The Preview: Cage Titans Kicks off 2022 with Three Belts up for Grabs at Cage Titans 51

Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"

Cage Titans makes it's 2022 premier this Saturday night from their home at Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts as Michael Polvere presents Cage Titans 51! It's another night and another sold out show for Cage Titans as they bring another full tilt of fisticuffs to a thirsty coliseum of fans Saturday night at the historic Memorial Hall. Eleven fights make the bill for this weekend's event, one Muay Thai bout, followed by ten MMA scraps capped off by three big title fights. Unfortunately for fighters and fans alike, Cage Titans 51 has suffered the loss of two professional Lightweight bouts in the waning moments of fight week as, New York's Jake Hixenbaugh suffered an injury in the final days of training camp and was forced to withdraw from his pro debut against Robert Ovalle and due to issues with medicals Louisiana's Marcus Andrusia was forced from his bout with fan favorite Zach "The Ripper" DiSabatino.

However, we still have 11 high octane matchups in store for Saturday night and as always Cage Titans has a healthy mashup of up and coming prospects combined seasoned professionals on the cusp of greatness rounding out their first card of 2022. In the main event, one of the more polarizing yet sucessful fighters in Cage Titans history; Joe "Skeletor Giannetti puts his newly minted Lightweight title up for grabs against 18 fight professional, Challenger Jacob "Jaguar" Bohn out of New York. The co-headliner is full of intrigue as "The Bad Guy" Joe "The Party" Penafiel gets his first shot at Cage Titans gold as the Cage Titans interim Bantamweight title (Champion Jay Perrin currently signed with CES) is up for grabs when "The Party" meets New England MMA mainstay and currently streaking; Lionel "Boogz" Young.

Saturday's feature bout takes place in the amateur Bantamweight ranks as the vacant Cage Titans amateur Bantamweight title is up for grabs when former Champion Arthur "The African Assassin" Mpofu looks to regain the belt that once resided around his waist as he meets fast rising Lauzon MMA prospect Andrew "The Gladiator" Valdina with the Cage Titans Amateur belt on the line! Below is the full breakdown of Saturday nights Cage Titans 51, be sure to follow along with throughout the weekend for all your Cage Titans 51 news and notes!

Mike Albert (Skeletor MMA) vs. Carter Whitty (Regiment Training Center)

Amateur Muay Thai (143 pounds)

Breakdown: Although the MMA world has not been so kind to Skeletor MMA's Mike Albert, 3 first round submission losses, his striking was exciting to watch in the cage. This time out Albert takes the threat of submission out of it, as he trades the MMA gloves for the Muay Thai gloves and shin guards when he meets Regiment's Carter Whitty in a caged Mauy Thai bout to kick off the evening.

Josh Telemaque (0-1, Go USFC) vs. Chris McDonnell (1-1, South Shore Sportfighting)

Amateur Featherweight

Breakdown: South Shore Sportfighting's Chris McDonnell returns to the Cage Titans arena for the first time in four years, following his decision victory over Justin Stevens at Cage Titans 37. SSSF teammate and fellow Cage Titans 51 combatant Brendon Boates tells us that Chris has been an absolute beast in the gym as he prepares for a successful return against the winless Josh Telemaque.

Phil LoCigno (0-1, Sityodtong) vs. Danny Wahlburg (0-0, USMMA)

Amateur Featherweight

Breakdown: Sityodtong Boston's Phil LoCigno entered a back and forth war with fellow gunslinger Jake Caskey (1-1) at Cage Titans 50, ending up on the wrong side of a judges decision, but leaving an impression on the Cage Titans contingent. LoCigno makes it back to back starts for Cage Titans this Saturday as he welcomes the Amateur debut of USMMA's Danny Wahlberg at Featherweight.

Jonif Tucker (0-1, Go USFC) vs. Sean Costello (0-3, South Shore Sporfighting)

Amateur Flyweight

Breakdown: Second of the four South Shore Sportfighting fighters entering the cage Saturday night, three fight Cage Titans veteran Sean Costello ends a 34 month absence when he returns to the cage against Jonif Tucker. Don't let the record fool you, Costello has been in some very entertaining fights and certainly has the skill to walk away from the cage with his first win at Cage Titans 51. Looking to disrupt that narrative, Queens, New York's Tucker makes his first New England appearance in search of his first career win.

