MMA FIGHTERS WILL TAKE TO THE CAGE AT GRAYSON HS


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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. 

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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

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.

Titans of the Cage 23 – Coming to Dublin, VA

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Titans of the Cage live MMA comes to Pulaski Co. H.S.

 

Live MMA action is coming to Pulaski County H.S. in Dublin, VA Saturday, April 7th. Doors will open at 5:00 P.M. and the fight card begins promptly at 6:00 P.M.   The fights are being sanctioned by the state of VA and overseen by the United Combat Arts sanctioning body and DPOR of Richmond, VA.

One of the headliners for the event will be C.J. Burleson of Pulaski who will face Demetrius Dye of Halifax for the TOC cruiserweight championship belt. Burleson was a standout football player for the Pulaski Co. Cougars and will showcase his MMA fighting skills inside the octagon in the Co-Main event of the evening.   Females will also be on the card as Tiffani Underwood, also of Pulaski will take on Anne Okes of Flat top, WV in a catch weight bout. Another local fighter, Jody Pyles of Radford will face Austin Cox of Lebanon in a middleweight bout.

In the Main Event of the evening it will be Antwon Curtis of Roanoke going to battle with Christian Bradberry of Knoxville, TN (formerly of Wytheville) for the TOC middleweight title. In an interesting twist, teammates will face each other when undefeated (10-0) Austin Cooper takes on his teammate Micah Sheffey in a 160 lb. super fight bout. Both Sheffey and Cooper have reached the pinnacle in the region. Both men train out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville.   Having been training partners for over 5 years now, both men are very familiar with each other’s style and Sheffey looks to hand Cooper his first loss, while Cooper hopes to remain undefeated.

The current TOC bantamweight champ, Ray Ray Holston of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville will put his title on the line as he faces the talented up and coming fighter, A.J. Sanchez out of Chicago, IL.   Also, TOC lightweight champ, K.C. Cockran out of Hybrid martial arts in Roanoke puts his belt on the line against Dylan Smith of Elite Grappling out of Lebanon in another exciting title fight. Jeromy Mitchell is the current bantamweight champion and represents Advantage Martial Arts in Princeton, WV and he will face Doug Williams of Ring-Combat Sports, of Wytheville in a much anticipated super fight bout. Closing out the title fights it will be TOC welterweight champion Joey DeSanto of Indiana putting his title on the line against Brandon Williams of Greensboro, NC.  

This fight card is stacked heavily with great match-ups from top to bottom. Other local and regional fighters who will be showcasing their talents on this card will be;   Jaylee Long (Wytheville) vs. Will Holtzclaw (Norfolk), Clay Anders (Wytheville) vs. Jake Lineberry (Hillsville), Christopher Spencer (Wytheville) vs. Christopher Oliver (Pulaski), Stacy Dalton (Austinville) vs. Robert Niday (Roanoke), Josh Cook (Halifax) vs. Daniel Parsons (Big Stone Gap), Micah Dando (Knoxville, TN) vs. Zion Tomlinson (Roanoke),   Dee Venable (Martinsville) vs. Jacob Coller (Greensboro, NC) and Tyler Carrico (Wytheville) vs. Charlie Conner (Halifax).

The event will also feature a teen expo kickboxing bout between Elijah Caviness of Hillsville and Addison Hendry of Greensboro, NC.   There will also be two of our crowd pleasing youth grappling bouts. In the first youth bout featuring 4 year olds, it will be Riley Grubb vs. Joey Larkin. Riley is the daughter of Danielle Reeves of Wytheville and Joey is the son of Joe and Ashley Larkin of Rocky Gap. In the next youth grappling bout it will be 7 year olds, when Brady Sark takes on Dalton Walters. Brady is the son of Greg and Tonya Sark, while Dalton is the son of Wayne and Denise Walters, all of Fort Chiswell.   All four of the youth bout participants are members of the “tiny titans” martial arts program at Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville.

The event is sponsored by and will benefit the Pulaski County high school fellowship of Christian athletes. Ring girls for the event will be Tiffany Barr of Abingdon and Keyona Miller of Roanoke. Advanced tickets are available online at www.titansofthecage.com. Tickets can also be purchased from select fighters or at the early weigh-ins event which will be held on Friday, April 6th at Italian Garden Restaurant in Wytheville from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tickets will also be available at the door of the event beginning at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 7th. Titans of the Cage promotions, is a family friendly event and we encourage the public to come out and bring the entire family for a great evening of entertainment. Don’t miss any of the action and be sure to search for us on facebook at TOC Fights to keep up with all the MMA action, past, present and future.  

