Ricci vs. Gurgel Set For Titan FC 27
The long rumored scrap between Mike Ricci and Jorge Gurgel now has a home and a date as Titan FC has announced their next card and brand spanking new TV deal. Titan FC will now make it’s transition from AXS TV to CBS Sports, with an audience of over 50 million, for it’s February 28th card with Ricci versus Gurgel serving as it’s main event.
Ricci, Canada’s 5th ranked Lightweight, made it all the way to the TUF 16 finals but was defeated by Colton Smith via unanimous decision. “The Martian” dropped back down to his normal weight of 155 lbs. and earned a unanimous decision win over TUF “Smashes” runner up Colin Fletcher. With 2 UFC decisions under his belt, Ricci knew his back was against the wall and with a split decision loss to Myles Jury at UFC 165 Ricci received his walking papers. With big wins over Jordan Mein and Jesse Ronson, Ricci still hasn’t shown his best on the international scene and this bout with Gurgel is good chance for him to demonstrate what he has to offer.
Like Ricci, Gurgel has not had the best showing of late, going just 1-4 in his last 5 outings including decision losses. Also a veteran of TUF, Gurgel appeared on the second season making it to the 5th episode before being eliminated by Jason Von Flue via decision. It was later revealed he fought with a blown ACL. Gurgel earned himself a UFC contract and went 3-4 while in the octagon but was given his walking papers following 2 back to back loses to Cole Miller and Aaron Riley. Strikeforce gave him another shot at the big time but again “J.G.” struggled going just 2-4 during his time in the six sided cage. Gurgel last fought on Strikeforce’s final card suffering a decision loss to Adriano Martins, not being picked up again by the UFC after the merger.
Titan FC 27 goes down February 28th from the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. The card will also feature Matt Riddle vs. Michael Kuiper and TUF 18 cast off Anthony Guitierrez takes on Lee Sandmeier.