In the coveted Saturday night primetime spot for MMA this week is not the UFC, Bellator or PFL, it’s CFFC. From the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, the New Jersey based promotion will present a 12-fight card headlined by a title fight between Evan Cutts and Yohan Lainesse.
Follow along throughout the evening for live updates on the event.
Preliminary Card (6:00PM EDT) (Facebook)
Main Card (8:00PM EDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 12: Evan Cutts (12-4) vs. Yohan Lainesse (6-0) (CFFC Welterweight Championship)
Lainesse Uses Pressure, Volume To Stop Cutts and Claim CFFC Belt
Constant pressure on the feet from Yohan Lainesse caused Saturday’s main event to end in the second round, stopping Evan Cutts and causing the CFFC Welterweight Championship to change hands.
Cutts was stopped on the feet in the second round, as a high volume of punches to the head and body from Lainesse made the referee opt for the fight to end. Lainesse had specifically connected with three consecutive hooks to the body before the referee stepped in.
Lainesse had marched forward earlier in the fight with strikes, landing with a high volume and hurting Cutts. The undefeated Canadian also took damage in the process, being hit with shots in return that caused him to bleed.
Lainesse mentioned afterward that he wants to move to the UFC in the near future.
“I’m going to the UFC, and [mark] my word I’m going to be a champion,” said Lainesse in his post-fight interview.
Lainesse now has an undefeated seven-fight record. Among those wins is now four wins in CFFC, including a flying knee victory from last year.
Cutts earned the CFFC Welterweight Championship earlier this year, fighting to a split decision victory over Bassil Hafez.
Bout 11: Santo Curatolo (5-1) vs. Dilshod Zaripov (4-1) (Flyweight)
Curatolo Bounces Back From Sole Loss With Stoppage Win
Former CFFC Flyweight Champion Santo Curatolo bounced back from his sole pro loss on Saturday, catching Dilshod Zaripov in the second round with punches.
Curatolo floored Zaripov with an overhand right as part of a two-punch combination. The referee was quick to end the fight as Curatolo went down to land another punch on the ground.
Curatolo had a strong start to the fight as well, scoring takedowns and doing damage with strikes from full guard.
Curatolo had lost his CFFC belt in his previous fight, being stopped by Alberto Trujillo with strikes in October. The win on Saturday continued his career-long streak of wins coming via stoppage.
Zaripov was returning to CFFC after scoring two wins on the regional scene earlier this year.
Bout 10: Lee Henry Lilly (7-4) vs. Solomon Renfro (7-1) (Welterweight)
Renfro’s Momentum Continues With First-Round Finish Against Lilly
Solomon Renfro showed his explosive finishing ability on Saturday, stopping Lee Henry Lilly in the first round with a quick exchange of strikes.
Renfro first dropped Lilly with a lead jab, starting a quick exchange that would conclude the bout. He followed up with a series of punches and a shove back onto the canvas, seemingly putting Lilly unconscious and causing the referee to end the fight.
Renfro called for a spot on the UFC roster after his win.
“I said UFC what’s up baby. I’m the future of the sport right here,” said Renfro in his post-fight interview.
Renfro now has eight wins through nine pro fights. He had a quick stoppage in his previous fight as well, stopping Nick Alley in the first round with strikes in April.
Lilly was making his CFFC debut after a three-fight run in Titan FC that resulted in one win and two losses.
Bout 9: Ryan Rizco (3-1) vs. Feraris Golden (3-0) (Lightweight)
Rizco Hands Golden First Loss
Ryan Rizco handed Feraris Golden his first pro loss on Saturday, submitting him in the second round with a rear naked choke.
The submission saw Rizco apply the choke while trapping the arms of Golden on the ground. Rizco had looked for the choke earlier in the fight and had numerous minutes of control on the ground over Golden.
Golden had an undefeated record of three wins prior to Saturday. His previous fight was his CFFC debut, where he defeated Nick Giulietti.
Rizco’s five-fight pro run have all taken place in the CFFC cage.
Bout 8: Miles Lee (1-0) vs. Liam Anderson (2-1) (Middleweight)
Lee Utilizes Wrestling For Second Pro Win
Miles Lee used stellar wrestling skills to earn his second pro win and defeat Liam Anderson on Saturday night (30-26, 30-26 & 30-26).
Lee scored takedowns in every round of the fight, using the positions to keep Anderson on his back for large chunks of the fight. To only add to Anderson’s landslide loss, he was deducted a point in the second round for grabbing the fencing on the circular CFFC cage.
Lee was returning after winning his pro debut earlier this year, defeating Troy Cain via unanimous decision.
Anderson had a two-fight win streak snapped with the fight on Saturday. His previous appearance was his CFFC debut earlier this year, where he defeated Gordon Wigington with a triangle choke.
Bout 7: Tyson Craig (1-0) vs. Isa Dalipaj (2-0) (Featherweight)
Dalipaj Continues Strong Rookie Year With Stoppage Win
Isa Dalipaj showed his hard strikes on the feet and ground when moving his undefeated record to three-straight wins on Saturday. The featherweight prospect’s win came against Tyson Craig, who he stopped in the second round.
