Townsend vs Cochrane May 14th – Michigan MMA Promotion is Making a Big Splash on the Regional Scene

Fight Michigan would like to thank Dru Gardner for this write-up for TWC’s upcoming event.

Townsend vs Cochrane
In the days of the UFC’s dominance, many MMA fighters dream of catching their big break onto the World’s biggest stage. The only way to do that, for the most part, is to compete on the Regional MMA scene, and win. The “Regional” designation is attributed to a promotion which features fighters at the cusp of being invited to the UFC from all around the U.S. Many of these promotions have smaller television deals. With the addition of UFC FightPass the Regional scene has been corralled to that online network.
So how does a promotion grow to “Regional” status, earn their way into the Worldwide market, and benefit from the media coverage that comes with it? They put together a fight card (and spend the money necessary) that is no doubt deserving of that status.
On May 14th in Michigan’s Capital of Lansing, Total Warrior Combat (TWC) makes an official statement that they’re going to be the next Regional stop for top free agent fighters.
6-time defending TWC Welterweight Champion Dequan “The Tarantula” Townsend, puts his 14-4 record, and his title on the line versus top Worldwide prospect 23-9 Dakota Cochrane.
Townsend, a product of the feared Murcielago MMA gym, is a devastating striker, with a dangerous submission game as well. He has scored impressive knockout wins of many MMA vets, and has never been finished. Standing 6’4″ tall, he’s one of the largest Welterweights in the World. While recently on a 6 fight win streak against a 45-33 cumulative opponent record, Dequan dropped a decision loss to a respectable 17-3 opponent. To Dequan, the loss was simply a mental error, and motivation to take a few more tough fights before the call from Joe Silva comes. His opponent is well known on the Regional scene as Dakota Cochrane. He has wins over a handful of successful UFC stars, and even more headlining spots on some of the top promotions in the World. Dakota comes to TWC from Nebraska and brings with him equal speed and power as any UFC Welterweight. His 9″ height disadvantage in this matchup is heavily overshadowed by his skill and experience.
Jaynes vs LamsonIn addition to this UFC caliber Welterweight Championship fight, TWC has booked another blockbuster matchup worth the attention of the UFC brass. 9-3 Justin Jaynes versus 6-0 Troy Lamson for the Lightweight Title. Defending champion Justin Jaynes is originally from Michigan, but has created a solid MMA base at the famous Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas where he is a wrestling coach. Justin is obviously a dominant wrestler but if you watch his fights, you’ll realize he can throw a serious beat down in any way he pleases, on any one in the weight class. His challenger is the infamous “Pretty Boy” Troy Lamson. Lamson is another prospect being scouted by every top promotion. A former full ride MSU wrestler, Lamson is undefeated through 23 MMA fights including his storied 17-0 amateur career. Don’t assume that with Lamson’s Division 1 collegiate wrestling background he’s the lay & pray type. That assumption would be far from the truth. “Pretty Boy” is 6-0 in his short professional career, all by way of stoppage.
There’s not enough time to highlight all of TWC’s 18+ professional matchups for their monster May 14th event. A sold out crowd will enjoy another solid title fight along with many other MidWest professional fighters looking to earn their stripes at the Regional scene’s newest member promotion. For more information, and tickets to this exclusive event visit TWC’s website at
Dru Gardner
@theonlydru on Twitter