Manning vs. Dubuque thrilled in the Cage Titans 38 Main Event

Cage Titans 38: Dan Dubuque Takes the “0” from Jimmy Manning

Plymouth, Massachusetts – New Bedford lightweight talent Jimmy “The Tooth” Manning (5-1) seemed close to defending his undefeated record and claiming the vacant Cage Titans lightweight belt when he smashed Connecticut’s Dan Dubuque (6-2) with a strong right hand early in round 1 of the Cage Titans 38 main event. Manning briefly ensnared back control, but Dubuque is as tough as they come and he popped back to his feet firing haymakers. One of those bombs caught Manning flush and opened up a huge cut that painted the canvas a dark shade of red. With his foe wounded, Dubuque claimed top position and blasted away with elbows from half guard until referee Bryan Minor intervened for the round 1 TKO stoppage! This was quite an exciting performance from both men and a stellar show of heart from new Cage Titans lightweight champ Dan Dubuque, who is now 2-0 in 2018 and now owns one of the most sought-after belts in the Northeastern regionals.



The rest of Cage Titans 38 saw the fighters give a promotional record-breaking audience plenty to cheer about thanks to a night of well-contested scraps. Read on for pro results from Cage Titans 38, and get yourself a subscription for Cage Titans and lots of other quality US regional MMA action.


Cage Titans 38 Co-Main Event – Lightweight: Every time I see Jay Ellis (15-76) fight, I feel a duty to remind the general public that the man holds long-ago upset wins over top-tier pros Daniel Straus and Gerald Meerschaert. Ellis lived up to his “Hurricane” nickname with a wild all-out attack from the first bell. But the journeyman was never close to hurting “Slippery” Pete Barrett (9-2) before the onetime CES vet muscled his way to the back and sunk in a mata leon (RNC) for the submission 52 seconds in. Barrett snapped a two fight losing skid, while Ellis dropped a third straight since surprising 6-2 Isaiah Pitts via tapout in December. Ellis still has win number 16 in his sights, with two more bouts scheduled within the next month against beatable sub-.500 opposition.

Lightweight: Gracie Tampa rep Daniel Matos (2-3) took no time to duck around to the back of favored Don Shainis (4-2) and work to back mount. Matos flattened out Shainis and seemed close to finishing via mata leon (RNC), but the local favorite survived and bucked into top position for most of round 1. This one turned into a grappling contest during round 2, with both men exchanging top control but Matos scoring the only ground and pound from back mount. Matos continued his BJJ domination in round 3, and that was enough for Daniel Matos to earn the upset unanimous decision by straight 29-28 scores.

Bantamweight: South Shore Sportfighting jiu-jitsu ace Johnny “Cupcakes” Campbell (16-9) did his best to entertain the partial Massachusetts crowd with a flying triangle attempt versus Seth Basler (3-8), but resorted to standard pushing his man against the cage when that didn’t work out. Campbell pulled guard for a guillotine, which Basler defended. He didn’t defended the ensuing triangle choke try, which earned Campbell a fifth straight victory over sub-.500 competition via round 1 submission.

Men’s Strawweight: The half-sized iteration of Daniel Cormier (6-9) displayed toughness befitting a man with his name, as he ate a Street Fighter-grade uppercut from Mefi Monterroso (5-1) and somehow weathered the Californian’s GNP finishing efforts. In round 2 both men stuck to kickboxing, with Mefi cracking landing some solid punches but Cormier firing back with legkicks. AKA rep Monterroso sealed the fight with top control in round 3 that earned him the 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 unanimous decision on Cormier’s home territory.

Featherweight: Short notice replacement Stacey Anderson (0-4) tried for a guillotine early in his bout with Jeff Perez (3-0), but Perez popped his head out and blasted his man from half guard. Anderson chose to give his back, which allowed Perez to cinch up the fight-ending submission via mata leon (RNC) at 1:34 of round 1.

160 lb Catchweight: Former Cage Titans amateur champ Zach DiSabatini (3-0) looked technical and strong throughout his matchup with Keenan Raymond (3-6). DiSabatini earned the TKO victory but not quite in the fashion he wanted, as Raymond went down from a leg kick check – Silva vs. Weidman 2 style. Nonetheless, that’s three straight finishes for the onetime undefeated amateur from South Shore Sportfighting.  Hopefully Raymond gets better soon.

Bantamweight: Shawn Rall (2-2) looked slick on the feet, but he had no answers for the grappling game of Jay Perrin (6-3). Perrin wore his man down in round 1 before taking the back and sinking in a fight-ending RNC in round 2. That’s three straight subs for Perrin since he lost to Brazilian Regivaldo Carvalho at Bellator 178.

Lightweight: The first pro fight between Montoyia Swilling (0-12) and Antoine Caparotta (1-0) was nearly ruled a no contest when the officials inadvertently rang the bell three minutes in, with Caparotta on top in mount. After a few minutes of dudes in suits milling about the cage, officials surprisingly decided to allow the fight to continue with the last two rounds being normal length. For Swilling that proved to be a recipe for 5 minutes of pain, as he was taken down and battered by his debuting foe. Swilling ended the second round taking strikes from back mount, and before the round 3 bell he lost his pre-fight meal in a bucket – an automatic TKO win for Caparotta. Crazy stuff to start off the pro portion of the show, and kudos to the Massachusetts commission for coming to their senses and fixing their error instead of compounding it by cancelling the bout.

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