Titan FC 76 Preview

Titan FC returns home to South Florida this Friday night to host Titan FC 76 at the National Guard Armory in Miramar, Florida. In a card filled with highly touted prospects, veterans of major organizations and local notable names, expect fireworks throughout the card’s entirety. A couple highlighted bouts include a clash of styles between Rami Hamed (10-3 1NC) and Jimi Diaz Zuleta (2-0) as well as the return of Richie Lewis (2-0) as he takes on Kelvin Bowen (1-0-1). In the headliner, UFC veteran, Luis Pena (9-3) squares off with former Bellator competitor, Zach Zane (15-11).

Luis Pena (9-3) vs. Zach Zane (15-11)

In a short notice battle between two of the most experienced fighters on the card, Luis Pena and Zach Zane go to war. Pena makes his return to the cage after over a year long layoff. The 28-year-old is a tall, rangey lightweight standing 6’3 and bringing a reach of 75” to the cage. Peña spent the last four years with with the world’s largest organization scoring five victories in his eight UFC bouts. Coming of a decision win over Alex Munoz, he looks to build a win streak with the momentum he has. Peña has six finishes in nine pro wins and has been finished just once in his career. The Italian born Arkansas bred lightweight looks to start a new chapter of his career with a win.

Zane stands in his way at Titan FC 76. The 32-year-old is a veteran of 26 professional bouts and has shared the cage with quite a few notable names. He’s stood across from Loik Radzhabov, Justin Gonzalez, Max Rohskopf and Chris Avila. Zane is a quality submission specialist scoring 10 wins in that fashion. With that being said, definitely don’t rule Zane out on the feet as he has four wins by way of knockout including a seven-second knockout in his last victory. The Hawaiian brawler is rarely in a boring fight and always brings the action. On Friday night, it’s safe to say this bout will be a banger to cap off a stellar evening.

Rami Hamed (10-3 1NC) vs. Jimi Diaz Zuleta (2-0)

Household name in the Titan FC community, Rami Hamed, returns to action after a nearly year long layoff to take on Jimi Diaz Zuleta. If you don’t know Hamed, it’s safe to say he’s a name you should get to know. The 31-year-old is a decorated striker winning six Muay Thai national championships, five kickboxing national championships and two Taekwondo national championships in his rise to pro MMA. Hamed is back in the cage after LCL and meniscus injuries held him out for several months. After fully recovering, he got back to work at American Combat Gym. Hamed also got work in this camp with two-time boxing world champion, Jean Pascal, Despite the extra boxing work, he hopes to display a complete performance on fight night.

Diaz Zuleta makes the trip from his home country of Colombia to South Florida in hopes of defending his unblemished record. Although it may be his first MMA appearance in almost three years, he regularly gets training in and is always prepared to scrap. Diaz Zuleta is known for his grappling and Jiu-Jitsu ability which will be his key for success in this bout. The submission specialist is the CEO of Gladiator Flight Club in La Dorada. Overall, this is a fun clash of styles in our co-headliner.

Richie Lewis (2-0) vs. Kelvin Bowen (1-0-1)

In the cards featured bout, Richie Lewis makes his third walk to the cage against Hawaii’s Kelvin Bowen. Lewis returns to action for the first time in 2022 in hopes on maintaining his unbeaten run. The 27-year-old is one of the more highly touted lightweight prospects in the region and has looked every part of it in his first two bouts. This was Lewis’ first full camp at the world renowned Sanford MMA. As a fan favorite in the Titan FC community, it’s safe to say he’s never in a boring fight.

Kelvin Bowen makes the walk to the cage for the first time in 26 months. The Hawaii resident is known for his quality striking. In his last bout, he scored a 31-second knockout. The 28-year-old is a close friend of one half of our main event, Zach Zane. Bowen will have the height and reach advantage in this bout.

Richard Mayol (0-0) vs. Daniel Morrison (0-0)

In our third fight of the evening, amateur champions, Richard Mayol and Daniel Morrison square off in a battle of pro debutants. This is actually a sequel bout following Mayol’s decision victory over Morrison back in June of 2021. Miami’s Mayol is a 22-year-old submission specialist with a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He does his training at MMA Masters under Daniel Valverde and Danny Chavez. Mayol went 4-1 as an amateur earning two wins by submission.

Fellow Floridian Daniel Morrison, has bounced back since his defeat to Mayol scoring wins in his last two bouts. The Broward county resident is just 23-years-old and a veteran of nine amateur bouts. He scored half of his wins by finish as an amateur. Morrison does his training at John Wai Martial Arts. Overall, this will be a chess match between two solid grapplers.

Nekoro Bunsie (0-2) vs. Jason Somchay (1-7)

Nekoro Bunsie is set for his third walk to the Titan FC cage as he takes on Muay Thai artist, Jason Somchay. Bunsie is a striker with a kickboxing background. He does his training at ATT Sunrise with Roger Krahl. In his amateur and pro careers, he has shared the cage with Roy Echeverria, Gus Villamil and Jarrett Betancourt.

Somchay is set for his promotion debut on Friday night. His Muay Thai style is electric to watch. The 35-year-old is coming off his first pro victory in which he scored a TKO finish. The coach at Florida Kickboxing Academy, alongside Asa Ten Pow, does some grappling training at Combat Club. Expect a stand up war between two veteran strikers.

Arturo Vergara (1-0) vs. Cody Schieve (1-6)

Both Arturo Vergara and Cody Schieve are set for their Titan FC debuts. Chile’s Vergara is a quality striker training out of the Goat Shed. In his pro debut he earned a highlight reel head kick knockout which went viral. The 27-year-old is a Muay Thai specialist who brings the fight to his opponents. Expect fireworks when Vergara is in the cage.

Schieve steps in the Titan FC cage coming off a 32-second knockout win. The submission specialist is a veteran of seven pro bouts. In 22 pro an amateur fights, he’s been to the scorecards just twice. In his pro career, he’s never got out of the first round. This will without a doubt be a banger for however long it lasts.