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.
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