Kansas City, KS — The Titan Fighting Championship (www.TitanFighting.com) officially announced today that standout welterweight Jason High has been added to its scheduled Titan Fighting Championship 16 event on January 28. The show, which will be televised live on HDNet (www.HD.net) and is set to emanate from the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, will be headlined by two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia facing Abe Wagner, a veteran from the tenth season of the Spike TV hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.
The addition of High to the card comes off the heels of his impressive win on New Year’s Eve in Japan during DREAM’s “Dynamite!!” event over Japanese MMA legend Hayato “Mach” Sakurai. High entered the bout as the underdog but walked away with a decision victory over Sakurai despite the fact that he was fighting in Sakurai’s home country.
A veteran of the UFC and Affliction, High returns home to his native Kansas City to take on Bellator Fighting Championships and Strikeforce veteran Rudy Bears. Bears, a former world champion kickboxer, lives and trains in the Kansas City area and the High vs. Bears matchup could determine who is arguably the city’s best welterweight.
“On paper, High vs. Bears has a chance to be the fight of the night,” commented Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly. “Jason is coming off the biggest win of his career and Rudy’s last fight was a brilliant TKO victory over UFC veteran Chad Reiner during a Bellator show. Both Jason and Rudy are going to tear the roof off of Memorial Hall.”
HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon added, “It’s great to feature Jason in two high profile televised fights within 30 days on HDNet. Jason deserves the exposure as he fought an intelligent fight on New Year’s Eve at Dynamite!! on Sakurai’s home turf and still found a way to come out with a decision. I am looking forward to seeing the two hometown guys fight for bragging rights in Kansas City.”
In addition to his recent win over Reiner, Bears, 12-6, also holds notable victories in his career over Brendan Seguin, Brian Green, and Ted Worthington. Nicknamed “Bad News,” Bears is an instructor at the Caveman Crew fight gym and competes regularly in marathons.
With the win over Sakurai on Friday, High improved to 12-3. He has now won three consecutive fights following a decision loss to Charlie Brenneman in his one and only UFC appearance. High also holds notable wins over Strikeforce veteran Andre Galvao and UFC veterans Kevin Burns and James Giboo. An impressive win over Bears could earn him the designation of being the highest profile unsigned fighter in the welterweight division.
High vs. Bears will be featured during the national televised broadcast of Titan Fighting Championships 16 on Jan. 28 starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT with the local undercard starting at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event, which will emanate from the historic Memorial Hall ( www.MemorialHallKC.com), are currently on-sale at Ticketmaster.com and the Memorial Hall box office.
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