Sat. March 14th WYTHEVILLE MEETING CENTER TO HOST STATES TOP MMA FIGHTERS

Wytheville fighter Robbie Ring hopes to win MMA state championship in his hometown

Titans of the Cage #29 will be held at the Wytheville meeting center on March 14th and will boast a fight card that will showcase twenty (20) fights inside the cage with ten (10) of those fights being title fights. Three local fighters from Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville will headline one of the best fight cards this area has ever seen.  The event is overseen by the Virginia DPOR and sanctioned by United Combat Arts.

Wytheville’s own, Robbie Ring will attempt to bring home his third championship belt.  The 19 year old Ring, who trains out of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville, is currently ranked as the #2 fighter in both Virginia and Tennessee with an official record of 6-0.  He will face a top notch competitor in Randall Austin Jr. out of Team Ox in Johnson City, TN in the main event of the evening.  In addition to being an outstanding MMA competitor, Austin has excelled in K-1 kickboxing contests throughout the state of TN.  This fight will be for the United Combat Arts featherweight VA State Championship belt.

In the co-main event of the evening, Ring’s teammate Tyler “Ace” Cardwell will put his TOC light heavyweight belt on the line against Lee Poke of Cleveland, TN.  Cardwell is currently ranked as the #3 light heavyweight in VA. 

TOC cruiserweight champ, C.J. Burleson who also trains out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville will put his belt on the line against the heavy handed Nicholas Fisher out of Roanoke.  Burleson is currently ranked as the #4 fighter in VA in his weight division and this will be his third defense of his title.

Other notable title fights include; Josh Cook of Halifax who will challenge current TOC featherweight champ, Dylan Smith of Elite grappling in Lebanon.  Evan Lineberry of Hillsville will face Adrian Guijoza of Greensboro for the vacant TOC bantamweight belt.  Dylan Williams, of Hickory, North Carolina will take on interim flyweight champ Will Spann III of Myrtle Beach.  The TOC welterweight title will be up for grabs when Austin Cox of Elite grappling in Lebanon does battle with Brandon Williams of Team Phoenix in Greensboro.  Both Williams and Cox are former champions in this division. 

Two dynamic fighters will clash for the vacant lightweight title when Ferdinand Goke of Greensboro, NC faces Josh Lilley of Beaufort, SC.  Current TOC Middleweight Champ, Zion Tomlinson of Team Legion in Roanoke will defend his title against Jordan Heath of Beaufort MMA in South Carolina. And finally, the 195 pound TOC kickboxing title will be on the line when challenger Andre Williams of Beckley, WV faces current champ, Antwon Curtis of Roanoke.

Other exciting bouts scheduled for the undercard are as follows; Manuel Thurman of Cleveland, TN will face Matt Porter of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville in heavyweight action.  In flyweight action it will be Zach Bobbitt of Chase City taking on Logan Hurley of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville and Ryan Arnold of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville takes on Devon Shewey of Bland in lightweight action.

Still other bouts include; 140 lbs. women’s kickboxing bout Allison Hibbard (Fort Mill, SC) vs. Hailey Harkey (Vale, NC), 145 lbs. Tyler Gilger (Beckley, WV) vs. Clay Bucci (Greensboro, NC), 215 lbs. Curtis Elser (Graysville, TN) vs. Chris Hamlett (Radford), 155 lbs, Kenny Gatlin (Greensboro, NC) vs. Tango Rogers (Princeton, WV) and 155 lbs. Logan Atkins (Myrtle Beach, SC) vs. Brandon Holloway (Greensboro, NC).

Two special youth grappling bouts will feature Tayden Taylor, son of Kyle and Amy Taylor taking on Bryton Viars, son of Chris and Kayla Viars.  Both Tayden and Bryton are students at Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville.  Four year olds will show off their grappling skills when Avery Reeves, granddaughter of Ron and Jen Reeves takes on Mason Holston, son of Chad and Amanda Holston.

The Wytheville meeting center will provide great comfort for all spectators as all seats will be padded banquet room chairs.  There will also be two large projection screens so fans will always have a clear view of the action inside the cage.   Doors open at the Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd, Wytheville, VA at 5:00 PM and fights start promptly at 6:00 PM.  Tickets are available online at www.titansofthecage.com , at Ring-Combat Sports (213 W. Main St. in Wytheville) or at the door. 

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LOCAL FIGHTERS HEADLINE TITANS OF THE CAGE #28 AT THE APEX CENTER

Titans of the Cage #28 returns to the Appalachian Apex Center on Saturday, September 21st with a stacked fight card, filled with many local and regional fighters.  The card will feature eight (8) title fights with championship belts on the line.  The event is overseen by the Virginia DPOR and sanctioned by United Combat Arts.

