Friday, October 31, 2014 marks more than just the day of Halloween, as MMA fans will experience another night of fights brought to them by Jeff Aronson’s Titan Fighting Championship. Titan FC 31 emanates live from the USF Sundome, in Tampa, Fla.

The Titan FC lightweight championship hangs in the balance as former UFC and Bellator veterans collide in the night’s headliner. The Ultimate Fighter 16 runner-up Mike Ricci looks to claim the Titan lightweight crown but Yoshiyuki Yoshida stands in his way.

Ricci vs. Yoshida absolutely promises a fun viewing experience on its own, but beyond the main event, fans can look forward to the rest of the card for a variety of reasons, all because of the spectacular array of talent billed for the event.

Unsigned hype

Fans can talk about all the great prospects that make their names known on those big stages, but Titan FC provides a solid stage of its own to some of the sports lesser-known prospects, and a great deal of them will get their time to shine in Tampa.

On the Titan 31 undercard, William Sizemore will take on his first professional outing after making a spectacular wave in the amateur circuit with nine recorded wins and only two losses. Meanwhile, Sirwan “Zohan” Kakai puts a 10-2 record on the line in bantamweight action against undefeated 10-0 prospect Joe Barajas. Finally, undefeated Ken Hasegawa will attempt to make a heavy impact as he drops to light-heavyweight to face 19-9 Matt Thompson, a man starving to make his own name in the sport — both men can be expected to leave everything on the line when the cage door shuts this Friday night.

From “World Series” to “Titan”…for a career resurgence?

The Titan 31 co-main event sparks its own intrigue as Desmond Green makes his Titan debut after a 3-2 run in Bellator, and he faces a tough test in Miguel Angel Torres, who rebounded from his loss in WSOF 6 to Pablo Alfonso and has compiled a three-fight streak while flying under the radar. Green is no walk in the park, but if Torres can get a win over “The Predator”, it would certainly mark a huge step in an arguable career resurgence for the former WEC bantamweight champion.

Two challengers, one championship

Fans could not have seen this match-up coming at any point in time when both Mike Ricci and Yoshiyuki Yoshida had respective stints in the UFC and in Bellator MMA. Ricci came in second to Colton Smith in The Ultimate Fighter 16 and had a win over Colin Fletcher under his belt before losing to Myles Jury and getting released from the UFC last year. Since his UFC release, he has never looked better as he has found success in his only two Titan FC bouts against Jorge Gurgel and George Sotiropoulos. The same can be said for “Zenko”, whose recent six-fight winning streak has made him look much different from the man he was in the UFC and Bellator. With the vacant Titan lightweight title hanging in the balance, this potential striking clinic can only be intensified as both men battle to prove that they deserve to sit atop the throne as the Titan lightweight champion.

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.