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.