Deerfield Beach, FL - Authentic Sports Management today announced that its own former UFC middleweight and Sengoku Champion "The Sandman" Jorge Santiago will take on former Bellator competitor and fellow Brazilian Leonardo Pecanha as the main event of Titan Fighting Championship's March 2 card in Kansas City, Kansas.
"Titan Fighting 21" will take place inside Memorial Hall and HDNet will deliver the entire main card live starting at 9:00 p.m. ET.
"I can't wait to fight for Titan on March 2nd and to show everybody that "The Sandman" is back and more dangerous than ever before," said Santiago. "I train with the best coaches and some of the best fighters in the world, I've never felt better or more ready, and at Titan Fighting 21 I'm going to make a fight nobody will forget - especially Leonardo Pecanha."
"I believe that Jorge Santiago can be one of the best 185 pound fighters in the world, he has the skills and the dedication and on March 2nd he will take on Leonardo Pecanha and show everyone why he won't be stopped," said Glenn Robinson, President, Authentic Sports Management.
Before entering the UFC for the second time in his professional fighting career, Santiago (23-10) went 7-1 in Japan's Sengoku organization and 2-0 in Strikeforce, winning nine of his past 10 fights.
The 31-year old holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is known for his aggressive style and deadly striking. He owns nine wins by knockout and 12 wins by submission. Santiago's battle against Kazuo Misaki in Sengoku was awarded as Sherdog's 2010 Fight of the Year, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest fights of all time.
"I am honored to be headlining Titan Fighting 21 and I look forward to finishing Jorge Santiago live on HDNet for all the fans watching at home," said Pecanha. "There's isn't anything that Santiago has over me, I'm better on the ground, and more vicious standing up, so there's no way I'm letting this fight go to the judges' scorecards - I'm going to finish him, and fast."
Pecanha (14-7-0) is a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and holds multiple championships in BJJ. He began training in BJJ at age six and is now a world class grappler, with victories over accomplished fighters like Tarsis Humphreys, Mike Fowler, Sergio Moraes, Andre Galvao and Rani Yahya. Of his 14 wins, 12 of those have come by submission, and the other two by first round KO.
Titan Fighting 21 tickets are on sale now with general admission priced at $35; VIP packages are available for $100 and $150. Tickets can be purchased through www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster 866-448-7849.
"There is no doubt this is going to be one of Titan's best events ever, with knockout artist Jorge Santiago and submission specialist Leonardo Pecanha headlining, and a star studded undercard, including Joe Ellenberger, Wilk, Carrillo and Sharkbait, Titan Fighting 21 is going to deliver for fight fans on March 2nd," said Titan CEO Joe Kelly.
In addition to the main event between Santiago and Pecanha, Titan Fighting 21 will feature a co-main event between
Joe "Nose" Wilk and Andrew Carrillo. The rest of the televised live card includes: Joe Ellenberger vs. Jesse Zeugin; Brandon Pfannensteil vs. Sharkbait; Junior Hernandez vs. Kevin Croom, and Mirsad Bektic vs. Cody Carrillo.
On the undercard, Titan Fighting Championship will present the amateur bouts Darrick Minner vs. Cody Peterson and Emery McReynolds vs. Issac Enriquez.
For more information on Jorge Santiago, please visit www.jorgesantiago.com and follow "The Sandman" on Twitter @SantiagoMMA.