CFFC 91: Sabatini vs. Stirn Preview

CFFC will finish their doubleheader of events on Friday night, presenting two championship fights from the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. Headlining the card, Pat Sabatini and Jesse Stirn will fight to become the promotion’s new featherweight champion.

The card also features a strawweight title fight in the co-main event between Elise Reed and Jillian DeCoursey.

Here’s a full preview of the card.

Main Card (8:00PM EST) (UFC Fight Pass)

Bout 1: Jacob Dorman (1-3) vs. Jose Perez (1-0) (Featherweight)

After losing his two previous fights in CFFC, Jacob Dorman will be given a third shot on Friday, fighting Jose Perez. Dorman’s two CFFC fights in 2019 had weirdly similar results, as in both contests he was finished within a round with an armbar. His last win was in 2018, where he caught Zad Mangat with a rear naked choke on a KOTC card.

Perez is coming off a pro debut victory in September which saw him submit Brandon Gaitor with a rear naked choke in the second minute of competition.

Bout 2: Tyler Bunting (0-0) vs. Jonathan Piersma (0-0) (Welterweight)

Tyler Bunting and Jonathan Piersma will both make their pro debuts on Friday night. Per Tapology, Bunting enters the fight after an undefeated six-fight run as an amateur.

A large portion of Piersma’s wins as an amateur was via stoppage. While he has a loss on his record, he very similarly went on a long run of wins.

The fight was first scheduled to happen in November, although it was moved to this card eventually.

Bout 3: Vadim Ogar (6-3) vs. Darrell Horcher (13-4) (Lightweight)

Vadim Ogar and Darrell Horcher will both make their return to action on Friday after a few years outside of the cage. Both lightweights return to fighting following notable bouts in recent years.

The fight on Friday will be Horcher’s first since leaving the UFC. Horcher had a four-fight run in the promotion, winning one fight and losing three. His most notable fight was in 2016, where he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Horcher has fought in CFFC before and was even their lightweight champion in 2015 before being picked up by the UFC.

Ogar will look to snap a two-fight losing streak on the card. His last CFFC appearance was in 2017, where he was stopped in 30 seconds by now-UFC fighter Sodiq Yusuff.

Bout 4: Solomon Renfro (6-0) vs. Mike Malott (5-1-1) (Welterweight)

Looking to continue his undefeated run, Solomon Renfro will fight Mike Malott on Friday. Renfro’s career has been mostly showcased in CFFC, with five of his six fights being under their lights. His last win was the first stoppage victory of his pro career, defeating Robert Gidron within a minute with an anaconda choke.

The fight will be Malott’s return to action after being absent from professional action since 2017. His last fight saw him stop Craig Shintani in less than a minute with strikes.

Bout 5: Elise Reed (2-0) vs. Jillian DeCoursey (CFFC Strawweight Championship)

Elise Reed will look to defend her CFFC Strawweight Championship for the first time on Friday, fighting Jillian DeCoursey.

Reed won the belt in August, defeating Jasmine Jasudavicius in a split decision to take the belt. Her previous fight, her pro debut, saw her defeat Rebecca Bryggman on a Bellator card.

DeCoursey enters the fight on a two-fight win streak. She last competed in February, where he won a unanimous decision against Linda Mihalec on an Invicta FC card. Her sole CFFC fight was in 2019, where she defeated Katie Perez.

Bout 6: Pat Sabatini (12-3) vs. Jesse Stirn (10-3) (Vacant CFFC Featherweight Championship)

After losing the CFFC Featherweight Championship earlier in the year, Pat Sabatini will have the chance to get it back in Friday’s main event against Jesse Stirn.

Sabatini held the promotion’s 145-pound belt for quite some time in his first run, initially earning the belt in 2017 with a victory over John de Jesus. He defended it three times before losing in February to James Gonzalez with an injury taking him out of the fight early.

Sabatini has since returned to the win column, defeating Jordan Titoni in the third minute with strikes.

Stirn’s fight on Friday will be his first in CFFC since 2016. He last competed in November of 2019, where he defeated Carlos Guerra in a split decision. With most of his fights being held under regional promotion Shogun Fights, Stirn has a strong record of 10 wins and three losses.

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