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Photo 1:  C.J. Burleson (right) of Pulaski, will face Demetrius Dye of Halifax for the TOC cruiserweight belt

Photo 2:  Long time teammates will clash inside the cage when Micah Sheffey (left) takes on Austin Cooper (right)

MMA fans brave bad weather to attend Titans of the Cage #22

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Grayson County H.S. played host to Titans of the Cage #22 this past Saturday evening in Independence. With the bleachers full and all of the floor seating sold out, Airel Sturgil sang the national anthem and the state sanctioned event got underway right on time.

The main event of the evening featured one of the top 145 lb. fighters in the region, Doug Williams of Team SWMA in Wytheville, taking on one of the best 155 lb. fighters in the region in Brandon Eldridge of Advantage MMA in Princeton, WV.   After five rounds of technical, back and forth fighting, it was Doug Williams earning the hard fought decision.

 

Logan Hurley representing Team SWMA of Wytheville became the new TOC flyweight champ when he stopped Halifax Fight team top contender, Brandon Perkins after one round, when Perkins was unable to answer the bell for round two.  Grayson County native and fan favorite Jaylee Long made his MMA debut before his hometown crowd who came out big in support the Team SWMA member as he faced off with Wes Pennington of Rural Retreat.  Long put together a combination of punches near the two minute mark of the first round scoring a knockout victory and bringing the crowd to their feet in appreciation.

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Jeff Morris of advantage martial arts in Princeton became the new middleweight champion defeating Kyle Johnson in the second round by rear naked choke.  Kathy Hatfield, also of Advantage martial arts, defeated Joy Miller in the second round by standing guillotine choke to become the new women’s flyweight champ.  Other notable area fighters competing included the following; Austin Cooper (Team SWMA) defeated Jeremy Caviness (Backyard Brawlers) by second round TKO, Ray Ray Holston (Team SWMA) defeated Daniel Parsons (YGMMA) by round one tap out due to strikes.  Zion Tomlinson (Team Legion) defeated Clay Anders (Team SWMA) in second round by referee stoppage; Tyler Carrico (Team SWMA) defeated Damon Heath of Saltville by second round TKO.

 

Other bouts included; Stacy Dalton of Austinville defeated Michael Warner of Princeton by round one verbal submission, Antwon Curtis (Modern gladiators) of Roanoke stopped Cody Prior of Covington with only three seconds left in the first round by rear naked choke.  Jake Lineberry (backyard brawlers) defeated Ian Sword (Absolute Jiu-Jitsu) by second round Ezekiel choke, while Dylan Smith (Elite grappling) of Lebanon, scored the KO of the night with a 19 second KO of Daniel Boyd (Team Phoenix) of Greensboro, NC.

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The event also included some grappling expo bouts.  Kayden Walters, daughter of Wayne and Denise Walters of Ivanhoe took on Jeremia Caviness, son of Jeremy and Misty Caviness of Hillsville in a crowd pleasing expo grappling bout.  Both Kayden and Jeremia are youth students at Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville.  Also, Riley Grubb (4 years old)  and Leah Cooper (5 years old) are both members of the “tiny titans” program at Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville and they won over the crowd as they showcased their grappling skills in an expo grappling match during intermission.  Also in adult grappling expos Brandon Williams (Team Phoenix) and Jeromy Mitchell (Advnatage MA) grappled to a draw,  Jacob Coller (Uprise MMA) defeated Jake Barnett (YGMMA) by choke and Josh Cook (Halifax fight team) and Joseph Semones (Grayson County sandman Jiu-Jitsu) also grappled to a draw.

 

Maggie Borchrevink of Independence served as ring girl for the event while Rick Caruso of Princeton, WV handled the ring announcer duties.  The next event is slated for Saturday, April 7th at Pulaski County high school, where titles will once again be on the line and a whole host of area fighters will be competing once again.  The event on Saturday night benefitted the Grayson County athletic department.   Visit www.titansofthecage.com or search for Titans of the Cage on facebook to keep up with all the latest news and to learn more about the event.

