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This Saturday at the Plymouth Memorial Hall Cage Titans FC kicked off their 8th year with an incredible fight card that produced a lot of momentum and excitement going forward for the matches that will be and could happen in 2018. Check out the quick results and our numbers at a glance of how things pan out post Cage Titans XXXVII…



(Amateur Featherweight) Chris McDonnell (1-1, South Shore SportFighting) vs. Justin Stevens (0-1) McDonnell won via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

  • Second event McDonnell Kicked Off
  • McDonnell came out a different, more confident fighter from the second round on
  • Stevens put up a tough fight in his debut but it was experience that one won the day
  • Stevens is a childhood cancer survivor that had life dream of competing in the cage and being an inspiration to others

(Amateur Catchweight 165 ) John Clarke (Debut, BST MMA) vs. Ryan Dunn (1-3 Independent) Clarke won via TKO at 2:04 seconds R2

  • Although Clarke was debuting you could see the skill difference when consistently training with other fighters
  • Dunn, as an independent fighter continues to improve
  • Dunn’s first bout back since Cage Titans XXXV in August 2017

(Amateur Catchweight 150) Stavros Batsinelas (2-2, Redline MMA) vs. Antoine Caparotta (5-3, South Shore Sportfighting) Caparotta won via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Batsinelas drops to 2-2
  • Caparotta has alternated wins/loses in his last 7 bouts
  • Caparotta calls for a rematch from CT34 against current Cage Titans amateur featherweight champion Chris Sniger, Caparotta is currently 2-1 at featherweight

(Pro Bantamweight) Mark Frisk (0-2, Shift MMA) vs Jay Perrin (5-3, Sityodtong) Perrin won at 4:04 R1 via RNC 

  • Frisk had one recorded fight prior to this event, his pro debut in April of 2017
  • Frisk was impressive always working for the submission and stayed very active when he was on his back
  • Perrin currently ranked in the top 15 New England Bantamweights and is now 3-1 in his last four fights, all by finish
  • Perrin post fight, in the cage, face to face with current champ Johnny “Cupcakes” Campbell, calling for a title shot

(Pro Strawweights) Michael Whaley (2-5, Warrior Warehouse) vs. Dan Cormier (5-8, TriForce) Cormier won via triangle submission at 1:21 R1

  • Both fighters were ‘finally’ making their strawweight debut
  • Cormier earned one of our ‘Performances of the night’ for his flying triangle, it is ruled a technical submission due to the fact that Whaley went unconscious
  • Cormier’s triangle is his first submission win of his career and is surely a early candidate for ‘Submission of the year’

(Pro Middleweight) Myles Reid (0-2, Hyannis MMA) vs David Espino (1-1, Team Trifecta) Espino won via crucifix ground n pound at 2:02 R1

  • Espino returns to the win column after a three fight skid and earns his first pro win
  • Espino has finishes in all of his victories, three in the first round
  • Reid continues his skid which is now at nine fights

(Pro Catchweight 160) Connor Barry (4-2, Redline MMA) vs. Jay Ellis (15-74, Team Knockout) Barry won via RNC submission at 1:01 R1

  • Barry earned his second pro first round submission victory
  • Ellis was fighting in his 89th recorded event having now amassed a record of 15-74

(Pro Welterweight) Montoyia Swilling (0-11, God’s Team) vs. Zach DiSabatino (2-0, South Shore Sportfighting) DiSabatino won via submission at 1:15 R1

  • Swilling has not won since his fourth amateur fight in 2014 and is currently ranked the 154 of 154 pro welterweights in the North East
  • DiSabatino is the former Cage Titans lightweight amateur champ
  • DiSabatino has first round finishes in both his pro bouts

(Amateur Flyweight) William Graustuck (2-1 UFC Gym) vs. Mitch Raposo (2-0 Regiment) Raposo won by unanimous decision (30-27)

  • Clearly did not like each other going into this fight
  • This was billed as a title eliminator bout to fight former flyweight amateur champion Jacob Apito, who vacated the title so teammate John Lessard can battle against Raposo for the belt
  • Graustuck drops two straight
  • Raposo move to 3-0 and showed why I regard him as one of the best amateur prospects in New England

(Amateur Middleweight) Josh Jones (2-2, First Class) vs. Brian Harrington (2-0, South Shore Sportfighting) Harrington won by unanimous decision (30-27)

  • Jones holds the New England Fights ‘Fastest KO’ record at :04 seconds
  • Harrington execute the perfect game plan to cruise to a unanimous win and improve to 3-0

