CFFC will crown a new bantamweight champion on Friday night, as Da’Mon Blackshear and DeAndre Anderson will fight for a vacant belt in the main event of CFFC 103. The fight will headline a 12-bout card that is set to take place at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi, USA.
Follow along throughout the evening for updates.
Preliminary Card (7:00PM EST / 6:00PM CST) (Facebook / Youtube)
Main Card (9:00PM EST / 8:00PM CST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 11: Da’Mon Blackshear (10-4) vs. DeAndre Anderson (5-0) (Vacant CFFC Bantamweight Championship)
Blackshear Submits Anderson Within A Round To Claim Vacant CFFC Belt
Da’Mon Blackshear closed out a strong one-round performance against DeAndre Anderson with a submission, making him the next CFFC Bantamweight Champion.
In a wild combination of moves, Blackshear was able to take Anderson’s back after missing with a flying knee attempt. Still on the back, he attempted a rear naked choke on the ground that made Anderson tap out to end the bout.
Blackshear had moments earlier in the fight as well, including a right hook flash knockdown that he secured on Anderson in the opening minute.
The fight was Blackshear’s second title fight in CFFC. He came up short in his late 2018 championship bout, losing to now-UFC fighter Pat Sabatini.
He was given a title fight on Friday after two recent wins on the regional scene. His previous bout was on a CFFC card in August, defeating Mateo Vogel via unanimous decision.
Anderson was coming off a flash 11-second knockout win he earned over Jose Perez in August.
Friday’s main event was Anderson’s first pro loss.
Bout 10: Donovan Beard (5-0) vs. Raheam Forest (3-0) (Welterweight)
Forest Gets Close Decision Win, Hands Beard First Pro Loss
Raheam Forest prevailed in a close fight to hand Donovan Beard his first pro loss, defeating him via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).
Forest had a dominant first round, taking Beard down and putting together numerous minutes of ground control.
Beard made a comeback in the second round, making the fight a close one heading into the final round.
Forest got things back together in the final round, taking Beard down again to secure the final round.
The fight was Forest’s first time going the distance as a pro. Still in his rookie year as a pro, Forest now has four wins since March.
The fight on Friday was Beard’s first loss through six pro appearances. He had earned five wins in just his first year as a pro, with three coming via stoppage.
Bout 9: Marcelo Nunes (6-1) vs. Anthony Garrett (6-4) (Heavyweight)
Nunes Showcases Grappling Skills Against Garrett
Marcelo Nunes had a quick win Friday, using his grappling skills to submit Anthony Garrett in the first round. Nunes earned a takedown early and quickly went for an arm triangle choke that lead to the finish.
Nunes won his CFFC debut in September, stopping Jordan Seufzer with strikes. That fight was his return after taking his sole pro loss in 2016 to Rafael Lovato Jr.
Garrett has now lost three consecutive fights. He was stopped within a round on LFA cards earlier this year, losing to Jordan Heiderman and Jimmy Lawson.
Bout 8: Wade Johnson (11-2) vs. Trevor Ollison (4-3) (Catchweight 160 lbs)
Ollison Stops Returning Johnson Early With Submission
Trevor Ollison spoiled the return of Wade Johnson, submitting him in the first round with a submission.
Ollison took Johnson down with a kimura attempt just moments after they were previously on the ground. Johnson tapped to the submission, causing the referee to step in shortly after.
The fight worked at a face pace in the opening minute, with both fighters letting hard shots go while on the feet.
Johnson was fighting for the first time in over four years. His previous fight, a loss to now-UFC fighter Jason Witt, came in May 2017.
Ollison was coming back to MMA after a year outside of the sport. He had spent the last year in boxing, where he lost three bouts and fought to a draw once.
Bout 7: Devante Sewell (8-5) vs. Jonathan Jackson (5-3) (Featherweight)
Sewell Dominates Jackson For Decision Win
Devante Sewell put together a thorough performance on Friday’s card, putting together rounds to defeat Jonathan Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28).
Sewell’s performance included a showcase of his well-rounded skill set. This included takedowns, submission attempts, stand-up striking, and more.
The fight became bloody in the third round, as Sewell did damage with hammerfist punches and elbows from full guard. The fight was paused so the cut on Jackson could be examined, but the call was made to let the fight continue despite it.
Sewell broke a three-fight losing streak in his previous fight, defeating Calvin Miller in April.
