Saturday night Cage Titans returns to action for the 45th time.
Cage Titans 45 takes place at the nostalgic Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts, which potentially includes the next superstars in the sport of mixed martial arts.
For those who may be on the fence about watching this New England regional showcase, you should do yourselves a favor: gather your buddies around the big screen with some pizza, some ice cold beverages and open eyes on to enjoy this 11-fight card. Here are the top-3 fights that will surely entertain you on Saturday night.
Mitch Raposo vs. Raymond Yanez
If you ask anyone in New England who the region’s next breakout star is, a vast majority of them will have Mitch Raposo on their short lists. The 20-year-old will face the most experienced fighter he has shared the cage with in 19-fight veteran Raymond Yanez.
Raposo made his professional debut in April at Cage Titans 43 against Rob Fuller and the Fall River, Mass. native did not stay on the clock for very long. Raposo would finish fuller in 1:37 of the first round with a nasty arm-triangle choke to kick off his pro career in exciting fashion. Oddly enough, despite being one of the most exciting fighters in New England, that was Raposo’s first victory via finish of his career, and will look to build upon that this Saturday against a wiley veteran.
Yanez will return to New England by way of Marion, Ohio to try to thwart the momentum of the rising Raposo. “The Reaper” will look to bounce back from his opening round TKO loss to Kin Moy at June’s Cage Titans 44 event on Saturday night. One thing is for certain: when Yanez fights, the judges can take a breather, win or lose, as was displayed in his last seven fights.
Joe Gianetti vs. Keenan Raymond
With the UFC heading back to Boston in October, Joe Gianetti is hoping to get his opportunity. For that to be a possibility, Gianetti is going to have to get a win over Keenan Raymond and do it impressively.
The fight between Gianetti and Raymond was supposed to take place last month at Cage Titans: Combat Night 1, but the fight was scratched one day before at the weigh-ins. With the fight being rebooked, “Skelator” is hoping to get back in the win column on Saturday night. After losing in the finals of TUF 27, Gianetti did not receive a contract with the UFC, returning to New England to string some more wins together. It has been sort of an up and down return to the region for Gianetti, beginning with a majority draw with Josh Harvey in November at Cage Titans 41. The just turned 24-year-old would bounce back with a TKO win over Connor Barry two months later, before facing 31-fight veteran D’Juan Owens at June’s Cage Titans 44 event. Gianetti would lose a unanimous decision to the North Carolina native and will need his best performance this weekend to get back on the radar of the UFC.
Standing in front of Gianetti is Keenan Raymond, a man looking to avenge a prior submission loss to his upcoming opponent from their first bout in 2017. The Rhode Island native, despite his recent four-fight losing streak, is one of the most exciting fighters in the region and will look to get back to his winning ways, while exacting some revenge in the process. Raymond will look to make his 10th professional fight count and pick up his first win since 2016, when he defeated Ryan Todd via brutal knee KO at CES 32.
Jeff Joy vs. Kam Arnold - AM Bantamweight Title Fight
Cage Titans has put together a banger for the organization’s amateur 135-pound title as two undefeated fighters will look to steal the show on Saturday night at Plymouth Memorial Hall.
Jeff Joy captured the title with a unanimous decision win over Arthur Mpofu at Cage Titans 44 in June. This will be Joy’s fourth amateur appearance -- all under the Cage Titans banner -- and will look to improve his 4-0 in his quest to retain the gold. The Massachusetts native will have a large contingency of family and friends in the building, so expect the place to explode upon making his entrance to the cage. Following the win, Joy called out the man who will be standing across the cage from him on Saturday night to solidify who is the best amateur bantamweight fighter in New England.
That man is 5-0 Kam Arnold, the NEF amateur bantamweight champion out of Maine. Arnold has finished all five of his fights since making his amateur debut in June 2017, four of which didn’t get out of the first round. Arnold captured the NEF title with a fourth-round finish of Killian Murphy at NEF 34 last June, and successfully defended the strap with a 21-second KO over Henry Clark in April at NEF 38.
Cage Titans 45 will be an action packed night of fights on Saturday night and you should make it a priority this weekend to take in the action, LIVE on FloCombat beginning at 6 p.m. EST.