On May 14th one of the top prospects on the regional MMA scene, Dilano "The Postman" Taylor (5-1), is set to make his fourth walk to the Titan FC cage in just 10 months.
Taylor will be one half of the Titan FC 69 main event as he will go toe-to-toe with undefeated Dominican prospect, Carlos Matos (8-0) for the Titan FC welterweight strap.
"This is my first title fight professionally," said Taylor. "I want to display the fact that there are levels to this."
Although Taylor is a highly touted martial artist, his success didn't come overnight. The South Florida native was a high level high school wrestler, placing twice at states. He eventually was introduced to ATT FTL which is where it all began for "The Postman". Just a few weeks after he started training MMA full-time in 2016, his coach got him his first career amateur fight on a few day’s notice. Taylor ended up showing off his grappling prowess, submitting his opponent in under a minute and a half.
After a strong start to his amateur career Taylor continued to deliver, finishing all his victories three being within 50 seconds of the first round. He also earned quite a few amateur belts along the way. Taylor made his pro debut on February 16th, 2019 against a four-fight veteran and got the job done although it wasn't easy.
Following this bout, he was booked to fight current undefeated Bellator contender and Titan FC veteran Roman Faraldo. At the time these were two extremely highly touted welterweight prospects early in their pro careers. That night wasn't Taylor's night however, he used it as a learning experience for the future. Just six months later he showed his resilience and his hunger, as he got back in the win column with a KO in under 2-minutes over Titan FC vet, Hector Olazabal. Following this finish, he took his talents to Sanford MMA to pursue his goal of being a successful pro.
"There are a ton of high level training partners at Sanford," he explained. "I'm grateful for everyone there".
This paved the way for Taylor to make his mark in the Titan FC cage. He joined the Titan FC roster in 2020 and didn't skip a beat. Due to the pandemic he didn't make his Titan FC debut until September of 2020 at Titan FC 64, but it wasn't one to miss. In classic "Postman" style, he landed a clean straight punch hurting his opponent, Michael Lilly, which led to a grappling exchange ending with Taylor taking the back and snatching a rear naked choke at just 1:30 of the first round.
After a stunning Titan FC debut, he wasted no time getting back in the cage. Just under three months later he went toe-to-toe with another tough test in Michael Cora at Titan FC 66. After facing a bit of adversity early, Taylor got a takedown easily and ended up in half guard. While in Cora's half guard, he did the unthinkable and sunk in an extremely rare Ezekiel choke in just over two minutes earning himself his third first round finish of his pro career.
"The night before the fight I was watching basic BJJ submissions on YouTube and that was one of them," he said. "I’m more experienced with the choke now".
After two first round finishes in his first two Titan FC bouts, it was clear Taylor was a superior prospect and a force on the Titan FC roster. In February of 2021, just two months after his Ezekiel choke win over Cora, Taylor got an opportunity to fight UFC and WSOF veteran Lewis Gonzalez (11-4). Although Gonzalez had triple the amount of pro experience as Taylor, Taylor went in there fearless and ready for war. He did his thing early and even came close to finishing the fight however, the durability and chin of Gonzalez held up well. Taylor ended up earning a convincing unanimous decision win and improved to 5-1.
Earning himself a welterweight title shot, Taylor is well prepared for whatever comes his way and his opponent is a worthy challenge. Taylor will take on Carlos "El Matador" Matos (8-0) on May 14th in the main event of Titan FC 69 for the vacant welterweight strap. The undefeated Dominican Republic native is the top ranked welterweight in all of the Caribbean and will be fighting in his hometown. However, this doesn't knock Taylor off his game at all.
"Hostile territory, I love it," he said. "I love being the underdog."
Taylor believes this is his fight is his to lose. Although he is prepared for five rounds and a 25-minute war he has the skillset to end this fight at any time wherever the fight goes. Taylor's length and pressure are going to be a huge asset for him in this bout and he prides himself on his patience and timing.
"I describe myself as a bull fighter, the real matador," he said. "At Titan FC 69 you will see the true king of the welterweights".
Training out of Sanford MMA, Symmetry Fitness, ATT FTL and Junior Fernandez jiu-jitsu, he expressed his appreciation for all his coaches and teammates. His main cornerman, top ranked Bellator welterweight, Jason Jackson is one of his closest friends and he praised the knowledge of fellow teammate and coach Nik Lentz. One person who Taylor especially appreciates is striking coach Luis Nazario for his long tenure in Taylor's corner. He fights for his family and his loved ones.
“I do this feed my family,” he explained. “I want to set an example to show people they can do whatever they put their mind to”.
As Titan FC 69 is a stacked card that will bring a whole new audience to the organization "The Postman" looks to make a special delivery and become the new Titan FC welterweight champion of the world.
BY: Coby Weinsier