On Saturday, August 12th at Plymouth Memorial Hall, Cage Titans will host their 35th event. Headlining the card will be the #1 ranked bantamweight in New England, undefeated Manny Bermudez who battles extremely tough veteran Bendy Casimir out of Las Vegas. Bermudez has quickly become the hottest local prospect not yet signed to the UFC and will look to prove once again that it is just a matter of time until he gets there. Standing in his way and looking to derail the hype train though, is arguably his toughest test to date in Bendy Casimir, who is a veteran of almost 40 fights over a 16 year professional career, competing in some of the largest organizations all over the world.

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Cage Titans veteran Frank Sforza of South Shore SportFighting enters the cage for the 3rd time in 2017. In his last fight the fans saw him earn his 5th professional finish and 4th submission win. He used his aggressive wrestling attack and rigorous pace to secure a rear naked choke early in the round against a 75 plus fight mma veteran. He will look to improve on his last victory when he faces another veteran of the sport Jeff Anderson at a catchweight of 150 lbs. Anderson will make his 3rd appearance in our cage and the 25th career pro fight overall. He is a great example of a fighter who has gotten in the cage time after time to test himself against New England’s best. Having fought many of those talents to decision in hard back and forth battles, we expect the same when he looks to derail the surging Sforza.


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The Unpredictable One’ Sean Lally returns to our cage after recording his fourth 1st round KO victory last August. He will be looking to move his current win streak to four when he faces Florida’s #1 ranked light heavyweight Avery ‘The Irish Hurricane’ McPhatter. All but one of McPhatter victories have come by way of finish so much like the man across from him neither of these two fighters will be “playing it safe”. These heavy handed combatants will look to get in and get out adding another 1st round victory to their record when the door closed behind them in their middleweight match up.

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Joe Giannetti will take on Keenan Raymond in an exciting lightweight match-up. Giannetti is dialed in and focused on keeping his undefeated record intact and shifts focus to his third opponent for this event. As for Raymond, he is looking forward to getting into the cage and showing everyone he is for real by putting a stop to Giannetti.

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South Shore SportFighting’s Johnny ‘Cupcakes’ Campbell attempts to make it his fourth victory is a many appearances so far in 2017, all of which have came by way of rear naked choke submission. His opponent, Dan ‘The Hamburglar’ Cormier, is a tough and gritty competitor who will really bring the fight to his opponent. The rejuvenated Campbell has been dominant in his last three fights but Cormier has the tools, speed, skill, and will to halt Cupcakes’ win streak at three in his Cage Titans return. Expect a well rounded fight between these two experienced, high action flyweights as it will be not one to leave your seat for.

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Cage Titans veteran Danielle ‘The Dark Horse’ Hindley of SSSF along with her opponent Brianna Smith of Champions Freestyle MMA will be making their pro debuts at a catchweight of 120 lbs. These ladies have showed that they can finish as both of Hindley’s victories were by submission and three of Smith’s four finishes were also came by way of submission! These women are not afraid to fight for the finish and have the skill to capitalize on any opening to snatch up a limb or sink in a choke. Smith will bring into the match-up a wealth of experience having fought 15 times as an amateur while Hindley will be prepared to execute a well crafted game plan with the hometown crowd behind her. They surely can hold their ground on the feet but if history repeats itself we could see another submission victory from one of these competitors at #CageTitansXXXV.

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Ohio’s Shawn Rall takes on SBG East’s Jeff Perez. Rall has been on fire lately, winning 5 of his last 6 amateur fights, 4 via stoppage, before turning pro back in May and needing just 26 seconds to submit his opponent in his debut. As for Perez, the former Cage Titans amateur champion and never the guy to take an easy fight, finished his run in the amateurs winning 4 of his last 5 before making his professional debut back in January, grinding out a decision over another extremely tough opponent. Something has to give though when the cage door closes for these two on fight night since being early in both of their pro careers, and both being 1-0, neither will want to leave with a blemish on their record.

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Two fight veterans go at it when Redline’s Fernando Perez battles South Shore Sportfighting Jimmy “The Tooth” Manning. Both of these fighters have been around a long time perfecting their craft, each of them becoming highly decorated, jui-jitsu brown belts. With that being said, on the feet they are no slouch either with Manning relying on his crisp boxing and Perez, having trained in Thailand, his aggressive Muay Thai. With all their skill sets fairly similar and equal, this fight will simply come down to who performs when the cage door closes and who wants it more.

