Titan Fighting Championship officials held a rare Thursday night Titan FC 62 fight card from the InterContinental Hotel Miami in Miami, Florida. The four bout card, the promotion’s third event since the COVID-19 pandemic brought mixed martial arts action to a halt earlier this year, will be headlined by welterweights Jared Gooden (16-4) and Trent McCown (8-4) and will be broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass.
“As we continue to navigate promoting events during the pandemic era, Titan remains committed to putting on the most entertaining fight cards possible,” said Titan FC COO Lex McMahon. “Titan FC 62 features some great fights including the return of Titan FC Kickboxing and barn burner of a main event brawl between Jared Gooden and Trent McCown.”
“Titan continues to be focused on promoting the best events possible while doing so in a safe manner,” McMahon said. “We will continue to focus on the health and safety of our athletes and crew by promoting events with no audience in attendance in accordance with our detailed safety plan and testing protocol which has been approved by appropriate governmental agencies and authorities.”
“Nite Train” Gooden set out for his first win under the Titan FC banner, having dropped a unanimous decision to Michael Graves when the pair met for the then vacant Titan FC interim welterweight title in March 2019, followed by a quick loss to Bruno Oliveira in June of the same year.
The 30-year-old McCown was new to the Titan FC banner but brings with him a decade of professional MMA experience, having turned pro in 2010.
Tonight was all about Gooden who would finish the main event at the half way point in the second round by way of strikes.
In the night’s co-main event, undefeated featherweight prospect Muhammadjon Naimov (4-0) returned to the Titan FC cage for a fourth time when he met Josh Augustine at 145-pounds. Naimov racked up three wins with Titan during the 2019 calendar year, including two first round finishes. The first round tonight was pretty back and forth, nothing really stood out that said one fighter was completely dominating the other. Both fighters finding pockets of success on the feet. It was very early in the second round when Naimov kicked the legs of Augustine who tapped while on the ground, but then got to his feet quickly one the fight concluded. Very strange finish but Naimov is your winner.
In the opening bout of the night, Lee Lilly took the fight to Alex Rojas, clobbering the fighter with big right hands and chopping out his legs. Lilly forced Rojas to the canvas multiple times before the referee called a halt to the action. Lilly finishes the contest by way of TKO at 4:01 in the first round.
Gustavo Genao scored two early first round knockdowns in the night’s lone kickboxing bout. Calvin Glover dropped to the canvas twice in the opening frame, even receiving one late blow by Genao, who later received a warning from the referee. The second round was more of the same, Glover taking a knee after losing his mouthpiece, early on. Once the action resumes, a side kick to the liver dropper Glover to his knees once again and he could not get back to his feet before the referee’s count had concluded.
Titan FC 62 results below:
Jared Gooden defeated Trent McCown via TKO – Round 2, 2:31
Muhammad Naimov defeated Josh Augustine via TKO (submission from strikes) – Round 2, 0:22
Gustavo Genao defeated Calvin Glover via KO – Round 2, 1:47 – Kickboxing bout
Lee Lilly defeated Alex Rojas via TKO – Round 1, 4:01
Titan FC 63 was announced during the UFC Fight Pass broadcast. The event will be held Friday, August 28 and will feature the return of heavyweight Mohammed Usman.
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