An injury sustained by newly named Titan FC welterweight champion Michael Graves will keep him from defending his title October 19 at Titan FC 57.
Graves (8-1-2) was set to defend against undefeated Kamal Magomedov (8-0), but due to the impairment, the former Ultimate Fighter competitor was removed from the card and replaced by Brazil’s Italo Goncalves (5-3). When the Titan FC 57 fight card was initially put together, Graves was the promotion’s interim champion and was scheduled to challenge for the official title in the night’s headlining bout. He was to meet then champion Uros Jurisic, but when Titan FC officials stripped Jurisic of his belt due to ongoing medical issues, Graves was formally introduced as the new welterweight champion. Now Magomedov and Goncalves will meet for the interim title and face Graves in a unification bout to be announced at a later date.
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As a result of the lineup change, Titan FC lightweight champion Martin Brown’s title defense will now headline the Titan FC 57 fight card. Brown will return to the cage after recently losing his Titan FC 56 main event spot due to opponent Beibit Nazarov sustaining visa issues that would keep him from entering the country. He will defend his 155-pound championship against Johansser Paulino (5-1) of the Dominican Republic.
A third Titan FC title bout is set for Titan FC 57 as flyweight champion Juan Puerta (17-6) will defend against Reynaldo Adolfo de los Santos (6-1).
Titan FC recently signed a three-year strategic partnership with the Dominican Republic based mixed martial arts promotion, Fighting Force, further developing Titan’s international expansion.
Two Fighting Force bantamweight World Grand Prix semi-final bouts have been billed to take place at Titan FC 57. Tommy Garcia will lock horns with Juan Reyes, while Elias Faustin looks to tackle Alberto Blas.
Titan FC 57 will be broadcast live from Pabellón de Esgrima Juan Pablo Duarte del Centro Olímpico in Santo Domingo. You can watch the action through the UFC’s digital streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
Titan FC 57 fight card:
Lightweight Title – 5 Rounds – Martin Brown (13-5) USA vs. Johansser Paulino (5-1) Dominican Republic
Flyweight Title – 5 Rounds – Juan Puerta (17-6) Columbia/USA vs. Reynaldo Adolfo de los Santos (6-1) Dominican Republic
Fighting Force Super Fight – Bantamweight – 3 Rounds – Tommy Garcia (1-0) Dominican Republic vs. Juan Reyes (1-1) Dominican Republic
Featherweight 3 Rounds Landon Quinones (3-1-1) vs. Jeffrey Roy (5-0) Dominican Republic
Fighting Force Super Fight – Bantamweight – 3 Rounds – Elias Faustin (1-0) Dominican Republic Alberto Blas (2-3) Cuba
Heavyweight – 3 Rounds – Mohammed Usman (4-1) USA vs. Alexis Garcia (5-1) Dominican Republic
Welterweight – Interim Title Fight – 5 Rounds – Kamal Magomedov (8-0) Russia vs. Italo Goncalves (5-3) Brazil
Lightweight – 3 Rounds – Ty Kalista (0-1) Dominican Republic vs. Jonasky Sojo (8-2) Dominican Republic
Lightweight – 3 Rounds – Reynaldo Tiki Acevedo (6-1) Dominican Republic vs. Anderson Gomez (4-2) Dominican Republic
Bantamweight – 3 Rounds – Micaias Urena (3-2) Dominican Republic vs. Yoryi Lopez (1-1) Dominican Republic