (0-3) from Lauzon MMA. Although they are both very young in their mma career, the standout story when Payne enters the cage is the age difference between him and his opponent, at 53 years old Payne will enter the cage 31 years Hughes’ elder. When Payne enters our cage he is not only fighting the opponent across from him but also father time, while the youth of Hughes allows him the ability to envision a long career ahead of him. Age aside, as in their previous bouts you can anticipate both combatants at CageTitansXXXIV to put in a winning performance in effort to claim their first victory.
Pat Crowley (0-1, Florian BJJ) vs. Brandon Conrad (0-0)
Pat Crowley (0-1) from Florian BJJ will step back into the cage after developing his skills over the last ten months to take on another fighter just starting out in his mma career, debuting Brandon Conrad of Juniko. Although in Crowley’s debut he fell short of victory he showed grit and the heart that he will bring into his second cage appearance, while if Conrad is like many of his teammates from Juniko, expect him to go for broke looking for the finish from the sound of the first bell.
Jordan Brown (1-0, Warrior Warehouse) vs. Matt Waddell (0-0, Lauzon MMA)
Jordan Brown (1-0) of Warrior Warehouse will be returning back to us from S. Carolina focused to follow-up his debut performance at our last event with another victory. His opponent, debuting fighter Matt Waddell is the newest debuting amatuer from Lauzon MMA. Having already a small sample size of the skillset Brown brings to the cage and knowing the level of fighter that Lauzon’s produces at the amateur level, we expect this featherweight clash to be a fight to not be away from your seat for.
Christopher O’Brien (1-0, SSSF) vs. Josh Halliday (Debut, USMMA)
South Shore Sportfighting’s Chris O’Brien takes on USMMA’s Josh Halliday. O’Brien made a big impression in his cage debut last event and it didn’t take him long to do it, knocking out his opponent in just 6 seconds. As for Halliday, he is stepping into the cage for the first time and has been training extremely hard with hopes of making an equally as impressive debut. Will he be the one turning heads on fight night or will O’Brien strike lightning twice…we find out sooner enough!
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