A few clarifications regarding Contender Series this past week. First off, the Miguel Baeza vs. Victor Reyna fight led off the card, and was not the headliner.
The real headliner was the Alton Cunningham vs. Tony Johnson fight. On we go to today’s focus, TITAN FC 55.
Florida-based MMA promotion TITAN FC returns to UFC Fight Pass this Friday night with TITAN FC 55 from Ft. Lauderdale’s Xtreme Action Park. In total, there are nine fights on the docket that evening. This card is streamed exclusively on UFC Fight Pass
Highlighting the Friday show is a championship doubleheader. In the TITAN FC Bantamweight title fight, 13-5 Matt Wagy takes on 7-4 Irwin Rivera. The night’s main event is a fight for the TITAN FC Flyweight title. Incumbent champion Juan Puerta (16-6) will defend his belt against challenger Claudio Ledesma (16-7).
As you might remember, Puerta was initially scheduled to fight in TITAN FC 53 vs. Gustavo Balart for the title in a rematch of their fight from TITAN FC 51 last December. However, this fight was postponed on the night of the card, just minutes before the fight was to have begun.
Puerta was disqualified by order of the Florida Boxing Commission due to a positive drug test for marijuana before the fight.
TITAN FC Bantamweight Championship: Matt Wagy vs. Irwin Rivera
Heading into the title fight, Matt Wagy is the taller contestant. He stands 5-foot-8, two inches taller than Irwin Rivera’s 5-foot-6 frame.
Wagy has posted a 4-1 record in his last five fights. Last time out, he scored a split decision victory against Edir Terry in TITAN FC 54 back in April on UFC Fight Pass.
In the other corner, Rivera has gone 2-3 in his last five MMA appearances. Most recently, he scored a first-round knockout (strikes) vs. Lazar Stojadinovic during TITAN FC 53 on Mar. 15.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that Irwin Rivera has a 68-inch reach. No such information was accessible for Matt Wagy.
Prediction: Matt Wagy by first-round knockout.
Main Event: TITAN FC Flyweight Title: Juan Puerta vs. Claudio Ledesma
Heading into the main event, both contestants are 5-foot-6. Both have gone 5-0 in their last five fights.
For champion Puerta, his last win occurred in December against Kazbek Ashimov (third-round submission- D’arce choke.)
For challenger Ledesma, his last win occurred in March by unanimous decision against Jesse Bazzi in PA Cage Fight 35 on Mar. 23.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that Juan Puerta owns a 5.5-inch reach advantage (71.5 inches to 66 inches) over Claudio Ledesma heading into the fight.
Prediction: Puerta by second-round knockout.
Other fights on Friday’s main card
Chase Hooper (7-0-1) vs. Luis Gomez (7-3) [Featherweight, co-main event]
Jared Goodin (14-3) vs. Bruno Olivera (7-1) [Middleweight]
Marc Stevens (24-11) vs. Jeremie Holloway (9-3) [Lightweight]
Dean Barry (1-1) vs. Corey Samuels (1-1) [Lightweight]
George Frangie (2-2) vs. Italo da Silva Goncalves (3-3) [Welterweight]
Joshua DaSilveira (first appearance) vs. Cory Crumpler (2-2) [Light Heavyweight]
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TITAN FC 55 at a Glance
Card: Friday, 7 p.m. EDT, 4 p.m. PDT, UFC Fight Pass
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