A pair of title eliminators will headline Titan FC 45.
Ultimate Fighter alum Valdir Araujo takes on Adriano Capitulino in the welterweight main event of the Aug. 18 card in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Titan COO Lex McMahon told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. In the co-main event, Olympic wrestler Gustavo Balart meets Jorge Calvo in a flyweight affair.
Both bouts are title eliminators in their respective divisions, McMahon said.
Araujo (17-7) is coming off a second-round submission win over Preston Parsons for Titan in January. The former TUF 21 castmate has won three of four. Capitulino (5-1, 1 NC) last fought in December, a third-round submission over Taylor Krahl. The Brazilian has won five of six.
Balart (3-0), who wrestled in the 2012 Summer Olympics for Cuba and owns a gold medal in the Pan American Games in Greco-Roman wrestling, made his Titan debut in January, beating Carlos Hernandez by unanimous decision. Balart, 30, also beat Dez Moore beat unanimous decision in May. Calvo (10-1) most recently beat Bruno Mesquita by unanimous decision in May. The 25-year-old Costa Rican has won two straight and has only lost to Olympic bronze medalist Alexis Vila in his career.
Also on the Titan card, James Blair will meet Askar Askar, the brother of UFC fighter Belal Muhammad. Demarques Jackson vs. Luciano Dos Santos, Steve Mowry vs. Dustin Clements, Edwin Valenzuela vs. Anderson Hutchinson, Isidro Rodriguez vs. Uros Jurisic, and Alberto Rodriguez vs. Dustin Lampros round out the bill. Several other bouts are pending, McMahon said.