September 30, 2017—The McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, California swelled at the seams with screaming fans throughout the latest installment of The Titans Cage (TTC), an all-amateur promotion, which oozed professionalism, from promoters to officials to fighters alike, at TTC 16.
Prior to TTC crowning champions at four weight classes, young mixed martial artists scribbled their style on the canvas under the well-managed microscope of the United States Fight League (USFL). By adhering to a strict rule-set and safety guidelines, with the third-man in the cage carefully monitoring the action, these students are able to blossom from minnows into sharks.
USFL results include:
Kris Array defeated Kainoa Medina by way of arm bar in round 1.
Trista Stordahl Loftus defeated Jordan Gumper by way of rear naked choke in round 2.
Zeke Martinez defeated Yasin Abdulahi by way of triangle choke in round 2.
Aaron Villa-Carlos defeated Estevan Povoor by way of unanimous decision.
Karter Crosby and Stevie Davenport was declared a draw.
Cyrus Povoor defeated Marcus James Datu by way of triangle choke in round 2
Carson Brockman defeated Dio Gutirrez by way of arm bar in round 2.
Main Event: Andrew Chavez vs. Kody Vogels for the vacant TTC Lightweight Title
To close TTC 16, Andrew Chavez and Kody Vogels opened everyone’s eyes inside the McClellan Conference Center to an unwavering drive to keep the zero in their loss column alive.
MMAGOLD’s Chavez, a known submission artist, painted the face of Vogels various shades of crimson red and pink with punches and darkened his legs to deep hues of purple with whipping shins. Vogels, vouching for Team Alpha Male, refused to idle in Chavez’s striking range, forcing his way inside with dynamite-infused leather; unfortunately, Chavez was able to avoid the majority of Vogels’ violent flurries.
When regulation evaporated, the judges awarded Chavez the TTC Lightweight Title.
Co-Main Event: Adam Wamsley vs. Bruno Casillas for the TTC Light Heavyweight Title
Adam Wamsley entered the venue with TTC’s Light Heavyweight Championship slung over his shoulder with pride, yet the representative of Nor Cal Fighting Alliance competed against Bruno Casillas as if it were a grudge he couldn’t shake.
Though Casillas brought the vengeance of his gym, Valhalla ETC, Wamsley’s refined technique nullified any wild aggression and positioned him favorable: a guillotine shorty into the second round.
Feature Bout: Jason Hung vs. Andrew Richardson for the vacant TTC Bantamweight Title
Little did Jason Hung know, but he was walking into his own execution at TTC 16 when challenging Andrew Richardson for the vacant TTC Bantamweight Championship.
With approximately twenty-seconds remaining in the opening round, Richardson, a cold-blooded mercenary, wrapped his arm around Hung’s neck like a noose, strangling his adversary before an audience roaring for more carnage.
Feature Bout: Carlos Figueroa vs. Josh Dim for the vacant TTC Featherweight Title
Carlos Figueroa versus Josh Dim told a tale of two contrastive, yet equally breathtaking, rounds.
For those familiar with Dim’s handiwork, the muscled-up monster from Team Alpha Male has bulldozed each of his previous three opponents with relative ease. As the Dim-heavy audience anticipated, he launched from his corner as if fired from a cannon upon the sound of the bell.
The force of Dim’s tsunami smashed against Figueroa, and Figueroa, hardened out of Nor Cal Fighting Alliance, soon transformed unrelenting waves into harmless ripples. Smelling blood in the water, Figueroa repeatedly found the mark and slowly shut the lights out on Dim with crisp strikes.
NorCal MMA Performances of the Night
Of course, all the mixed martial artists who wrapped their hands, entered TTC’s proving ground and bit down on their mouthpiece deserve praise, but several performances unhinged onlookers from their senses. NorCal MMA’s awards for Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Fight of the Night include:
Submission of the Night: Gabriel Pacheco-Dolce
KO/TKO of the Night: Carlos Figueroa
Fight of the Night: Carlos Figueroa and Josh Dim
TTC 16’s results include:
Andrew Chavez defeated Kody Vogels by way of unanimous decision.
Adam Wamsley defeated Bruno Casillas by way of guillotine in round 2 (1:05).
Blake Degmetich defeated Geoff Stovall by way of split-decision.
Andrew Richardson defeated Jason Hung by way of rear naked choke in round 1 (2:41).
Carlos Figueroa defeated Joshua Dim by way of TKO in round 2 (1:39).
Amir Kazemi defeated Blake Benson by way of guillotine in round 2 (2:35).
Luke Brewer defeated Daniel Hicks by way of unanimous decision.
Douglas Reynolds defeated Joshua Martinez by way of unanimous decision.
Mike Howard defeated Evan Walters by way of unanimous decision.
Julius Wright defeated Aaron Graf by way of unanimous decision.
Coleman Johns defeated Isaac Thomas by way of split-decision.
Craig Solesbee defeated Jon Garcia by way of TKO in round 1 (:21).
Gabriel Pacheco-Dolce defeated Lucas Espinoza by way of triangle choke in round 2 (:56).
Eric Corter defeated Alex Bustamante by way of rear naked choke in round 1 (:43).
Kyle Ferguson defeated Nicholas Sanchez by way of unanimous decision.
Marcus Allmuth defeated Carlos Ortiz by way of unanimous decision.