Just two days to go for Friday’s Titan Fighting Championship 18 and the fight card has gone through a major upheaval. Two last-minute withdrawals have forced some shuffling of the deck.
Two of the more high-profile fighters on the card, Rory Markham and Drew McFedries, will not compete as planned. Markham, who is pursuing a full-time acting career, was offered a role that required him to leave the country; while McFedries was hospitalized due to an infection.
Stepping in on short notice are UFC veteran Jake Rosholt and his brother and fellow former Oklahoma State wrestling standout Jared Rosholt.
“We were extremely disappointed when the management for Drew and Rory informed us of the news. However, this is the fight business and having promoted fights since the age of 24, I’ve dealt with a lot of hurdles in promoting shows,” said Titan CEO Joe Kelly. “While losing Drew and Rory from the show hurts, we took the news in stride. I am very excited that the fans in attendance at Memorial Hall and those watching live on HDNet are going to see two future stars in this sport step up on short notice and test themselves.”
Jake (11-3) exited the UFC following a loss to Kendall Grove in November 2009. The Team Takedown fighter is currently on a four-fight winning streak, eyeing a return trip to the Octagon if he can keep winning.
He faces John Ott, who got bumped up on the card to face Rosholt following the shuffle.
Jared Rosholt made his professional debut in February of this year, quickly reeling off back-to-back victories. He’ll face Kirk Grinlinton, who isn’t much farther along in experience at 2-2.
“When you look at brother acts in MMA, it’s clear that Ken and Frank Shamrock are the best brother-tandem to have ever grace this sport,” Kelly remarked. “However, when the respective MMA careers of the Rosholt Brothers have come to an end, I have no doubt in my mind that Jake and Jared will surpass the Shamrocks as the greatest brother duo in MMA history.”
Drew McFedries and Rory Markham’s original opponents, Darryl Cobb and Rudy Bears will now square off against one another.
Tickets for “HDNet Presents: Titan Fighting Championship 18: Pulver vs. Davidson” are still on-sale at Ticketmaster.com, all local Ticketmaster outlets, as well as the Memorial Hall box office. The main televised card will begin at 10 p.m. ET this Friday.