Jake Rosholt will take a short-notice assignment on Friday. | Photo: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
A pair of last-minute withdrawals has shuffled the deck for Friday’s Titan Fighting Championship 18, which will now feature wrestling brothers Jake Rosholt and Jared Rosholt.
Titan officials announced the change Wednesday, revealing that main-carders Rory Markham and Drew McFedries have both withdrawn from the event. According to an official release, McFedries was hospitalized Monday for an unspecified infection, while aspiring actor Markham has been called out of the country to a movie set.
“We were extremely disappointed when the management for Drew and Rory informed us of the news,” Titan CEO Joe Kelly stated in a release. “While losing Drew and Rory from the show hurts, we took the news in stride I am very excited that the fans... are going to see two future stars in this sport step up on short notice and test themselves.”
The Rosholt brothers, All-Americans both at Oklahoma State University, will compete only six days after winning bouts at a Cowboy MMA event in their adopted hometown of Ponca City, Okla.
Jake, 29, will square off against K2L Grindhouse fighter John Ott in a 200-pound catchweight affair. Typically a middleweight, Rosholt has recorded four first-round finishes already in 2011, with none of his opponents lasting longer than two minutes. Ott comes off a decision loss to Bobby Lashley in the heavyweight main event of Titan FC 17 on March 25, another fight which Ott took on just days’ notice.
Meanwhile, Jared, 24, will take part in a heavyweight contest against Weston, Mo., resident Kirk Grinlinton. The younger but larger Rosholt is perfect through two bouts in his nascent MMA career; Grinlinton holds a record of 2-2, with all four fights ending in first-round knockouts, and has not competed since February 2010.
Titan Fighting Championship 18 takes place May 27 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The HDNet-televised card will be topped by a 140-pound catchweight contest between former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver and Missourian Brian Davidson.