Titan Fighting Championship will host Titan FC 55 from Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 28, headlined by a flyweight title bout between defending champion Juan Puerta (16-6) and challenger, Claudio Ledesma (16-7).
Puerta recently served a suspension handed down by the Florida State Boxing Commission after the fighter admitted guilt and test results showed greater than 300 nanograms of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) prior to his scheduled Titan FC 53 title defense against Gustavo Balart in March.
The fight never happened as it was canceled just minutes before it was scheduled to take place. Puerta’s suspension ended on June 15. He was also fined $500, plus costs, and is required to engage in community service which entails speaking with the Stoneman Douglas wrestling team about the mistakes he made and lessons learned. He will also volunteer as a wrestling coach this summer.
“He is a good man and champion who made a mistake and will grow from it by helping others learn the lessons he learned the hard way,” Titan FC COO Lex McMahon said of Puerta.
Puerta enters the fight on a four fight win streak, three with the Titan FC promotion, to include claiming the then vacant title over Kazybek Ashimov in December.
His opponent, Claudio Ledesma is coming into the flyweight title fight with five consecutive decision victories in promotions such as PA Cage Fight, MMA Pro League, and Cage Fury Fighting Championships.
Undefeated Chase Hooper enters the Titan cage for the very first time as the exciting up and coming featherweight meets former Titan FC 145-pound champion Luis Gomez in the night’s co-main event.
Irwin Rivera who is coming off an impressive first round finish of Lazar Stojadinovic at Titan FC 53 in March, will meet Matt Wagy for the promotion’s interim bantamweight title. Wagy is riding a three-fight win streak, most recently a split decision victory over Edir Terry at Titan FC 54.
Also, Jared “Nite Train” Gooden returns to the promotion to square up with Bruno Olivera at middleweight.
The first fight of the night, an amateur bout, will mark the MMA debut of Josh Silveira, son of American Top Team coach and former fighter Conan Silveira.
Titan FC 55 fight card thus far:
Juan Puerta (16-6) v Claudio Ledesma (16-7) – Flyweight title – main event
Chase Hooper (7-0-1) v. Luis Gomez (7-3) – Featherweight – co-main event
Matt Wagy (13-5) v. Irwin Rivera (7-4) – Bantamweight title – feature bout
Jared Gooden (14-3) v. Bruno Olivera (7-1) – Middleweight
Marc Stevens (23-11) vs. Jeremie Holloway (9-3) – Lightweight
Caio Uruquai (7-2) vs. Timothy Teves (4-1) – 150-pound Catchweight
Dean Barry (1-1) vs. Corey Samuels (1-1) – Lightweight
Erin Harpe (1-0) vs. TBD – WMMA Bantamweight
Geroge Frangie (2-0) vs. Italo Da Silva Goncalves (3-3) – Welterweight
Josh Silveira (0-0) vs. TBD – Light heavyweight