On a night where Bellator and AXS TV’s Friday Night Fights are taking the night off, Titan FC makes it’s return. The promotion know’s it’s place in the MMA jungle, publicly accepting a role as a home for former UFC and MMA veterans as a whole. That is very respectable, and puts the promotion in a popular light.
Titan FC’s previous event was an entertaining one, in which I went 4-1 in my picks. This one should be interesting as well. Granted, injuries have derailed this card, as former UFC fighters Mike Ricci, Vinny Magalhaes and Geroge Sotiropoulos have all been removed form the card. Still, the card is a promising one.
A total of 12 fights will take place on the card, but I will only make predictions for the six-fight main card. All of those six bouts will air on CBS Sports Network, starting at 10/9c.
Gleristone Santos (25-4) vs. Alvin Robinson (13-7)
Opening up the main card is a fight featuring one of the best Brazilian prospects outside of the UFC, in Gleristone Santos. With 25 wins at just 25 years old, a win could land him in the UFC.
His opponent is an interesting one, in Alvin Robinson. While Robinson owns 12 submission wins, six of his loses have come the same way. He’s no spring chicken, and he’s not as good as Santos, either. I see this one ending within three rounds, so I’m picking Santos. Prediction: Santos via sub, round 3.
Gilbert Smith (8-2) vs. Brian Foster (21-6)
Up next is a matchup between a pair of former UFC fighters. Smith only got one fight with the promotion after his time on the famed TUF 17. He’s won three straight since, but does not have the notability that his opponent does.
Brian Foster has been around for seemingly forever, and may have the worst injury history in the history of the sport. In fact, he is one of the few fighters, perhaps the only one, to be cut from the UFC due to health issues. No bad behavior outside the octagon, losing streak, or anything of the sort. A brain hemorrhage, followed by a burst testicle (yes, you read that right), led to the release.
Since returning to competition, Foster has gone 5-1. In his UFC career, Foster went 3-2, capped off by a submission of recently resurgent Matt Brown. Best of all, he has never gone the distance. He has nine knockout victories, 12 submission victories, five submission losses, and has been knockout just once. Simply put, he’s too good for Smith. Prediction: Foster via brutal finish, round 1.
Daniel Roberts (14-5) vs. Brock Jardine (9-3)
Up next is yet another battle between former UFC fighters. Jardine hasn’t fought since Ronda Rousey’s UFC debut back in February 2013, while Roberts has been on the shelf since last June. Roberts is a submission specialist, holding a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, while attaining 11 submission victories. He fought seven times in the UFC from March 2010 until January 2012. He lost three straight before his release, and even though he lost the main event at Nick Diaz’s War MMA promotion, I got him winning this bout. Prediction: Roberts via submission, round 2.
Walt Harris (5-3) vs. DJ Linderman (15-7)
A pair of heavyweights take the center stage with this matchup. Harris has all of his wins come via knockout, but lost his last two fights, both in the UFC. He looked poor in each showing, and needs a win to prove that he’s not washed up already.
With four losses in six fights, Linderman may be just that. He has book-ended a two-fight winning streak with a pair of losing streaks, including the one he’s currently on. I’m not a fan of either guy, but seeing how Linderman has only been knocked out once, I see him winning a possibly boring, sloppy fight. Prediction: Linderman via unanimous decision.
Dave Herman (21-6) vs Khalib Starnes (16-8-1)
In the co-main event of the evening, we have two more heavyweights taking the helm. Herman lost his last four fights to get kicked out of the UFC, along with his drug issues. Starnes, a former middleweight, and TUF alum, has gone on a four fight winning streak. This is after a three fight losing streak, and he has been out of the UFC since UFC 83 back in April of 2008. A win could get him back in, but I don’t believe the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt is big enough to handle Herman’s power. It would be sweet music to my ears if he could submit Herman, but I just don’t see it happening. Prediction: Herman via KO round 1.
Raphael Davis (13-2) vs. Jason Brilz (21-5-1)
I’m sorry, I don’t understand how or why this fight is the main event. Granted, Vinny Magalhaes was supposed to be Brilz’s original opponent, but I don’t see why that fight was considered headline-worthy, either. Anyways, Davis has three straight KO or tko victories, while Brilz has won three straight himself, since getting cut from the UFC back in 2011. He’s 38, but he’s still a good fighter. Both guys can finish their opponents in any manner, so I’ll just pick Brilz via unanimous decision.