CFFC will celebrate their 100th numbered event on Thursday night, making their debut in Tampa, Florida, USA. At the top of their first ever triple digit event, lightweight champ Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov will look to defend his belt for the first time when facing Blake Smith.
Follow along throughout the evening for live updates on the event.
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Main Card (8:00PM EDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 10: Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov (5-1) vs. Blake Smith (5-2) (CFFC Lightweight Championship)
Smith Secures Guillotine Choke In CFFC Debut, Captures Lightweight Belt
Blake Smith became the new CFFC Lightweight Champion in front of his home state on Thursday, scoring a third-round rear naked choke to dethrone Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov.
Smith applied the choke while Kamchybekov was in the motion of a takedown. He kept a hold of it for a few moments until the referee concluded the bout.
There was slight controversy after the fight, as Kamchybekov looked somewhat bewildered by the submission. While the former champ seemingly disputed the stoppage, a replay showed that he tapped on the back of Smith, submitting to the choke.
Earlier rounds in the fight were close, as Kamchybekov scored with some ground and pound and competed in striking positions on the feet with Smith.
Smith was making his CFFC debut. He was competing for the first time in over a year, with his two-fight winning streak from before being in late 2019 and early 2020.
Kamchybekov was looking to defend his belt for the first time. He captured the championship in April, stopping Jesse Smith in the second round of a fight. The win was his third since joining the promotion in 2019.
Bout 9: Jason Eastman (6-3) vs. Andrew Richardson (4-0) (Flyweight)
Eastman Snaps Richardson’s Undefeated Record
Jason Eastman finished the undefeated run of Andrew Richardson in the co-main event, pulling off a second-round guillotine choke submission for the win.
Eastman’s grappling skills were on display earlier in the fight as well, searching for a rear naked choke late in the first round.
Eastman is now on a two-fight winning streak. His prior win came earlier this year, earning a split decision victory on a Titan FC lineup.
Richardson entered Thursday with a flawless four-fight record.
Bout 8: Paris Artis (4-0) vs. Feraris Golden (3-1) (Lightweight)
Artis Makes Late Comeback, Protects Undefeated Record
Paris Artis pulled off an impressive comeback on Thursday, scoring a third-round arm triangle choke against Feraris Golden to remain undefeated as a pro.
Artis was able to start searching an arm triangle choke while on the back of Golden. He was eventually able to move into side control on top, keeping with the hold until Golden tapped out.
Prior to the finish, Golden was on pace to score a decision win after a successful first and second rounds.
Golden scored a knockdown in the opening round, dropping Artis with a right cross. He was able to succeed in the second round as well with his wrestling skills.
Artis earned a first-round stoppage win in his CFFC debut last year, stopping Ryan Rizco with a head kick.
Golden was making his third appearance of the year in CFFC. He won his promotional debut in May against Nick Giuletti, and lost a fight in July against the previously mentioned Rizco.
Bout 7: Michael Dufort (7-3) vs. Troy Gerhart (8-4) (Lightweight)
Dufort Secures Early Guillotine Choke
Michael Dufort showed his quick grappling skills on Thursday, securing a first-round guillotine choke against Troy Gerhart for a tap.
Dufort pulled guard with the choke after Gerhart attempted to come forward with a takedown.
Dufort was competing for the first time in over a year. Most of his previous wins have come on the regional scene in Canada.
While he had only fought twice since 2016, Gerhart entered the bout on a two-fight winning streak.
Bout 6: Brandon Lopez (3-2) vs. Charlie Radtke (3-3) (Welterweight)
Radtke Earns Brutal Left Hook KO
Charlie Radtke put an end to a close fight against Brandon Lopez by delivering a brutal second-round left hook knockout.
Radtke’s short left hook floored Lopez to end the fight, although he was able to land one more shot on the ground before the fight finished.
Lopez was down for numerous minutes after the fight, eventually getting up onto a stool and leaving the cage under his own power.
