Undefeated bantamweight DeAndre Anderson will get the chance to claim a bantamweight belt on Friday night, facing Da’Mon Blackshear for a vacant title in the main event of CFFC 103. The fight headlines a 12-bout card that is set to happen at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi, USA.
Here’s a preview of the entire show.
Preliminary Card (7:00PM EST / 6:00PM CST) (Facebook / Youtube)
Bout 1: Petera Wilson (4-1) vs. Calvin Watkins (1-0) (Amateur Heavyweight)
Amateur heavyweights Petera Wilson and Calvin Watkins will open the six-fight prelims.
Watkins won his amateur debut in July, stopping Nicholas Williams with a second-round arm triangle choke.
Wilson has shown his explosive skills as an amateur, having scored four consecutive stoppage wins since early 2020.
Bout 2: Andrew Horowitz (1-4) vs. Chase Mann (1-0) (Amateur Welterweight)
Returning after a strong amateur debut, Chase Mann will fight Andrew Horowitz on Friday night.
Mann’s debut was just two months ago, needing less than two minutes to submit Ronnie Roberson with a rear naked choke.
Horowitz currently has a negative amateur record of one win and four losses and is on a three-fight losing streak.
Bout 3: Josh Willard (2-0) vs. Ethan Burmingham (5-0) (Amateur Featherweight)
It will be a clash of two undefeated amateurs on the prelims when Josh Willard and Ethan Burmingham face off.
Willard has the larger record of the two, as he will be searching for his sixth win. He has spent his previous four bouts in Summit FC, where he has earned three stoppage wins.
Burmingham, still in his rookie year as an amateur, will be fighting for his third victory. He went the distance in his last fight to defeat Richard Johannes in July.
Bout 4: Kristien Ruffin (0-0) vs. TJ Welch (0-2) (Welterweight)
The final three prelims will see most pro fighters search for their first win. Some are making their debut, with others fighting to come back from a recent loss. The first matchup like this is a welterweight bout between Kristien Ruffin and TJ Welch.
Ruffin is turning pro after a successful amateur run of six wins and one loss. This includes four wins from earlier this year alone.
Welch is still a rookie as a pro but has lost his first two fights.
Bout 5: Brandt Cooper (1-1) vs. Isaack Watkins (0-0) (Lightweight)
In a lightweight fight, Brandt Cooper will fight pro debutant Isaack Watkins.
Watkins scored his third amateur win in May, defeating Itso Babulaidze on a CFFC card.
Cooper is coming off his first pro win, which he earned just last month against Nico Jefferson. The fight was a quick appearance, as he stopped him in just over a minute.
Bout 6: Joe Tran (0-1) vs. Nehemias Cruz (0-0) (Bantamweight)
The prelims will finish with a bantamweight bout between Joe Tran and Nehemias Cruz.
Tran lost his pro debut in August on a CFFC card, getting stopped in the first round by strikes from Ben Coyle. This fight came after a successful amateur run for Tran that resulted in six wins and two losses.
Cruz is making his pro debut in the fight. He struggled in his amateur career, putting up one win through five fights, per Tapology.
Main Card (9:00PM EST / 8:00PM CST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 7: Lydell Poag (1-0) vs. Dillon Winemiller (0-0) (Middleweight)
The main card will kick off with a fight between middleweights Lydell Poag and Dillon Winemiller.
Poag had an explosive pro debut in August, needing just 22 seconds to stop Stavros Moustakakis with strikes. He now returns to CFFC for his second fight.
Winemiller will be fighting as a pro for the first time. He is coming off a win on the amateur scene, having defeated Alan Weems in July.
Bout 8: Devante Sewell (8-5) vs. Jonathan Jackson (5-3) (Featherweight)
Experienced featherweights Devante Sewell and Jonathan Jackson will meet as part of Friday’s main card.
Both fighters will be making their CFFC debut.
Sewell snapped a three-fight losing streak earlier this year, scoring a decision victory against Calvin Miller on an NFC card.
Jackson has won and lost a bout each this year. His last fight was two months back, dropping a split decision to AJ Cunningham from September.
Bout 9: Wade Johnson (11-2) vs. Trevor Ollison (4-3) (Catchweight 160 lbs)
Competing for the first time in over four years, Wade Johnson will face Trevor Ollison at a catchweight of 160 pounds.
Johnson last fought in May 2017, where a four-fight winning streak was snapped. He took his loss against Jason Witt, who is now on the UFC roster.
Older fights in Johnson’s career include a win in notable promotions Bellator and WSOF (now known as PFL).
Ollison lost in his last MMA bout, getting submitted by Ramazan Kuramagomedov on a CFFC card last year. He has stayed active in boxing since then, although his four appearances in the sport have resulted in three losses and one draw.
Bout 10: Marcelo Nunes (6-1) vs. Anthony Garrett (6-4) (Heavyweight)
Heavyweights Marcelo Nunes and Anthony Garrett are set to meet as part of Friday’s main card.
Nunes has a solid pro record of six wins and one loss. His career started with five wins from 2013 to 2015. He then took his first pro loss in 2016 to Rafael Lovato Jr., who went on to later become a champion in Bellator.
Nunes bounced back from his sole pro loss in September 2020, defeating Jordan Seufzer via stoppage at CFFC 85.
Garrett will be fighting to snap a two-fight skid. He took two stoppage wins in LFA earlier this year, including an 18-second loss to Jimmy Lawson in August.
Bout 11: Donovan Beard (5-0) vs. Raheam Forest (3-0) (Welterweight)
In a classic “two O’s, one’s got to go” situation, undefeated welterweights Donovan Beard and Raheam Forest will fight in the co-main event.
Beard is competing for the first time after a successful rookie year as a pro. He was incredibly active within a year’s time, scoring five wins on the regional scene. This included two submission wins and a recent TKO victory.
Forest is still in his rookie year as a pro. He has had quick wins in each fight, stopping all three opponents thus far. His last bout was on an LFA card in August, defeating Colin Parr with punches.
Bout 12: Da’Mon Blackshear (10-4) vs. DeAndre Anderson (5-0) (Vacant CFFC Bantamweight Championship)
CFFC will crown a new bantamweight champion in the main event when Da’Mon Blackshear fights the undefeated DeAndre Anderson.
The winner on Friday night will be the ninth bantamweight champion in CFFC history. The last titleholder, Jared Scoggins, vacated the belt after signing with Bellator.
Anderson has yet to lose since turning pro in 2018. He scored a big win in his CFFC debut in August, stopping Jose Perez with just 11 seconds with punches. The fight was his first MMA appearance since 2019 and was in the main event of the card.
Blackshear has the experience advantage in the main event, heading into his 15th pro bout on Friday.
The former Bellator fighter has picked up two wins this year, submitting Joe Penafiel on a CES card and defeating Mateo Vogel at CFFC 99 in August.