When The Titans Cage (TTC), CAMO (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization), and USFL (United States Fight League) teamed together at TTC 13 on August 13, 2016, their collaborative efforts created an entertaining evening of junior and amateur MMA with a professional production.
TTC 13 was like drawing a picture of a junior mixed martial artist at nine years old on one piece of paper and stacking pictures of mixed martial artists, each with another layer of age and experience, until punctuating the pile with a picture of a fighter on the precipice of the pros. For the MMA enthusiasts who packed the inside of the Capital City’s Red Lion Woodlake & Conference Center, TTC 13 flipped the pile of pictures, from the bottom toward the top, before their eyes.
The Junior MMA competitors on the fight card, ranging in age from nine to seventeen, jump-started the night, and each of the six matches evidenced a strong focus on the martial arts before anything was mixed up inside the cage.
Abiding by the USFL guidelines, safety was paramount; therefore, the youngsters were required to wear: shin guards, a rashguard, headgear, six-ounce gloves, a mouthguard, and strikes to the head were not permitted. The third person in the cage diligently circled these babyface assassins like a vulture and rarely blinked, erasing as much potential for injury as possible.
If safety rested at the top of the list, sportsmanship followed in hot pursuit. Win, lose, or draw, the red corner and blue corner met in the center to exchange warm wishes and exited the cage as a purple mass of friendship.
To close out the Junior MMA portion of TTC 13, Josh Elder and James Aguilar never released the accelerator in hopes of attaining the Panda Cup Title at 145 pounds. More moving than anything was Aguilar in loss. The runner-up to the strap remained in the cage to address the audience in the wake of his defeat. At seventeen years old, Aguilar broadcasted a sense of generosity that reaches far beyond his years when he shared with onlookers: he always donates his ticket sales to charity, and the five hundred dollars he earned for TTC 13 would go to his friend Travis Lindahl. Apparently, Lindahl’s dad was recently involved in a horrific accident, leaving him paralyzed. Although Aguilar dropped a unanimous decision, the jiu-jitsu ace submitted the hearts of everyone in the crowd when his Lindahl entered the cage to receive Aguilar’s kind contribution.
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Aside from a shade of controversy in the co-main and main event, there’s no doubt that TTC 13 met its expectations: entertain. Nobody who crossed the cage’s threshold wanted to lose, which meant everyone who purchased a ticket would win. From beginning to end, pockets of cheers popped in unison for their preferred fighter.
Main Event: Geoffrey Stovall vs. Adam Wamsley for the TTC Light Heavyweight Title
Before the bell, Stovall and Wamsley paid one another admiration with enough bows and handshakes to fill entire round. When the bell finally rang, the two met in the center for a final touch of the gloves, and without any hesitation, Wamsley followed this customary slap of leather with an overhand right.
The immediate attack pushed Stovall’s offensive mindedness through the holes in the fence, and the NorCal Fight Series light heavyweight belt holder and product of KOA MMA absorbed the initial push from Wamsley, though not for long. Wamsley quickly uprooted Stovall from the mat, planted him on his back, and left him no room to breathe, applying a suffocating amount of pressure and slamming a barrage of punches from the rafters toward the floorboards.
Stovall highlighted his resolve to balance an amateur belt on each arm by firing back at Wamsley, even slicing open his forehead, but Wamsley’s Nor Cal Fighting Alliance ground game was too savvy. Once Stovall rolled toward his stomach to avoid eating Wamsley’s gloved lunchpails, Wamsley leapt onto Stovall’s back, sunk in both hooks, and commenced the tenderization process. The moment Stovall hung a limb too lackadaisically, Wamsley exploded, hyperextended Stovall’s arm, and forced him to tap.
— Dave Madden (@DMaddenMMA) August 14, 2016
Co-Main Event: Daniel Gonzalez vs. Kyle Gothan for the TTC Flyweight Title
Leave it to the lightest competitors on the amateur portion of the card to have the largest appetite for victory.
As flyweights commonly do, Gothan and Gonzalez became a blur of flashy footwork, flailing fists, and flying feet. Circling the cage and trading tit-for-tat, Gonzalez, a little over a minute in the opening frame, feinted and swung a wrecking ball of a left hook, pristinely polished at AKA (American Kickboxing Academy), that stopped Gothan in his tracks. Gothan, as if he plowed into a brick wall, began a slow-motion descent to his back.
Had this flyweight tilt occurred at the professional level, the referee would have allowed the narrative to play out, but based on how Gothan stiffened as he fell, CAMO’s high benchmark for fighter safety caused the conclusion of this affair to be signaled.
— Dave Madden (@DMaddenMMA) August 14, 2016
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The congratulatory adieu at the end of each fight, controversial or not, straightened any question marks about the intentionality of any foul play. In fact, the only thing curved at the close of TTC 13 were the smiling faces of those exiting the Red Lion Woodlake & Conference Center for the parking lot, already anticipating TTC’s return, TTC 14, on October 29th.