At the Cage Titans 34 weigh-ins Jimmy Manning (3-0) of SSSF and Montoyia Swilling (0-7) had their 1st opportunity to face off since their original bout at the last event was scrapped at weigh-ins. There were complications with Swilling making it to weigh-ins during the allotted time from the commission, leaving Manning with a last minute opponent change, something no fighter takes a liking to after putting in a training camp for a specific opponent.
After some back and forth between the fighters on social media they agreed to try it again this event. Swilling was present and on time at today’s weigh-ins but he was not on weight. As many fighters would feel slighted and disrespected by their opponent coming in overweight, that perceived disrespect was compounded by it being not 3 or 5, but 9 pounds beyond the contracted weight of 165 lbs.
Manning’s disdain for Swilling was evident once they came face to face. As Manning approached the face off, Swilling began to “knuckle up” for the meeting. Consequently the two came into contact with one another, igniting Manning, who interpreted the contact as aggression towards him.
Ultimately after the fighters were separated and the bout is proceeding as planned but the missing of weight cost Swilling a percentage of his purse which will be forfeited to Manning. When asked about missing weight, Swilling cited his complications of making the weight was because it was a “larger cut this time around” and he “didn’t have the proper cut”.
The back story has been established, the animosity is high, do not blink tomorrow night once the cage door is closed behind these two combatants.
Saturday night The Plymouth Memorial Hall the doors will open at 5pm with the first bout to begin at 6pm. If you are looking for a place for dinner prior to the start of the event visit the “The tavern On the Wharf, directly behind the Hall. They will also be the Official Cage Titans FC After Hours Location.
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Cage Titans FC 34 Main Card (Pro Fights & Amateur Title Bouts)
Main Event – Manny Bermudez 146 (9-0, SSSF) vs. *Joe Pearson 153 (45-31-1, Miletich Fighting Systems)
Frank Sforza 156 (6-0, SSSF) vs. Jay Ellis 156.4 (25-36, Team Knockout)
Peter Barrett 150 (8-0, Juniko/Sityodtong) vs. Drew Morals 151 (6-4, Fuse MMA)
Joe Giannetti 156 (4-0, SSSF) vs. Vince McGuiness 155 (5-6, Bang Muay Thai)
Jimmy Manning 165 (3-0, SSSF) vs. **Montoyia Swilling 174 (0-7, God’s Team)
Johnny Campbell 143 (13-9, SSSF) vs. Tim Wheeler Same Day weigh-in (2-3, Independent)
Amateur Lightweight Title: (Champion) Zach DiSabatino 156 (4-0, SSSF) vs. Gerald Meuse 156 (4-2, Sityodtong)
Amatuer Flyweight Title: (Champion) Josh Meehan 126 (4-0, Juniko) vs. Jake Kasperowski 125 (3-2-1, Redline)
Undercard (Amateur Bouts)
Ron Marshall 203 (1-3 Nostros MMA) vs. Fabio Cherant 205 (2-1, Juniko)
Chris Sniger 149 (1-1, SBG East) vs. Antoine Caparotta 151 (3-1, SSSF)
Mike Albert 146 (0-1, Independent) vs. Pat Gilbride 146 (0-0, Lauzon MMA)
Trevor Gudde 164 (2-0, Florian BJJ) vs. Marty Navis 166 (2-1, Lauzon MMA)
LaNeisha Vinson 116 (4-2-1, Warrior Warehouse) vs. Hillarie Rose 115 (3-3, USMMA)
Aaron Hughes 144 (0-2, Regiment) vs. John Semenuk 144 (1-0, Juniko)
Pat Crowley 184 (0-1, Florian BJJ) vs. Brandon Conrad 184 (0-0)
Jordan Brown 143 (1-0, Warrior Warehouse) vs. Matt Waddell 145 (0-0, Lauzon MMA)
Christopher O’Brien 155 (1-0, SSSF) vs. Josh Halliday 154 (Debut, USMMA)
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