Jackson has now lost two consecutive bouts.
Bout 6: Lydell Poag (1-0) vs. Dillion Winemiller (0-0) (Middleweight)
Poag Secures Another Second-Round Stoppage Win
Lydell Poag prevailed in a striking battle against Dillion Winemiller, stopping him in the first round with strikes to open the main card.
Winemiller was seemingly hurt late in the round after taking a knee to the body. Poag followed up with a series of punches on the ground, eventually scoring with enough for the referee to step in and end the bout.
Poag needed just 22 seconds for his pro debut in August, defeating Stavros Moustakakis.
The fight on Friday was Winemiller’s pro debut.
Bout 5: Joe Tran (0-1) vs. Nehemias Cruz (0-0) (Bantamweight)
Tran Secures First-Round Armbar, Bounces Back From Debut Loss
A slick armbar from Joe Tran earned him his first win as a pro on Friday. Tran submitted Nehemias Cruz in the opening round after a short, yet hectic fight.
Both fighters were explosive on the feet to start, both unloading with hard punches before hitting the ground.
Tran took a full mount position on the ground at one point, trying an arm triangle choke from that position. Tran eventually went to his back for an armbar attempt that put an end to the bout.
Tran lost his pro debut in August, getting stopped in the first round by Ben Coyle. He now has a win under his belt as a pro.
Cruz was making his pro debut after an unsuccessful amateur record of one win and four losses, per Tapology.
Bout 4: Kristien Ruffin (0-0) vs. TJ Welch (0-2) (Welterweight)
Welch Catches Ruffin Early With Rear Naked Choke, Earns First Pro Win
TJ Welch pulled off his first pro win on the prelims, submitting Kristien Ruffin with a first-round rear naked choke victory.
Ruffin scored a takedown early in the fight. Welch got the best of the ground exchange, taking the back of Ruffin to attempt the choke.
Welch had lost his two previous pro bouts earlier this year. He is now one win away from evening his pro record.
“I wanted to prove this to myself, that I wanted this more than anything,” said Welch about the fight in his post-fight interview.
Ruffin was making his pro debut after a strong amateur run of six wins and one loss, including four wins in 2021.
Bout 3: Josh Willard (2-0) vs. Ethan Burmingham (5-0) (Amateur Featherweight)
17-Year-Old Burmingham Remains Undefeated As An Amateur
Ethan Burmingham remained undefeated as an amateur on Friday, finishing a dominant performance against Josh Willard with an arm triangle choke.
Burmingham finished the bout in a rare fashion, applying the choke while on his back.
He was successful earlier in the fight, hurting Willard with strikes and putting together ground control in the opening round.
Still only years old, Burmingham now has a flawless amateur record of six wins and no losses.
The fight on Friday was Willard’s first loss through three amateur fights.
Bout 2: Andrew Horowitz (1-4) vs. Chase Mann (1-0) (Amateur Welterweight)
Mann Secures Second Amateur Win, Submits Horowitz In Just Over One Minute
Chase Mann had a quick showing for his second amateur win, defeating Andrew Horowitz in the first round via submission.
Mann stopped Horowitz with a guillotine choke while on the feet. The attempt came after a quick flurry that saw him score a takedown and look for a submission on the ground.
Mann’s amateur debut was just two months ago when he submitted Ronnie Roberson with a rear naked choke.
Horowitz now has a negative amateur record of one win and five losses.
Bout 1: Petera Wilson (4-1) vs. Calvin Watkins (1-0) (Amateur Heavyweight)
Wilson Takes Close Split Decision Win Over Watkins
Petera Wilson walked away with a close amateur win to open the prelims, defeating Calvin Watkins via split decision (29-28 Watkins, 29-27 Wilson & 29-28 Wilson).
The opening round was close, as Wilson showed good strikes but Watkins earned ground control.
Wilson seemingly hurt Watkins in the second round with strikes. He looked for a submission during the round, trying for a rear naked choke in the round.
Fatigue became an issue for both heavyweights as the fight progressed. Watkins showed life late in the fight, pulling guard with a guillotine choke during the third round.
Wilson was able to attempt a choke of his own later, attempting a kimura while taking half guard on top.
Watkins won his amateur debut in his previous appearance.
Wilson entered Friday on a four-fight winning streak, with all of the fights being stoppage wins.