TITAN Fighting Championships held its second live event of 2020 on Friday night, TITAN FC 60.
This card was held in the promotion’s home state of Florida, though not in its traditional home base of Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale.
Instead, Miami’s MMA Masters gym played host to the event on Friday night, which took place with no live audience in attendance due to safety protocols designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
TITAN FC 60 was allowed to take place in Florida thanks to an April executive order signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, who deemed live television productions and sporting events originating from the state as essential business.
The fights themselves:
For a combat sporting event, TITAN FC 60 was a light card with only six fights total on the evening, five of them being mixed martial arts contests.
Not counting the combat grappling main event between Gesias Cavalcante and Roush Manfio, three of the five MMA fights contested on Friday ended in stoppage.
60 percent is a good stoppage rate for a show like this, especially given that the event had no live audience.
Sabatello vs. Johnson:
In the first fight of the evening on Friday night, Danny Sabatello (7-1) battled Chris Johnson (8-13) in a 130-lb. catchweight contest.
Johnson was a late replacement for Raymond Ramos (5-3), who withdrew from the event.
This fight was largely contested on the cage mat, with Sabatello spending the majority of the bout trying to complete a submission.
It took until the third round, but Sabatello scored an arm triangle submission to win the contest.
Vilamil vs. Birdsong:
Immediately following that bout, Gustavo Vilamil (3-2 amateur) and John Birdsong (0-1), both making their professional debuts on the Friday night card, took to the cage for a Bantamweight contest.
During the second round, Vilamil was able to capitalize on an opening from the full mount before finally securing the rear-naked choke and the submission for the win.
Guerriero vs. Gonzalez:
Our first decision of TITAN FC 60 came in the Sal Guerriero (2-0) vs. Dany Gonzalez (0-2) fight in the Bantamweight division.
After dropping the first round to Guerriero, Gonzalez was able to take the second round with takedown and submission defense.
In round three, Guerriero scored with kicks and takedowns.
Although Gonzalez scored on a takedown attempt of his own before the final bell, the judges saw it for Guerriero by split decision (29-28 twice for Guerriero, 29-28 once for Gonzalez.)
St. Louis vs. Lilly:
The only knockout of the night happened in the Kendly St. Louis (3-3) vs. Michael Lilly (7-5) fight—and it’s another teaching of an age-old lesson in combat sports to never underestimate one-punch power.
Round two is when this Welterweight contest turned into a scrap.
After scoring with some leg kicks, Lilly gave up a kick to St. Louis, but Lilly would then counterattack with a punch to score the win.
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Hamed vs. Carrillo:
TITAN FC 60’s featured MMA fight saw Rami Hamed (8-4) take on Frank Carrillo (11-6) in a Welterweight battle.
In short, this fight was a masterclass from Rami Hamed, who won by unanimous decision (30-27 [twice], 29-28).
Combat Grappling Main Event:
Your main event in TITAN FC 60 saw a Welterweight combat grappling championship bout between Gesias Cavalcante and Roush Manfio.
The eight minutes of regulation time came and went without any completed submissions from either fighter, so the fight transitioned to a submission shoot-out.
Cavalcante became the champion by having the faster submission escape time in the shoot-out at eight seconds, compared to one minute and 26 seconds for Manfio.
All in all, TITAN FC 60 was an entertaining night of fights.