Two undefeated Wytheville based fighters, Tyler “Ace” Cardwell and “Razor” Robbie Ring will headline the card in the Main and Co-Main events.  In the main event it will be champion vs champion as Tyler Cardwell puts his light heavyweight belt on the line against the current TOC Super Cruiserweight kickboxing champion, Antwon Curtis in a MMA championship bout slated for (5) x 3 minute rounds.  Cardwell is a member of Team SWMA and trains out of Ring-Combat Sports located on Main St. in Wytheville.  Curtis fights out of Modern Gladiators in Roanoke.  Both of these fighters bring great skill sets to the cage in this much anticipated match-up.

Local fighting champion, “Razor” Robbie Ring puts his bantamweight belt on the line once again as he will face undefeated fighter, Adrian Guijoza.  Ring. Who is a graduate of George Wythe H.S. and currently enrolled in the criminal justice program at WCC, aslo represents Team SWMA and fights out of Ring-Combat Sports and is coming off of a 1st round rear naked choke victory in his last fight in Johnson City, TN.  Guijoza trains out of Team Rock Bottom located in Martinsville.

TOC lightweight champ, K.C. Cockran of Hybrid martial arts in Roanoke, puts his title on the line against challenger Josh Lilley out of Beaufort, SC.   The women’s flyweight belt will be on the line when two former champions in this division hook up to see who can bring the gold home.  Tasha Hewitt fights out of Marietta, OH and she will face “Machine Gun” Kathy Hatfield out of Advantage martial arts in Princeton, WV.  This one is sure to be exciting and high paced.

Local up and coming fighter Jacob Catron gets his number called to step in on late notice to face current featherweight champion, Dylan Smith who puts his featherweight belt on the line.  Catron comes off of an impressive win in his last outing and now faces his biggest challenge to date in champion, Dylan Smith out of Elite Grappling in Lebanon.  In what could be a fight of the night candidate, Kaine Tomlinson Jr. of Team Legion in Roanoke will challenge TOC welterweight champ, Jacob Lamb of Team Phoenix out of Greensboro, NC.

Two Junior Expo title belts will be on the line, as local youth athletes showcase their skills inside the TOC cage.  Abi Long will face Laci Dixon in a youth kickboxing bout.  Both young ladies train out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville and both are freshmen in high school.  Abi attends George Wythe H.S. while Laci attends Fort Chiswell H.S.   Also, for the Youth modified MMA expo belt, it will be Angel Rigney of Roanoke, VA doing battle with Nathanael Dalton who attends middle school in Carroll County.

In another much anticipated match-up it will be two TOC hall of famers going head to head inside the cage as Micah “the original” Sheffey makes his long awaited return to the cage to face the always entertaining Josh “the great dane” Cook.  Cook has switched up teams and now trains out of Team ROC in Eden, NC and comes off of a unanimous decision win just 4 weeks ago in Norfolk.  Sheffey, a long time Team SWMA member out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville, has previously held the lightweight title belts for Titans of the cage as well as Caged Combat.  This will feature two of the most experienced amateur fighters in the state with each man having over 20 fights in the cage.  Team SWMA fighter, Zach Simons out of Ring-Combat Sports will be making his MMA debut as he fights veteran TOC competitor William Hale out of Roanoke, while Evan Lineberry of Hillsville will face Will Spann III (Myrtle Beach, SC) in a flyweight top contender bout.

The remainder of the card is full of local and regional athletes; Joy Miller of Ring-Combat sports faces Maygan Emmett of Charleston, WV in a kickboxing bout.  Teammate Tiffani Underwood of Ring-Combat Sports will face veteran fighter Hannah Elswick of Tazewell in a kickboxing bout.  Still other local fighters out of Ring-Combat Sports will test their skills inside the cage as Logan Hurley (Wytheville) faces James Bowman (Saltville) and Jasmine Dudding (Bland) takes on Stevana Shouvley (Roanoke) in MMA action.

More local youth expo bouts will also be a part of this blockbuster fight card with the following youth athletes competing; Emily Foore vs Amelia Dalton (modified MMA), Hailey Collins vs Grace Crowder (modified MMA), Aiden Jackson vs Levi Collins (kickboxing) and Abagail Collins vs Irene Jackson (grappling).

Other exciting MMA bouts on the card will be; Jordan Thornhill (Roanoke) vs Zach Bobbit (Chase City), Sean Mitchell (South Hill) vs Clay Bucci (Greensboro, NC) and Zack Humbertson (Fairmont, WV) vs James Anderson (Halifax).

