Titan FC 60, which was originally scheduled to take place on April 24th. is now being proposed for May 29th. in Florida, at a location yet to be disclosed – with no fans in attendance. Florida is the home for Titan Fighting Championships. Like everything else in the world, the card was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The original card was set to take place at Pabellón De Esgrima, Centro Olimpico in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Headlined by a welterweight title unification bout between current 170-pound champion Michael Graves (9-1-2) and interim champion Kamal Magomedov (8-0). This bout will no longer take place due to travel restrictions in the wake of COVID-19, which will prohibit Magomedov from traveling to the United States from Russia.
The new card is still in development. Hopefully, an opponent is found to face the 170-pound champion. Graves is coming off a 4th. round TKO victory over Yuri Villefort at Titan FC 59 on February 28th.
On April 9th., Jared Moskowitz, Director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, issued a memorandum, which added sporting events to the Governor’s list of essential services.
“Employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience – including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production – only if the location is closed to the general public.”
Titan FC COO, Lex McMahon, is eager to put on a great show for the fans but understands the need for extra precautions during the age of COVID-19.
“The global pandemic and resultant economic devastation brought about by the Coronavirus has brought the world and specifically sports to a standstill,” said McMahon. “However, as governmental lockdown restrictions begin to ease and with sports being deemed an essential business by Governor DeSantis, Titan FC is preparing to promote our first event since the outbreak of the pandemic. We understand that we have a responsibility to both provide entertainment to the world but bear a greater responsibility to ensure the safety of our athletes and those who work our events. In preparation for our return to promoting live MMA events on May 29th, I have consulted with Governor DeSantis’ office, the offices of Senator Rubio and Senator Scott and the Florida Boxing Commission. Titan FC has crafted and will implement a safety plan that will limit the number of people at each event, will test in various manners the athletes that will compete and the team that will promote and work the event, facilitate appropriate social distancing, and ensure a sanitized environment. We look forward to putting on great fights in conjunction with our broadcast partner UFC Fight Pass for fight fans around the globe.”
According to a Titan Fighting Champion press release, “bouts for the card will be announced shortly.” As always, you can catch all the action on UFC Fight Pass.