Bank teller seeking win No. 3 at Titans of the Cage

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Tiffani Underwood is a cheerful blonde bank teller.
Schooled at home, the pastor’s daughter loves to bake and has dreams of opening her very own cookie store.
But don’t let her sweet nature fool you: she’s also a viscous competitor who enjoys fighting other women inside of a cage, inflicting so much pain that they either cry uncle or nearly pass out.
“It is one of my favorite things that I’ve ever done,” she said. “I absolutely love it.”
Yes, she loves to jab, wrestle, kick and win, but for Underwood, mixed martial arts cage fighting is much more. It’s hard work, perseverance, dedication and training to be the best she can be, physically and mentally.
“It pushes me like no other sport has,” she said. “It makes me push myself in ways I didn’t think I had in me.”  Read More…

Titans of the Cage #7 (12.14.13)


Titans of the Cage #7 held at Hillsville VFW Post
By: TOC Staff writer


On Saturday, December 14th, Titans of the Cage was held at the VFW Post in Hillsville, VA. Despite the foggy conditions and iced over Fancy Gap mountain, local fans filled the VFW post for an evening of hard hitting, fast paced mixed martial arts action. The events special guest ring announcer was Rick Caruso of Mountaineer MMA in Princeton, WV. Lindsey Smith (wife of Dee Smith of Absoloute Jiu-Jitsu) got the evening underway with the singing of the national anthem.

First up, on the undercard was James Settle (Absolute) defeating Shayne Hayden (Decimation) by TKO/Ref stoppage, after he landed a big punch early in round one. Next it was Jeff “Slim Jim” Wright (SWMA) picking up his first win inside the cage as he defeated Josh “the spider” Cox (Reaper MMA) by way of a round one triangle choke. The following fight saw heavyweight Tyler Cardwell (SWMA) stop Robert Spence (Reaper MMA) late in the first round by referee stoppage due to strikes.

The next bout saw Troy “the big bad” Wolfe (Absolute) earn his first win inside the cage, defeating Gary Brown in a light weight match-up, ending the fight in the first round by guillotine choke. Next up was a featherweight match-up between Sam “bam bam” Baker (Mountaineer MMA) and Randy Ferrill (Team Jorge Gurgel), with Ferrill scoring the win by way of rear naked choke late in round one. This was followed by a 175 lb. catch weight bout that saw Johnse “kryptonite” Hatfield (SWMA) earn his second win over James Loftis of Abingdon, winning by a first round guillotine choke and pushing his record to 2-0.

Next it was a female bantam weight match featuring Tiffani “farm-all” Underwood (SWMA) who defeated Lisa Blevins in a dominant performance, softening her opponent up with ground and pound, then applying an arm bar mid-way through the 1st round to earn herself another win inside the cage and run her current fight record to 3-0.
Next up it was bantam weights, as Brandon “conflicted affair” Creed (Tiger Phoenix) defeated Coy “Country Boy” Morrision in a back and forth, crowd pleasing fight that didn’t end until the 3rd round when Creed was able to secure back mount on Morrison and applied a deep rear naked choke. The two men earned the TOC “fight of the night” runner-up award for their efforts. In the evenings next bout it was light heavy weights, as Dakota McGinn (SWMA) stopped Scott Collins (Team Psycho) in round one, by referee stoppage, due to strikes.

In the first of three title bouts, it was TOC feather weight champion, Jesse “the sponge” Hamm (PRO-HEALTH) facing challenger Gil Goncalves (Team Brutal) with the belt on the line. The first round seen both fighters exchange kicks and punches in a very technical feeling out process, with both fighters showing very good fighting skills. It was in round two when the champion Hamm was able to land a big standing knee to the head of the challenger that spelled the difference in the fight and Jesse Hamm retained his feather weight title against a very strong challenge from Gil Goncalves. Next was a 160 lb. catchweight bout with Logan Griffin (Absolute) defeating the always tough Ayron “the hurricane” Davis (Decimation) late in round one when he applied a beautiful kimura, which earned Griffin the TOC “submission of the night” award.