TOC has a brand new and much improved seating layout that will put all spectators up close and personal to all the action inside the cage.  Doors open at the Apex Center, 290 Ready Mix Rd. Wytheville, VA at 5:00 PM and fights start promptly at 6:00 PM.  Tickets are available online at www.titansofthecage.com , at Ring-Combat Sports (213 W. Main St. in Wytheville) or at the door.  Please follow Titans of the Cage on Facebook or visit the website to keep up with all the latest MMA action.

TITANS OF THE CAGE MMA HEADS TO BLAND COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

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Bland County high school in Rocky Gap will be the site for Titans of the Cage #26 on Saturday, December 1st.  Doors will open at 5:00 P.M. and fights start promptly at 6:00 P.M.   Many of the region’s best amateur MMA fighters will be in action on this card.

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In the main event, it will be Wytheville up and coming fighter, “Razor” Robbie Ring making his bid to take the bantamweight title from the clutches of current TOC champion, A.J. Sanchez of Chicago, IL.   Ring who represents Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville comes off of an impressive win over Josh Cook of Halifax, VA, while Sanchez comes in riding high after retaining his title against Ring’s teammate, Ray Ray Holston. Ring hopes to take the next step in his promising young career, but standing in his way is a very formidable opponent in Sanchez.

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The Co-Main event will be Nick Beal of Asheboro School of martial arts challenging current TOC lightweight champion, Sean Mitchell of South Hill. In a bout being billed as a “super fight” it will be Ray Ray Holston of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville facing Eric Rodriguez of Team Phoenix out of Greensboro, NC. Both of these fighters are on the verge of moving up to the professional ranks.

In a special “expo” grappling match, two decorated U.S. Military veterans will face off.     Derik Rogers Joined the United States Army on January 31, 2007. Part of Big Red One 1st Combat Battalion 1-77FA, Falcon First, Derik was injured in August during a training exercise and has been fighting to save his foot ever since.

Garrett Carnes joined the U.S. Marines in 2009 as an infantryman. In February of 2012 while conducting a helicopter raid he stepped on an improvised explosive device resulting in the immediate loss of both of his legs. After nearly 40 surgeries and 16 months of rehabilitation he left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center walking on prosthetic legs. He has always challenged himself to not let his amputation’s limit him or identify him.   Derik and Garrett will do battle in the TOC cage in a special grappling match to serve as an example that anything is possible if you are determined.

This event is full of great match-ups.   Clay Anders (Wytheville) vs. Josh Cook (Halifax), Adam Zolot (Greensboro, NC) vs. Nick Farley (Cool Ridge, WV), Tyler Carrico (Wytheville) vs. Raymond Greene (Bland), Jaylee Long (Independence) vs. Isaiah Thompson (Galax), Derick Bias (Wytheville) vs. William Hale (Roanoke), Danny Edwards (Wytheville) vs Adrian Guijoza (Martinsville), Jacob Catron (Wytheville) vs. Jeff Wright (Hillsville) and Josh Lilley (Myrtle Beach, SC) vs. Jacob Coller (Greensboro, NC).

Still other great bouts that will be featured are; Joey DeSanto (Indiana) vs. Jeremy O’Quinten Cooper (Greensboro, NC), Joshua Rush (Roanoke) vs. Nicholas Fisher (Roanoke), Zack Humbertson (Fairmont, WV) vs. Jacob Lamb (Greensboro, NC) and Zack Bobbit (South Hill) vs. Jeff Copeland (Martinsville).

Several youth expo grappling matches will be featured, including sisters Ada and Jillian Lambert testing their skills against each other.   Both Ada and Jillian are part of the Tiny Titans program at Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville. They are the daughters of Jody and Olena Lambert of Bland. Ring girls for the event will be Tiffany Barr of Abingdon, Maranda Allen of Wytheville and Katie Crump of West, Virginia.

The early weigh-in event will be held on Friday, November 30th at Italian Garden in Wytheville and is free and open to the public starting at 6 P.M.  Fans are urged to come out and meet all the fighters and ring girls and have your picture made with them. The event is sponsored by and will benefit the Bland county girl’s softball program.  Everyone is urged to come out to Bland County H.S. in Rocky Gap and support local MMA and student athletes. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.titansofthecage.com Tickets can also be purchased at the early weigh-in event or at the door at Bland high school.

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Titans of the Cage #25 at Pulaski County HS

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Pulaski County high school played host to Titans of the Cage’s 25th event this past Saturday evening. Fans from all around the region filed in to enjoy some 17 MMA bouts, as well as some youth grappling bouts and sport karate matches inside the cage. Competitors from all around the region, with one competitor coming from as far away as Chicago, IL helped to make up this explosive fight card. The fans in attendance got treated to a super entertaining night of fights.

