On Friday, October 31st, Titan Fighting Championship will travel to Tampa, FL for Titan FC 31.

Titan FC 31 will take place at the USF Sundome and begin airing live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 10 pm here on the East Coast. On Halloween night, Mike Ricci and Yoshiyuki Yoshida will dance for full claim of the promotion’s lightweight title. Also meeting in the co-main event will be former WEC bantamweight champ, Miguel Torres and Desmond Green.

The MMA Corner’s Josh Davis (25-12) and Garrett Derr (22-15) are here to cash in their predictions for several main card fights.

Check them out below.

 

Ken Hasegawa vs. Matthew Thompson

Davis: This is a fight that I go back and forth on.  Hasegawa is an undefeated fighter without a name opponent on his record and Thompson is a guy that I would have told to retire from the sport before he decided to go beast mode.  Thompson has really stepped up his game and I think he will be able the victory here, but don’t sleep on Hasegawa. This could be the fight that puts him on the map.

Prediction: Thompson by Submission, Round 2

Derr: Thompson was on the struggle bus for a long time. But then something changed. And since that change, he’s reeled off 10 of 11, including a finish over Jake Rosholt. He’s intriuging and brings excitement each time out. His opponent? Not so much. Hasegawa has yet to drop a contest in his career, but he’ll sure send fans to bed early. Hasegawa will have his first true test and it will be a strenuous one. Look for Thompson to establish his submission game early on.

Prediction: Thompson by Submission, Round 1

 

Desmond Green vs. Miguel Torres

Davis: Oh my, how the mighty have fallen. A long time ago, in a promotion far, far away called the WEC, Torres was a dominant champion and considered one of the pound-for-pound greats.  The problem for Torres is that he never evolved past those days.  His best days are long behind and the odds of him ever competing on the big stage again are slim to none. Green on the other hand is a fighter on the rise and reaching his prime.  Green should be able to make short work of an aged Torres.

Prediction: Green by TKO, Round 2

Derr: The world seems to be keen on Green being one of the best fighters outside of the UFC. I just don’t see it. He lacks the finishing power needed to compete at the highest level and relies too heavily on his conditioning. A prime Torres would do as he wished with Green, but that man has come to pass. At 33 years old, Torres doesn’t have the killer instinct he once possessed. He’s slowed down and so has his striking attack. Green won’t put Torres away, but he’ll incorporate his wrestling to get the job done.

Prediction: Green by Decision

 

Mike Ricci vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida

Davis: This is an ideal fight between two UFC vets who want to get back into the world’s top promotion.  Ricci has been tearing through opponents since his questionable release from the UFC and has really come into his own as a true mixed martial artist.  Yoshida also has done well since leaving the UFC and wants to prove that he deserves another shot.  While Yoshida might deserve another shot in the UFC, it won’t come at the expense of Ricci.  I look for Ricci to completely dominate this fight and prove that he is worthy of a second stint in the UFC.

Prediction: Ricci by TKO, Round 3

Derr: I was one who backed Ricci following his release from the UFC. Dropping a split decision to Myles Jury is hard to swallow. Even more arduous is that Ricci gave Jury his best test to date, even over notable opponents in Diego Sanchez, Michael Johnson and Takanori Gomi. Hmm. But Ricci has found a new home and remains tough as nails. Yoshida has performed well since his departure of the UFC, but is competition is sub-par. Look for Ricci to push the pace and grind his way to victory.

Prediction: Ricci by Decision 

 

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