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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