The bout was a scrappy duel on the feet before the finish, with both fighters having their moments. Lopez notably wobbled Radtke earlier in the bout with a clean overhand right.
The victory put Radtke back into the win column. He was stopped earlier this year in a fight against Justin Montalvo.
Earlier fights in his career include a loss to now-UFC fighter Austin Hubbard.
Lopez is now on a two-fight losing streak. He lost a split decision just last month against Devon Dixon on a Titan FC card.
Bout 5: Brandon Murphy (0-0) vs. Dave Romano (0-0) (Lightweight)
Murphy Scores Quick KO In Pro Debut
Brandon Murphy had an explosive pro debut to open the main card, stopping Dave Romano in the first minute with a head kick.
The kick immediately dropped Romano, causing the referee to dive in quickly and stop the fight.
The bout was a brief stand-up battle before the finish.
Murphy was transitioning to a pro career after a five-fight amateur run that included three finish wins.
Romano was also making his pro debut, coming over after an amateur record of six wins and three losses.
Bout 4: Brandon Moran (0-0) vs. Adam Amado (0-0) (Featherweight)
Moran Prevails In Close Battle, Scores Pro Debut Win
In a fight that was easily the highest-praised part of the prelims, Brandon Moran took a unanimous decision win against Adam Amano in a close, back-and-forth battle (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).
The three-round contest saw both fighters compete at a quick pace throughout.
Moran’s striking was on display in the close first round.
The second round opened with a quick grappling exchange. Moran pulled guard early in the frame with a guillotine choke, although it was Amado who later hook his back and searched for a rear naked choke.
Moran hurt Amado with strikes later in the second round, dropping him twice with punches.
Amado kept Moran on his back for most of the third round, although they were able to get back up to the feet at moments.
Both fighters were making their pro MMA debut.
Moran had a flawless amateur record of four wins from 2016 to 2020.
Amado fought eight times as an amateur, earning six wins,.
Bout 3: Quintin Bray (0-1) vs. William Rentz (0-0) (Lightweight)
Rentz Uses Ground and Pound For First Pro Win
A dominant pace of ground and pound earned William Rentz his first pro victory on Thursday’s prelims, defeating Quintin Bray in the second round.
Rentz took Bray down early in the second round, spending a large part of the frame landing ground and pound while in half guard. After numerous shots went unanswered, the referee stepped in and finished the bout.
The opening round of the fight saw the lightweights compete in a close, hectic stand-up battle.
Rentz was making the switch to pro MMA after having an undefeated amateur run of five wins.
Bray’s previous pro fight, a loss, was back in 2018.
Bout 2: Jesse Romano (2-1) vs. Andres Davalos (2-0) (Amateur Catchweight 160 lbs)
Romano Puts Away Davalos With Hooks
A persistent series of hook punches from Jesse Romano caused a second-round stoppage victory over Andres Davalos late in the second round of their amateur fight.
After unloading with over a dozen shots, Romano dropped Davalos in the second round with a right hook. He then went to full mount, where he landed ground and pound to end the fight.
Romano was successful earlier in the fight as well, countering the aggressive, marching forward style of Davalos by landing shots and takedowns.
Romano now has an amateur record of three wins and one loss.
The fight was Davalos’ first loss as an amateur.
Bout 1: Lucas LaRue (1-1) vs. Itso Babulaidze (2-2) (Amateur Welterweight)
Babulaidze Uses Wrestling, Striking To End Losing Streak
Itso Babulaidze snapped a two-fight amateur losing streak to open the prelims, defeating Lucas LaRue via unanimous decision.
Babulaidze’s win came after a strong performance in the second and third rounds.
Babulaidze was able to control LaRue on the ground for most of the second round, connecting with ground and pounds while in the spot.
He stormed forward with punches early in the third round before taking the contest back to the ground.
LaRue had a good start to the fight, out-boxing Babulaidze on the feet in the first round.
Babulaidze now has an amateur record of three wins and two losses. All of those bouts have taken place in CFFC.
LaRue was coming back after earning his first win, which came against Chase Dye in May.