Titan Fighting Championships

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Titan Fighting Championship
Type Private
Industry Mixed martial arts Promotion
Founded 2005
Founders Joe Kelly
Headquarters Pompano Beach, FL, USA
Key people Jeff Aronson, CEO
Lex McMahon, COO
Website http://www.titanfighting.com/

Titan Fighting Championship (Titan FC) is an American mixed martial arts promotion based out of Pompano Beach, FL. Their shows were originally run in and near Kansas City and have since expanded to include venues all over North America and eventually, international locations. Titan FC currently has an exclusive broadcast deal with the CBS Sports Network to televise all of their live events, with preliminary bouts to be streamed live on CBSSports.com.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

Titan Fighting Championships was founded in 2005 by veteran fight promoter and, at the time, Bellator Fighting Championships' director of operations, Joe Kelly. The organization was originally based in Kansas City and was headquartered in the city's historic Memorial Hall, where the organization held the majority of their early events. Memorial Hall was exclusively leased to Kelly's sports and entertainment promtion company Titan Entertainment, from which the MMA organization took its name.[1]

Broadcast deal with HDNet[edit]

Titan FC's first broadcast partner.
HDnet relaunched as AXS TV in 2012

On January 28, 2011, Titan Fighting Championships announced that they had struck a deal with the cable and satellite television network HDNet (later relaunched as AXS TV) to broadcast their next event, Titan FC 16, live on the network.[1] The event would eventually be headlined by a super heavyweight bout between former two-time UFC Heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and former The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights cast member Abe Wagner. Prior to the airing of the promotion's second show on the network, Titan FC 17: Lashley vs. Ott, CEO Joe Kelly announced that the organization had signed a three-year extension with HDNet to broadcast their live events under the network's HDNet Fights label. Kelly subseuetly resigned from his position at Bellator FC in order to focus full-time on running Titan FC.[2]

Merger with RFA[edit]

On October 11, 2012, officials for the Nebraska based MMA promotion Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) announced that they had acquired Titan FC, along with certain fighter contracts, as well as the organization's television deal with, now, AXS TV.[3] The goal was to combine the talent of both organizations under one umbrella, the RFA. Titan FC owner and president Joe Kelly would be brought in as the Vice President of the newly merged company, with seasoned MMA manager, and Black House gym owner, Ed Soares acting as the President.[4]

Resurgence and new ownership[edit]

Titan FC returned seven months later when founder Joe Kelly bought back the organization in 2013 and produced two more shows on his own: Titan FC 25: Lashley vs. Asplund in June, and Titan FC 26: Hallman vs. Hornbuckle in August, both of which were aired live on AXS TV.[5]

In December 2013, Jeff Aronson, the former chairman and co-founder of the fighter management company Alchemist Management, purchased a majority stake in Titan FC from the promotion's founder and president Joe Kelly. Jeff Aronson would serve as company's new CEO with, longtime friend and business partner, Lex McMahon serving as Titan FC's COO. Kelly would remain as the organization's president and minority owner.[5]

Along with the new ownership came new rules for the organization's fighter contracts and bonus structure. Unlike other organizations who have tried to go head to head with the UFC, Titan FC has focused itself on finding unsigned prospects and giving top level veterans who have hit a rough patch, a platform on which to get themselves noticed, or get their career back on track.

"No one is going to take on Zuffa and win at this point. It's just not going to happen."

- Titan FC CEO Jeff Aronson.[6]

As an incentive to get fighters to perform their best, and thus garner the attention of larger organizations, Titan FC awards finishing bonuses for all fighter finishes and offers a no questions asked "Zuffa out" clause in all their contracts, in case the opprotunity arrises for the fighter to sign with the UFC.[6] The organization also hopes that the incetivized fighters will put on a better show for fans, and intends to increase the fan experience by offering VIP packages and holding giveaways, contests, and autograph sessions at all of their live events.[7] To reflect their new position in the MMA community, and philosophy towards fights and fighter contracts, Titan FC has since adopted the motto "'Fans, Fighters First.'".

Broadcast deal with CBS Sports[edit]

Current broadcast partner.