Next it was a 165 lb. catch weigh bout that saw TOC lightweight champion, Micah “the original” Sheffey (SWMA) stop Randy “Rambo” Gibson (Mercenary) after landing a huge knee to Gibson’s head in the evenings quickest finish at 0:15 seconds of round one. Then in the evenings co-main event it was TOC women’s bantam weight champion, Charity Walker (PRO-Health), putting her title on the line against Lutts, TN fighter, Danielle Alexander (Team last man standing). This was a crowd pleasing fight that saw each fighter land significant punches and kicks on each other. At the end of round two, Walker landed a big punch that put Alexander down (maybe out) as the horn sounded to end the second round. Alexander, like a true warrior was able to come off the stool for round #3 and continued to fight hard, pressing forward against the champion for the biggest part of the fight. In the end, after five grueling rounds, it was Walker retaining her title by way of judges split decision, in a fight that earned the TOC “fight of the night” award.

In the second half of the main event, it was big Gage Stanley (Absolute) facing off with Roanoke based fighter Brian Maxwell (Team fight to live) for the vacant light heavy weight championship belt. As the match got underway each fighter exchanged then clinched. From the standing clinch Maxwell landed a couple short punches to the forehead of Stanley, but Stanley then exerted himself and completed a takedown on Maxwell and soon thereafter he worked his way to the mounted position. From there, Stanley began to rain down hard punches. In an attempt to avoid taking the punches directly in the face, Maxwell turned his head at the same time Stanley was throwing punches, causing him self to absorb the punches on the back of the head. After a couple of times of this happening, Maxwell again turned his head simultaneous to Stanley’s incoming punches, causing the referee to call an official time-out to issue a formal warning about strikes to the back of the head. Due to the strikes being unintentional, the referee did not deduct a point, but because of fighter safety standards, the referee felt the need to break the fighters and issue a formal warning. Once the referee called the official time out, Maxwell held the back of his head and seemed disoriented, prompting the ringside doctor to step in to evaluate his ability to continue. After the standard 5 minute time allotment following an accidental foul, the ringside doctor called a halt to the bout because Maxwell had indicated that his vision was blurred and the bout was declared a no contest.

It was an unfortunate ending to the much anticipated title bout, but both men indicated afterwards that they would be willing to rematch and settle the matter at TOC #8 in April. Gage Stanley remains undefeated with a record of 7-0, while Maxwell is the current title holder in another promotion within the Danville area.

The event benefited the local VFW Post in Hillsville, VA, along with the Wounded Warrior project, a non-profit organization. Ring card girls for the event were Jessica Lynn Sexton, Melynda Lester and Rayanne Harl.

News – TOC #5 Update


If you haven’t heard, Titans of the Cage #5 is returning to George Wythe High School in Wytheville, VA on SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH!  This is the best card to date and will feature 3 TOC Title bouts!  The main event of the evening will be a title bout between Tony “TR” Fowler and Lloyd Phillips.  The card is STACKED with more than 15 hard hitting, action packed MMA Bouts!

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TOC 5 OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN EVENT (Friday 4.12.13)- Hosted by Black Bear Harley-Davidson of Wytheville, VA

We invite all TOC Fight Fans to join us on Friday, April 12th from 6-8 pm for our Official Weigh-Ins at Black Bear Harley-Davidson in Wytheville.  Stop by to meet your favorite TOC Fighters and Ring Girls. This is the last stop before our TOC Warriors battle in the Octagon on Saturday!

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Tappin’ Out for Now…

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TOC #4 Results (11-3-12)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

From George Wythe High School in Wytheville, Virginia

1) Dwayne Hamm (Pro Health Martial Arts/Mount Airy, N.C.) vs. Trevor Spencer (0-1, Independent/Wytheville, Va.)

Round 1 — The first fight of the night started out with no touch of the gloves as Spencer came out swinging. Nothing could hit home but he continued to set the pace of the fight. Hamm finally let his hands go and landed a solid one-two. Spencer stepped into his opponent and tried to put him into the cage. Hamm set a standing guillotine. Hamm jumped guard and brought his opponent to the mat with the guillotine set deep. As soon has Hamm’s back hit the mat, Spencer was choked unconscious and the ref stopped the fight.

WIN: Dwayne Hamm wins in round 1 by guillotine.


2) TJ Williams (Independent/ Saltville, Va.) vs. Chris Weaver (1-1, Independent/Marion, Va.)