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Featured Fights

Golden Falcon’s Angelo Richardson challenges Cage Titans 170lb AM champion Bobby Gasdia out of South Shore Sportfighting. These guys are very familiar with one another as they fought before, sharing the cage for all 3 rounds, a little over two years ago, with Gasdia picking up an extremely close split decision. Since then, Gasdia went on to winning the title and Richardson has been positioning ever since for a chance at redemption. If their first fight is any indication of what this one will be, expect an all out war and best of all, this time we have a scheduled 5 rounds of action to enjoy with the belt on the line.

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Amateur Heavyweight Jeff Soivilien of SSSF will take on Rob Brown of Team Santos Fighting Academy  for the Cage Titans Amateur Heavyweight Title. This is a rescheduled bout from 2015, which Soivilien needed to withdraw due to injury while Brown went on to win a second round KO victory against another opponent. Fast forward to #CageTitansXXXV and these big men will finally get to punch each other in the face and with the power that they have behind their punches it only takes one well placed bomb to send their opponent to the canvas. Both competitors come from reputable schools that are known for their strong well rounded fighters, so this fight could very well come to an end by submission too, either way don’t leave your seat because in a ‘blink’ this one could be all over.

Amateur Undercard Bouts:

Lightweight Chris ‘The Bearded Dragon’ O’Brien of SSSF will take to the cage for his third consecutive Cage Titans event. This time his opponent will be against Tang Soo Do black belt Quintin Harris. O’Brien was able to follow up his record breaking KO debut with a strong 2nd round submission victory in his first two fights. Harris, a stand up fighter, surprised many in his debut finishing a strong and powerful wrestler on the canvas with a beautifully executed guillotine choke in the 2nd round and will look to return to the win column after falling short to O’Brien’s teammate last event. These two fighters have not been at a loss for words when expressing their dislike for each other on social media. As the time continues to wind down towards #CageTitansXXXV expect their intensity to get turned up and ready to boil over come fight night.  

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The lone female undercard bout will feature two ladies who are no strangers to the New England fight scene. Stephanie Mac & Taylor Thompson will be making their amateur debuts set at a catchweight of 140 lbs. They both come from arguably two of the top schools in the region as Mac will represent Sityodtong Boston while Thompson is a product of BST MMA & Fitness, formerly Rivera Athletics. After each of them helping numerous teammates, many of which are rising superstars in the area rankings, ready for battle they will now test their own skills in the cage. If these ladies, as we expect them to, perform the way their teammates perform then expect to see an action packed fight that will entertain the fans regardless if the action is on the feet, against the cage, or on the canvas.

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Amateur flyweights Nick Amendola of The Connecticut Speed School and Mitch Rasposo of Regiment Training Center are set to do battle. Amendola will be returning to the cage in hopes to continue the success he had in April of 2015 when he fought an incredible fight, winning with just over a minute remaining by TKO in the 3rd round. Rasposo is also looking to build off of his only cage appearance having broken onto the mma scene in just June, showing some polished well rounded skills for a debuting fighter winning decisively by unanimous decision. Expect to stay in your seat for this flyweight clash as we see it being all action from bell to bell.

 

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Rob Knight takes on Brian Harrington in a light heavyweight match-up. Both guys are making their amateur debuts and have high hopes of leaving a lasting first impression. Though we don’t know much since this will be their first times inside the cage, we do know that whenever you get fighters throwing down in the light-heavyweight division, the fight can end at any moment with the amount of power the guys at this weight can generate.

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Forge Martial Arts’ Rich Szeligowski takes on Lauzon MMA’s Pat Gilbride. Szeligowski returns to battles with hopes of picking up his first victory inside the cage after coming up a little short in his debut. As for Gilbride, he makes a quick turnaround after a successful debut last event and looks to keep the ball rolling.

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Carlos Vespaziano will be representing Team Juniko when he takes on John Lessard of Redline in catchweight match-up set for 130lbs. When Vespaziano steps into our cage for the first time at #CageTitansXXXV it will be his third fight since making his debut in April. He has had strong showings in his first two cage appearances under the tutelage of one of the top MMA schools in all of New England. He is surely motivated as evident by how frequently he has stepped into the cage, clearly looking to improve and make a name for himself in a deep amateur flyweight talent pool here in the region. Lessard will be making his third appearance in our cage but his first in nearly a year after falling short against our former flyweight champion, showing a ton of both skill and heart for the fans. Alongside his teammates at Redline, he surely has been developing his overall mma game making this fight one not to take a break to the concessions for.