Female Bantamweight Amateur Title (Vacant): Taylor Thompson (2-0, BST MMA) vs. Tiffany McCoy (2-2, Sityodtong) Thompson won via armbar submission and is new female bantamweight champion 1:15 R1

  • McCoy goes up 2 weight classes on short notice to challenge for the title
  • McCoy drops to 2-1 at Cage Titans
  • Thompson earns her first title in only her second MMA contest
  • Thompson showed much more of her weapons and skill set earning one of our ‘Performances of the night’

Lightweight Amateur Title (Vacant): Chris Sniger (3-2, SBG East) vs. Chris O’Brien (4-0, South Shore Sportfighting) O’Brien won via triangle submission at 2:23 R2 and is the new champion 

  • Sniger is the promotion’s current amateur featherweight champion and ranked in the top 15 in New England for featherweights
  • Sniger is now 2-2 at 150 or above
  • O’Brien has finished all his fights before the third round, improves to 4-0 in under 10 months, and should break the top 10 for amateur lightweights in New England
  • This fight is an early candidate for my vote of Fight of the year, Comeback of the year, and Submission of the year
  • This fight earned our ‘Fight of the night’ honors

(Pro Lightweight) Keenan Raymond (3-5, Ricardo Cavalcanti JJ) vs. Dan Dubuque (5-2, Golden Falcon) Dubuque won via TKO at 2:50 R1

  • Raymond drops to 0-3 at Cage Titans, two bouts ending in almost the identical circumstances
  • Raymond’s last victory is January 2016
  • Dubuque improves to 3-3 at Cage Titans and currently sits in the top 15 of featherweights in New England
  • Dubuque is only one of two fighters to have went the distance with Manny Bermudez

(Female Strawweight) Sheena Brandenburg (0-2, Fuse MMA) vs. Danielle Hindley (2-0, South Shore Sportfighting) Hindley won by triangle submission at 1:02 seconds in R1

  • Brandenburg is a cancer survivor and one of the most energetic and animated fighters we have met
  • Brandenburg completed in 20 amateur fights
  • Hindley is ranked in the Northeast in the top 10 pound for pound female fighters
  • Hindley has finished both of her pro bouts by submission and holds the promotions fastest submission victory in Cage Titans history (14 seconds)

(Vacant Pro Middleweight Title): Avery McPhatter (9-9, Shift MMA) vs. Sean Lally (7-2, Juniko) Lally won via TKO (injury, dislocated shoulder) at 4:56 R1 and is the new middleweight champion

  • One of the most highly anticipated rematches in recent Cage Titans history and ends with McPhatter unable to answer strikes due to bizzare shoulder injury
  • McPhatter entered the bout 11 pounds overweight citing illness had impacted his weight cut
  • McPhatter is ranked in the top 10 of pro middleweights in Florida
  • Lally is likely to break the top 15 middleweights in the Northeast and is 6-0 with five finishes, at 180 pound and above
  • Lally improves to 8-1 at Cage Titans, earning his first title in his second attempt for the promotion (first title fight was a loss at welterweight at Cage Titans XXVI)
  • Lally has only been out of the first round twice, a KO victory in the second round and Lally vs. McPhatter 1 went to decision

(Pro Bantamweight) Seth Basler (3-7) vs. Manny Bermudez (11-0, South Shore Sportfighting) Bermudez won at 1:01 R1 via triangle submission

  • Basler stepped up on 48 hours notice
  • Basler was touted as a striker but two of his three victories were submission victories
  • Bermudez improves to 11-0 while maintaining his #2 spot in the Northeast for bantamweights (currently ranked third for featherweight)
  • Bermudez ties his second fastest victory time, 1:06, and adds his sixth triangle submission finish




Numbers at a glance 

Total fights: 16

Finishes: 12

Submissions: 7 by round #: 1st/6, 2nd/1

(T) Knockouts: 5 by round #: 1st/4, 2nd/1

Other: n/a

Total Decision: 4 – 4 unanimous

Venue: Plymouth Memorial Hall, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Attendance: /
Total gate: /

Bonus awards:
Fight of the Night: Chris Sniger vs. Chris O’Brien
Performance of the Night: Taylor Thompson and Dan Cormier

Top Team honors: South Shore Sportfighting went 7-0 with four finishes

Announced bouts: Mitch Raposo vs. John Lessard for the vacant amateur flyweight title

Speculated bouts: Pro bantamweight champ Johnny Campbell vs. Jay Perrin


Story By: Shaun Gilday @Shaun_Sports1 on Twitter

Statistic Source: Tapology.com

Photo Source: Crossface Productions

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