Title fights and championship belts were on the line, with seven (7) different title fights on the card. The main event of the evening seen challenger Zion Tomlinson of Legion MMA in Roanoke dethrone the champion, Christian Bradberry of Knoxville, TN by triangle choke late in the 3rd round of the contest. Tomlinson had lost the first two rounds on the judges’ scorecards before he came roaring back in the 3rd to get the win and become the new TOC middleweight champ. Pulaski County native and the area fan favorite, C.J. Burleson out of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville retained his cruiserweight title by way of 1st round TKO over Chris Hamlett of Blacksburg. Burleson landed a strong knee strike which wobbled Hamlett a little over a minute into the fight and Burleson swarmed in to finish the fight by TKO from strikes.

18 year old “Razor” Robbie Ring is a rising fighter who is already widely recognized throughout the region and he stepped inside the cage to do battle with Titans of the Cage veteran fighter and TOC hall of fame member, Josh Cook of Halifax fight team. Robbie Ring dominated the action in this one, winning all three rounds on the judges’ scorecards and scoring the unanimous decision win. Ring hurt Cook in the first round with a solid knee to the head from a standing clinch, but Cook somehow weathered the storm and survive the round. The next two rounds were much of the same, with Ring mixing in a steady diet of strikes, coupled with being able to easily land takedowns and deliver ground and pound. Cook did display great heart and determination to be able to last out the three rounds.

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A.J. Sanchez of Chicago, IL retained his bantamweight belt by defeating Ray Ray Holston of Ring-Combat sports by 3rd round TKO. Austin Cox of Elite grappling in Lebanon stopped Micah Sheffey of Ring-Combat Sports by 3rd round TKO to become the new TOC welterweight champion. Sean Mitchell of South Hill claimed the TOC lightweight championship by defeating Dylan Smith of Elite grappling in Lebanon by rear naked choke in the 1st round. Adam Zolot of Team Phoenix out of Greensboro, NC took home the TOC featherweight title by stopping Mike Sant of Absolute Jiu-Jitsu in Bristol, TN by rear naked choke. Finally, Logan Hurley of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville retained his TOC flyweight championship by stopping Coeburn fighter, Billy Byrd by TKO in the 1st round.

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In other results it was Tango Rogers defeated Josh Cloud, Danny Edwards defeated Will Wilson, Kristy Stafford defeated Stevana Shouvley, Tyler Gilger defeated Jacob Coller, Matthew Hairston defeated Derek Wisser, Jeffrey Carrico defeated Danny Stubbs, Tanner Perry defeated William Hale and Ron Vance defeated Devon Shewey.

Participants in the youth expo bouts were five year olds; Emily Porter, Riley Grubb, Joey Larkin and Eli Holston, all of the Ring-Combat sports Tiny Titans program in Wytheville. Other youth participants were nine year olds, Sierra Llewellyn and Hunter Penningon, as well as thirteen year olds Emily Foore and Grace Crowder, also of the Ring-Combat sports youth martial arts program.

The event helped to benefit the Pulaski County Special Olympics. TOC will return to action on December 1st at Rocky Gap high school. You can stay up with all the TOC action by searching on facebook for Titans of the Cage or visiting the website at www.titansofthecage.com

Titans of the Cage #25 MMA Returns to Pulaski Co. H.S.

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Live MMA action returns to Pulaski County H.S. in Dublin on Saturday, October 13th. Doors will open at 5:00 P.M. and the fight card begins promptly at 6:00 P.M.   The fights are being sanctioned by the state of VA and overseen by the United Combat Arts sanctioning body and DPOR of Richmond, VA.

Wytheville fighter “Razor” Robbie Ring makes his long awaited official MMA debut when he faces veteran fighter Josh Cook from Halifax fight team. Robbie has been involved in martial arts training since he was 3 years old and has compiled a record of 7-0 in MMA expo bouts over the past 3 years. Training out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville, Ring juggles going to college at WCC, along with a part time job and still trains six days per week in pursuit of his goal of fighting professionally.

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One of the headliners for the event will be C.J. Burleson of Pulaski who will face Chris Hamlett of Blacksburg for the TOC cruiserweight championship belt. Burleson trains out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville and was a standout football player for the Pulaski Co. Cougars and will fight in the Co-Main event of the evening.   The Main Event of the evening will be Zion Tomlinson of Roanoke facing current middle weight champ, Christian Bradberry of Knoxville, TN (formerly of Wytheville) for the TOC middleweight title.

