Bland County high school in Rocky Gap will be the site for Titans of the Cage #26 on Saturday, December 1st.  Doors will open at 5:00 P.M. and fights start promptly at 6:00 P.M.   Many of the region’s best amateur MMA fighters will be in action on this card.


In the main event, it will be Wytheville up and coming fighter, “Razor” Robbie Ring making his bid to take the bantamweight title from the clutches of current TOC champion, A.J. Sanchez of Chicago, IL.   Ring who represents Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville comes off of an impressive win over Josh Cook of Halifax, VA, while Sanchez comes in riding high after retaining his title against Ring’s teammate, Ray Ray Holston. Ring hopes to take the next step in his promising young career, but standing in his way is a very formidable opponent in Sanchez.

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The Co-Main event will be Nick Beal of Asheboro School of martial arts challenging current TOC lightweight champion, Sean Mitchell of South Hill. In a bout being billed as a “super fight” it will be Ray Ray Holston of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville facing Eric Rodriguez of Team Phoenix out of Greensboro, NC. Both of these fighters are on the verge of moving up to the professional ranks.

In a special “expo” grappling match, two decorated U.S. Military veterans will face off.     Derik Rogers Joined the United States Army on January 31, 2007. Part of Big Red One 1st Combat Battalion 1-77FA, Falcon First, Derik was injured in August during a training exercise and has been fighting to save his foot ever since.

Garrett Carnes joined the U.S. Marines in 2009 as an infantryman. In February of 2012 while conducting a helicopter raid he stepped on an improvised explosive device resulting in the immediate loss of both of his legs. After nearly 40 surgeries and 16 months of rehabilitation he left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center walking on prosthetic legs. He has always challenged himself to not let his amputation’s limit him or identify him.   Derik and Garrett will do battle in the TOC cage in a special grappling match to serve as an example that anything is possible if you are determined.

This event is full of great match-ups.   Clay Anders (Wytheville) vs. Josh Cook (Halifax), Adam Zolot (Greensboro, NC) vs. Nick Farley (Cool Ridge, WV), Tyler Carrico (Wytheville) vs. Raymond Greene (Bland), Jaylee Long (Independence) vs. Isaiah Thompson (Galax), Derick Bias (Wytheville) vs. William Hale (Roanoke), Danny Edwards (Wytheville) vs Adrian Guijoza (Martinsville), Jacob Catron (Wytheville) vs. Jeff Wright (Hillsville) and Josh Lilley (Myrtle Beach, SC) vs. Jacob Coller (Greensboro, NC).

Still other great bouts that will be featured are; Joey DeSanto (Indiana) vs. Jeremy O’Quinten Cooper (Greensboro, NC), Joshua Rush (Roanoke) vs. Nicholas Fisher (Roanoke), Zack Humbertson (Fairmont, WV) vs. Jacob Lamb (Greensboro, NC) and Zack Bobbit (South Hill) vs. Jeff Copeland (Martinsville).

Several youth expo grappling matches will be featured, including sisters Ada and Jillian Lambert testing their skills against each other.   Both Ada and Jillian are part of the Tiny Titans program at Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville. They are the daughters of Jody and Olena Lambert of Bland. Ring girls for the event will be Tiffany Barr of Abingdon, Maranda Allen of Wytheville and Katie Crump of West, Virginia.

The early weigh-in event will be held on Friday, November 30th at Italian Garden 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 girl’s softball program.  Everyone is urged to come out to Bland County H.S. in Rocky Gap and support local MMA and student athletes. 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 high school.