TITANS OF THE CAGE MMA HEADS TO GRAYSON COUNTY H.S.

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Grayson County high school in Independence will be the site for Titans of the Cage #22 on Saturday, December 9th. Doors will open at 5:00 P.M. and fights start promptly at 6:00 P.M. This card will feature all of the top amateur MMA fighters in the region. This event will feature three (3) title fights with championship belts on the line, as well as a huge “super fight” bout, which will be the main event of the evening.

In the main event, it will be Doug Williams of Team SWMA of Wytheville, taking on Brandon Eldridge of Advantage Martial Arts in Princeton, WV. These are two of the premiere amateur fighters in the region. Williams will step up a weight class for the opportunity to fight Eldridge.

Local Grayson County fighters will also be featured on this card with Grayson County native, Jaylee Long of Team SWMA making his MMA debut as he takes on Wes Pennington of Rural Retreat. Clay Anders from Grayson County will also be representing Team SWMA as he makes his MMA debut against Skyler Morris. Tyler Carrico, also of Grayson County returns to the cage representing Team SWMA as he takes on Damon Heath of Saltville.

In a much anticipated championship bout it will be Joy “little miss violence” Miller of McCleansville, NC representing Team SWMA taking on “Machine Gun” Kathy Hatfield for the vacant women’s flyweigh title. Miller is the former flyweight champ and she faces an undefeated Hatfield to see who takes home the gold. Jeff Morris of Princeton, WV will challenge current TOC middleweight champ Kyle Johnson of Roanoke for the middleweight belt. Logan Hurley of Team SWMA of Wytheville, will take on Brandon Perkins of Halifax fight team for the vacant flyweight championship belt.

Other notable fights will feature undefeated (9-0) Austin “the eternal dragon” Cooper of Team SWMA making his return to the cage to fight Jeremy “backwoods” Caviness of Hillsville. Ayron Davis of Wytheville will face Will Lilly of Wytheville. Current TOC bantamweight champ, Ray Ray Holston of Team SWMA takes on Casey Conway of Rural Retreat.

In a matchup of top contenders in the lightweight division it will be Dylan Smith of Lebanon taking on Daniel Boyd of Greensboro, NC. Other fights will feature Stacy Dalton (Austinville) vs Michael Warner (Princeton, WV), Antwon Curtis (Roanoke) vs Cody Prior (Covington), Devon Shewey (Wytheville) vs Josh Cloud (Martinsville), Jacob Coller (Greensboro) vs Quintin Foye (Martinsville), Jake Justice (Beckley, WV) vs Brandon Williams (Greensboro, NC) along with several other featured bouts.

The early weigh-in event will be held on Friday, December 8th at Ring-Combat Sports, 213 W. Main 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 Grayson county schools athletic department. Everyone is urged to come out to Grayson County H.S. in Independence 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 Grayson high school.

Sold out crowd for Titans of the Cage #21 in Bland

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Bland Elementary school was packed with standing room only this past Saturday night for Titans of the Cage #21. The event really delivered on a promise that this would be one of the best events the promotion had ever held. The excitement in the building was really high for the fight card that featured some of the very best amateur fighters the region has to offer.

The main event of the evening featured the very popular C.J. Burleson of Pulaski who represents Snake Pit MMA, challenging the current light heavyweight champion, Tyler Cardwell of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville. C.J. had a huge section of supporters and their cheers rang from the rafters as he was introduced. The two fighters spent nearly the whole first round with a back and forth feeling out process, until about 10 seconds were left in the first round, at which time Cardwell landed a straight left hand to the chin of Burleson sending him crashing to the mat with the first round KO and Cardwell retaining his title.

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Bland County native and Ring-Combat sports member, Ray Ray “Say it twice” Holston made history by becoming the first TOC champion to hold belts in two different weight divisions when he captured the bantamweight title with a TKO referee stoppage over Jake Barnett of Big Stone Gap. Jeromy “pretty boy” Mitchell of team advantage in Princeton, WV retained his featherweight title with a win by rear naked choke over Daniel “Cheeto” Parsons of Big Stone Gap. Current women’s flyweight champ, Megan Poe of Team Ironlock out of Pennington Gap stopped undefeated challenger, Tasha Hewitt of Marietta Combat sports out of Marietta, OH in the 3rd round by TKO. K.C. Cockran of Hybrid martial arts in Roanoke became the new TOC lightweight champion by defeating Micah “the original” Sheffey of Ring-Combat Sports by a rear naked choke with only 2 seconds remaining in the 2nd round. The winner of the “fan favorite” award went to “Razor” Robbie Ring of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville. Robbie defeated veteran TOC fighter Casey Conway of Rural Retreat by knock out with a knee strike. The win took the seventeen year olds MMA record to 6-0, while he holds a 2-0 record in kickboxing, as well.