Brandon Demoura (1-1, Team Soulless) vs. Carlos Vespaziano (1-2, Loco Lobo)

Amateur Featherweight

Breakdown: Kris Moutinho's Team Soulless disciple Brandon Demoura came out of the gate hot in the summer of 2019, stopping Andrew Hagen in the second round at Cage Titans 44. Demoura returned five months later against an "on the rise" Andrew Valdina at Cage Titans 46 coming up short on the judges scorecards. Enter Covid-19 and 20 year old Demoura has now been sidelined for over two years when he enters the cage Saturday night against Loco Lobo's Carlos Vespaziano. Vespaziano will be looking to put an end to a personal two fight losing skid at Cage Titans 51 as he ends a lengthy absence of his own, nearly five years, when he meets the upstart Demoura at Bantamweight.

Anna Crutchfield (1-2, SBG East Coast) vs. Erin Johnson (1-0, Lauzon MMA)

Amateur Women's Flyweight

Breakdown: SBG Alabama's Anna Crutchfield has been a name to watch amongst regional amateur women since her debut in 2016, a solid striker with a wealth of experience in the combat sports world, Crutchfield should be a great litmus test for Lauzon MMA prospect Erin "War Baby" Johnson (#5 Pound for Pound Amateur Women in New England). Erin made her MMA debut at Combat Zone 74 in January 2020 with a first round Armbar of Crystal Nadeau and has stayed sharp on the local Muay Thai scene, including a Decision victory at last month's No Boundary Muay Thai. We should learn a ton about both of these women Saturday night when these two prospects collide in an Amateur Flyweight contest on Erin's birthday.

Gage Lobby (0-8, Go USFC) vs. Brendon Boates (0-0, South Shore Sportfighting)

Amateur Lightweight

Breakdown: If you can kick a ball you can kick an ass; 44 year old South Shore Sportfighting membership holder and traveling soccer coach; Brendon "Motor" Boates has a date with destiny Saturday night when he looks to not get his ass kicked quite as bad as he does in the training room at South Shore Sportfighting. Boates makes his triumphant MMA debut at Cage Titans 51 with one goal in mind; not leaving on a stretcher, as he meets eight fight MMA Amateur veteran Gage Looby at 155 pounds. Depending on how you look at it, experience is definitely on the side of Looby here as he takes the cage for the 9th time. Life experience, however, will favor Brendon Boates as he enters his mid-life crisis years by checking off a bucket list item. In this, his fifth decade on earth, he enters the cage for the very first time, trying not to look like a complete asshole! Mid life Crisis, Member of Isis, Louis Dreyfus, Living Vicarious, I don't give a damn! Motor Boates by Submission!

Brendon explains his decision to throw caution into the wind and make his MMA debut on this episode of "The Room Podcast" with Steve Domenico.

Michael Taylor (1-3) vs. Jeff Joy (2-0)

Catchweight (140 lbs.)

Michael "Titan" Taylor

Age: 30

Fighting out of: Cortland, New York

Affiliation: Brojo

Record: 1-3 (1 Knockouts)

Last fight: Second Round Knockout loss to Jacobo Apito at Cage Titans 43. (4/6/19)

"It's Ya Boy" Jeff Joy

Age: 31

Fighting out of: Bourne, Massachusetts

Affiliation: Loco Lobo

Record: 2-0 (2 Submissions)

Last fight: First Round Submission (Rear Naked Choke) of Jason Rine at Cage Titans 50. (11/6/21)

Breakdown: In his seventh walk to the Cage Titans cage, well eighth if you include an amateur Muay Thai bout, Bourne, Massachusetts' Jeff Joy is undefeated, including two first round Rear Naked Choke finishes since turning pro. Joy meets the toughest test of his pro career Saturday night when he takes on a rather talented New Yorker in Michael "Titan" Taylor. Taylor was dominant in his pro debut against Jessie Pires at CES 46 before falling victim to Jose Lugo, twice and Jacobo Apito all by finish. Taylor finds himself across the cage from yet another New England MMA stud prospect Saturday night when he locks horns with Jeff Joy at a fight weight of 140 pounds.

Title Fights:

Arthur Mpofu (4-3) vs. Andrew Valdina (3-1)

Vacant Amateur Bantamweight Championship

Arthur "The African Assassin" Mpofu

Age: 37

Fighting out of: Wareham, Massachusetts

Affiliation: SBG East Coast

Record: 4-3 (4 wins by Decision)

Last fight: First Round Doctor Stoppage loss to Willis Green at B2 Fighting Series 143. (12/18/21)

Andrew "The Gladiator" Valdina

Age: 24