CFFC 92: Trujillo vs. Nkuta Preview

Kicking off a two-night stint at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, CFFC will present an 11-fight card on Thursday night. Sitting atop the card is two championship bouts, including the return of CFFC Flyweight Champion Alberto Trujillo, who will fight Phumi Nkuta.

Here is a full preview of the event.

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Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Bout 1: Gabriel Cabello (1-0) vs. Mark Grey (0-0) (Featherweight Amateur)

CFFC will present three amateur fights as part of their preliminary card offered on Facebook. In the first bout, featherweights Gabriel Cabello and Mark Grey will compete. Cabello has one previous bout on his amateur record, which was a submission victory against David Noor last year.

Bout 2: Brittany Bickhart (0-0) vs. Samantha Brister (1-1) (Bantamweight Amateur)

Bantamweights will appear on the prelims when Brittany Bickhart fights Samantha Brister. Brister earned her first amateur victory in 2019, defeating Nestan Kiiazova on scorecards.

Bout 3: Cameron Allgeier (3-0) vs. Christian Bobe (4-1) (Amateur Catchweight 140 lbs)

Competing in a catchweight bout of 140 pounds, Cameron Allgeier and Christian Bobe will fight in an amateur fight.

Allgeier has won all three of his amateur fights recorded by Tapology.

Bobe took his first loss in his CFFC debut last year, fighting to scorecards against Kelvin Sterling.

Bout 4: Eric Fimbres (0-0) vs. Gordon Wigington (0-0) (Middleweight)

Eric Fimbres and Gordon Wigington will make their respective pro debuts on Thursday night, competing during the preliminary lineup.

Per databases like mixedmartialarts.com and Tapology, Fimbres enters his pro career following a flawless six-fight run from 2017 to 2019. Wigington, however, has a more rocky record of five wins and six losses. He has the experience advantage, as he has been competing at the amateur level since 2013.

Bout 5: Geoffrey Mellor (2-2) vs. BJ Young (3-3) (Featherweight)

Both looking to bounce back from recent troubles, Geoffrey Mellor and BJ Young will compete in the final preliminary fight.

Mellor has alternated between wins and losses since making his pro debut in 2019. He last competed in November, where Cain Lugar stopped him in the second round with a guillotine choke.

Young’s career started strong, as he picked up three consecutive wins in CFFC from 2017 to 2018. His hot start has since been hurt by three straight losses which have seen him get stopped each time within a round. Now after over a year outside of the cage, Young returns in an attempt to build upon his currently even record.

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

Bout 6: Terry Bartholomew (7-3) vs. Kasey Tanner (4-0) (Bantamweight)

Undefeated bantamweight Kasey Tanner will look for his fifth pro win on Thursday night, facing Terry Bartholomew in the opening bout of the main card.

Tanner is returning after earning a stoppage victory against Calvin Harbaugh in his CFFC debut late last year. The win was Tanner’s third via stoppage, with the two previous fights coming via submission.

Bartholomew will look to bounce back after taking a loss in his last appearance. The 32-year-old bantamweight returned to CFFC in August, where he lost on scorecards to Phil Caracappa.

Bout 7: Christian Santos (0-1) vs. Shawn Stefanelli (0-0) (Featherweight)

Two featherweights are set to look for their first pro MMA win on Thursday night. Shawn Stefanelli will make his pro debut on the main card against Christian Santos.

Stefanelli fought on the amateur scene from 2018 up to last year. He makes the move to pro status after defeating Brett Floyd on a CFFC card in 2020.

Santos returns after an unsuccessful pro debut. Santos’ first CFFC bout was in February, where he lost on scorecards to Taylor Pierce.

Bout 8: William Tucker (0-1) vs. Bryan Bautista (2-1) (Bantamweight)

William Tucker has yet to get a pro win. That could change on Thursday, as he returns to face Bryan Bautista on the main card. Tucker’s debut is now somewhat of a distant memory – his split decision loss to Danny Rodriguez was over a year ago at CFFC 79. After numerous cancelled bouts kept him sidelined through 2020, he now returns against Bautista.

Bautista will be making his CFFC debut. Like Tucker, Bautista has been outside of the cage for over a year now. He last fought in September of 2019, where he submitted Ricky Maynez. His sole loss came against Rob Fenicle on a Bellator card.

Bout 9: Charalampos Grigoriou (4-2) vs. Christian Rodriguez (4-0) (Bantamweight)

Undefeated bantamweight Christian Rodriguez will attempt to continue his streak of stoppage wins when fighting Charalampos Grigoriou on Thursday. Rodriguez has had a quick yet successful pro career since debuting in 2019.

He entered the second round for the first time in his pro career when facing John Pham back in October. The fight finished in that round, as Rodriguez secured a rear naked choke for the win.

Grigoriou had a three-fight win streak snapped back in November, where he lost a decision to Josh Smith.

Bout 10: Saidyokub Kakharamonov (7-2) vs. Tycen Lynn (8-4) (Vacant CFFC Bantamweight Championship)

CFFC will search for the ninth bantamweight champion in the promotion’s history when matching Saidyokub Kakharamonov with Tycen Lynn. The vacant title fight was made after Jared Scoggins, the former 135-pound champ, signed with Bellator.

Lynn returns to CFFC after making his promotional debut last year. He last competed in November, where he stopped Phil Caracappa within a round via rear naked choke. His previous bout was earlier in the year, where he submitted Jon Marc Cortez.

Kakharamonov will be entering the CFFC cage for the first time. He handed Askar Askar his first pro loss in his last appearance, stopping the bantamweight contender within a minute with strikes. His previous fight was a loss to Pipe Vargas in 2019.

Bout 11: Alberto Trujillo (5-1) vs. Phumi Nkuta (2-0) (CFFC Flyweight Championship)

Alberto Trujillo will have the chance to defend his CFFC Flyweight Championship for the first time on Thursday evening, fighting Phumi Nkuta in the main event. Trujillo picked up a stoppage win to earn the belt last year, defeating Santo Curatolo in the second round of their fight.

Nkuta gets the title shot after two previous wins as a pro. He took his first CFFC fight last year, stopping Ben Coyle with an americana in the second round. His prior fight was his pro debut, where he fought to a unanimous decision victory against Adrian Haly on a Bellator card.

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