TFC 15 will feature co-main event matchups between James Krause (10-2) and Kalel Robinson (9-3) as well as Eric Marriott (16-2) vs. Sean Wilson (19-9).
Krause, currently under contract to Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting, is taking a fight at welterweight outside of the organization. In order to retain his WEC contract, he must defeat Robinson, a native of Illinois.
For Marriott, a native of Lee's Summitt, Friday could mark his last fight in the area for quite some time. One of the most highly-regarded unsigned MMA prospects in the United States, unconfirmed published reports have linked him to the Bellator Fighting Championships, a national promotion which has inked broadcast deals with NBC and Fox Sports Net in recent months.
Wilson, who holds career wins over Deryck Ripley and Josh Arocho, will be dropping to 145 lbs. in order in an attempt to steal Marriott's spotlight and land a national contract for himself. A one-time veteran of M-1, the Omaha, NE was quite outspoken last week about his desire to end the fight early in order to prevent a hometown decision in Marriott's favor.
Also featured on the card will be a highly anticipated clash of two outstanding bantamweight prospects. While Krause vs. Robinson and Marriott and Wilson are receiving top billing, the most entertaining bout of the night could be when Danny Tims (7-1-1) of Independence, MO clashes with Chad Vandenberg (5-1) of Kansas City, MO.
Vandenberg vs. Tims is expected to be challenged for "Fight of the Night" by a 150 lbs. catchweight clash between Ramiro Hernandez Jr. (5-1) and Mike Johnson (10-6). Hernandez, one of the leaders of Pat Miletich's next generation of stars at the Miletich Fighting Systems camp in Bettendorf, Iowa shared "Fight of the Night" honors at Titan Fighting Championships 14 on Oct. 2 when he rallied to record a second round TKO over Brian Davidson. An all-out standup war is expected is expected when he steps into the cage to fight Johnson.
In addition to Hernandez, other MFS prospects scheduled for the event include Rashad Brooks and Nick Spohn. Spohn will be making his pro debut on Friday, Dec. 18 after having just recently returned from a training camp with UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn. He was personally invited by the Penn camp to be one of Penn's primary training partners leading up to this past Saturday's fifth round TKO victory over Diego Sanchez at UFC 107. Spohn's pro debut will come against Chris Andrade.
Brooks is known for a flashy fighting style that involves high-risk moves such as spinning back fists and high kicks. He will be in for a tough test when he faces Kansas City's top light heavyweight prospect, Jerald "Jeb" Chiles (9-1).
On hand to corner Brooks, Hernandez, and Spohn will be none other than former UFC welterweight champion Pat Miletich and current UFC fighter Jesse Lennox.
Other bouts slated for the event include John Ott (5-6) vs. Dominic Brown (15-14), ), Ben Nixdorf (5-3) vs. Ryan Cenkus (5-5), a highly anticipated rematch between Travis Sevum vs. Tommie O'Neal, and the pro debuts of light heavyweights Oscar Glover and Monte Garrett.
TFC 15 will also feature the pro MMA debut of undefeated heavyweight prospect Ritchie Carmack. Carmack, a Kansas City native, is 7-0 as a pro boxer with six of his seven wins ending via first round (T)KO. Carmack had been scheduled to face Alex Rozman but Rozman was recently forced to pull off the show due to illness. In his place, local Kansas City heavyweight John Orr (5-3) has been tapped to take Rozman's place. In certain aspects, Orr represents a greater challenge than Rozman but Carmack's elite boxing skill could negate Orr's experience advantage.
Tickets for Titan Fight Championships 15 on Dec. 18 (local start time 8 p.m. CT) are now on sale with the event set to emanate from the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS.
To attend Titan Fighting Championships 15, visit local Ticketmaster outlets or order online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $150. $100, $75, $50, and $25. For more information on the event, follow the Titan Fighting Championships at www.TitanFighting.com or on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TitanFighting
Weigh-ins will take place at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, Dec. 17 at the Constellations Room at the Argosy Hotel & Casino (located at 777 N.W. Argosy Casino Parkway, Riverside, Missouri 64150).
The current lineup is as follows:
Welterweight (170 lbs.): James Krause vs. Kalel Robinson
Featherweight (145 lbs.): Eric Marriott vs. Sean Wilson
Bantamweight (135 lbs.): Danny Tims vs. Chad Vandenberg
Catchweight (150 lbs.): Ramiro Hernandez Jr. vs. Mike Johnson
Middleweight (185 lbs.): John Ott vs. Dominic Brown
Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.): Jeb Chiles vs. Rashad Brooks
Heavyweight (265 lbs.): Ritchie Carmack vs. John Orr
Lightweight (155 lbs.): Nick Spohn vs. Chris Andrade
Welterweight (170 lbs.): Ben Nixdorf vs. Ryan Cenkus
Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.): Oscar Glover vs. Monte Garrett
Welterweight (170 lbs.): Travis Sevum vs. Tommie O'Neal
ABOUT THE TITAN FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS (www.TitanFighting.com): The Titan Fighting Championships is a Kansas City-based full-time Mixed Martial Arts promotion headquartered out of the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. Owned and operated by veteran fight promoter Joe Kelly, the Titan Fighting Championships has promoted events since 2006. The goal of TFC is to promote and develop the top up-and-coming fighters in the world and provide a platform allowing them to take their respective careers to the next level. Fighters who have gotten their start with Titan include Jay Hieron, L.C. Davis, Rob Kimmons, Lee Gibson, Alan Belcher, Bobby Voelker, Zak Cummings, Rudy Bears, and James Krause.
ABOUT TITAN ENTERTAINMENT: Titan Entertainment is a full-service entertainment company that holds an exclusive lease on the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. The company promotes and produces events such as rock concerts, professional boxing, professional wrestling, and mixed martial arts. Titan has promoted sporting events that have been featured on ESPN, Fox Sports Net, SHOWTIME, and HDNet.
ABOUT COMBAT SPORTS MEDIA (www.CombatSportsMedia.net): Combat Sports Media is a partner to both the Combat Sports Championships and Titan Entertainment. Owned and operated by Sam Caplan, CSM is an outsource business-to-business solution for companies in the combat sports industry. CSM provides an array of services on a contract basis such as public relations, television research production, website design and management, Internet video streaming, and matchmaking consulting. Its past and present client list includes M-1 Global, SHOWTIME, the Titan Fighting Championships, the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts, ChokeOutPoker.net, NameDrop.com, and FightMetric.com. CSM is also the parent company of the popular Mixed Martial Arts content website FiveOuncesOfPain.com (www.FiveOuncesOfPain.com) and is a shareholder in the Titan Fighting Championships and 365 Fight Management.