While the WEC’s James Krause and 16-2 prospect Eric Marriott are slated to co-headline the return of the Titan Fighting Championships (www.TitanFighting.com and www.Twitter.com/TitanFighting) on Friday, Dec. 18, an dynamic undercard for the event will also feature two noteworthy debuts.
Fans in attendance for TFC 15 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City (tickets now on sale at Ticketmaster.com) will be treated to the professional MMA debuts of heavyweight Ritchie Carmack and lightweight Nick Spohn. Carmack, a native of Kansas City, is a blue chip heavyweight prospect in boxing with an unblemished 7-0 record. All seven of his victories in the squared circle have ended via TKO or KO, with six having been stopped in the first round.
“In recent years, we have seen heavyweight athletes that have made their names in other combat sports such as Cain Velasquez and Shane Carwin rise to elite-level status in MMA. And with Ritchie, I truly believe he is going to have the same type of career progression,” said Titan Fighting Championships President Joe Kelly. “His potential in MMA is limitless and I don’t know if there is anyone currently competing in MMA that hits harder.”
Over the years, Titan has been a proving ground for current superstars such as Krause (WEC), Jay Hieron (Strikeforce), Alan Belcher (UFC), Kyle Bradley (UFC), L.C. Davis (WEC), Bobby Voelker (Strikeforce), Rudy Bears (Strikeforce), Zak Cummings (Strikeforce), and Rob Kimmons (UFC). Spohn, who leads the next crop of possible future champions training under Pat Miletich at Miletich Fighting Systems, is looking to follow in their footsteps.
“There’s a whole crop of young guns training at MFS in Bettendorf that are flying under the radar of the MMA mainstream,” Kelly remarked. “However, Pat is grooming a new crop of blue chippers and Nick Spohn is one of those fighters. The buzz on him has been tremendous and he was recently a part of B.J. Penn’s training camp leading up to his UFC 107 bout vs. Diego Sanchez. We’re excited to have his pro debut set up for TFC 15 on Dec.”
Carmack had been scheduled to fight Alex Rozman but Rozman was recently forced to pull out of the event after being diagnosed with Bronchitis. While Carmack currently is without an opponent, Titan Fighting officials have been working on several leads.
“It’s not easy to find someone to fight a guy like Ritchie even though he has no MMA fights on his resume. However, we’re in negotiations right now with a couple of fighters and Ritchie is going to have an opponent,” Kelly said.
Spohn, who is 1-0 as an amateur, will take on Missouri native Chris Andrade, 2-3.
“Chris has a lot more actual match experience than Nick, but Nick’s pedigree is second to none and both he and Pat have been preparing for his debut for quite some time,” said Kelly. “It’s a pretty evenly matched fight and will be a great test for both fighters.”
Tickets for Titan Fight Championships 15 for Dec. 18 (local start time 8 p.m. CT) are now on sale with the event set to emanate from the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS. The city and venue have been a recent hot bed for mixed martial arts action and the Dec. 18 event will continue the momentum.
“In just the past eight months, Kansas City and Memorial Hall have been host to an M-1 Challenge event, an M-1 Breakthrough event televised live on HDNet, and most recently, a Strikeforce Challengers event televised live on Showtime. Now Kansas City fight fans will get to witness the official re-birth of the Titan Fighting Championships on Dec. 18 and I couldn’t be more excited,” stated Kelly.
To attend Titan Fighting Championships 15, visit local Ticketmaster outlets or order online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $150. $100, $75, $50, and $25. The full fight card will be announced soon. For more information on the event, follow the Titan Fighting Championships at www.TitanFighting.com or on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TitanFighting
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