FiveOuncesOfPain.com was the first to report several months ago that half-brothers Torrance Taylor (pictured) and Tiawan Howard had signed multi-fight contracts with EliteXC. And now we can be the first to report that they have been added to EliteXC’s ShoXC event to take place on Friday, Oct. 10 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
We confirmed the news while speaking with their manager, Mike Camp of F1 Management.
While opponents have yet to be finalized, EliteXC officials have confirmed that tentative matchups have been set for the two. Taylor, a dynamic lightweight striker, is likely to face former UFC veteran Jeff Cox while Howard, who normally competes at welterweight, will move up to middleweight to face Hector Urbina.
Both Taylor and Howard made it to the finals of the IFL Draft during the promotion’s tryouts in New York last year. They were part of an impressive class that included James “Binky” Jones and Jim Bova of EliteXC, Danillo Villefort of the WEC, Matt Brown of the UFC, former BodogFIGHT veteran Matt Lee, and top unsigned prospects LeVon Maynard of Virginia and Al Iaquinta of New York.
Taylor, 20, is just 7-4, according to Sherdog’s fight finder, but holds three career victories over former UFC veterans Jason Dent, Junior Assuncao, and Luke Caudillo. His two most recent victories were in May against Assuncao while competing for the AFL and then in June against Caudillo during a Ring of Fire show.
Howard, 33, is 5-2 according to Sherdog’s fight finder. His four fight win streak was snapped on August 2 in a decision loss to Micah Bender during the IFBL’s Fight Night 12. Prior to that he recorded consecutive wins over Mohammed Rashad, Mark Lesley, Travis Burnett, and Chris Thomas.
Cox is based out of Cleveland and is 9-6, according to Sherdog. He is 0-2 in his UFC career with losses to Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night 10 and Manny Gamburyan at UFC Fight Night 13. His most recent fight was a loss to Bart Palaszewski during Adrenaline MMA’s inaugural show on June 14.
Urbina, 12-4, according to Sherdog, also competed on Adrenaline MMA’s first-ever show, recording a second round TKO over David Kleczkowski. This will be his second appearance on ShoXC with his EliteXC debut having taken place in August of 2007, where he recorded a unanimous decision victory over Ray Lizama. He also holds notable victories over John Doyle and former Green Bay Packers running back Herbert “Whisper” Goodman. The 20-year old has also suffered notable losses to Tim Kennedy and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
The Oct. 10 ShoXC event will be televised live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET and will be headlined by heavyweight prospect Dave Herman taking on TUF 2 veteran Kerry Schall.