In other title bouts, the current TOC bantamweight champ, A.J. Sanchez out of Chicago, IL puts the belt on the line against veteran fighter Ray Ray Holston of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville. The vacant featherweight belt will be on the line when Mike Sant, of Absolute Jiu-Jitsu in Bristol, TN does battle with Adam Zolot of Team Phoenix out of Greensboro, NC. In yet another title bout, it will be popular local fighter and veteran of nearly 20 fights inside the cage, Micah Sheffey facing Austin Cox of Elite Grappling in Lebanon for the vacant welterweight title. Sheffey who trains out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville is the former TOC lightweight champ and Caged Kombat Champion, but moves up a weight class for this opportunity.   Finally, Billy Byrd of Coeburn will challenge current flyweight champ, Logan Hurley of Ring-Combat Sports for the belt.

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The ladies will take front and center in this one, with Kristy Stafford of Big Stone Gap and Stevana Shouvley of Roanoke square off inside the cage.   This card is loaded with great bouts from top to bottom. Local fighter, Danny Edwards tries to remain undefeated as he takes on Will Wilson of Roanoke, Dylan Smith of Lebanon faces Sean Mitchell of South Hill in a lightweight top contender bout, Tyler Gilger of Beckley, WV faces Jacob Coller of Greensboro, NC, while Michael Warner of Princeton, WV and Antwon Curtis of Roanoke slug it out in a kickboxing showdown.

Still others line this explosive fight card as Ron Vance of Absolute Jiu-Jitsu in Bristol, TN faces Will Holtzclaw out of the UFC gym in Norfolk, VA, Jeremiah Wills (Greensboro, NC) faces Danny Stubbs (Beckley, WV), Tango Rogers (Princeton, WV) battles Josh Cloud (Hillsville), Matthew Hairston (Greensboro) faces Derick Wisser (Hamburg, PA) and Tanner Perry (Bristol, TN) takes on Jasper Scott (Halifax).

The popular youth grappling expo bouts will also be featured when local martial arts students from Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville showcase their Jiu-Jitsu skills inside the cage. Grace Crowder (12) vs. Emily Foore (12), Emily Porter (5) vs. Riley Grubb (5), Sierra Llewellyn (9) vs. Hunter Pennington (9) and Eli Holston (5) vs. Joey Larkin (5).

The event is sponsored by and will benefit the Pulaski County Special Olympics. Ring girl for the event will be Tiffany Barr of Abingdon. Advanced tickets are available online at www.titansofthecage.com. Tickets can also be purchased from select fighters or at the early weigh-ins event which will be held on Friday, October 12th at Italian Garden Restaurant in Wytheville from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tickets will also be available at the door of the event beginning at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 13th. Titans of the Cage promotions, is a family friendly event and we encourage the public to come out and bring the entire family for a great evening of entertainment.   Don’t miss any of the action and be sure to search for us on facebook at Titans of the Cage to keep up with all the MMA action, past, present and future.

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Grayson County HS hosts Titans of the Cage #24

If you missed the Titans of the Cage #24 event this past Saturday evening in Independence, you missed what was probably the most exciting fight card, from top to bottom in the history of the event. Every fight was evenly matched and highly competitive. This event had a little bit of everything, from knockouts, several submissions and fights that were determined by close decisions.

In the main event of the evening, it was champion K.C. Cockran, of Roanoke retaining his lightweight belt by stopping a game challenger, Micah Sheffey of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville, by arm bar late in round four. Entering the 4th round, Sheffey was up on the judges’ score cards having won the first two rounds. Cockran grappled his way to the mounted position midway into the fourth round where he finished the fight with an arm bar submission.

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In a fight being billed as a “Super fight”, Ray Ray Holston of Ring-Combat sports stopped Eric Rodriguez of Team Phoenix out of Greensboro, NC with a beautiful heel hook submission, to earn his 11th win inside the cage, along with another “submission of the night” award to add to his collection.

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In another thriller, it was current light heavyweight champ, Tyler Cardwell of Ring-Combat sports, stopping accomplished boxer and current black diamond beat down heavyweight champ, Josh Short of Charlottesville. Cardwell came out and was extremely dominant in rounds one and two.   He ran into some adversity he had to overcome in round three when Short landed a stiff shot to his chin that rocked the champion. Cardwell was able to weather the storm and retain his title by arm bar submission late in the 3rd round.

Other winners included; Will Holtzclaw (Norfolk) def. Stacy Dalton (Wytheville), Josh Cook (Halifax) def. Dee Venable (Martinsville), Danny Edwards (Wytheville) def. Devon Shewey (Fort Chiswell), Evan Lineberry (Hillsville) def. Will Wilson (Roanoke), Jared Gravely (Beckley, WV) def. Mathew Porter (Wytheville), Kyle Davis (Princeton, WV) def. James Dean (Max Meadows), Clay Anders (Wytheville) def. Josh Cloud (Martinsville), Tango Rogers (Princeton, WV) def. William Hale (Roanoke), Jeremiah Wills (Greensboro, NC) def. Justin Shatto (Dublin), Tony Booher (Bristol, TN) def. Sean Mitchell (South Hill) and Cody Prior (Covington) def. Jaylee Long (Wytheville).

