Titan FC 71 Main Card Preview

On August 6th, Titan FC is back with a 9-fight card headlined by Ali Alqaisi (9-5) and Andrew Whitney (16-8) who will fight for the vacant Titan FC featherweight title at the Intercontinental hotel in Miami.

In the co-main event, Ryan Kuse (3-0), will take on Amir Naser Kazemi (1-1) in a battle between two highly touted prospects in the bantamweight division. Also featured on the card U23 World Champion in freestyle wrestling, Richie Lewis (1-0), undefeated welterweight finisher Devon Dixon (3-0) and MMA legend Nate Marquardt (35-19-2).

Ali Alqaisi (9-5) vs. Andrew Whitney (16-8) for Titan FC featherweight title

In Friday night's main event, UFC veteran Ali Alqaisi makes his Titan FC debut as he steps in the cage with 8-time Titan FC veteran, Andrew Whitney. Alqaisi was originally scheduled to throw down with fellow UFC veteran Jacob Kilburn however, Kilburn was forced to withdraw giving Whitney the short notice nod. Alqaisi steps into this bout coming off a first round finish back in June. He is known for being quite the well-rounded martial artist and is a Kung Fu champion in the Middle East. Alqaisi submission game is advanced; his guillotine is go-to attack. With a win Friday night, Alqaisi could make a strong case to make his way back to a major organization.

Andrew Whitney is a tenured veteran and made his Titan FC debut in September of 2011 at Titan FC 20. He also has the most wins in Titan FC history. Over 50 Titan FC events later and 8 promotional appearances, he will make his second challenge for Titan FC gold. In his last bout, former Titan FC featherweight champ, Jason Soares, defeated Whitney to regain Titan FC gold however, Whitney didn't make it easy. The self-described technical street fighter now trains at Sanford MMA along with two other fighters on the card. Andrew Whitney is also a well-rounded fighter and matches up well with Alqaisi. The 24-fight veteran seems to rarely, if ever, be in boring fights and expect no different come Friday.

Ryan Kuse (3-0) vs. Amir Naser Kazemi (1-1)

In the co-main event, one of Titan FC's most highly touted prospects, Ryan Kuse, makes his third Titan FC appearance as he takes on Team Alpha Male's Amir Kazemi. Kuse, training out of the always entertaining Goatshed Academy, brings nothing short of violence to the cage every time he steps in it. The 27-year-old is a dominant grappler who puts relentless pressure on his opponents. He is known for his mauling ground-and-pound, but has quite the stand-up skillset as well. Kuse has a sneaky high kick as well. It’s inevitable that we will see Ryan Kuse on a big stage one day however, he has a tough test on Friday night in Kazemi.

Sacramento resident, Amir Kazemi, is a pretty complete martial artist. Although he has a solid striking skillset, he has five submission wins in his pro and amateur career. Coming off a tough loss, the Team Alpha Male member, seeks redemption come Friday night. He will be cornered by 2-time Titan FC veteran and Team Alpha Male kickboxing coach Slava Borschev. Kazemi's goal should be to keep it on the feet. Either way these two will for sure be in a war this weekend.

Nate Marquardt (35-19-2) vs. Michael Cora (5-5)

On August 6th MMA legend, Nate Marquardt, makes his long awaited return to the sport. He's a veteran of 56 pro martial arts bouts, a former Strikeforce welterweight champion, a multiple time Pancrase middleweight champion and a UFC middleweight title challenger. He has been training for a return for years now and the time has come. Marquardt is the definition of a complete fighter. He has extreme power in his right hand, a slick high kick and a prolific grappling resume. The Jiu-Jitsu black belt has finished 27 of his 35 wins and expects to get the job done on Friday. This will be his first bout in nearly four years.

His opponent, Dana White's Contender Series veteran Michael Cora, is no slouch. The 31-year-old has power in his hands and is quite the knockout artist. In Cora's last outing he was defeated by now Titan FC welterweight champion and teammate of Nate Marquardt, Dilano Taylor. He enters August 6th seeking to get that fight back.

Devon Dixon (3-0) vs. Brandon Lewis (3-1)

Devin Dixon makes his fourth walk to the Titan FC cage this weekend with the hope of adding to his 8-fight win streak and keeping his 100% finish rate. The Sanford MMA product is a force to be reckoned with wherever the fight goes. He's a solid wrestler and parlays his striking with his grappling. Overall, Dixon is the definition of a finisher. In his 11 pro and amateur wins he has finished everyone. In fact, he's only seen a third round once in 13 career bouts. Dixon is always in high intensity and high action fights and expect nothing less this weekend.

His opponent, Brandon Lopez, is this toughest test to date. Lopez is making his Titan FC debut this weekend and is quite the finisher himself. Two of his three wins come by way of rear-naked choke, a submission Dixon has earned in 5 of his 11 finishes, and he also has four finishes in his amateur career. Lopez trains out of Hellman's Martial Arts and was the WCFL and Combat Night welterweight champ as an amateur. This bout has some real potential to be fight of the night.

Richie Lewis (1-0) vs. Ernesto Rodriguez (2-0)

Richie Lewis makes his return to the Titan FC cage after a dominant decision victory in early 2021. The U23 World Champion freestyle wrestler is not someone you want to grapple with. He can take down just about anyone and will make it look easy. He isn’t afraid to strike either. In his debut it was his bread and butter that got him the win however, expect him to use his strikes to set up his takedowns a bit more this time out. Lewis has one of the brightest futures out of all the talent on the Titan FC 71 card and he will put it all on the line against a tough Ernesto Rodriguez.

Ernesto Rodriguez is known for his stand up. He is a high level striker earning one of his two pro wins by TKO and three of his four amateur wins the same way. The 23-year-old is a young talent training out of the prolific Xtreme Couture and Uprising MMA training center. Rodriguez is familiar with some of the Goatshed's fighters and seeks to ruin their night on Friday.

Adrian Garcia (4-1) vs. Shojin Miki (7-6)

Undefeated in Titan FC, Adrian Garcia makes his fourth walk to the promotions cage Friday night. Garcia will look to add to his three fight win streak and two fight finish streak this weekend. He is a very high level kickboxer and Muay Thai artist. His body kicks are vicious and he has a solid clinch game. In his last bout, he showed off his wrestling and grappling and proved he's a complete fighter.

Shojin Miki took the matchup on just a few day’s notice. The 13-fight veteran has been in there with quite a few UFC veterans; Martin Day, Kai Kamaka and Tyson Nam. He is also a Bellator veteran. It is clear he will have the experience advantage over Garcia however, this will be a great matchup.


Gus Villamil (3-1) vs. Chris Daniel (4-2-1)

John Ortiz (2-1) vs. Walter Gomez (1-1)

Sean Mora (1-0) vs. Matthew Hicks (1-0)

By: Coby Weinsier