Davidson (Pictured) takes the place of Pulver’s original opponent,
Powell, who was pulled from the card last week by the Kansas
Athletic Commission due to suffering a knockout loss to Josh Rave in
North Dakota on April 23.
The Pulver-Davidson matchup will headline Titan FC 18, which
emanates from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., on May 27 and
will be televised on HDNet. Also slated for the bill is a
middleweight tilt pitting Drew
McFedries against Darryl Cobb,
as well as a welterweight scrap between Rory
Markham and Rudy
Davidson, 35, will emerge from a brief retirement in order to face
Pulver on short notice.
“Brian retired from active competition last year in order to focus
on his duties as the head trainer at
K2L/Grindhouse MMA,” Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly stated in a
release. “However, the offer to fight a legend in this sport on
HDNet was too much for Brian to pass up.”
The former tae kwon do champion last saw action in October, when he
Hutchinson unconscious in just 54 seconds at Bellator 32. The
win snapped a two-fight losing skid for Davidson, who has gone the
distance only twice in nine professional bouts and has secured five
of his six wins by knockout.
Pulver, 36, busted a severe losing streak of his own this year.
After dropping six straight outings from 2008 to 2010, “Little
Evil” reversed his fortunes with a 49-second rear-naked choke
submission of Mike
Lindquist in January. Pulver followed that with a March 5 split
decision over Wade Choate
under the Chicago Cagefighting Championship. Once a student of
Miletich, Pulver currently trains with fellow WEC vet Jeff Curran’s
Team Curran in Crystal Lake, Ill.