Round 1 –This heavyweight match started with not touch. Weaver was the first to strike after circling briefly. Weaver threw two strikes then put his opponent into the cage and took him down. Williams landed in side but was caught in a guillotine. This didn’t stop him from throwing strikes to the exposed ribs of Weaver. Weaver managed to roll Williams and landed in mount. He rained down strikes from mount but was unable to finish from here. Williams rolled but Weaver ended up taking his back, set a Rear Naked Choke, and finished the fight from here.


WIN: Chris Weaver wins in round 1 by Rear Naked Choke.





3) Ron Vance (2-0, Absolute Jiu-Jitsu/Bristol, Tenn.) Chase Utt (0-1, Mt. Airy Combat & Fitness/Mt. Airy, N.C.)

Round 1 — Our third fight of the night started with a quick touch of the gloves then the hands immediately started to fly. both fighters threw strikes with Utt getting the better of the exchange. Vance weathered the blows and managed to get his opponents back to the cage. Vance took his opponenet to the mat and advanced to half guard. from here he tried to set a straight armbar but was unsuccessful. Utt managed to reverse the position and landed in the guard of his opponent. Vance rained down strikes but was caught in an armbar. He scooped Vance and tried to slam his way out of it but was unsuccessful in doing so. Vance held onto the armbar and rolled his opponent to his back. The ref called the fight but the decision to do so was not well liked by the fans because there was no sign of Utt tapping.

WIN: Ron Vance wins in round 1 by armbar.

4) Hannah Elswick (0-1, Independent/Tazewell, Va.) vs. Rayanne Harl (0-0, Team SWMA/Wytheville, Va.)

Round 1 — Our first female bout of the night started out with no touch as both girls came out swinging hard! Both girls landed big shots on the other but neither fell. Harl, after eatting one too many punches, shot in and took down Elswick. Elswick managed to set a guillotine before being taken to the mat but was unalble to finish the hold. Harl tried to make her way to mount but was unable to do so as Elswick sweeped her and ended up on top. Elswick landed a few shots from here but was unable to do any real damage before she was swept. This time, Harl was able to make it to mount and rained down strikes. Unable to finish with strikes, Harl set a cross choke that Elswick was unable to defend and ended up tapping to.

WIN:  Rayanne Harl wins in round 1 by cross choke.

5) Dillian Goad (Pro Health Martial Arts/Mt. Airy, N.C.) vs. James Rhoton (0-1, Team Advantage/Princeton , W.Va.)

Round 1 — This match startted quickly as Rhoton came out swinging, sending his opponent scurrying away. After realizing this was a fight, Goad threw a few strikes of his own but was unable to hit home. A brief clinch put the fighters into the cage but they quicly split. Rhoton continued to set the pace and landed a solid leg kick on the lead leg of Goad. They clinched again but Rhoton caught a knee to the groin. After catching his breath, they engaged again with Rhoton loooking for the takedown. Unable to do so, he gave up the hold tried throwing strikes again. Unable to land any strikes, Rhoton tried again for the takedown but ate a HUGE knee for his troubles. Goad was unable to capitalize on his staggered opponent and Rhoton regained his demeanor and managed to put Goad into the cage and take him down. Goad wasn’t going down easily as he swept Rhoton and landed in side, throwing punches and elbows as the round came to an end.

Round 2 – Goad was the first to strike this round but was taken down. Rhoton was tried to captialize but was unable to do so as Goad swept him and set a triangle from the top. From here, still holding onto the triangle choke, Goad rained down strikes to the exposed face of Rhoton. After landing several big shots, Goad rolled to his side, and finished the triangle choke from here as Rhoton tapped.

WIN: Dillian Goad wins in round 2 by Triangle Choke.

*3 youth grappling matches are next, followed by an intermission. will be back to you after the intermission.*


6) Gage Stanley (2-0, Absolute Jiu-Jitsu/Bristol, Tenn.) vs. Calvin Shook (Independent/Wytheville, Va.)

Round 1 — Our first fight after the intermission ended as quickly as it started. A quick touch followed by a stiff right jab from Stanley dropped Shook immediately. Stanley jumped on top of his downed opponent and managed to hit him two more times before the ref stopped this fight, only seconds into round 1.