The night also featured three “expo” bouts. Ring-Combat Sports teammates, Zach Perkins and Tanner Sark went three exciting rounds in a teen kickboxing expo, with no winner declared. Seventeen year old, Alex Troxal of Pennington Gap, defeated seventeen year old Keith Pecora of Beckley, WV by rear naked choke, while Austin Cox of Lebanon and Kaine Tomlinson Jr. of Roanoke fought to a three round draw.

Youth competitors included; Brie Hubbard, Emma Allen, Matyus Kennard, Kayden Walters, Desiree Simpkins, Gabrielle Waller and Makenzie Pennington, all members of the youth programs at Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville, as well as Aaliyah Lacks of Norfolk. Ring girls for the event were Tiffany Barr of Abingdon and Katie Crump from Beckley, WV.   Ring announcer for the evening was Pastor Jody Pyles of Radford.

The event was sponsored by and helped to benefit the Grayson County H.S. athletic department.   Titans of the cage events are sanctioned by the state of VA and overseen by United Combat Arts sanctioning body. The next Titans of the Cage event is tentatively scheduled for October. Stay informed about the event by following Titans of the Cage on facebook or visiting www.titansofthecage.com.

Photo 1: Micah Sheffey (right) lands an inside leg kick to the champion KC Cockran (left)

Photo 2: Ring-Combat Sports fighter Ray Ray Holston (right) finishes his opponent Eric Rodriguez (left) with a heel hook submission.

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MMA FIGHTERS WILL TAKE TO THE CAGE AT GRAYSON HS


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Grayson County high school, in Independence will be the site for Titans of the Cage #24 on Saturday, June 9th.  Doors will open at 5:00 P.M. and undercard fights start promptly at 5:45 P.M.   TOC Promotions will be showcasing a fight card that will feature 19 MMA fights inside the octagon, along with four (4) youth grappling bouts.  The event will feature four (4) title bouts along with a much anticipated “super fight” bout.

The main event of the evening will feature current TOC lightweight champ, K.C. Cockran of Hybrid Martial arts in Roanoke, putting his title on the line against TOC veteran and former lightweight champ, Micah “the original” Sheffey of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville. This will be a rematch of an earlier bout which was won by Cockran in an exciting fight.   Grayson County native, Jaylee Long, who also trains at Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville, will take on Cody Prior of Covington in the Co-Main event of the evening.

Other title belts will be on the line as current TOC featherweight champ; Jeromy Mitchell of Advantage martial arts in Princeton, WV will face Nick Beal of Asheboro martial arts in Asheboro, NC.  The current TOC undefeated light heavyweight champ, Tyler Cardwell of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville, puts his belt on the line against Josh Short of Staunton, while current flyweight champ, Logan Hurley of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville will put his belt on the line against Jeff Carico of Roanoke.

In a much anticipated “super fight” bout, it will be Ray Ray Holston of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville facing Eric Rodriguez of Team Phoenix in Greensboro, NC.  Rodriguez plans to turn pro after this fight, while Holston is looking to record his 10th win inside the cage. 

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Many other local fighters will also be in action, including some of the best talent in the region.  Some other local fighters include; Danny Edwards, Stacy Dalton, Clay Anders and Mathew Porter, all of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville.  In a teen expo bout it will be Zachary Perkins taking on his teammate Tanner Sark, both of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville.  Tanner is the son of Greg and Tonya Sark of Fort Chiswell, while Zach is the son of Stacy and Michelle Perkins of Wytheville.

 Other notable fighters on this card are James Dean (Max Meadows), Kyle Davis (Princeton, WV), Kaine Tomlinison Jr. (Roanoke), Alex Troxal (Pennington Gap), Keith Percora (Beckley, WV), Tango Rogers (Princeton, WV), Josh Cook (Halifax), Dee Venable (Martinsville), Evan Lineberry (Hillsville), Tony Booher (Bristol, TN). Will Holtclaw (Norfolk), Jeremia Wills (Greensboro, NC), Justin Shatto (Dublin), Austin Cox (Lebanon), Will Wilson (Roanoke), William Hale (Roanoke), Josh Cloud (Galax), Jared Gravely (Charleston, WV) and Sean Mitchell (Lynchburg).  There will also be four crowd pleasing youth expo bouts featuring seven local competitors along with a competitor from Norfolk, VA.

The event is sponsored by Grayson County athletic department and will benefit the student athletes at Grayson County H.S. 