On January 14, 2014, Titan FC officials announced that the first show under their new ownership, Titan FC 27: Ricci vs. Gurgel, would now be broadcast live on CBS Sports and that the organization had signed an eight-fight deal with the television network.[8] As part of the deal, Titan FC prelim bouts would also be streamed live on the network's website, CBSSports.com. Titan FC officials also announced that CBS Sports had hired top MMA trainer, and TriStar Gym owner, Firas Zahabi and UFC hall of famer Stephan Bonnar to provide the commentary for all Titan FC events.[9] Titan FC 27: Ricci vs. Gurgel debuted on the CBS Sports Network on February 28, 2014.

Rules[edit]

Titan Fighting Championships follows the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, which were first established in April 2000. The Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts have been adopted by every state athletic commission that holds mixed martial arts events throughout the United States.

Under the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts there are no groin strikes, eye gouging, kicking or kneeing a grounded opponent, downward elbows, strikes to the back of the head, head butting, biting, or grabbing the fence. Upon a violation of the rules, referee can either warn the fighter, take a point away, or disqualify the fighter depending upon the regularity and severity of the foul.

Rounds[edit]

All non-world championship fights in Titan FC consist of three, five-minute rounds, with one-minute rest periods between rounds. All world championship fights consist of five, five-minute rounds, with one-minute rest periods between rounds.

Weight divisions[edit]

Titan FC currently uses seven weight classes for men:

Weight class name Upper limit
in pounds (lb) in kilograms (kg)
Bantamweight 135 61.2
Featherweight 145 65.8
Lightweight 155 70.3
Welterweight 170 77.1
Middleweight 185 83.9
Light Heavyweight 205 93.0
Heavyweight 265 120.2

Titan FC currently uses two weight classes for women:

Weight class name Upper limit
in pounds (lb) in kilograms (kg)
Strawweight 115 52
Flyweight 125 57

Match outcome[edit]

Matches usually end via:

  • Submission: a fighter clearly taps the mat or his opponent, or verbally submits. Also a technical submission may be called when a fighter either loses consciousness or is on the verge of serious injury while in a hold.
  • Knockout: a fighter is put into a state of unconsciousness resulting from any legal strike.
  • Technical Knockout (TKO): If the referee decides a fighter cannot continue, the fight is ruled as a technical knockout. Technical knockouts can be classified into three categories:
    • referee stoppage (the referee ends the fight because one fighter is unable to intelligently defend himself)
    • doctor stoppage (a ring side doctor decides that it is unsafe for the fighter to continue the bout due to excessive bleeding or physical injuries)
    • corner stoppage (a fighter's cornerman signals defeat for their own fighter)
  • Judges' Decision: Depending on scoring, a match may end as:
    • unanimous decision (all three judges score a win for fighter A)
    • majority decision (two judges score a win for fighter A, one judge scores a draw)
    • split decision (two judges score a win for fighter A, one judge scores a win for fighter B)
    • unanimous draw (all three judges score a draw)
    • majority draw (two judges score a draw, one judge scoring a win)
    • split draw (one judge scores a win for fighter A, one judge scores a win for fighter B, and one judge scores a draw)

Note: In the event of a draw, it is not necessary that the fighters' total points be equal. However, in a unanimous or split draw, each fighter does score an equal number of win judgments from the three judges (0 or 1, respectively). A fight can also end in a technical decision, technical submission, disqualification, forfeit, technical draw, or no contest. The latter two outcomes have no winners.

The ten-point must scoring system is in effect for all bouts in Titan. Three judges score each round with the winner of each round getting 10 points while the loser gets 9 points or less. The only way that an even round can occur is if the fighter that won the round has a point deducted for a foul. Rounds scored 10-8 and 10-7 are typically scored when a fighter wins a round in dominant fashion.