Dalipaj connected with a series of punches that wobbled Craig late in the second round, causing the referee to eventually step in and stop the bout. The finish came after a dominant showing from Dalipaj which justified the stoppage.
Dalipaj tested the toughness of Craig throughout the first round, unloading with ground and pound shots during opening frame.
Dalipaj’s two previous pro fights saw him earn first-round wins in the CFFC cage.
Craig won his pro debut earlier this year, stopping Nojus Namajunas with strikes in March.
Bout 6: Zachary Burhans (3-4) vs. Joseph Schick (2-2) (Bantamweight)
Schick Scores Hard Knockout, Extends Losing Streak of Burhans
Joseph Schick scored a brutal knockout to end the prelims, dropping Zachary Burhans early in the second round with a right hook.
Schick’s momentum in the final round started with a fast flurry of punches that backed Burhans up against the cage. After leaving a clinch position, Schick connected with a right hook that knocked Burhans out cold, ending their fight.
The fight was Schick’s first appearance since 2018. He now has a pro record of three wins and two losses.
Burhans record fell to a negative three wins and five losses after his fight on Saturday. He is now on a five-fight losing streak.
Bout 5: Jonathan DiLorenzo (3-0) vs. Mike Dakessian (4-1) (Amateur Welterweight)
DiLorenzo Extends Undefeated Run In Return
Jonathan DiLorenzo extended his undefeated record to four straight as an amateur, defeating Mike Dakessian via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
DiLorenzo had a hot start to the fight, connecting with hard kicks to the legs and body of Dakessian.
Dakessian took the fight over in the second round, stringing together combinations of strikes that backed DiLorenzo up. Also, DiLorenzo’s output of strikes dropped significantly in the frame.
DiLorenzo finished the fight strong, using his grappling to keep Dakessian on his back in the final frame.
DiLorenzo now has an undefeated amateur record of four wins. His appearance on Saturday was his first appearance since 2018.
Dakessian won his CFFC debut in his previous appearance, submitting Itso Babulaidze with a guillotine choke in April.
Bout 4: Elvis Lebron Quiles (1-0) vs. Saige Gomez (0-0) (Amateur Welterweight)
Quiles Gets Decision Nod For Second Amateur Win
Elvis Lebron Quiles continued his undefeated amateur run on Saturday, defeating Saige Gomez via unanimous decision after a three-round fire-fight (30-27, 29-28 & 30-27). The striking battle saw both welterweights not hesitate to throw and trade with hard punches on the feet.
While the hard strikes early on made it seem like it could come to an end at any point, neither Quiles or Gomez got terribly hurt during the bout.
Quiles made his first amateur appearance just last month, defeating Don Carim Jr. via unanimous decision on a Ring of Combat card.
Bout 3: Riley Palmer (0-0) vs. Renato De Azevedo (1-0) (Amateur Featherweight)
Palmer Sweeps Scorecards In Amateur Debut
Riley Palmer showed his dominant grappling skills in his amateur debut, defeating Renato De Azevedo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
Palmer was quick to earn a takedown in the first round. He continued to dominate the rest of the round with submission attempts on the ground.
Palmer threatened De Azevedo with a rear naked choke for a moment in the second round, although he wasn’t able to get the attempt under his chin.
The final round went the way of Palmer, as he was able to score numerous takedowns,
Bout 2: Nick Gebhard (0-1) vs. Kasaun Tramel (1-1) (Amateur Bantamweight)
Tramel Takes Split Decision Over Gebhard In Return
Kasaun Tramel scored a split decision win in his return to amateur MMA action, defeating Nick Gebhard after three hectic rounds of action (29-28 Tramel, 29-28 Gebhard & 29-28 Tramel).
Tramel attempted to take the back of Gebhard after being taken down early in the first round. The round concluded with a wild exchange of punches that saw both fighters seemingly slip or get dropped.
Gebhard tried for a guillotine choke on the ground after dropping Tramel with a right hook early in the second round. Tramel was eventually able to escape the choke, taking control on the ground after. Gebhard finished the round in top position.
A large portion of the final round saw the bantamweights in a fast-paced scramble on the ground.
The fight was Tramel’s first appearance as an amateur since 2019.
Gebhard lost his amateur debut earlier this year to Xhelal Lleshi on another CFFC card.
Bout 1: Todd Box (1-1) vs. Mark Grey (2-0) (Amateur Featherweight)
Grey Uses Ground Control To Earn Third Amateur Win
Mark Grey used takedowns to earn his third amateur win on Saturday, fighting to a unanimous decision win over Todd Box (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
Grey was quick to get the fight down early in all rounds. In the first two rounds, Grey scored takedowns to bring Box down. The third round started with a striking exchange that saw Grey land a right hook that dropped Box.
Box was making his first CFFC appearance after scoring his first amateur victory earlier this year.