Titan Fighting Championship officials have announced that an undisputed welterweight champion will be declared when the promotion heads to the Dominican Republic for Titan FC 57 on October 19.
Undefeated Titan FC welterweight champion Uroš Jurišic (10-0) will make his first title defense when he puts his belt on the line against interim champion Michael Graves (8-1-2). Jurišic claimed the title back at Titan FC 50 when he submitted then champion Jose Caceres just 94 seconds into the contest. Graves has been red hot since coming to the Titan FC promotion, earning a hard-fought decision win over Gregg Ellis in Kazakhstan at Titan FC 51, and then claiming the interim title with a victory over Jared Gooden in March.
Titan FC COO Lex McMahon announced the Titan FC 57 event during the Titan FC 56 broadcast on UFC Fight Pass, citing a three-year partnership with the Dominican Republic based mixed martial arts promotion, Fighting Force.
“Titan FC’s international expansion is in full swing as we now set our sights on the Caribbean market, specifically the Dominican Republic,” McMahon said.
“We are excited to partner with Rodolfo and Domingo Dauhajre and Fighting Force, the premiere MMA promotion in the Dominican Republic,” he said. “Titan FC and Fighting Force have signed a talent development deal that will have Titan FC doing two events a year in the Dominican Republic, for the next three years. We will also be working with Fighting Force and its executives to identify and showcase the top Dominican talent.”
Fighting Force President Rodolfo Duahajre is the first and only promoter in the Dominican Republic to have a license issued by the Ministry of Sports and Recreation through its Mixed Martial Arts Commission chaired by Commissioner Yoel Adames.
“Fighting Force is the leading promotion company in the Dominican Republic,” said Rodolfo Dauhajre. “Our goal is to take MMA to the highest level, and our partnership with Titan FC is a strategic step to achieve that goal. This is the new era of MMA in the DR!”
Also on the card, Titan FC lightweight champion Martin Brown will return to the cage after recently losing his Titan FC 56 main event spot due to opponent Beibit Nazarov sustaining visa issues that would keep him from entering the country.
Two Fighting Force bantamweight World Grand Prix semi-final bouts have also been billed to take place at Titan FC 57. Tommy Garcia will lock horns with Juan Reyes, while Elias Faustin looks to tackle Alberto Blas.
Titan FC 57 fight card:
Uroš Jurišic (10-0) welterweight champion vs. Michael Graves (8-1-2) interim welterweight champion – for welterweight championship
Martin Brown (13-5) lightweight champion vs. Johansser Paulino – for lightweight championship
Mohammed Usman (4-1) vs. TBD
Tommy Garcia (1-0) vs. Juan Reyes (0-1) – Fighting Force bantamweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout
Elias Faustin (1-0) vs. Alberto Blas (2-3) – Fighting Force bantamweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout
More bouts to be announced soon.
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