CFFC will kick off a doubleheader on Thursday night with CFFC 92 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Headlining the 10-bout card, Alberto Trujillo will look to defend his flyweight belt for the first time when facing Phumi Nkuta.
Follow along throughout the evening for live updates on the event.
Preliminary Card (6:15PM EST) (Facebook)
Main Card (8:00PM EST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 10: Alberto Trujillo (5-1) vs. Phumi Nkuta (2-0) (CFFC Flyweight Championship)
Nkuta Sweeps Scorecards To Become New CFFC Flyweight Champion
Phumi Nkuta used takedowns and striking to sweep scorecards against Alberto Trujillo and become the new CFFC Flyweight Champion (40-36, 40-36 & 40-36). Most of Nkuta’s performance saw him keep Trujillo on the ground, although he also had moments where he visibly hurt him on the feet with strikes.
Nkuta landed a right hook in the opening minute that stung Trujillo. Nkuta’s next big striking moment was in the final second of the third round, where he knocked Trujillo down with a spinning backfist.
Nkuta now has his first regional belt only three fights into his pro career. His previous fight was his CFFC debut, where he submitted Ben Coyle with an americana.
Nkuta asked for a UFC bout afterwards. He acknowledged that he only has three pro fights, but claimed his performance was proof that he’s ready.
“I know I don’t have as much experience as all the other guys, but at 3-0 I just pitched a shutout in here,” said Nkuta in his post-fight interview.
Trujillo was attempting to defend his CFFC belt for the first time. He earned the belt in October, dethroning previous champ Santo Curatolo via stoppage.
Bout 9: Saidyokub Kakharamonov (7-2) vs. Tycen Lynn (8-4) (Vacant CFFC Bantamweight Championship)
Kakharamonov Scores Three Knockdowns Against Lynn To Become New CFFC Bantamweight Champion
Saidyokub Kakharamonov showed his powerful punches in the co-main event, stopping Tycen Lynn in the second round to claim the vacant CFFC Bantamweight Championship.
Kakharamonov earned the championship after scoring three knockdowns with punches.
Kakhramonov landed a two-punch combo early in the second round that dropped Lynn on his back hard. Later returning to the feet, Kakhramonov landed a right hand that floored Lynn again, ending the fight.
Kakharamonov had success in the first round, scoring a knockdown early in the bout. He charged forward with aggressive punches in the opening minute, connecting with a right hook early that dropped Lynn. Kakharamonov controlled the fight on the ground for the rest of the frame afterwards.
Kakhramonov said after the fight that he wants to get “the call,” implying he feels he is ready for a fight in a higher promotion.
His previous fight was in early 2020, where he handed prospect Askar Askar his first pro loss.
Lynn was given the title shot after defeating Phil Caracappa on a CFFC card last year.
Bout 8: Terry Bartholomew (7-3) vs. Kasey Tanner (4-0) (Bantamweight)
Tanner Earns Fifth Pro Win With Wrestling Performance Over Bartholomew
Kasey Tanner continued his undefeated pro record with a smothering unanimous decision performance against Terry Bartholomew (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
Tanner took Bartholomew to the ground in all three rounds, often keeping him down for extended periods of time afterwards.
Tanner’s previous fight was his CFFC debut, where he stopped Calvin Harbaugh in the third round with strikes in late 2020.
Bartholomew is now on a two-fight skid. His previous bout was a decision loss to Phil Caracappa.
Bout 7: Charalampos Grigoriou (4-2) vs. Christian Rodriguez (4-0) (Bantamweight)
Rodriguez Extends Undefeated Record, Stops Grigoriou In The Third Round With Strikes
Christian Rodriguez put together a stellar showing on Thursday night, defeating Charalampos Grigoriou with strikes in the third round of their fight.
Rodriguez’s pressuring pace throughout the bout culminated in the third round, as a series of unanswered shots on the feet caused the referee to stop the bout.
Rodriguez was consistent with his output of strikes throughout the three-round battle, constantly out-striking Grigoriou.
The fight was the first time Rodriguez fought past the second round as a pro. His four previous MMA wins all came via stoppage within two rounds. He remained undefeated through five fights.
Grigoriou was looking to bounce back from a loss to Josh Smith from November.
