Bland Elementary school will be the site for Titans of the Cage #21 on Saturday, September 16th. Doors will open at 5:00 P.M. and fights start promptly at 6:00 P.M. Loaded with all of the most popular local and regional fighters, this fight card could very well be the biggest and best fight card in the history of TOC promotions.
The main event of the evening will feature current light heavyweight champ, Tyler Cardwell of Team SWMA in Wytheville, putting his belt on the line against popular Pulaski County based fighter, C.J. Burleson. Cardwell is undefeated and C.J. has been involved in some of the most memorable fights in the history of TOC. In the Co-Main event it will be another popular local MMA veteran Micah Sheffey of Team SWMA in Wytheville, defending his lightweight title against Roanoke based fighter, K.C. Cockran.
Womenâ€™s flyweight champ Megan Poe of Pennington Gap, puts her belt on the line against undefeated Tasha Hewitt of Marietta, Ohio. Bland County native Ray Ray Holston who represents Team SWMA in Wytheville will fight for the bantamweight championship against Jake Barnett of Big Stone Gap. Holston already holds the flyweight belt but will step up a weight class and attempt to bring the bantamweight belt home and become the first fighter in the history of TOC to hold titles in two different weight classes.
Local seventeen year old rising MMA talent, â€œRazorâ€ Robbie Ring who represents Team SWMA of Wytheville, will step into the cage once again to face TOC veteran fighter Casey Conway in a bantamweight bout. Ring is undefeated in the cage both in MMA competition, as well as kickboxing matches. The featherweight belt will be up for grabs when current champ Jeromy â€œpretty boyâ€ Mitchell of Princeton, WV will take on Daniel â€œcheetoâ€ Parsons of Big Stone Gap. Sixteenyear old Logan Houston of Team SWMA in Wytheville will take on Elijah Caviness of Hillsville in a youth kickboxing expo bout.
Also in a special youth expo grappling bout it will be 7 year old Emma Allen, daughter of Darrell and Deanna Allen of Barren Springs, taking on 6 year old Brady Sark, son of Greg and Tonya Sark of Fort Chiswell. Both Emma and Brady are students enrolled in the Tiny Titans program at Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville and are Junior members of Team SWMA.
Other notable bouts on the card featuring local fighters will be; Dustin Davis of Wytheville taking on Brett Summers of Princeton, WV, Raymond Greeene of Bland taking on Tyler Carrico of Team SWMA in Wytheville and top ranked bantamweight fight, Chris Pontier, of Charleston, WV taking on Will Lilly of Team SWMA in Wytheville.
Still other bouts featuring popular regional fighters will be; Michael Warner (Princeton, WV) vs Stacy Dalton (Wytheville), Tony Warnke (Sparta, NC) vs Devon Shewey (Fort Chiswell), Isaiah Thompson (Galax) vs Chase Long (Wytheville), Jeremy Pullens (Charleston, WV) vs Josh Cloud (Martinsville), Brandon Rogers (Princeton, WV) vs Josh Cook (Halifax), Kenny Davis (Charleston, WV) vs Jacob Coller (Greensboro, NC), Chris Mayberry (Covington) vs Samuel One-Bull (Princeton, WV) and Antwon Curtis (Roanoke) vs Cody Prior (Covington).
Ring card girls for the event are Keyona Miller of Martinsville and Maggie Borchgrevink of Independence. The early weigh-in event will be held on Friday, September 15that 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. The event is sponsored by and will benefit the Bland county schools athletic department. 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 Elementary school.