High-level regional promotion CFFC will conclude their 2020 calendar year with back-to-back events this week, hosting fights from the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA on Thursday and Friday. Here’s a preview of the Thursday night card, which will see middleweights Aaron Phillips and Collin Huckbody in the championship main event.
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Bout 1: Timothy Cuamba (0-0) vs. Joshua Francis (0-0) (Featherweight)
CFFC’s preliminary card on Facebook will see three fighters make their pro debuts. In the first fight, Timothy Cuamba and Joshua Francis will step into the cage as a pro for the first time. Both fighters enter the fight following a five-fight win streak as amateurs, per Tapology.
Bout 2: Cedric Gunnison (1-0) vs. Nick Olson (0-0) (Welterweight)
Nick Olson will make his pro debut against Cedric Gunnison on the prelims as well. Gunnison made his pro debut in October of 2019, where he defeated Will Worley in the second minute of action. His debut as a pro came after a three-year undefeated run as an amateur. Olson enters his pro career following two finish victories in 2019.
Main Card (8:00PM EST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 3: Turpal Khamzayev (2-3) vs. Chaka Worthy (3-2) (Bantamweight)
Turpal Khamzayev will aim to even his pro record on the main card when he fights Chaka Worthy. Khamzayev has had quite the turnaround in his short career, going from having a record of three losses and no victories to potentially having a 50/50 record on Thursday. His two last fights were in recent months, stopping Jason Tipaldos and Danny Rodriguez on CFFC cards.
Worthy returns to CFFC on the card after three fights elsewhere. Worthy was booked for a Bellator show in August, although his fight never happened due to his opponent, Mike Kimbel, withdrawing from the matchup. Worthy’s last win was in October of 2019, where he stopped Walter Flores in the second round.
Bout 4: Kasey Tanner (3-0) vs. Calvin Harbaugh (2-2) (Bantamweight)
Undefeated through three fights as a pro, Kasey Tanner will take on Calvin Harbaugh on Thursday. Tanner debuted as a pro in 2018 and has since picked up three wins in total. His most notable win was a victory over Arturo Guzman on a Combate Americas card. His fight on Thursday will be his first of 2020.
Harbaugh enters CFFC for the first time on Thursday. He last competed in LFA twice, winning and losing once. His last fight was in September, where Alden Coria caught him in the third minute of action with a rear naked choke. Both of his wins as a pro came due to submission within a round.
Bout 5: Matar Lo (3-2) vs. Joseph Marino (3-1) (Catchweight 150 lbs)
Matar Lo and Joseph Marino will both enter the CFFC cage for the first time on Thursday. Lo enters the promotion after a five-fight stint in Canadian regional league TKO. Win or loss, all of Lo’s fights came via stoppage. His last fight was in 2018, where he lost to now-UFC fighter Charles Jourdain.
Marino will look for his fourth-straight victory on Thursday. His three-fight win streak at the moment currently includes two submission victories.
Bout 6: Nah-shon Burrell (16-11) vs. Moses Murrietta (8-4) (Middleweight)
After snapping his four-fight losing streak in September, Nah-shon Burrell will fight Moses Murrietta on Thursday’s card. Burrell, who has competed in the UFC, Bellator and Strikeforce in the past, won his last fight, defeating Ryot Waller on a CFFC card. The win concluded a losing streak which dated back to 2017.
While Burrell concluded the worst losing streak of his career months back, Murrietta is currently on his. After two-straight losses in LFA in 2019, Murrietta lost a fight to former UFC fighter Curtis Millender on a Bellator card in January.
Bout 7: Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov (3-1) vs. Richard Brooks (5-1) (Lightweight)
After picking up the first stoppage victory of his career in September, Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov will return to CFFC on Thursday against Richard Brooks. Kamchybekov, a former welterweight, won his first lightweight fight three months ago, stopping Mike Anderson in the third round with strikes. He will stay at lightweight for his fight on Thursday.
Brooks fight on Thursday after not competing in 2019 and 2020. His last win was in 2018, where he defeated Kaine Marzola with a rear naked choke in the second round.
Bout 8: Aaron Phillips (5-1) vs. Collin Huckbody (8-2) (Vacant CFFC Middleweight Championship)
Thursday night’s main event will see Aaron Phillips and Collin Huckbody compete to become CFFC’s sixth middleweight champion. The previous champion, Kyle Daukaus, vacated the belt in 2020 after signing with the UFC. Both fighters enter Thursday night with a strong resume.
Huckbody is currently riding a five-fight win streak that dates back to 2018. His last win was on “Dana White’s Contender Series,” where he defeated Kyron Bowen in the second minute of action with an arm triangle choke. While the victory earned Huckbody a UFC contract, he was later part of a series of fighters released by the promotion.
Phillips’ fight on Thursday will be his first outside of regional promotion Alaska FC. Phillips had a strong run in the promotion in 2019, defeating three-straight fighters via stoppage. His fight on Thursday will be his first in a year.