Mike Ricci has looked extremely impressive since entering the fold at Titan FC. After two stellar performances the promotion is rewarding him with a chance to claim the Titan FC lightweight championship. Ricci will clash with fellow UFC veteran, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, for the 155 pound crown.

Ricci (10-4), who trains out of the TriStar gym in Montreal, was one of the most touted prospects on his season of The Ultimate Fighter. Ricci made it to the finals, but lost that fight to Colton Smith. After he picked up his lone octagon victory he lost to Myles Jury and was subsequently released from the promotion. Upon his release he became one of MMA’s most coveted free agents, but Ricci chose to take his talents to Titan FC. Ricci has victories over Jorge Gurgel and George Sotiropolous in his last two fights.

You might recognize Ricci’s opponent, Yoshida, from a certain Josh Koscheck highlight reel, but lately Yoshida has seemed to be a fine wine. Yoshida (17-6) is now forty years old, but the veteran is currently riding a six fight win streak with three submissions and a TKO finish in those fights. Yoshida will be fighting stateside for the first time since April of 2012 when he fought on a regional card in Minnesota.

This title tilt will take place sometime mid-fall, likely at the end of October or early on in November. It is presumed that this will be Titan FC 31. Titan CEO, Jeff Aronson, told MMAJunkie.com that the fight would take place in Tampa, Florida, but a venue hasn’t been secured yet. It is likely that location will be the USF Sundome as opposed to the much larger Amalie Arena. Ricci-Yoshida is certainly main event worthy, but a headliner has not yet been confirmed. The main card of the event will air live on CBS Sports Network.

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Trey Downey
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A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.