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The Titan FC Roster

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Titan Fighting Championships' history reads much like a sports version of The Odyssey in it's decade long struggle through serious lows and epic highs. The Kansas City based promotion was founded in 2005 by Joe Kelly, fresh out of graduate college, to support local Kansas City fighters and veterans drifting between bigger promotions. Fighters like Alan Belcher, Jay Hieron, and Pat Healy made early appearances, while Bobby Voelker, Tony Fryklund, LC Davis and Rob Kimmons were mainstays of the early cards.

In 2007, Kelly began to juggle various roles in the MMA industry becoming VP and GM of Ringside, Inc - a sports equipment supplier based in Kansas City, VP of Live Events for M-1 Global, and for a short time the Executive Director of Operations for Bellator, all while running Titan. He refocused the direction of Titan in 2011 and secured a deal with HDNet and headlined their first broadcast with Tim Sylvia vs Abe Wagner. Sylvia was on the brink of a comeback, but his shocking defeat by KO foreshadowed Titan's own future.

Kelly sold Titan FC's fighter contracts and broadcast deals to Resurrection Fighting Alliance on October 2012 and then took a position with the company. This was thought to be the end of Titan FC as a MMA organization. But less than a year later, Kelly bought back the rights to the Titan FC name and with the help and money of sports manager Jeff Aronson, they secured a deal with CBSSports to promote eight events for the network.

MMA in general has followed a strange road in recent years. While the UFC has expanded the roster rapidly and further established themselves as the industry leader, national Network broadcasters have suddenly become interested in MMA and started developing programming to support the sport. Titan's surprising resurgence has helped many athletes stay in the public eye and their non-competition clause with the UFC begins to solidify the sport with a solid middle tier that has been absent in MMA up to this point. The hope is that the general sports audience becomes more interested in MMA through all these televised promotions and the sport continues to grow.

The following is a list of fighters under multi-fight contracts with Titan Fighting Championships and the transactions associated with the organization, as they appear on their website. The roster list and the transaction information are only as comprehensive as the site is, which could benefit from the simple inclusion of fighter profiles. So yeah it made this a difficult process.

Titan Fight Championships 29 featuring a welterweight title fight between Matt Riddle and Ben Saunders airs August 22 on CBSSports Network from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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Recent Signings

The fighters listed have been signed (or re-signed) to recent multi-fight contracts or have yet to make their debut. Fighters are listed by their signing date, if known.

DATE NAME DIVISION (Rank) RECORD
July 31, 2014 Akihiro Gono 155 (335) 34-19-8
July 31, 2014 Yoshiyuki Yoshida 155 (87) 17-6
July 28, 2014 Lloyd Woodard 145 (WW-146) 13-4
July 24, 2014 Bristol Marunde 155 (WW-159) 13-9
July 24, 2014 Micah Miller 155 (287) 19-6-0-1
July 16, 2014 Richie Martinez 170 (UR) 3-0
July 15, 2014 Ryan Hall 155 (UR) 3-1
May 15, 2014 Mike Bruno 155 (UR) 11-6
May 15, 2014 D'Jaun Owens 155 (FW-163) 10-7-1
May 15, 2014 Tyler Minton 170 (UR) 3-1
May 15, 2014 Blaine Thomas 170 (UR) 5-1
May 15, 2014 Jeremy Severn 155 (UR) 1-0
April 22, 2014 Ben Saunders 170 (53) 16-6-2
April 7, 2014 Keith Johnson 170 (NR-I) 7-2
April 1, 2014 Walt Harris 265 (48) 6-3
March 30, 2014 Aaron Derrow 155 (535) 12-8 (1-2)
March 25, 2014 Todd Moore 170 (225) 16-5
Feb 19, 2014 Luigi Fioravanti 170 (MW-172) 24-11
Feb 19, 2014 Mike Bronzoulis 170 (MW-254) 15-7-1
Feb 19, 2014 Saul Galindo 155 (312) 7-0
Feb 19, 2014 Joe Barajas 145 (346) 10-0
Feb 19, 2014 Luan Chagas 170 (477) 8-1
Feb 19, 2014 Jonas Boeno 155 (495) 25-9
Feb 19, 2014 Adi Alic 145 (UR) 4-0
Feb 19, 2014 Ricky Calatayud 125 (UR) 10-2
Feb 19, 2014 Darren Till 170 (UR) 8-0
Feb 17, 2014 Jose Landi-Jons 170 (461) 28-15
Jan 31, 2014 Marcus LeVesseur 155 (NR-I) 22-7
Jan 31, 2014 Vinny Magalhaes 205 (43) 11-7-0-1
Jan 28, 2014 Jeff Curran 125 (BW-207) 34-16-1
Jan 23, 2014 Iliarde Santos 125 (94) 27-9-1-1
Jan 23, 2014 Luis Rafael Laurentino 135 (161) 25-0
Jan 23, 2014 George Sotiropoulos 155 (292) 14-6
Jan 23, 2014 Luciano dos Santos 155 (UR) 9-6

Recent Releases

These fighters have been recently released from their contracts, listed in order of release date.