Fouls[edit]

The following is a list of fouls outlined by the states that regulate MMA, as established by the Nevada State Athletic Commission:[10]

  1. Butting with the head
  2. Eye gouging of any kind
  3. Biting
  4. Hair pulling
  5. Fish hooking
  6. Groin attacks of any kind
  7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent (see Fish-hooking)
  8. Small joint manipulation
  9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head (see Rabbit punch)
  10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow (see Elbow (strike))
  11. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea
  12. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh
  13. Grabbing the clavicle
  14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent
  15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent
  16. Stomping a grounded opponent
  17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel
  18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck (see Piledriver)
  19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area
  20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent
  21. Spitting at an opponent
  22. Engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent
  23. Holding the ropes or the fence
  24. Attacking an opponent on or during the break
  25. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee
  26. Attacking an opponent after the bell (horn) has sounded the end of a round
  27. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee
  28. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury
  29. Interference by the corner
  30. Throwing in the towel during competition

When a foul is charged, the referee in their discretion may deduct one or more points as a penalty. If a foul incapacitates a fighter, then the match may end in a disqualification if the foul was intentional, or a no contest if unintentional. If a foul causes a fighter to be unable to continue later in the bout, it ends with a technical decision win to the injured fighter if the injured fighter is ahead on points, otherwise it is a technical draw.

Events[edit]

Main article: Titan FC events

Current champions[edit]

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses Next Fight
Heavyweight 265 lb (120 kg) United States Dave Herman
vs.
United States Jon Madsen
Titan FC: 32
December 19, 2014
0
Light Heavyweight 205 lb (93 kg) Brazil Vinny Magalhães Titan FC: 30
September 26, 2014
0
Middleweight 185 lb (84 kg) Vacant 0
Welterweight 170 lb (77 kg) Vacant 0
Lightweight 155 lb (70 kg) Vacant 0
Featherweight 145 lb (66 kg) United States Desmond Green
vs.
United States Steven Siler
Titan FC: 32
December 19, 2014
0
Bantamweight 135 lb (61 kg) Vacant 0
Women's Flyweight 125 lb (57 kg) Vacant 0
Women's Strawweight 115 lb (52 kg) Vacant 0

Title history[edit]

Heavyweight Championship[edit]

206 to 265 lbs (93 to 120 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 TBD Titan FC: 32
Lowell, MA, USA
December 19, 2014

Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

186 to 205 lbs (84 to 93 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 Brazil Vinny Magalhães

def. Jason Brilz

Titan FC: 30
Cedar Park, TX, USA
September 26, 2014 62 days
(incumbent)

Middleweight Championship[edit]

171 to 185 lbs (77 to 84 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 N/A N/A N/A

Welterweight Championship[edit]

156 to 170 lbs (70 to 77 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 N/A N/A N/A

Lightweight Championship[edit]

146 to 155 lbs (66 to 70 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 N/A N/A N/A

Featherweight Championship[edit]

136 to 145 lbs (61 to 66 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 TBD Titan FC: 32
Lowell, MS, USA
December 19, 2014

Bantamweight Championship[edit]

126 to 135 lbs (up to 61 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 N/A N/A N/A

Women's Flyweight Championship[edit]

116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 N/A N/A N/A

Women's Strawweight Championship[edit]

106 to 115 lb (48 to 52 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 N/A N/A N/A

Notable fighters[edit]

Notable fighters who have gotten their start in Titan FC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mendoza, Jose. "HDNet and Titan Fighting Championship Announce 1/28 Event Headlined By Todd Duffee". MMApayout.com. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ Whitman, Mike. "Titan Fighting Championship Inks 3-Year Extension with HDNet". Sherdog.com. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Whitman, Mike. "Resurrection Fighting Alliance Acquires Titan FC, Nets Fighter Contracts, AXS TV Deal". Sherdog.com. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Haggerty, Kevin. "Ed Soares: Titan Fighting Championship merger with Resurrection Fighting Alliance 'pretty much a done deal'". MMAmania.com. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Titan Fighting Championship begins anew with event headlined by Ricci vs. Gurgel on CBS Sports Network". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  6. ^ a b Kidd, Iain. "Titan FC Owner Jeff Aronson talks unique bonus structure & contracts". BloodyElbow.com. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Becker, Dana. "Titan FC Returns Behind The Vision Of Jeff Aronson (Exclusive)". Fightline.com. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ Whitman, Mike. "Titan Fighting Championship Debuts on CBS Sports Network on Feb. 28 with TFC 27". Sherdog.com. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Helwani, Ariel. "Stephan Bonnar to serve as color analyst for Titan Fighting Championship". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". Nevada State Athletic Commission. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 

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