Ring card girls for the event are Tiffany Barr of Abingdon and Katie Crump of WV. The early weigh-in event will be held on Friday, June 8that the Italian Garden Restaurant on Monroe St. in Wytheville and is free and open to the public starting at 6 P.M.  Fans are urged to come out and meet all the fighters and ring girls and have your picture made with them.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.titansofthecage.com .   Advanced tickets can also be purchased at the early weigh-in event or at the door at Grayson County H.S.

 

Photo 1:  KC Cockran (center) of Roanoke will defend his lightweight belt against Micah Sheffey of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville.

Photo 2:  Undefeated Jaylee Long (right) of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville will face Cody Prior of Covington in the Co-Main event

Pulaski County HS hosts Titans of the Cage #23

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Local and regional MMA fans came out in record numbers at Pulaski County H.S. to support the sport of mixed martial arts, the fellowship of Christian athletes, as well as the several area fighters competing in the event. The event was sanctioned by United Combat Arts and the sport of MMA is regulated by and overseen by the DPOR of the State of VA.

Highlighted bouts on the night seen Pulaski County fighter, C.J. Burleson bring home the TOC cruiserweight championship belt by defeating C.W. Ferguson of Roanoke, VA by first round TKO. Also, A.J. Sanchez of Team Enigma out of Chicago, IL pulled off the upset of the evening when he pulled off a guillotine choke to defeat Ray Ray Holston of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville to become the new TOC bantamweight champion.

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In the biggest and most anticipated fight of the evening, it was the current TOC featherweight champ, Jeromy Mitchell of Advantage Martial Arts in Princeton, WV taking on Doug Williams of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville in a bout deemed a super fight. Williams used takedowns and ground and pound techniques to defeat Mitchell in a bout that was contested at 150 lbs. Early in the second round, Williams scored another takedown and then secured a position known as the crucifix position and begin to open up on Mitchell with repeated strikes, until referee Marcelo Rodriguez stepped in to stop the fight, with Williams victorious by TKO referee stoppage.

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In other events of interest, K.C. Cockran of Hybrid martial arts in Roanoke defended his lightweight championship by defeating Dylan Smith of Elite grappling in Lebanon. Brandon Williams of Greensboro, NC became the new TOC welterweight champion by defeating the reigning champ, Joey DeSanto of Indiana by rear naked choke in the fourth round. Jaylee Long of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville defeated Will Holtzclaw of the UFC gym in Norfolk by second round TKO to move Longs record to 2-0. In the main event of the evening it was Christian Bradberry of Knoxville, TN (formally of Wytheville), claiming the vacant TOC middleweight belt by defeating veteran fighter Antwon Curtis of Modern Gladiators in Roanoke, by first round TKO.

Up and coming fighter Zion Tomlinson of Team Legion out of Roanoke stopped Micah Dando of Josh Cate MMA out of Knoxville, TN in the quickest fight of the night by TKO in only 18 seconds. Tyler Carrico of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville stopped Charlie Conner of Halifax fight team by TKO in the second round. Other results on the night included; Robert Niday (modern gladiators) defeated Stacy Dalton (Ring-combat sports) by TKO, Jacob Coller (Uprise MMA) defeated Dee Venable (Martinsville) by TKO, Jake Lineberry (backyard brawlers) defeated Clay Anders (Ring-Combat sports) by guillotine choke, Josh Cook (Halifax fight team) defeated Daniel Parsons (Big Stone Gap) by rear naked choke, Austin Cox (Elite Grapping) defeated Jody Pyles (Pyles combat) as fighter could not continue due to injury.

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Elijah Caviness (backyard brawlers) and Addison Hendry (uprise MMA) showcased their kickboxing skills in a teen kickboxing “expo” bout with no winner being declared. Also Chris Spencer (Ring-Combat Sports) took on Stacy Dalton II (Austinville) in an MMA “expo” with no winner being declared. There were also two crowd pleasing youth expo bouts featuring students of the Tiny Titans martial arts program at Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville.     Four year olds Riley Grubb and Joey Larkin entertained the fans with their jiu-jitsu skills. Riley is the daughter of Danielle Reeves and Cody Grubb of Wytheville and Joey is the son of Joe and Ashley Larkin of Rocky Gap. Next it was seven year olds Brady Sark and Dalton Walters displaying their jiu-jitsu technique to the enjoyment of the large crowd.   Brady is the son of Greg and Tonya Sark and Dalton is the son of Wayne and Denise Walters, all of Fort Chiswell.

Ring girls for the event were Tiffany Barr of Abingdon and Keyona Miller of Roanoke.   The National anthem was performed by sisters Ashley Larkin and Lindsay Gray of Rocky Gap. The event was sponsored by and benefited the Pulaski County fellowship of Christian athletes.

