Updated: Jun 8, 2022
Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"
We were back in Plymouth, Massachusetts Saturday night at the historical Plymouth Memorial Hall for a sold out Cage Titans 53 littered with intriguing story lines and bad ass fisticuffs. Twelve fights lined the bill Saturday night in one of the better matched fight cards within the region since MMA action returned from the Covid-19 layoff. Highlighting the Cage Titans 53 fight card; four title fights, including three amateur Championship bouts as well as one hell of a Main Event between "Shameless" Don Shainis (12-3) and Brice "The Lion Kid" Picaud (9-6) for the vacant Cage Titans Professional Featherweight title. Saturday night lived up to every ounce of hype as Cage Titans 53 played out in front of a sold out audience that included a few special surprise guests.
Current and former UFC Fighters in corners at Cage Titans 53: Former UFC Lightweight and Coach/Owner of Nostos MMA in Somersworth, New Hampshire Devin Powell (10-5) was in the building Saturday night flanked by undefeated amateur Lightweight Kyle Pufahl (3-0) who would Challenge Miguel "MF'n" Sevasin (2-2-1) for the vacant Cage Titans Amateur Lightweight Title, we will be talking more about that fight later on. As always good friend of Devin Powell and familiar friend of Cage Titans; UFC Lightweight Joe Lauzon (28-15) was in attendance in the locker room and cage side Saturday night as he worked the corners of Jack "The Gentleman" Congdon (4-0, Cage Titans Amateur Welterweight Champion), Andrew "The Gladiator" Valdina (4-2) and 58 year old John Payne (0-3).
An unfamiliar face to the New England region, SBG Alabama's Eryk "Ya Boi" Anders (14-7, UFC Middleweight) could be found cage side at Cage Titans 53 as he lead his SBG Alabama teammates (Arthur Mpofu 5-3 and Sigfried Stevens 8-4) into amateur battles inside the Cage Titans cage. We spoke briefly with Anders following Arthur Mpofu's fight and he gave high praise to the Cage Titans promotion and how they run things...he also agreed with my live scoring of Arthur's Featherweight title bout, which we he had scored 48-47 for Arthur. We will talk a little more about that fight later on in this article.
Not unfamiliar to New Englanders and perhaps the biggest surprise of the night not taking place inside the cage, following a brief intermission between the undercard and main cards Micheal Polvere and company welcomed the attendance of three of this year's Boston Bruins players including Defensemen John Moore (who finished the year in the Anaheim Ducks organization), Forward Craig Smith (16 Goals, 20 Assists in 74 games with the Bruins this season) and Captain Patrice Bergeron (25 Goals, 40 Assists in 73 games this season, also winning his record setting 5th Selke Trophy for