Just because there’s no UFC event this weekend doesn’t mean it’s not a busy time for mixed martial arts.
This is a doubleheader weekend in MMA, beginning on Friday night with TITAN Fighting Championships making a return to UFC Fight Pass with TITAN FC 56 from Xtreme Action Park in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
In total, the event (Friday, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT on Fight Pass) will feature 10 fights, nine of them in MMA. In addition, TITAN FC 56 will feature a kickboxing match in the Featherweight ranks between Michael Quinones and Caio Uruguai.
Highlighting the MMA portion of the card is a championship twin-bill. In the co-main event of TITAN FC 56, the promotion’s Featherweight title will be up for grabs. Incumbent champion Jason Soares (13-0) will meet challenger Andrew Whitney (16-7).
After, the main event of TITAN FC 56 will see the promotion’s Lightweight belt on the line, as current titleholder Martin Brown (13-5) squares off against challenger Bebit Nazarov (15-4). Both title fights will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
Co-Main Event: TITAN FC Featherweight Championship: Jason Soares vs. Andrew Whitney
Heading into the first title fight of the evening, both contestants stand at 5-foot-7.
Champion Soares has posted a perfect 5-0 record in his last five mixed martial arts fights. Last time out, he defended the belt with a fourth-round knockout (ground and pound strikes) against Ariston Franca in TITAN FC 54 in April on UFC Fight Pass.
In the other corner, challenger Whitney has gone 2-3 in his last five fights. Most recently, he lost to Steve Garcia, Jr. (who competed this week on Contender Series) by first-round knockout in JacksonWink Fight Night 5 on May 10.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that champion Soares owns a 2.5-inch reach advantage (68.5 inches to 66 inches) over challenger Whitney.
Prediction: Jason Soares by first-round knockout.
Main Event: TITAN FC Lightweight Championship: Martin Brown vs. Bebit Nazarov
Heading into the main event, both fighters stand at 5-foot-10. Both have gone 3-2 in their last five fights. This fight is a rematch of a contest from TITAN FC 51: The Battle of Khazakhstan last December. That night, Brown won by unanimous decision in the card’s main event to secure the championship.
In the other corner, challenger Nazarov last won in TITAN FC 54 on April 26 via split decision against Thomas Webb.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that champion Martin Brown holds a one-inch reach advantage (73 inches to 72 inches) over challenger Bebit Nazarov.
Prediction: Martin Brown by third-round knockout.
Other MMA fights on Friday’s card
Danny Sabatello (5-0) vs. Phillip Keller (2-3) [Bantamweight]
Shaheen Santana (4-0) vs. Lee Henry Lilly (6-3) [Lightweight]
Kenny Porter II (3-1) vs. Raymond Ramos (4-2) [Bantamweight]
Joshua DaSilveira (first pro appearance) vs. Jahsua Marsh (3-4) [Heavyweight]
Charles Decca (first pro appearance) vs. Steven Defalle (2-3) [Lightweight]
Hector Olazabal (first pro appearance) vs. Miles Amos (1-0) [Middleweight]
Landon Stewart (2-1-1) vs. Calvin Glover (0-3) [Featherweight]
TITAN FC 56 at a Glance
Card: Friday, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT
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