CFFC 98: Cutts vs. Lainesse Preview

Saturday night is usually the day when all attention turns to the top UFC, Bellator or PFL card of the week. However, with top promotions taking the week off, CFFC will get the spotlight with CFFC 98.

In the main event of the card, CFFC Welterweight Champion Evan Cutts will return for the first time since gaining his belt, facing undefeated Canadian Yohan Lainesse. The fight headlines a card from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Here’s a full preview of the show.

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Preliminary Card (6:00PM EDT) (Facebook)

Bout 1: Todd Box (1-1) vs. Mark Grey (2-0) (Amateur Featherweight)

Looking to continue an undefeated amateur run so far, Mark Grey will fight Todd Box in the opening bout of the card. Grey took his first amateur bout in March, defeating Gabriel Cabello via unanimous decision. Two months later, he defeated James Mullens on scorecards.

Now just four months into his amateur career, Grey could get a third win.

Box lost his amateur debut in January, although he has since bounced back with a decision win in April. His fight on Saturday will be his first appearance for CFFC.

Bout 2: Nick Gebhard (0-1) vs. Kasaun Tramel (1-1) (Amateur Bantamweight)

Returning after losing in his first bout, Nick Gebhard will fight Kasaun Tramel in an amateur bantamweight fight.

Gebhard competed for the first time in April, losing a decision to fellow debutant Xhelal Lleshi.

Tramel has fought twice as an amateur, although those fights took place in 2017 and 2019, per Tapology. He lost his last fight via unanimous decision.

Bout 3: Riley Palmer (1-0) vs. Renato De Azevedo (1-0) (Amateur Featherweight)

Undefeated amateur featherweights Riley Palmer and Renato De Azevedo will compete on Saturday’s undercard. Both of them were successful in their first amateur fight. De Azevedo won his first bout just two months back, defeating Paul Moon.

Bout 4:  Elvis Lebron Quiles (1-0) vs. Saige Gomez (0-0) (Amateur Welterweight)

Saige Gomez will compete in MMA for the first time on Saturday night, facing Elvis Lebron Quiles in an amateur fight.

Quiles won his first fight just weeks ago, defeating Don Carim Jr. on a Ring of Combat card.

Bout 5: Jonathan DiLorenzo (3-0) vs. Mike Dakessian (4-1) (Amateur Welterweight)

In the final amateur fight of the card, experienced welterweights Jonathan DiLorenzo and Mike Dakessian will battle.

DiLorenzo has competed since 2013, with an undefeated record of three wins through eight years. As you might expect from hearing those stats, he is returning after some time outside of the cage. His last bout was in 2018, where he submitted Frank Mazepa within a minute.

Dakessian won his first CFFC appearance in April, submitting Itso Babulaidze in the second round with a guillotine choke. Before then, he had three wins and one loss from appearances in 2016 and 2017.

Bout 6: Zachary Burhans (3-4) vs. Joseph Schick (2-2) (Bantamweight)

The prelims will wrap up with a pro fight between Zachary Burhans and Joseph Schick at bantamweight.

Burhans started his pro run undefeated with three wins, although has since fallen into a four-fight losing streak. His last bout was in 2019, where he lost to “The Ultimate Fighter” contestant Mitch Raposo.

Like Burhans, Schick hasn’t fought for a few years. He evened his pro record in his last fight, defeating Chris Disonell on a Ring of Combat card.

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

Bout 7: Tyson Craig (1-0) vs. Isa Dalipaj (2-0) (Featherweight)

Undefeated featherweights Tyson Craig and Isa Dalipaj will open the main card.

The fight on Saturday will be Dalipaj’s third in his ongoing rookie year as a pro. Both of his two appearances as a pro have resulted in first-round stoppage wins, defeating Javier Guzman and Aaron Reese.

Craig scored a stoppage win in his pro debut earlier this year, stopping Nojus Namajunas in the second round with strikes. He will be fighting under the CFFC lights for the first time on Saturday.

Bout 8: Miles Lee (1-0) vs. Liam Anderson (2-1) (Middleweight)

Both returning after successful CFFC fights earlier this year, Miles Lee and Liam Anderson have been paired up for a fight at middleweight.

Anderson had a fast CFFC debut earlier in April, submitting Gordon Wigington in the second minute with a triangle choke. The fight was his return after his two previous fights were in 2019 and 2018.

Competing for the first time as a pro following an undefeated five-fight amateur run, Lee defeated Troy Cain in March via decision.

Bout 9: Ryan Rizco (3-1) vs. Feraris Golden (3-0) (Lightweight)

Just over a month after his successful CFFC debut, Feraris Golden will fight to extend his undefeated record against Ryan Rizco.

Golden fought to a unanimous decision against Nick Giuletti in May, earning him his third victory.

Rizco has spent his entire four-fight pro career in CFFC. After starting his career with two wins, the 28-year-old took a loss to Paris Artis in 2020. He has since bounced back, having defeated Adam De Freitas in March.

Bout 10: Lee Henry Lilly (7-4) vs. Solomon Renfro (7-1) (Welterweight)

After a three-fight stint in Titan FC, Lee Henry Lilly will fight Solomon Renfro at welterweight.

Lilly fought three times in Titan FC from 2018 to 2020. While he started with two losses in the promotion, he finished with a stoppage win against Alex Rojas last year.

Renfro bounced back from his sole pro loss in April, finishing Nick Alley within a round with strikes.

Bout 11: Santo Curatolo (5-1) vs. Dilshod Zaripov (4-1) (Flyweight)

Attempting to come back from his single pro loss, Santo Curatolo will fight Dilshod Zapirov in the co-main event. Curatolo was stopped in October last year, as Alberto Trujillo caught him in the second round with punches.

Before then, Curatolo had five wins first-round finish wins. His loss last year was the first time he fought past the opening round.

Zaripov last appeared under the CFFC lights in November, where he lost a decision to Miguel Junior Diaz. He has scored two wins since then, giving himself a reason to return to the promotion.

Bout 12: Evan Cutts (12-4) vs. Yohan Lainesse (6-0) (CFFC Welterweight Championship)

Attempting to defend his CFFC Welterweight Championship for the first time, Evan Cutts will fight Yohan Lainesse in the main event.

Cutts earned his belt earlier this year, scoring a split decision over Bassil Hafez after four rounds of action. The title fight came after he won four of his last five fights, including a win in notable promotion LFA.

Lainesse will be putting up his undefeated record when challenging for the belt. He started his career in Canadian promotion TKO, where he scored three wins from 2018 to 2019. He moved to CFFC last year, beginning what has been a quick climb up the promotion.

He kicked off his promotional run with two first-round wins last year, including a flying knee knockout only 14 seconds into a fight. Putting himself into title position, he defeated fellow undefeated fighter Troy Green in March.

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