Titan FC 29 has a new main event. The originally scheduled welterweight title fight suffered a blow to one of its competitors, when Matt Riddle had to pull out due to an injury. In as a replacement is Riddle’s original opponent, and the man that was in line to fight the winner of the bout, Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons (28-15).
“Pele” will take on Ben Saunders (16-6-2) on August 22nd for the vacant welterweight title, airing live on CBS Sports Network. Titan FC 29 takes place at The Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Jose Landi-Jons was replaced by Ben Saunders for his schedule fight against Riddle, due to his inability to acquire a visa on time for the event, but now it seems his visa issues are a thing in the past. The legendary Chute Boxe fighter will make his long awaited Titan FC debut in August. Landi-Jons is coming off a first round TKO victory in November over Rodrigo Fernandez, and has won 5 of his last 6 bouts—dating back to 2009. The 40 year old Brazilian striker has competed against the who’s who of the MMA world throughout his career that began in 1993.
Ben Saunders will also be making his Titan FC debut against “Pele”, the former UFC and Bellator veteran last fought at Bellator 100 in September of 2013—suffering a knockout loss to Douglas Lima. Prior to his departure from Bellator, “Killa B” had achieved a record of 7-3 over a 3 year stint in the promotion.
The co-main event of Titan FC 29 remains a lightweight fight between Mike Ricci and George Sotiropoulos.