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Jideofor Ojukwu fighting out of Boston Combat Sports will make his MMA debut against Cage Titans veteran Ron Marshall of Nostos MMA, which is set in the light heavyweight division. The fans are familiar with Marshall’s ‘all-out’ style, who is always ready to let his hands fly swinging for the knockout, willing to take a punch to deliver one. Ojukwu is a BJJ purple belt winning the 2017 NAGA No-Gi championships at the expert level in his division in May. He is also no stranger to stand-up striking competitions, making this an exciting opportunity to see if he can put all of his different combat sport experiences together and come away with a victory over one of the area’s toughest light heavyweights.


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IMA’s Rondel Da’twaun Clark takes on Ryan Dunn. Clark is a heavy-handed striker and showed that off in his debut last month, needing only 25 seconds to KO his opponent. As for Dunn, the always exciting fighter has never put on a boring performance and has won Fight of the Night both times he has stepped into the cage.

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Amateur Stavros Batsinelas of Redline Fight Sports will return to the cage against Blaine Waterman from Northeast Combat. After going 1-1 at lightweight, Batsinelas will be making the drop down to featherweight for the first time. He has become more disciplined and motivated after falling short in his last cage appearance against our current lightweight champion in November. After not competing in a mma cage for nearly four and a half years, Waterman is ready to step back into the cage and show the Cage Titans fans an impressive performance that was worth the wait in his return.

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South Shore SportFighting’s Antoine Caparotta returns to featherweight to take on Kenny Champion. Caparotta intends to rebound from a lose in his last cage appearance, which he had a strong performance showing well rounded skills wherever the fight took place. Champion will look to build on the momentum of a KO victory in June, in hopes to end the night early and earn himself his third KO victory. Each fighter has the abilities to get the finish, Caparotta with his dangerous submission attacks or Champion with his aggressive ‘in your face’ striking. We anticipate a finish in this bout because in their nine combined fights, Champion has been the only one to hear the final bell… once. They are willing to put himself at risk for the big reward, victory.

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Cage Titans XXXV Fight Card

Main Card (Pros & Featured Fights)
Pro Bantamweight: Manny Bermudez (9-0) vs. Bendy Casimir (20-14-2)
Pro Catchweight (150): Jeff Anderson (11-12) vs. Frank Sforza (7-0)
Pro Middleweight: Avery McPhatter (9-8) vs. Sean Lally (6-2)
Pro Female Catchweight (120): Brianna Smith (0-0) vs. Danielle Hindley (0-0)
Pro Lightweight: Joe Giannetti (5-0) vs. Keenan Raymond (3-3)
Pro Flyweight: Dan Cormier (5-7) vs. Johnny Campbell (14-9)
Pro Catchweight (140): Jeff Perez (1-0) vs. Shawn Rall (1-0)
Pro Lightweight: Fernando Perez (7-15) vs. Jimmy Manning (4-0)\

Featured Fights
Amateur Welterweight Title: (C) Bobby Gasdia (4-1) vs. Angelo Richardson (2-2)
Amateur Heavyweight Title: Rob Brown (2-1) vs. Jeff Soivilien (3-3)

Amateur Undercard Bouts
Lightweight: Quentin Harris (1-1) vs. Chris O’Brien (2-0)
Female Catchweight (140): Taylor Thompson (0-0) vs. Stephanie McTighe (0-0)
Flyweight: Nick Amendola (1-0) vs. Mitch Raposo (1-0)
Light Heavyweight: Rob Knight (2-2) vs. Brian Harrington (0-0)
Catchweight (150): Rich Szeligowski (0-1) vs. Pat Gilbride (1-0)
Catchweight (130): John Lessard (2-2) vs. Carlos Vespaziano (1-1)
Light Heavyweight: Ron Marshall (1-5) vs. Jideofor Ojukwu (0-0)
Welterweight: Ryan Dunn (0-2) vs. Rondell Clark (1-0)
Featherweight: Stavos Bastilenas (1-1) vs. Blaine Waterman (0-1)
Featherweight: Kenny Champion (2-2) vs. Antoine Caparotta (3-2)


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