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The Preview: Gold on the Line at Cage Titans 53

Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"

Michael Polvere's Cage Titans returns this Saturday night at their home inside Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts as five Cage Titans Championship belts are up for grabs at Cage Titans 53. The Cage Titans Championship belts have become a feather in the cap for many of New England's top athletes on their climb to the sport's pinnacle. Saturday night we have four of those coveted titles on the line as part of a stacked 12 fight fight card, three coming in the Amateur ranks and the Cage Titans Professional Featherweight strap is on the line in the evenings main event. The entirety of the fight card fills out with four professional contests and eight amateur bouts littered with the regions top prospects and biggest names.

Cage Titans 53 action kicks off in the Amateur Flyweight division as Sityodtong's Neil Mazumdar (1-1-1) looks to secure the second win of his Cage Titans amateur career when he throws down with newcomer Pedro Baez (Amateur Debut). Mazumdar has had his share of ups and downs across his first three amateur bouts finally tasting victory last time out with a unanimous decision against Omar Gurrero at Cage Titans Combat Night 3. Mazumdar looks to make it back to back wins Saturday night when he welcomes the Amateur debut of Ironbody MMA's Baez.

Up next we meet at an Amateur Catchweight of 140 pounds when two amateur MMA veterans square off in search of their first career victories. On one side of the Cage Titans cage; Lauzon MMA's John Payne (0-3) will look to harness the energy from the hometown crowd as he guns for his first career victory against fellow winless Gym X product Jonif Tucker (0-3). Payne makes his first walk to the cage since Cage Titans 26 in November of 2015 where he suffered a second round submission loss to Jesse Pires (2-7 amateur, 0-3 professional). New York's Tucker makes his second walk to the Cage Titans cage (TKO loss to Sean Costello at Cage Titans 51 in February) at Cage Titans 53 chasing his first MMA victory when he locks horns with Lauzon's John Payne.

Moving on to the amateur Featherweight division we have two more winless combatants looking to break into the win column when Sityodtong's Phil LoCigno (0-2) meets Thunder MMA's Anthony Rivera (0-3). Do not let LoCigno's 0-2 record fool you, Phil has gone to war for six rounds inside the Cage Titans cage since his debut at Cage Titans 50 in November of last year, finding himself on the wrong side of two narrow judges decisions. LoCigno's losses are not due to lack of effort however as he stood toe to toe with both Jake Caskey (1-1, Cage Titans 50) and Danny Wahlburg (1-0, Cage Titans 51) earning his stripes inside Plymouth Memorial Hall. LoCigno has a chance to break out of his slump Saturday night when he meets Anthony Rivera. Rivera has also experienced some extremely tough competition throughout his time on the New England MMA scene with his 0-3 record reflecting losses to Pastor Angel Acevedo, Bret Casey and Joe Poirier at Cage Titans 52. Do not sleep on this matchup as these two Featherweights have been to war early in their amateur careers and have never produced boring fights.