Cage Fury Fighting Championships will aim to find their new middleweight champion on Thursday night when Aaron Phillips fights Collin Huckbody. The fight headlines an eight-bout card from the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA.
Follow along throughout the evening for live coverage of the show.
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Main Card (8:00PM EST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 8: Aaron Phillips (5-1) vs. Collin Huckbody (8-2) (Vacant CFFC Middleweight Championship)
Huckbody Scores Head Kick To Win CFFC Championship
Collin Huckbody picked up a second-round stoppage victory in the main event, stopping Aaron Phillips with strikes to become the new CFFC Middleweight Champion.
Huckbody stopped Phillips with a head kick late in the second round, landing strikes on the ground after until the referee stepped in.
Despite having a resume of submission victories, Huckbody spent most of the fight on the feet.
“Tonight I showed that I have skills on the feet,” said Huckbody in his post-fight interview.
Huckbody won his last fight in August, stopping Kyron Bowen in the second round with an arm triangle choke on TV series “Dana White’s Contender Series.” Despite being offered a UFC contract, Huckbody opted to stay on the regional scene.
Huckbody is currently on a five-fight win streak.
Phillips entered the fight after three-straight wins in Alaska FC in 2019. Phillips took the fight on short notice, causing the fight to be bumped down to three rounds instead of CFFC’s championship four.
Bout 7: Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov (3-1) vs. Richard Brooks (5-1) (Lightweight)
Kamchybekov Earns Walk-Off KO Over Brooks
Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov scored a knockout victory in the co-main event, putting together a three-punch combination that dropped Richard Brooks and concluded the fight.
After wobbling Brooks with a left hook and a right cross, Kamchybekov floored Brooks with another right hand to end the fight.
Kamchybekov rocked Brooks with strikes earlier in the second round as well.
The fight had a hectic opening round that saw both fighters look for submissions are some point.
Kamchybekov’s previous fight was a win over Mike Anderson, stopping him in the third round of action.
Brooks returned to action in the fight after over two years outside the cage.
Bout 6: Nah-shon Burrell (16-11) vs. Moses Murrietta (8-4) (Middleweight)
Burrell Lands Explosive Left Hook To Stop Murrietta
Nah-shon Burrell won his second-straight CFFC fight on Thursday, stopping Moses Murrietta with powerful strikes in the first round. After tagging Murrietta earlier in the round, Burrell landed a left hook that dropped him in the third minute.
Murrietta is now on a four-fight losing streak. The streak started in 2019 with two losses in regional promotion LFA. His last fight was in January, where he lost to former UFC fighter Curtis Millender on a Bellator card.
Burrell snapped a four-fight losing streak in September, defeating Ryot Waller on a CFFC card. Burrell has had quite the career, having fought in Bellator, UFC and Strikeforce in the past as well.
Bout 5: Matar Lo (3-2) vs. Joseph Marino (3-1) (Catchweight 150 lbs)
Marino Takes Split Decision Over Lo
Joseph Marino picked up a split decision victory on the main card, defeating Matar Lo in a fight that saw numerous shifts in momentum. While Marino had a strong start, Lo was able to adapt later on and make the fight a close battle.
Marino’s best round was the first, as he was able to score a takedown and do loads of damage with strikes from the position.
Lo had better striking in the second round, knocking the mouthpiece of Marino out at one point.
Marino was able to land another takedown in the final round. Lo was able to scramble out of a position on the ground in the third round, landing elbows to Marino before the round ran out of time.
The fight was Lo’s first in CFFC after a five-fight run in Canadian promotion TKO. His last fight was in 2018, where he lost to now-UFC fighter Charles Jourdain.
Marino entered the fight on a three-fight win streak in other regional promotions.
Bout 4: Kasey Tanner (3-0) vs. Calvin Harbaugh (2-2) (Bantamweight)
Tanner Shows Skill On The Ground, Remains Undefeated
Kasey Tanner showed his skills on the ground on Thursday, stopping Calvin Harbaugh with strikes on the ground in the second round of action. The win was Tanner’s fourth as a pro, keeping him undefeated.
Tanner scored a double leg takedown early in the second round. After avoiding an armbar attempt, Tanner was able to put together punches and elbows that forced the referee to stop the fight.
Tanner showed control on the ground in the first round as well.
The win was Tanner’s first in CFFC.
Harbaugh lost his previous fight, being caught in a rear naked choke by Alden Coria on an LFA card in September.
Bout 3: Turpal Khamzayev (2-3) vs. Chaka Worthy (3-2) (Bantamweight)
Khamzayev Earns Third Victory, Evens Record After Split Decision Win
Turpal Khamzayev earned his third-straight victory and evened his record as a pro on Thursday, winning a split decision over Chaka Worthy to kick off the main card.
The close fight mostly took place on the feet.
Worthy was able to often counter with shots and often avoid what Khamzayev was throwing at him. While Khamzayev wasn’t landing any high amount of strikes early, he had a higher output in the first five minutes. Worthy started to counter shots more frequently later in the fight.
Khamzayev looked for many takedowns in the fight, being able to land one in the second round.
The win finally evens Khamzayev’s record as a pro after six fights. Khamzayev has turned around his short career for the better, going from having a winless record with three losses to now three wins and losses each.
The fight was Worthy’s first in over a year. He was booked to fight Mike Kimbel on a Bellator card in August before plans changed.
Worthy competed in CFFC before, losing in 2019 to Justin Clarke via split decision.
Worthy missed weight for the bantamweight fight.
Bout 2: Cedric Gunnison (1-0) vs. Nick Olson (0-0) (Welterweight)
Gunnison Secures Guillotine Choke To Defeat Olson
Cedric Gunnison picked up his second win as a pro on the prelims, defeating Nick Olson in the second round with a guillotine choke.
Gunnison looked for the choke after Olson shot for a takedown in first minute of the round. Gunnison took the fight to the ground with the choke, causing Olson to tap out eventually.
The first round of the fight saw both fighters work a high pace of strikes and work on the ground.
Gunnison won his pro debut in 2019, defeating Will Worley in the second minute of action.
The fight was Olson’s debut as a pro.
Bout 1: Timothy Cuamba (0-0) vs. Joshua Francis (0-0) (Featherweight)
Cuamba Wins Pro Debut With Hammerfist Strikes
Timothy Cuamba had a strong pro debut on the prelims, stopping Joshua Francis in the first round with ground and pound. The fight was stopped by the referee after Cuamba put together a series of hammerfist strikes and punches on the ground.
Cuamba took the fight to the ground early with a takedown from a clinch.
The fight was the pro debut for both competitors.
Francis missed weight for the fight, coming in one-and-a-half pounds over the non-championship featherweight bout.