WIN: Gage Stanly wins in round 1 by KO.

7) Nokomus Shearin (Team No Limit/Henderson, N.C.) vs. Micah Sheffey (2-0, Team SWMA/Wytheville, Va.)

Round 1 — Round 1 started with a quick touch of the gloves. Both fighters circled, feeling each other out and trying to find their range. Shearing landed a weak leg kick as he tried to find his range. Shearing threw a head kick that missed home. Sheffey shot in but was stuffed. He managed to take Shearin’s back but Shearin did a forward roll and set a knee bar that looked like it was about to snap the leg of Sheffey. Sheffey fought the hold long and hard as Shearin continued to crank the knee bar. Sheffey managed to break the hold and made his way to mount. He managed to land a few shots before Shearin rolled to his stomach. Sheffey took the back of Shearin and managed to set in a Rear Naked Choke that was set deep! Shearin fought the choke for as long as possible but ultimately tapped.

WIN:  Micah Sheffey wins in round 1 by Rear Naked Choke.

8) Charity Walker (0-1, Pro Health Martial Arts/Mt. Airy, N.C.) vs. Melissa Blyth (0-2, Team Advantage/Princeton, W.Va.)

Round 1 — No love shown by these ladies as the round started. Blyth landed a solid right hand that hit home but Walker answered with a cross elbow that clipped Blyth. Another big excange ensued by Walker getting the better of the strikes. Blyth answered with a few big shots of her own after Walker landed her strikes. Both ladies threw elbows but none hit home. A solid teep kick from Walker pushed Blyth back, but only briefly. Blyth came forward with strikes of her own. But it was Walker that ended up coming out on top as she threw a solid one-two combo that rattled Blyth. Seeing her opponent staggered, Walker advanced and landed several big combos that all hit home. Blyth’s hands dropped and Walker hit her a few more times before the ref stepped in to stop the fight due to strikes.

WIN:  Charity Walker wins in round 1 by TKO due to strikes.



9) Welterweight Top Contender Bout; Winner Fights T.R. Fowler for TOC Title

Leslie “Paco” Merris (2-1, Blue Ridge Kung Fu & Arnis Academy/Abingdon, Va.) vs. Tyler Smith (Absolute Jiu-Jitsu/Bristol, Tenn.)

Round 1 — Both fighters came out ready to strike. A quick touch and the action began. Smith came out with a body kick that barely caught Merris. Smith advanced and put Merris into the cage and went for the single leg takedown. Merris set a guillotine before being taken down but was unable to finish the hold. Smith made his way to mount but was unable to do anything before Merris rolled him and landed in Smith’s guard. Smith set a triagngle choke that looked deep. Merris scooped him and slammed him to the mat, breaking the triangle. Smith transitioned to an omoplata but was unable to finish the hold as Merris rolled before Smith could seatbelt him. Smith managed to maintain control after the roll and made his way back to mount. From here, Smith rained down strikes as Merris covered. Merris rolled onto his stomach, Smith took his back, set in his hooks, set the Rear Naked Choke, and finished the fight from here. His victory makes AJJ 3-0 for the night.

WIN: Tyler Smith wins in round 1 by Rear Naked Choke

10) Jesse Hamm (Pro Health Martial Arts/Mt. Airy, N.C.) vs. Daric Hawkins (Team No Limit/Henderson, N.C.)

Round 1 — Round 1 started with a quick touch followed by a stiff jab from each fighter, both hitting home. Hamm threw another punch, using it to set up a takedown. Hamm was successful with the takedown but landed in the guard of Hawkins. Hawkins attempted a triangle but was slammed by Hamm. After the slam, the fighters made it back the their feet and immediately clinched. Both fighters threw knees, with Hawkins getting the better of the strikes. Hamm managed to push Hawkins into the cage and broke the clinch. Hawkins set a standing schoolyard bully choke but was unable to finish the hold as Hamm picked him up and slammed him to the mat. Hamm went from side mount to full mount quickly and landed a few big shots before the horn sounded, ending the first round.