Bout 6: Tom Pagliarulo (0-0) vs. Shawn Stefanelli (0-0) (Featherweight)
Pagliarulo Lands Ground And Pound For Pro Debut Win
Tom Pagliarulo had a strong pro debut on the main card, stopping Shawn Stefanelli after landing a high volume of punches on the ground. The fight was finished after Stefanelli’s corner decided to throw in the towel in the second round.
Stefanelli was dropped early in the second round with a knee to the head. Pagliarulo continued with strikes on the ground afterwards until Stefanelli’s corner eventually threw in the towel to end the fight.
Pagliarulo had a strong opening round too, pressuring Stefanelli with strikes throughout the round.
Bout 5: William Tucker (0-1) vs. Bryan Bautista (2-1) (Bantamweight)
Bautista Submits Tucker In CFFC Debut
Hard punches paved the way for Bryan Bautista to secure a rear naked choke on William Tucker that caused a tap in the second round.
Bautista scored a knockdown a minute into the second round, landing punches that dropped him. After scoring with some ground and pound, Bautista took the back of Tucker to submit him with the aforementioned choke.
Bautista scored a knockdown in the previous round as well, landing an overhand right that hurt Tucker.
Bautista was making his CFFC debut after three previous fights as a pro. The fight on Saturday was his return to action after being inactive in 2020.
Tucker is now winless through two pro fights. His previous bout was in 2019, where he lost a decision to Danny Rodriguez.
Bout 4: Geoffrey Mellor (2-2) vs. BJ Young (3-3) (Featherweight)
Young Returns To Win Column With Decision Victory Against Mellor
BJ Young snapped a three-fight losing streak on the prelims, earning a unanimous decision win against Geoffrey Mellor (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
Young had a strong first round, winning the frame by scoring takedowns throughout.
Mellor scored a knockdown late in the second round, landing a left hook that floored Young. However, Young was able to recover, getting to his feet and landing a takedown before the round concluded.
In a return to the form he showed in the first round, Young was able to score a takedown early in the frame and keeping him down for a large part of the round.
Young earned his first win since 2018. The featherweight started his career with three-straight wins, although he then lost his next three bouts. Thursday night’s fights brought him back to his winning ways.
Bout 3: Cameron Allgeier (3-0) vs. Christian Bobe (4-1) (Amateur Catchweight 140 lbs)
Allgeier Extends Undefeated Amateur Record With Decision Over Bobe
Cameron Allgeier pulled off a decision win on Saturday, defeating Christian Bobe in an amateur bout that was down to the wire (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).
Allgeier was able to land a takedown early in the fight. While Bobe was able to reverse out of positions on the ground for brief moments, Allgeier had control for most of the time.
Bobe had Allgeier in trouble during the final round, walking him down and connecting with punches that were causing visible damage. Allgeier was able to score a takedown later in the round, although the fight returned to the feet before clock ran out.
The fight was the sole amateur bout on the card that had three-minute rounds as opposed to two-minutes.
Bobe was returning after taking an amateur loss to Kelvin Sterling in his CFFC debut last year.
Allgeier was making his first appearance for CFFC after a trio of amateur wins in the past two years.
Bout 2: Brittany Bickhart (0-0) vs. Samantha Brister (1-1) (Bantamweight Amateur)
Brister Uses Striking To Win Amateur Bout Against Bickhart
Samantha Brister’s striking allowed her to pick up a unanimous decision win on the prelims against Brittany Bickhart (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28). The amateur bantamweight fight was Brister’s second win in her career.
Bickhart’s best round was the first. She looked for an armbar in the opening round after slipping and falling, causing the fight to go to the ground. She attempted the submission numerous times while on her back during the opening round.
A large portion of the second round saw the bantamweights have a close striking battle on the feet. Brister finished the round strong with a trip takedown attempt in the closing seconds.
Brister had the sharper striking in the final round, connecting with a high volume of punches while Bickhart advanced on her.
Bout 1: Gabriel Cabello (1-0) vs. Mark Grey (0-0) (Featherweight Amateur)
Grey Scores Numerous Takedowns For Amateur Decision Win Against Cabello
Mark Grey used takedowns to control Gabriel Cabello to a unanimous decision victory on the prelims (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27). Grey’s quick performance saw him keep Cabello on his back for most of the amateur bout, which was three two-minute rounds.
Cabello was returning after winning his amateur debut last year against David Noor, per Tapology.