Titan FC 31 is headlined with a Lightweight Title  fight between two former UFC fighters who are on win streaks and looking to keep it that way. Titan FC is making leaps and bounds in creating great fight cards, and also developing fighters so that they can either stay with the rising promotion, or go on to the UFC where they can face the top talent in the sport. Both Ricci and Yoshida have fought in the famed octagon before, and the victor is certainly very close to getting the call from Joe Silva to make their return. The bout is for the lightweight title and being the champion in Titan will only lead to good things.

The Tri-Star standout Mike Ricci showed a lot of talent during his time in the UFC, but something was missing. He couldn’t quite keep it together and in the end he only gained one victory in his three-fight stint in the organization. Since joining Titan FC, he has made it quite clear that he has only used this experience as fuel to do better. Some fighters will return to regional shows to stack up some wins against no names, but Ricci went right back into the fire by signing with Titan. Since joining the organization, he has put together two wins against Jorge Gurgel and George Sotiropoulos.  This Friday, he will face yet another former UFC fighter in the seasoned veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

Yoshida trains out of Team Curran and will certainly be a good test for Ricci. At 40 years of age, it is difficult to imagine him returning to the UFC, but he certainly has the talent to capture this victory and do big things with Titan. Coming into this fight he is riding a six-fight winning streak, but his opposition has been quite a few notches below the quality fighter of Mike Ricci. The truth is, Mike Ricci should win this fight, but if Yoshida puts on a big upset, the MMA world’s eyes will certainly focus upon him to see what he can do at the top level of any promotion at the age of 40.

About The Author

Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.