July 14, 2014
Matt Riddle vs. Ben Saunders for the Titan FC Welterweight Title to Headline Titan FC 29 in Fayetteville, NC.
Pompano Beach, Fla. – Titan FC 29 will be held at the Crown Coliseum in Fayettville, NC on August 22nd and the event will be headlined by a five round welterweight title bout between UFC veterans Ben Saunders and Matt Riddle. Titan FC 29 will mark the promotional debut for Saunders and will be Riddle’s second fight for the organization. The 28-year-old Riddle defeated Michael Kuiper via guillotine choke in the co-main event of Titan FC 27.
In the co-main event of the evening, Mike Ricci, who defeated Jorge Gurgel by 1st round TKO in the main event of Titan FC 27, will face George Sotiropoulos in a lightweight bout. Sotiropoulos will be making his Titan FC debut and will be fighting for the first time since of October of 2013.
“Titan FC 29 promises to be an action packed card from top to bottom,” said Titan FC CEO Jeff Aronson. “We are proud to bring our great athletes to North Carolina and are looking forward to treating the great fans to an MMA event they will never forget. Riddle vs. Saunders and Ricci vs. Sotiropoulos are two bouts that can headline any card in any organization.”
Two other bouts announced thus far for Titan FC 29 will see Mike Bronzoulis take on Keith Johnson in a battle of welterweights. Bronzoulis was a finalist on the Bellator reality show, Fight Master, ultimately losing to Joe Riggs. Johnson sports a 9-3 record and is on a four fight winning streak.
Recently signed Ultimate Fighter season 8 winner Efrain Escudero will make his Titan FC debut when he faces EJ Brooks in a lightweight tilt.
More bouts are being scheduled and will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
The relationship between A Hero USA and Titan began at Titan FC 28 and will continue at Titan FC 29 and Titan FC 30. At Titan FC 28, A Hero USA founder Lee Stuckey and several wounded veterans were seated ringside and offered VIP treatment which included all access passes and signed gear. The A Hero USA logo will be featured on the canvas at both upcoming events.
Stuckey and a group of wounded veterans from nearby Fort Bragg will be attending Titan FC 29. Titan FC will also provide MMA training opportunities and appearances with the Titan FC athletes. A Hero offers wounded veterans a chance to develop relationships with their fellow soldiers. For more information you can visit their website at www.aherousa.com
The main cards will begin at 10pm EST on the CBS Sports Network. Fans can view the preliminary bouts beginning at 9pm EST on the CBS Sports website, www.cbssports.com.
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
ABOUT TITAN FC:
Purchased by former Alchemist Management Chairman Jeff Aronson in 2014, Titan FC is dedicated to establishing itself as a marquee promotion for both up-and-coming and veteran fighters. Aronson immediately developed a FansFightersFirst creed geared towards providing fans with great, action-packed fights and fighters with an opportunity to showcase their skills on a greater platform. Aronson offers every fighter an out clause in the event the UFC offers them a fight and a finish bonus for finishing their fights. Titan FC alumni include Alan Belcher, Tim Sylvia, Mike Ricci, Bobby Voelker, Jorge Gurgel, Gerald Harris, Jens Pulver, Bobby Lashley, Dennis Hallman, Jay Hieron, and Matt Riddle.
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