Titan FC 77 Preview

Titan FC returns to the National Guard Armory in Miramar, Florida to host Titan FC 77 on June 3rd.

In a card consisting of UFC veterans, notable heavyweights and top prospects, fight fans are in for a treat. The card is home to five pro MMA bouts and will be broadcasted live on UFC Fight Pass. Expect fireworks as some of Florida’s most notable names showcase their skills on a global scale.

Luis Pena (10-3) vs. Gustavo Wurlitzer (24-25, 1NC)

In the main event, UFC veteran, Luis Pena (10-3), makes his second walk to the Titan FC cage as he takes on Brazil’s, Gustavo Wurlitzer (24-25, 1NC). Pena returns for a sequel appearance after a 59-second submission win last month at Titan FC 76. The eight-fight UFC veteran has shared the cage with the likes of Khama Worthy, Matt Frevola and Mike Triziano. The 28-year-old has scored wins over Alex Munoz, Steve Pearson, Matt Wiman and Steve Garcia. He’s earned seven of his 10 victories by way of finish, five of which by submission. The lengthy striker and submission specialist will have his hands full with 2nd degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, Wurlitzer.

The 39-year-old makes his Titan FC debut following first round submission wins in two of his last three appearances. Wurlitzer is a veteran of two Bellator bouts in which he faced Haim Gozali and Vugar Karamov. In his career, he’s shared the cage with Arman Tsarukyan and Goiti Yamauchi. The Brazilian submission specialist has been to decision just three times in 50 pro bouts and has 15 wins by submission. All signs point to the judges not being needed in our main event.

Sal Guerriero (5-1) vs. Wendel Araujo (5-3)

The bantamweight co-headliner, involves top prospect out of American Top Team, Sal Guerriero (5-1), and MMA Masters’, Wendel Araujo (5-3). Guerriero looks to score a fifth straight finish with a win tonight. The 26-year-old is a considerably high level prospect who makes his sixth walk to the Titan FC at Titan FC 77. He’s a Jiu-Jitsu brown belt who normally dominates the grappling department. Guerriero excels in ground and pound and all of his finishes have been set up by his grappling. With that being said, he is a complete prospect and looks to showcase that on fight night.

Araujo is known for his athletic and explosive ability. The two-time Capoeira World Champion makes his return to the cage after nearly four years outside the MMA cage; however, he looks to be in great shape. The eight-fight veteran calls Brazil home, but now resides in Miami, Florida. He’s earned three of his five wins by knockout and has a Jiu-Jitsu brown belt as well. This will also be Araujo’s first fight in the USA.

Daiqwon Buckley (2-0) vs. Dai’kwon Fuse (0-0)

In the evening's second of two highly anticipated heavyweight matchups, Daiqwon Buckley (2-0) squares off with Dai’kwon Fuse. Sanford MMA’s Buckley, makes his Titan FC debut after a TKO win on the PFL Challenger Series. The 26-year-old has looked relatively dominant in his first two pro bouts and looks to continue that on fight night. He is a jack of all traits, scoring a submission win via keylock as an amateur, but tends to be most effective with his hands. His wrestling is something he’s improved on as of late and he’ll look to display that when he takes on the heavy hitting, Fuse.

Like Buckley, Fuse is a former D1 football player and he hits like a truck. The Jupiter Boxing Club and Jiu-Jitsu member is a violent striker who has developed a complete game. The 27-year-old is known for his knockout power winning just about all his amateur bouts in that fashion. Prior to his pro debut this weekend, he is slated as a top five amateur heavyweight prospect in the state of Florida.

Dean Barry (4-2) vs Julio Cesar Chaves (5-5)

Dean Barry (4-2) returns to the Titan FC cage, for the third time, to take on Julio Cesar Chaves (5-5). “The Sniper” will make his first walk since his lone UFC bout back in April. The multiple time Kickboxing champion is a pleasure to watch throw down and excels in finishing his opponents on the feet. Barry has scored all of his wins by knockout and has never been to the judges scorecards in his pro career. Now training at Team Ryano in his home country of Ireland, Barry looks to get back on track.

Chaves makes his 11th pro appearance at Titan FC 77. The promotional debutant is a submission specialist with a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu. He has earned nearly half his pro wins by submission and has never been knocked out in his pro career. Chaves also referees Jiu-Jitsu on the side and does his training at Strike Team and Westside BJJ. In a clash of styles, don’t blink during this one.

Robelis Despaigne (0-0) vs. Katuma Mulumba (0-0)

Heavyweights, Robelis Despaigne (0-0) and Katuma Mulumba (0-0), make their pro debuts in the card’s opening bout. Despaigne is an Olympic bronze medalist in Taekwondo and has earned gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean games, as well as the Pan Am championship. He is a very tall and long striker that will have an advantage in those departments over just about anyone. He does his training at Gracie Barra Kissimmee and resides in Orlando, Florida. The black belt in Taekwondo is a serious problem on the feet, but it will be interesting how he handles the grappling exchanges.

Mulumba is a French-Canadian up-and-comer who formerly did his training at the world renowned Tristar Gym. He now trains at another world class gym in Sanford MMA. He is a physical specimen who looks to be extremely strong. He’s quite durable and brings the fight to his opponents. Look for him to try and wrestle as it might be in his best interest when fighting a striker as decorated as Despaigne. Mulumba looks to display a dominant performance in his pro debut.