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Cage Titans 57: Giannetti vs. Almeida; Kicks off 2023 for New England MMA

Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"

Cage Titans FC is the first out the chute in 2023 as Michael Polvere and crew present Cage Titans 57: Giannetti vs. Almeida this Saturday night from their home at Plymouth Memorial Hall in the nation's hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Polvere opens the 2023 Cage Titans slate Saturday night by weilding two of the promotion's biggest stars; "Champ, Champ" Joe "Skeletor" Giannetti (13-4, American Kickboxing Academy) as he defends his Cage Titans Lightweight strap against 32 fight professional veteran and New England MMA stalwart; Saul "The Spider" Almeida (20-12, Sityodtong). And Cage Titans all-time fan favorite "Slippery" Peter Barrett (13-6, Lauzon MMA) who looks to pick up his third consecutive finish when he welcomes late replacement; Kris "Easy Money" Berberich (5-9, Mat-Su) in his return to the Bay State, as these two agree to meet at a 165 pound Catchweight.

Four more professional contests round out the Cage Titans 57 main card as two unblemished Bantamweight prospects look to remain unbeaten Saturday night as they both welcome the toughest tests of the professional careers. First, former Cage Titans FC Amateur Bantamweight title Challenger; "Killa" Kam Arnold (2-0, Recon) makes his third professional walk under the Cage Titans banner as he locks horns with Bellator MMA veteran Will "Sriracha" Smith (3-5, Black Wolf Martial Arts). Then another former Cage Titans FC Amateur Bantamweight title Challenger; Andrew "The Gladiator" Valdina (1-0, Lauzon MMA) welcomes the Cage Titans return of Seth Basler (3-11, Vinseys). Both bouts set to be contested within the confines of the Bantamweight division.

Cage Titans "ole friend" Aaron "Short Fuse" Hughes (2-3, Regiment) makes his long awaited first walk to the Cage Titans cage as a professional when he runs into the always crafty veteran from Maine; Matt "Ken Doll" Denning (8-16, Dennings MMA) in a Lightweight feature. And once promising Lightweight hopeful Gerry Meuse (1-0, Sityodtong) ends an over four year layoff from competition when he meets Josh Beauparlant (0-4, Green Light) at a Catchweight of 160 pounds. We will take a closer look at all the pro matchups later on, but first here is what catches our eye on the nine fight Amateur undercard Saturday night at Cage Titans 57.

Trifecta's Brett "The Hitman" Layton (2-4, Trifecta) returns to Cage Titans after a pair of losses outside the promotion saw him saddled with a personal three fight skid. Layton who scored his two career victories by way of decision that both came inside the friendly confines of Plymouth Memorial Hall will look to notch his third career victory Saturday night against a tough customer in Louisiana transplant turned Cape Codder; Joe Atallah (2-1, Loco Lobo). Atallah has done all his work in the Southeast Region of the United States before finding himself under the tutelege of Lee Gresh (Loco Lobo) right here in Plymouth. Coming in with a 2-1 record where both wins came by second round stoppage, Atallah will undoubtedly be a tough challenge to Layton in his return to the Cage Titans roster. I'll have this one circled as both these guys will have something to prove once the pin drops on thie Amateur Featherweight bout.