Titan Fighting Championship returned to Florida on Saturday, April 30, for Titan FC 38: Carl vs. Muhammad. The card was the promotion’s fifth live offering on UFC Fight Pass. The event featured top prospects taking on veteran fighters in a theme the promotion has continued to push since joining forces with the digital streaming service in early 2015.
The vacant Titan FC welterweight title was up for grabs as former WSOF welterweight champion Steve Carl made his promotional debut against undefeated Titan FC veteran Belal Muhammad. Carl was returning to U.S. soil after picking up a big win against rising prospect Beslan Ushukov in Russia. Carl wrapped up a third-round choke to have his hand raised for the first time since capturing WSOF welterweight gold against now UFC fighter Josh Burkman. Muhammad was making his largest step up in competition despite building a surprisingly strong resume fighting on the U.S. regional circuit.
In the evening’s co-main event, Titan FC title contenders Jason Novelli and Yosdenis Cedeno battled for a potential spot in an upcoming championship fight for the vacant Titan FC lightweight title. Novelli had won four straight since dropping to 155 pounds following a loss to Seattle’s Ben Fodor. Cedeno entered into his promotional debut after losing three of his four UFC bouts.
Belal Muhammad def. Steve Carl by TKO (punches). Round 4, 4:07 – for welterweight title
Jason Novelli and Yosdenis Cedeno ruled a split draw (29-28, 29-29, 28-29)
Pedro Nobre def. Sid Bice by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Chase Sherman def. Jack May by TKO (injury). Round 1, 0:56
Bruce Lutchmedial def. Pablo Alfonso by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Caio Rocha def. Peter Petties by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jose Torres def. Reynaldo Duarte by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Andrew Whitney def. Cory Tait by unanimous decision (30-29, 30-27, 30-27)
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