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Cage Titans 55: Welterweight Title Preview

Updated: Aug 27, 2022

Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"

Cage Titans breathes life into the Plymouth, Memorial Hall yet again this Saturday night, August 27th as the promotion presents Cage Titans 55 highlighted by a showdown for the vacant Cage Titans Welterweight Belt, as current Cage Titans Lightweight Champion Joe "Skeletor" Giannetti (12-4) makes a bid for "Champ, Champ" status when he meets Cage Titans stalwart; Trevor "Scarecrow" Gudde (4-2) in the Main Event. In the Co-Main Event, recently returning Heavyweight Brendan Battles (2-1) will look to make it back to back wins inside the Cage Titans cage, following an impressive first round TKO of Fredrick Gray (0-1) at Cage Titans 53, when he locks horns with ten fight veteran; Florida's Jashua Marsh (5-5).

A Bantamweight bout between New England veterans Bruno Dias (19-12) and Lionel "Boogz" Young (10-18, Citadel) was originally due to be highlighted on the Cage Titans 55 lineup, however and injury to "Jacare" Dias forced him from the contest. Stepping up on short notice and replacing Dias, now at a fight weight of 145 pounds; Balck Wolf's Will "Sriracha" Smith (3-4) now meets Lionel "Boogz" Young in a Featherweight feature Saturday night. Now the featured Bantamweight contest on the Cage Titans 55 card falls on the shoulders of the "Maineiac" Kam Arnold (1-0) who looks to keep his perfect pro record in tact when he meets five fight New York veteran Michael "Titan" Taylor (1-4).

Old friend Kris "Easy Money" Berberich (5-8) returns to the Cage Titans fold for the first time in over two years (First round TKO loss to Zach DiSabatino at Cage Titans 47) when he meets Sityodtong's Leo Laderia (2-3) in Lightweight action. The Cage Titans 55 main card rounds out with two Amateur titles up for grabs, first up newly crowned Cage Titans Amateur Flyweight Champion Tyler "Butter Knife" Smythe (5-2) makes the jump up to Bantamweight to match wits with the reigning Cage Titans Amateur Bantamweight Champion; Arthur Mpofu (5-4), with Arthur's 135 pound strap on the line. Next we move to the Middleweight division for a scheduled 5 rounds as another newly crowned Cage Titans Champion; Jideofor Ojukwu (4-1) puts his Middleweight strap on the line against undefeated Nostos MMA finisher; David Burke (2-0).

The undercard at Cage Titans 55 is littered with up and coming MMA talent as well as some of the regional best Amateur strikers throwing down in the Muay Thai division. Promising young prospects Jake Caskey and Mike Antidormi throwdown in an Amateur Featherweight bout that is sure to be worth showing up early for, these two have no idea how to be in a boring fight and this is my early favorite for Amateur fight of the night. Also undefeated Nostos MMA product Josh Smith (1-0) meets former Cage Titans Amateur Welterweight title Challenger Shane Dillehay (2-2). And Cage Titans favorite "Only Dans" Dan Walsh (1-1) looks to notch his second Amateur victory when he meets Cage JSA's John Lee (0-1) at a Catchweight of 150 pounds.

In the Muay Thai division talented Evolution Athletix striker Julian Connerton (2-1, Muay Thai) takes a big leap up in competition when he meets Red Seal's Anthony Scott (11-9) in an Amateur Muay Thai feature. Also USMMA's Avery Andrews (2-1, Am Muay Thai) looks to keep his Cage Titans Muay Thai record unblemished when he meets TNT's Tony Rivera (0-1) at a fight weight of 140 pounds. The full Cage Titans 55 card is listed below, fight order is subject to change. Follow further for a full breakdown of the entire maincard and a deeper look into the maincard matchups.

Joe Giannetti (12-4 BTT Taunton) vs. Trevor Gudde (4-2 Citadel)