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Other notable bouts on the card featured an expo kickboxing bout that started the night off with Logan Hurley of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville taking on Elijah Caviness of the backyard brawler team from Hillsville. The bout went the full 3 round and no winner is declared in an expo bout. Tony Warnke defeated Devon Shewey after the fight had to be restarted after Warnke delivered an incidental illegal knee strike. Chris Pontier of Charleston, WV defeated Will Lilly of Ring-Combat sports by arm bar submission. Lilly stepped up on a two week notice to face the much more experienced Pontier. Pontier is one of the top welterweights in the promotion and has eight fights under his belt, while this was only the second fight for Lilly. Jeremy Pullens of Charleston, WV defeated Josh Cloud of Martinsville by 2nd round TKO. Raymond Greene of Bland, defeated Tyler Carrico of Ring-Combat sports by kimura submission. The bout between Princeton WV fighter Michael Warner and Stacy Dalton of Ring-Combat sports was ruled a “no contest” due to an incidental foul by Warner and Dalton was unable to continue. Brett Summers of Princeton, WV defeated Dustin Davis of Wytheville by TKO. Kenny Davis of Charleston, WV defeated Jacob Coller of Burlington, NC, while Josh Cook of Halifax fight team got the win over team advantage fighter Brandon “Tango” Rogers of Princeton by rear naked choke.

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The youth grappling expo bout was a crowd pleaser, featuring Brady Sark (son of Greg and Tonya Sark) of Fort Chiswell, who took on Emma Allen (daughter of Darrell and Deanna Allen) of Barren Springs. The six year olds who both train at Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville displayed their grappling skills to the delight of the capacity crowd and received a roaring ovation at the end of their match. The ring girls for the event were Maggie Borchrevink of Independence and Keyona Miller of Roanoke. Kaitlin Airel Sturgil of Big Stone Gap sang the national anthem and professional MMA fighter Rick Caruso of Princeton, WV was the ring announcer.

The next event is slated for Saturday, December 9th at Bland Elementary school, where titles will once again be on the line and a whole host of area fighters will be competing once again. The event on Saturday night benefitted the Bland County athletic department. Visit www.titansofthecage.com or search for Titans of the Cage on facebook to keep up with all the latest news and to learn more about the event.

TITANS OF THE CAGE MMA EVENT RETURNS TO BLAND

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.

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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.

Women’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.

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Local seventeen year old rising MMA talent, “Razor” 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 “pretty boy” Mitchell of Princeton, WV will take on Daniel “cheeto” 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.

Titans of the Cage holds 20th event at Grayson County H.S.

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Titans of the Cage holds 20th event at Grayson County H.S.

Fight teams came all the way from Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, along with fighters from throughout the region to compete on the Titans of the Cage #20 event at Grayson high school in Independence. An excited group of MMA fans filed into the gymnasium for several matches that were greatly anticipated. New champions were crowned as Kyle Johnson of Roanoke defeated Cody Prior of Covington to become the new middleweight champion. Jeromy “pretty boy” Mitchell of Advantage martial arts in Princeton, WV defeated Josh Cook of Halifax fight team to take home the featherweight belt. And in the fight of the night, it was Joey DeSanto of Indiana defeating Chris Pontier of Beckley, WV to become the new TOC welterweight champ. This was a great fight that seen Pontier come out and win the first two rounds and looked as if he was going to cruise on through to take the title home, when Joey DeSanto came out of nowhere in the 3rd round to win by submission when he applied a Kimura forcing Pontier to tap out.

In other notable bouts, Jacob Catron (17) of Team SWMA in Wytheville fought an expo bout with Elijah Caviness (16) of the Backyard Brawlers team from Hillsville. An “expo” bout cannot announce an official winner, but it was a very entertaining back and forth match between the two teenagers. Also, Logan Houston (16), also of Wytheville and a member of Team SWMA put on a kickboxing expo bout with Jordan Caviness (18) of the backyard brawlers team, in an entertaining bout.

