With fighters pursuing a lawsuit against the UFC, constant complaints lobbed at WSOF, and Bellator still digging itself out of the fighter relations hole dug by Bjorn Rebney, Titan FC seems like one of the few organizations above the regional tier that fighters legitimately want to go to. The Titan FC 32 card is a pretty good example of that, as the top four fighters on the card have all either come from the UFC or Bellator recently. The main event on the card is now a featherweight title bout between Desmond Green and Steve Siler. Siler has struggled against strong grapplers in the past, and that’s exactly what Green brings to the table. Siler should have a striking advantage here however, so the fight is certainly interesting. The co-main event should be a showcase for another Bellator fighter, as Rick Hawn takes on Carlo Prater at lightweight. The rest of the main card features a couple interesting undefeated prospects, as Milan Zerjal and Andre Harrison make their Titan debuts. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting lines for the five fight Titan main card today at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Take a look: ——————– MAIN CARD (CBS Sports Network, 9pm ET) Titan Featherweight Title Desmond Green -260 Steven Siler +180 Rick Hawn -350 Carlo Prater +250 Milan Zerjal -180 Ryan Quinn +140 Iliarde Santos -245 Nick Honstein +175 Andre Harrison -380 Aaron Neveu +260 ——————– Brad’s Analysis: Steven Siler went on a bit of a run in the UFC, but that came to an end when he started to face strong grapplers. He faces another one of those grapplers in Desmong Green, and Green has rounded out his game to the point that he’s not just a concern with his wrestling. I expect the no-longer dreadlocked Green to use his hands to set up takedowns, and spend the better part of this fight on top en route to capturing the title. I’m really not sure where Carlo Prater wins this fight. The vast majority of his victories have come via submission or controlling the fight on the ground. I don’t see him submitting Hawn, and if this fight goes to the ground, I think the former olympic Judoka ends up on top. Add in the fact that Hawn is the better striker and you have a recipe for a wide decision, even with Hawn seemingly on a decline. Zerjal and Quinn is a tough fight to call for me, as Zerjal is the hyped prospect, but also facing the toughest wrestler of his career in Quinn. The ATT veteran Quinn doesn’t pose a ton of danger, but he’s a solid grinder and could test the youngster in this spot. Zerjal probably wins (and Titan probably wants him to), but I’m not comfortable betting him in this spot, and if it gets bet up I may consider taking a shot with Quinn. Another spot I’m not comfortable betting the favorite is in the Santos/Honstein fight. Honstein looked good on short notice against Pedro Nobre, and it’s conceivable that he could give Santos problems with his grappling. Santos also has questionable cardio of his own, is an aging flyweight (34), and hasn’t fought in over a year. Santos is overall the more dangerous fighter, but it’s really hard to trust him given all those other factors. Kicking off the card, Andre Harrison is an impressive prospect who I expect to look very good in his Titan debut. His striking is dangerous and his takedown defense will keep Aaron Neveu from getting this to the ground. The price is steep, but I can’t fault anyone for putting Harrison in parlays.
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