Desmond Green Shuts Down Steven Siler, Claims Inaugural Titan FC Featherweight Belt

By C.J. Tuttle Dec 19, 2014
Desmond Green capped off a seven-fight card featuring six unanimous decisions by capturing the vacant Titan Fighting Championships featherweight title.

The former Bellator MMA fighter defeated recent Ultimate Fighting Championship castoff Steven Siler via five-round unanimous decision to claim the 145-pound championship in the Titan FC 32 main event on Friday at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. All three judges scored it 48-45.

The headliner was marred by low blows, with each man suffering the effects on multiple occasions. However, Green’s grappling nullified Siler’s offense, allowing “The Predator” to cruise to victory. The 25-year-old attributed his recent success to his work at Tristar Gym in Montreal, where he trains under Firas Zahabi.

“It means more than I can say just in this interview,” Green said. “Firas and Tristar Gym [are] helping me become everything I wanted and more. I can’t wait to get back up there and get better.”

Since being released by Bellator in August, Green (14-3) has gone on to knock out former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Miguel Torres and win Titan FC gold. Siler (23-14) has lost four in a row.

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In the co-main event, Rick Hawn made his promotional debut against 47-fight veteran Carlo Prater, earning a unanimous decision. Hawn (19-4) swept the scorecards with 30-27s across the board. “Genghis” parted ways with Bellator following two losses against Douglas Lima and Dave Jansen. The 38-year-old Olympic judoka was tentative in his showing against Jansen at Bellator 130 and remained that way against Prater (31-15-1). Fortunately for Hawn, “Neo” was equally hesitant to throw punches. In the end, Hawn’s work rate appeared to earn him the decision, as he maintained his technically sound striking over the course of 15 minutes and walked away with the 19th win of his five-year career.

Meanwhile, Milan Zerjal (7-0) impressed with a third-round rear-naked choke submission against Ryan Quinn, as he remained undefeated and added to the buzz surrounding him. The Serbian has finished five of his seven wins via submission. Quinn (10-5-1) tapped out 4:34 into round three, ending a three-fight winning streak.

Elsewhere, former UFC fighter Iliarde Santos halted a three-fight losing streak in a dominating performance against Nick Honstein, earning three 30-26 scorecards in the process. Afterward, Titan FC announced Santos (28-9-1) will challenge Pedro Nobre for the promotion’s inaugural flyweight title. Honstein (16-9) has dropped back-to-back bouts.

Opening up the main card, Andre Harrison (8-0) took a unanimous decision Aaron Neveu. “The Bull” showed an affinity for grappling, as he remained undefeated to start his career. Scores were 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27. Neveu (8-3) has lost two in a row.

In one of two preliminary bouts, John Santos was given the benefit of the doubt on the judges’ scorecards, taking a unanimous decision from Johnny Campbell. While Santos (3-2) did show his prowess in the striking department, “Cupcake” controlled the grappling, though his efforts on the mat did not correlate to a decision from the judges. The defeat snapped a four-fight winning streak for Campbell (9-6).

Finally, Nate Oses (2-1) recorded his second straight win with a unanimous decision over Wayne Ahlquist (1-1). The Tristar Gym product dominated from the mount for a good portion of the 15-minute bout. Scores were 30-27, 30-26 and 30-27.
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