Titans of the Cage 23 – Coming to Dublin, VA

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Titans of the Cage live MMA comes to Pulaski Co. H.S.

 

Live MMA action is coming to Pulaski County H.S. in Dublin, VA Saturday, April 7th. Doors will open at 5:00 P.M. and the fight card begins promptly at 6:00 P.M.   The fights are being sanctioned by the state of VA and overseen by the United Combat Arts sanctioning body and DPOR of Richmond, VA.

One of the headliners for the event will be C.J. Burleson of Pulaski who will face Demetrius Dye of Halifax for the TOC cruiserweight championship belt. Burleson was a standout football player for the Pulaski Co. Cougars and will showcase his MMA fighting skills inside the octagon in the Co-Main event of the evening.   Females will also be on the card as Tiffani Underwood, also of Pulaski will take on Anne Okes of Flat top, WV in a catch weight bout. Another local fighter, Jody Pyles of Radford will face Austin Cox of Lebanon in a middleweight bout.

In the Main Event of the evening it will be Antwon Curtis of Roanoke going to battle with Christian Bradberry of Knoxville, TN (formerly of Wytheville) for the TOC middleweight title. In an interesting twist, teammates will face each other when undefeated (10-0) Austin Cooper takes on his teammate Micah Sheffey in a 160 lb. super fight bout. Both Sheffey and Cooper have reached the pinnacle in the region. Both men train out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville.   Having been training partners for over 5 years now, both men are very familiar with each other’s style and Sheffey looks to hand Cooper his first loss, while Cooper hopes to remain undefeated.

The current TOC bantamweight champ, Ray Ray Holston of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville will put his title on the line as he faces the talented up and coming fighter, A.J. Sanchez out of Chicago, IL.   Also, TOC lightweight champ, K.C. Cockran out of Hybrid martial arts in Roanoke puts his belt on the line against Dylan Smith of Elite Grappling out of Lebanon in another exciting title fight. Jeromy Mitchell is the current bantamweight champion and represents Advantage Martial Arts in Princeton, WV and he will face Doug Williams of Ring-Combat Sports, of Wytheville in a much anticipated super fight bout. Closing out the title fights it will be TOC welterweight champion Joey DeSanto of Indiana putting his title on the line against Brandon Williams of Greensboro, NC.  

This fight card is stacked heavily with great match-ups from top to bottom. Other local and regional fighters who will be showcasing their talents on this card will be;   Jaylee Long (Wytheville) vs. Will Holtzclaw (Norfolk), Clay Anders (Wytheville) vs. Jake Lineberry (Hillsville), Christopher Spencer (Wytheville) vs. Christopher Oliver (Pulaski), Stacy Dalton (Austinville) vs. Robert Niday (Roanoke), Josh Cook (Halifax) vs. Daniel Parsons (Big Stone Gap), Micah Dando (Knoxville, TN) vs. Zion Tomlinson (Roanoke),   Dee Venable (Martinsville) vs. Jacob Coller (Greensboro, NC) and Tyler Carrico (Wytheville) vs. Charlie Conner (Halifax).

The event will also feature a teen expo kickboxing bout between Elijah Caviness of Hillsville and Addison Hendry of Greensboro, NC.   There will also be two of our crowd pleasing youth grappling bouts. In the first youth bout featuring 4 year olds, it will be Riley Grubb vs. Joey Larkin. Riley is the daughter of Danielle Reeves of Wytheville and Joey is the son of Joe and Ashley Larkin of Rocky Gap. In the next youth grappling bout it will be 7 year olds, when Brady Sark takes on Dalton Walters. Brady is the son of Greg and Tonya Sark, while Dalton is the son of Wayne and Denise Walters, all of Fort Chiswell.   All four of the youth bout participants are members of the “tiny titans” martial arts program at Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville.

The event is sponsored by and will benefit the Pulaski County high school fellowship of Christian athletes. Ring girls for the event will be Tiffany Barr of Abingdon and Keyona Miller of Roanoke. Advanced tickets are available online at www.titansofthecage.com. Tickets can also be purchased from select fighters or at the early weigh-ins event which will be held on Friday, April 6th at Italian Garden Restaurant in Wytheville from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tickets will also be available at the door of the event beginning at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 7th. Titans of the Cage promotions, is a family friendly event and we encourage the public to come out and bring the entire family for a great evening of entertainment. Don’t miss any of the action and be sure to search for us on facebook at TOC Fights to keep up with all the MMA action, past, present and future.  

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Photo 1:  C.J. Burleson (right) of Pulaski, will face Demetrius Dye of Halifax for the TOC cruiserweight belt

Photo 2:  Long time teammates will clash inside the cage when Micah Sheffey (left) takes on Austin Cooper (right)