Titan Fighting Championship officials were left scrambling this week after being informed not only one but two of their main card competitors would be unable to fight this Friday night at Titan FC 18. However, the talented tandem of decorated wrestlers Jake Rosholt and Jared Rosholt have agreed to strap on their gloves with less than a five days’ notice and will see action at the event.
According to an official press release, both Drew McFedries and Rory Markham were forced out of scheduled bouts for unrelated reasons with McFedries being hospitalized for an undisclosed infection and Markham, who is also an actor, flying out of the country in light of being offered what is said to be a “high profile” movie role.
“We were extremely disappointed when the management for Drew and Rory informed us of the news,” Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly explained of the situation. “However, this is the fight business and having promoted fights since the age of 24, I’ve dealt with a lot of hurdles in promoting shows. While losing Drew and Rory from the show hurts, we took the news in stride I am very excited that the fans in attendance at Memorial Hall and those watching live on HDNet are going to see two future stars in this sport step up on short notice and test themselves.”
The elder Rosholt, Jake, will be looking for his fifth straight win in 2011 at the event. He will face John Ott who was already booked for a bout on the card. Ott’s name may sound familiar to fans due to his gutsy performance against a much larger Bobby Lashley at Titan FC 17 in March.
Meanwhile, Rosholt’s 24-year old brother Jared will attempt to remain undefeated in his career after having gone 2-0 since turning pro earlier this year and takes on Kirk Grinlinton, another relative newcomer to MMA at 2-2 who will be seeing the ring for the first time this year when he locks horns with the accomplished grappler in Kansas City.
Fans can catch Titan FC 18 live on HDNet starting at 10:00 PM EST. The show is headlined by former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver hoping to continue his recent return to success against 6-3 Brian Davidson.