Round 2 — Round two started with no touch as Hamm came out with a teep kick that didn’t phase Hawkins. Hawkins answered the kick with several big shots of his own that staggered Hamm. Hawkins was unable to capitalize and Hamm got his bearings back. The fighters circled, neither moving in to striking distance. When they did make it into range, it was Hawkins that landed the big shots, but none big enought to topple Hamm. The fighters circled again, both occasionally throwing out feeler punches. Hamm tried to shoot in on his opponent but was caught in a standing guillotine that looked deep. Hamm broke the hold and clinched with Hawkins, pushing him into the cage. The crowd called for knees as Hamm had his hands on the back of Hawkins head, leaving his face exposed. Hamm answered the call and delivered a devastating knee that knocked Hawkins out cold, sending him toppling to the canvas. Seeing no need to add insult to injury, Hamm backed off of his opponent, knowing that he has won the match.

WIN: Jesse Hamm wins in round 2 by KO.

11) Vacant TOC Featherweight Title

Ayron Davis (1-2, Team Decimation/Wytheville, Va.) vs. James Ronsick (13-19, Asheboro, N.C.)

Round 1 — This title fight started out with a quick touch vollowed by Rosnick attempting a big head kick that caught the shoulder of Davis. Davis answered with a one-two-three combo, the first two shots hit home, but the third barely missed. Davis clinched and landed knees to the body before being taken down. Rosnick pulled guard and quickly set a triangle that Davis fought hard, delivering knees from this not so great position. Davis continued to fight the hold, striking and throwing knees when he could. Rosnick transitioned to an armbar, which Davis tried to roll out of but ended up with Rosnick on top of him, setting a triangle. Davis rolled but couldn’t break out of the triangle. Davis continued to fight hard but was unable to break the hold and ended up tapping.

WIN:  James Rosnick wins in round 1 by triangle choke.


12) Co-Main Event

160 Catchweight: Joseph Shearin (6-7, Team No Limit/Henderson, N.C.) vs. Mark Jones (Q&A) (6-2, Ironlock MMA & Rivera Fitness/Huntsville, Ala.)

Round 1 — For those that read the Q&A with Mark Jones, you know that this is a big grudge match between two great fighters. Mark Jones looked to avenge his first MMA loss against a very talented Joseph Shearin. Round 1 started with a quick touch of the gloves. The fighters circled, neighter striking. Shearin was the first to strike, throwing a big head kick that missed home. Jones answered with a headkick of his own that also missed its target. Jones advanced, throwing a one-two combo that knocked Shearing into the cage. Jones advanced, looking for the finish. Jones rained down strikes but Shearin managed to pull guard. Jones threw strikes from the guard of his opponent but almost fell into a triangle. Jones stood, avoiding the hold but quickly dropped back into his opponents guard, looking to strike. Shearin set an armbar and Jones fought to break free. Shearin transitioned to an armbar and quickly got his angle. Jones tried to fight the hold but was unable to break the hold and tapped due to the choke.

WIN: Joseph Shearin wins in round 1 by Triangle Choke.


13) Main Event, for the TOC Lightweight Top Contendership

David Long (2-1, Team SWMA/Wytheville, Va.) vs. Brandon Creed (2-0, Independent/Sparta, N.C.)

Round 1 — Our main event started with no touch as both fighters ran to the center of the cage, rady to strike. Long clinched and threw big knees to the head of Creed. Creed answered with some big knees of his own and pushed his opponent inot the cage. Long went for the takedown but was unable to get it. A second attempt on the takedown and Long was successful. Long landed in side control and landed several punches to Creed before Creed was able to pull guard. Long passed the guard of Creed but Creed was able to make it to his feet. Both threw and creed shot in for a takedown of his own, which he did successfully. Long made it back to his feetbut Creed maintained control and delivered several big knees to Long’s head. Long managed to get free, just long enough to survive the end of the round.

Round 2 — Round 2 began with a clinch, followed by knees from Long. Creed tried for a takedown but ate several more knees for the effort. Long maintained the clinch but was taken down. They quickly made it back to their feet, Long still in control. Long took Creed to the canvas, and took his back. From here, Long delivered blow after blow after blow the the head of Creed. Creed fought as long as possible but was unable to defend the strikes, causing the ref to jump in and stop the fight.

WIN: David Long wins in round 2 by TKO due to strikes.

This brings an end to tonights show. Titans of the Cage will be back at it again in the Spring!