DATE NAME DIVISION (Rank) RECORD (TFC) REASON
July 15, 2014 Efrain Escudero 155 (72) 22-8 (0-0) Signed by UFC
May 17, 2014 Jake Lindsey 155 (196) 9-1 (2-0) Signed by UFC
March 21, 2014 Mirsad Bektic 145 (64) 8-0 (2-0) Signed by UFC

Flyweights (125lb)

RANK NAME RECORD (TFC Record) NEXT OPPONENT (Rank)
30 Pedro Nobre 16-1-2-1 (1-0)
123 Bill Friday 5-1 (1-0)
94 Iliarde Santos 27-9-1-1 (0-0)
207 (@ BW) Jeff Curran 34-16-1 (0-0)
UR Ricky Calatayud 10-2 (0-0)

Bantamweights (135lb)

RANK NAME RECORD (TFC Record) NEXT OPPONENT (Rank)
40 Kevin Croom 14-5 (2-1)
106 Bryan Goldsby 17-16 (0-1)
109 Walel Watson 12-7 (1-0) Anthony Gutierrez @ TFC 30
142 Anthony Gutierrez 5-0 (5-0) Walel Watson @ TFC 30
217 Brian Davidson 11-4 (3-1)
161 Luis Rafael Laurentino 25-0 (0-0)

Featherweights (145lb)

RANK NAME RECORD (TFC Record) NEXT OPPONENT/CARD
40 Gleristone Santos 26-4 (1-0)
146 (@ WW) Lloyd Woodard 13-4 (0-0) Kurt Holobaugh @ TFC 29
169 (@ LW) Kurt Holobaugh 10-2 (1-0) Lloyd Woodard @ TFC 29
230 Alvin Robinson 13-8 (0-1)
346 Joe Barajas 10-0 (0-0)
UR Adi Alic 4-0 (0-0)

Lightweights (155lb)

RANK NAME RECORD (TFC Record) NEXT OPPONENT (Rank)
65 Mike Ricci 9-4 (1-0) George Sotiropoulos @ TFC 29
87 Yoshiyuki Yoshida 17-6
159 @ WW Bristol Marunde 13-9 (0-0) Micah Miller @ TFC 29
163 (@ FW) D'Jaun Owens 10-7-1 (0-0) Mike Bruno @ TFC 29
248 Zach Freeman 7-1 (0-1)
287 Micah Miller 19-6 Bristol Marunde @ TFC 29
292 George Sotiropoulos 14-6 (0-0) Mike Ricci @ TFC 29
312 Saul Galindo 7-0 (0-0)
335 Akihiro Gono 34-19-8 (0-0)
495 Jonas Boeno 25-9 (0-0)
531 Eric Marriot 22-8 (3-1)
535 Aaron Derrow 12-8 (1-2)
UR Jorge Gurgel 14-10 (0-1)
NR-I Marcus LeVesseur 22-7 (0-0)
UR Mike Bruno 11-6 (0-0) D'Jaun Owens @ TFC 29
UR Luciano dos Santos 9-6 (0-0) Jeremy Severn @ TFC 29
UR Jeremy Severn 1-0 (0-0) Luciano dos Santos @ TFC 29

Welterweights (170lb)

RANK NAME RECORD (TFC Record) NEXT OPPONENT (Rank)
53 Ben Saunders 16-6-2 (0-0) Matt Riddle @ TFC 29
54 (@ MW) Matt Riddle 8-3-0-2 (1-0) Ben Saunders @ TFC 29
70 Brian Foster 22-5 (1-0)
75 Daniel Roberts 14-5 (1-0)
136 Gilbert Smith 8-3 (0-1)
172 (@ MW) Luigi Fioravanti 24-11 (0-0) TBA @ BattleGrounds MMA 5
225 Todd Moore 16-5 (0-0) Ricardo Tirloni @ Arena Tour 3
254 (@ MW) Mike Bronzoulis 15-7-1 (0-0) Keith Johnson @ TFC 29
263 Brock Jardine 9-4 (0-1)
461 Jose Landi-Jons 28-15 (0-0) Jevgeniy Mahteenko @ WFC 19
477 Luan Chagas 8-1 (0-0)
UR Darren Till 8-0 (0-0)
NR-I Keith Johnson 7-2 (0-0) Mike Bronzoulis @ TFC 29
UR Tyler Minton 3-1 (0-0) Blaine Thomas @ TFC 29
UR Blaine Thomas 5-1 (0-0) Tyler Minton @ TFC 29
UR Richie Martinez 3-0 (0-0) TBA @ TFC 30

Middleweights (185lb)

RANK NAME RECORD (TFC Record) NEXT OPPONENT (Rank)
218 Michael Kuiper 12-4 (0-1)

Light Heavyweights (205lb)

RANK NAME RECORD (TFC Record) NEXT OPPONENT (Rank)
28 Jason Brilz 22-5-1 (1-0) Vinny Magalhaes @ TFC 30
43 Vinny Magalhaes 11-7-0-1 (0-0) Jason Brilz @ TFC 30
54 Raphael Davis 13-3 (0-1)

Heavyweights (265lb)

RANK NAME RECORD (TFC Record) NEXT OPPONENT (Rank)
48 Walt Harris 6-3 (1-0) Dave Herman @ TFC 30
67 DJ Linderman 15-8 (0-1) Kenny Garner @ HOF 1
71 Dave Herman 22-6 (2-0) Walt Harris @ TFC 30
82 Kalib Starnes 16-9-1 (0-1) Mike Hayes @ Fight Time 20

*All Rankings taken from Fight Matrix at time of writing. UR indicates an Unranked fighter. NR-I indicates an Inactive fighter

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