Kristy Stafford of Big Stone Gap who trains at Team SWMA in Wytheville scored her first win in a TKO victory over Anne Okes of Princeton, WV. K.C. Cockran of Hybrid MMA in Roanoke defeated Ray Kahler of Halfax fight team to become the #1 contender in the lightweight division and will challenge Micah Sheffey of Team SWMA in Wytheville for Sheffey’s lightweight title. Tasha Hewitt of Marietta, OH defeated Joy Miller of McLeansville, NC to become the top contender in the women’s flyweight division and she will now get a shot to face TOC women’s flyweight champ, Megan Poe of Team Ironlock out of Pennington Gap.

The next event is set for September 16th at the Bland Elementary school where five (5) title fights are scheduled to be held. Visit www.titansofthecage.com or search Titans of the Cage on facebook to keep up with all the latest info from each event.

GRAYSON HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST TITANS OF THE CAGE #19

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On Saturday, March 25th fighters from all across the region will converge on Grayson County high school in Independence for the Titans of the Cage #19 MMA event.  Doors will open at 5:00 P.M. and the hard-hitting action inside the cage will begin promptly at 6:00 P.M.

 

The Titans of the Cage #19 card is slated for eighteen (18) mixed martial arts bouts, including five (5) title bouts where TOC championship belts are on the line, along with three (3) bouts that will determine the #1 contender in their respective weight divisions.   In the Main Event of the evening it will be Jeromy “pretty boy” Mitchell of Advantage martial arts in Princeton, WV taking on Dustin “the redneck romeo” Davis of team decimation for the featherweight title.  Three fighters representing Southwest Martial Arts Academy of Wytheville will be attempting to claim titles, when Micah Sheffey fights for the lightweight belt, Tyler “ace” Cardwell fights for the light heavyweight belt and Ray Ray “say it twice” Holston goes for the TOC flyweight belt.

Sheffey will face Ray Kahler of Halifax Fight team, Cardwell takes on Chris Hamlett of Christiansburg, while Holston will do battle with Jake Barnett of Big Stone Gap.

 

Other local fighters will be testing their skills with Jeremy “backwoods” Caviness of the backyard brawlers team out of Hillsville defending his middleweight title against Cody Prior of Covington.  Chase Long, Will Lilly, Aaron Kell, Stacy Dalton and Michael Shupe, all fighting out of Southwest Martial Arts in Wytheville will be in action on this card.  Long will fight to become the #1 contender in the middleweight division, while Lilly and Kell will be making their MMA debuts.  Evan Lineberry of Hillsville takes on Jeff Carico of Roanoke.

 

Several teams from around the region will be represented including Absolute Jiu-Jitsu of Bristol, TN, Round 30 of Roanoke, Advantage Martial arts of Princeton, WV, Southwest Martial Arts Academy (Team SWMA) of Wytheville, Team Rock Bottom of Danville, Backyard Brawlers of Hillsville, Team Enigma of Bristol, Halifax fight team of Halifax, Kanpichit super rhino muay thai out of Clarksville, Team Decimation of Wytheville, Battleground Martial arts and Asheboro school of martial arts.

 

Ring girls for the event will be Keyona Miller of Lynchburg and Maggie Borchrevink of Independence.  Tickets are available at www.titansofthecage.com .  Tickets will also be available at the early weigh-ins event which will be held on Friday, March 24th at the Italian Garden Restaurant on Spring St. in Wytheville from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  The weigh-in event is free and open to the public beginning at 6:00 P.M.  The event is being held in partnership with Grayson County Schools and will benefit the Grayson County athletic programs.  Titans of the cage #19 will be sanctioned by United Combat Arts (UCA), which is an official approved sanctioning body, certified by the state of Virginia to oversee amateur MMA events.  Search Titans of the Cage on facebook to keep up with all the event news.

 

Pictured left to right:  Kristy Campbell, Evan Lineberry, Jeremy Caviness, Ray Kahler, Ray Ray Holston, Tyler Cardwell, Micah Sheffey, Chris Hamlett, Josh Cook, Dustin Davis and Brandon Perkins