Titan Fighting Championships returned Friday evening at The Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina with Titan FC 29. The card underwent a drastic change from the originally scheduled welterweight title bout between Matt Riddle and Ben Saunders, but emerged with a lightweight fight between Mike Ricci (10-4) and George Sotiropoulos (14-7) as their main event.
TUF 16 finalist, Mike Ricci was victorious in his first fight following his release from the UFC, defeating Jorge Gurgel at Titan FC 27 via TKO.
An 11-fight veteran in the UFC, George Sotiropoulos was released from the promotion following a 6-year tenure in 2013. Sotiropoulos had suffered four straight losses after having won his first seven bouts in the UFC. This is his first bout since being released.
Ricci started the fight landing a high kick to the head of Sotiropoulos, who made it apparent early on that he did not want to contend with the Canadian’s striking. Sotiropoulos was in search of the takedown, clinching and attempting to drag Ricci to the ground, unsuccessfully.
Ricci remained technical on his feet in round 2, again throwing kicks to create separation between himself and George, but again they would end up in the clinch. Ricci would hurt George late in the round with a head kick and end up in top control.
Ricci continued to dominate in round 3, utilizing footwork and combinations to out-strike George Sotiropoulos. When the final bell sounded, Mike Ricci won all 3 rounds on the judges’ scorecards and made it back-to-back victories in Titan FC.
A fight week change to the co-main event happened when Vinny Magalhaes had to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Dustin Jacoby, due to injury. And the featherweight title eliminator; Kurt Holobough vs. Lloyd Woodard became the new co-main event bout.
The co-main event lasted a total of 15 seconds, as Kurt Holobough (11-2) opened up with a leg kick followed by a left and right hook–both landing flush on the chin of Lloyd Woodard (13-5). The blows stopped Woodard in his tracks and had him falling backwards in a delayed reaction, a couple of follow up ground and pound punches later, and the referee stepped in.
With two straight wins in Titan FC, Kurt Holobough now has his sights set on the featherweight title.
And as a result, Dustin Jacoby (9-3) was put on the prelims against replacement opponent, Lucas Lopes (29-18). A fight which the kickboxer Jacoby would emerge victorious, scoring a first round head kick knockout.
TUF 17 alum, Bristol Marunde (14-9) defeated Micah Miller (19-7), brother of UFC veteran Cole, winning all three rounds on the judges’ scorecards.
Keith Johnson (8-2) handed Fightmaster finalist, Mike Bronzoulis (15-8-1) his third straight loss, submitting him in the 3rd round via rear-naked choke.
As a tradition with Titan FC, every fighter that finishes their opponent get’s a monetary bonus.
Titan FC 29 airs on CBS Sports Network.
- Mike Ricci def. George Sotiropoulos via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Kurt Holobaugh def. Lloyd Woodard via Knockout (punch)–Round 1, 0:15
- Bristol Marunde def. Micah Miller via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Keith Johnson def. Mike Bronzoulis via Submission (rear-naked choke)–Round 3, 3:31
- Brian Davidson def. Kevin Smith via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Dustin Jacoby def. Lucas Lopes via TKO (head kick)–Round 1, 4:15
- Robert Washington def. Blaine Thomas via TKO (doctor stoppage)–Round 1, 1:20
- Steve Montgomery def. Rakim Cleveland via Split Decision
- Luciano Santos def. Jeremy Severn via TKO (punches)–Round 3, 2:38