Plymouth, MA – The Cage Titans promotion hosted it’s 32nd card at Memorial Hall Saturday evening, which boasted a 15 fight card to start 2017.
A more intimate venue, it was quickly evident who the factions in the audience were rooting for. One side of the hall would explode while the other booed making it fun to see the back and forth between the fighters. The most explosive back and forth from the audience came when Jurrell Laronal faced off against Zach DiSabatino. DiSabatino came away with the unanimous decision.
Bright future for amateurs overall
More than half the card was amateur bouts, but you wouldn’t know it unless you were paying attention. With so many competing camps in the area, the amateur MMA game looked strong Saturday night. The Cage Titans promotion also makes it a point to put their hard work and dedication on display through awards given prior to the start of the main card.
Knockout of the Night – Tommy Davis (3-0, Juniko)
Submission of the Night – John Semenuk (1-0, Juniko)
Fight of the Night – Ryan Dunn (0-1, Indy) vs Marty Navis (2-1, Lauzon MMA)
Navis and Davis Both Show Power
These two welterweights could see each other in the future, and it would be one heck of a match up. Out of the undercard, Tommy Davis and Marty Navis both finished their opponents in style via TKO (punches). Both fighters are tall, lean, and have reach which they both use well. Davis no doubt had the most swagger on the card, which was evident after he tossed a staffer who got in the way of his strut around the cage following the knockout. Navis has the momentum and heart which was clear from his work in the cage. This will make for an exciting catchweight bout in the future.
No one will fight DiNella
Mike DiNella who fights out of SSSF had his fight dropped from the card after 3 opponents refused to show up Saturday. The lightweight stated to the audience in an interview to be ready in April for his return. We shall see who steps up, and who will be “man down”.
Giannetti, Semenuk Can Put on a Clinic
Joe Gianetti (3-0, SSSF) finished his opponent in the first round in less than 45 seconds. He immediately got the take down, and tossed in an armbar while in transition. “Skeletor” can hang with the best of them and should keep moving up the ranks with such solid grappling.
John Semenuk (1-0, Juniko) made his amateur debut and landed a nasty triangle in his bout to end the fight vs Joe Smith (2-2, Lauzon MMA). Bright things ahead for Semenuk with how he looked to start his MMA career.
Barrett’s striking has holes, but his heart certainly doesn’t
The fight of the night was what turned into a Muay Thai slug fest bout between Vince McGuinness (5-5, Bang Muay Thai) and Peter Barrett (7-0, Sityodtong). Barrett was the aggressor the whole match, but kept getting caught and dropped by McGuiness’ counters. McGuiness’ gameplan worked well for the first round until he got tired. Never discouraged, Barrett kept plugging forward and wore McGuiness down to the very end. Barrett showed his well-rounded wrestling and took McGuiness down when it mattered most. Barrett also changed up the expected with two nicely placed spinning back fists. When the fight was close, “Slippery Pete” turned up the heat, and it earned him the W. Props to both fighters for one unbelievable fight.