Titan FC 53, Michael Graves, Mohammed Usman, Jared Gooden

Michael Graves and Jared Gooden set for Titan FC interim welterweight title bout, Mohammed Usman signs to promotion

Titan Fighting Championship officials have announced a co-main event for the upcoming Titan FC 53 fight card which takes place Friday, March 15 from Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Along with the fight announcement came news of the promotion’s two newest talent signings, Jared “Nite Train” Gooden (13-2) and Mohammed Usman (3-1).

Former Ultimate Fighter competitor Michael Graves (7-1-2) will welcome Gooden to the promotion, in a fight for the organization’s interim welterweight title.

“I’m both proud and excited to announce two new signings to Titan FC: Welterweight phenom Jared Gooden and Heavyweight super prospect Mohammed Usman have both signed multi-fight deals,” said Titan FC COO Lex McMahon.  “Titan continues to scout and sign some of the best talent in the world, rising prospects who will be tomorrow’s super stars.”

“We’re not wasting any time with our new talent as Jared Gooden will be stepping in to face a very tough and talented Michael Graves who was truly impressive last December in Titan FC 51: The Battle of Kazakhstan. Graves and Gooden will square off in a Welterweight interim Title fight on March 15th and will serve as Titan FC 53’s co-main event,” McMahon said.

Gooden is currently riding a six-fight win streak.  In his most recent win earlier this month, “Nite Train” picked up a unanimous decision over Steven Newell at LFA 59.

Titan FC 53, Jared Gooden, Michael Grave

Usman, the younger brother of UFC welterweight title contender Kamaru Usman, is a former defensive lineman at the University of Arizona.  He recently transitioned to MMA and earned three first round finishes in the 2017 calendar year while competing for Tachi Palace Fights.

“Mohammed Usman will also debut on March 15th on Titan FC 53, his opponent is being finalized now,” McMahon said. “I’m tremendously excited to watch Mohammed fight, he’s very athletic with true heavyweight power, the future is very bright for him.”

Mohammed Usman, Titan FC 53

Titan FC 53 is headlined by a flyweight title bout, a rematch between champion Juan Puerta and challenger Gustavo Balart.

The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Current Titan FC 53 fight card:

Main Card – UFC Fight Pass
Juan Puerta (16-6) vs. Gustavo Balart (8-1) – for Titan FC Flyweight title
Michael Graves (7-1-2) vs. Jared Gooden (13-2) – for Titan FC interim Welterweight title
Lazar Stojadinovic (12-6) vs. Irwin Rivera (6-4)
Mohammed Usman (3-1) vs. TBD
Gregg Ellis (4-1) vs. Giannis Bachar (3-2)
Collin Lubberts (2-0) vs. Eric Alequin (2-0)

Preliminary Card – Facebook
Lucie Bertaud (1-1) vs. Celine Anderson (1-1)

Additional bouts to be announced soon.

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