The other MMA card this weekend takes place this Friday as, for the first time in Titan Fighting Championships’ history, the promotion heads outside the United States to Khazakhstan.
Titan FC 51: The Battle of Khazakhstan, takes place Friday at 7 p.m. local time (9 a.m. United States EST, 6 a.m. PST.) The card is exclusive to UFC Fight Pass and features two championship bouts to headline the show.
Co-main event: Juan Perta vs. Kazbek Ashimov
The co-headliner of Titan FC 51 sees 15-6 Juan Perta take on 6-3 Kazbek Ashimov with the Titan FC Interim Flyweight Championship at stake.
Contender Comparison: Note- The reach for Kazbek Ashimov was unavailable on Tapology. Perta has a 71.5-inch reach heading into Friday’s title fight.
Perta has gone 4-1 in his last five MMA appearances, including a 2-0 mark in Titan FC. Most recently, he scored a third-round knockout (flying knee) against Gustavo Balart in Titan FC 48 last February.
In the other corner, Ashimov has posted a 2-3 record in his last five MMA appearances. He has not fought in over three years, with his most recent appearance resulting in a loss during Kunlun Fight: Cage Series 4 against Meixuan Zhang (second-round submission- guillotine) in November of 2015.
Prediction: Perta by first-round knockout.
Main Event: Beibet Nazarov vs. Martin Brown
Titan FC 51’s headliner is another interim championship fight, this time in the Lightweight division between 14-3 Beibet Nazarov and 12-5 Martin Brown.
Both contenders in this Friday’s main event stand at 5-foot-10. Nazarov has posted a 3-2 record in his last five MMA appearances, including a 2-1 mark in Titan FC. Most recently, he lost via submission (third-round guillotine choke) to Rafael Alves in Titan FC 50 on June 29.
In the other corner, Brown has likewise posted a 3-2 record in his last five MMA appearances. His last fight resulted in a unanimous decision victory against Thomas Webb in Battleground MMA on June 16.
The Tale of the Tape: Tapology shows that Brown has a one-inch reach advantage over Nazarov (73 inches to 72 inches) heading into Friday’s main event.
Prediction: Nazarov by decision.
Other fights on Friday’s main card:
Alexander Poppeck (8-2) vs. Nills Van Noord (19-9-2) [Light Heavyweight]
Luis Gomez (6-2) vs. Herbert Burns (6-2) [Featherweight]
Mike Graves (6-1-2) vs. Gregg Ellis (4-0) [Welterweight]
Nurzhan Tutkaev (5-3) vs. Rafael Fiziev (5-0) [Lightweight]
Ruslan Kamzaev (1-2) vs. Igor Pesterev (first appearance) [Welterweight]
Farid Alibabazade (3-3-1) vs. Salauat Beysenkhanov (1-1) [Bantamweight]
Gustavo Balart (7-1) vs. Myrazamidin Pazylov (8-2) [Flyweight]
Titan FC 51 at a Glance:
Card: Friday, 9 a.m. EST, 6 a.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass
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