CFFC will close out their busy year on Friday night with two title fights from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. In the main event, undefeated prospects Eddy Torres and Blake Bilder will fight to become the new CFFC Featherweight Champion.
Follow along throughout the evening for live updates on the card.
Preliminary Card (7:15PM EST) (Youtube / Facebook)
Main Card (9:00PM EST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 9: Frank Buenafuente (10-5) vs. Blake Bilder (4-0-1) (Vacant CFFC Featherweight Championship)
Bilder Secures Submission Win Against Short-Notice Opponent Buenafuente, Becomes New CFFC Champion
Undefeated fighter Blake Bilder secured a late second-round submission win against Frank Buenafuente to become the new CFFC Featherweight Champion on Friday night.
Bilder was able to catch Buenafuente in the second round while on his back, securing a triangle choke submission that put him to sleep.
Buenafuente succeeded earlier in the fight, hurting Bilder at times with punches. He hurt him at one point in the opening round with punches.
The fight between Buenafuente and Bilder was made just earlier this year.
Buenafuente was originally scheudled to face Angel Pacheco on the prelims. However, after COVID-19 protocols forced headliner Eddy Torres off the card, he took the short-notice title shot.
“We both looked each other in the eyes and said let’s do it,” said Bilder about the fight in an interview afterward.
Buenafuente’s previous fight was a year ago, losing a bout to Sitik Muduev at CFFC 89. Before then, he had a strong three-fight winning streak.
Bilder now has a flawless record of five wins and one draw. His appearance on Friday was his CFFC debut.
Bout 8: Phumi Nkuta (4-0) vs. Jason Eastman (7-3) (CFFC Flyweight Championship)
Nkuta Continues Dominant Run As CFFC Champion
CFFC Flyweight Champion Phumi Nkuta continued his strong run as champion in Friday’s co-main event, defeating Jason Eastman via unanimous decision after four rounds (40-36, 40-36 & 40-36).
Nkuta showed a well-rounded skillset against a game Eastman. Nkuta took Eastman down in every down, using those positions to attempt submissions. Eastman was able to try for his own submissions while on the ground, but he was defending more than attacking.
Nkuta was also able to showcase his confident striking, connecting on Eastman and even showboating at times.
Nkuta wasn’t the happiest about his fight, saying that the rehydration process after his weight cut might have hurt his style.
“I gotta be honest, I didn’t put on the performance that I wanted to put on,” said Nkuta in his post-fight interview.
Nkuta now has an undefeated pro record of five wins and has defended his CFFC belt two times. His previous title fight was in October, where he earned a fourth-round stoppage over Miguel Junior Diaz.
Eastman was riding the momentum of a submission win he took against Andrew Richardson at CFFC in September.
Bout 7: Austin Trotman (3-0) vs. Joseph Pyfer (7-2) (Middleweight)
‘Contender Series’ Alum Pyfer Scores Stoppage Win In Return
Joseph Pyfer had a dominant return to the regional scene on Friday night, securing a second-round stoppage win against Austin Trotman.
Pyfer floored Trotman in the second round with a right hook, ending a successful showing in the cage. Trotman got hurt many times before the stoppage, as shots would connect and visibly wobble him.
Trotman was appearing for the first time since an injury made him lose on UFC TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series” last year. He was making his first appearance in CFFC with the win.
“I felt every emotion you could feel. Doubt, fear … What it took me to get back here was what they said I couldn’t do,” said Pyfer in his post-fight interview.
Trotman was undefeated heading into the fight. Two of his previous wins came against notorious journeyman Jay Ellis, who has over 100 pro losses.
Bout 6: Vadim Ogar (6-4) vs. Charlie Campbell (4-1) (Lightweight)
Campbell Drops Ogar, Finishes Him With Brutal Ground and Pound
Charlie Campbell put a beating on Vadim Ogar, dropping him many times and unloading with hard ground and pound to eventually get a second-round stoppage win.
Campbell dropped Ogar with a right cross punch in the opening round. Ogar then consumed dozens of strikes on the ground, moving enough for the referee to deem him still in the fight.
A right hook from Campbell dropped Ogar a minute into the second round. A significantly hurt Ogar then took just a few more shots on the ground before the fight was stopped.
Campbell, a two-fight Bellator vet, is now on a four-fight winning streak. He scored a stoppage win in his last fight, finishing Nick Giuletti with strikes in July.
The fight on Friday continued Ogar’s extensive losing streak. He has now gone winless since 2015 and has lost four consecutive bouts.
Bout 5: Miles Lee (2-0) vs. Earl Small (4-0) (Middleweight)
Lee Hands Small First Loss After Close Fight
Miles Lee handed Earl Small his first pro loss on Friday night, defeating him via split decision after three rounds (29-28 Lee, 30-27 Small & 29-28 Lee).
Small had a good opening round, pressing forward on Lee with strikes that connected.
Lee had a better second round, taking down Small and stringing together numerous minutes of ground control. Small seemed okay with giving away this position, posing for cameras while on his back.
Lee kicked off the final round with another takedown. Small threw strikes while on his back, although he was on his back for the entire round.
Small had the larger pro record heading into this fight, having scored four pro wins from 2017 to 2021. He won his CFFC debut in April, submitting Adam Wamsley.
Lee, still a rookie has a pro, now has three pro wins. His previous fights were also in the CFFC cage.
Bout 4: Eric Nolan (0-0) vs. Shane WhiteEagle (0-0) (Welterweight)
Nolan Defeats WhiteEagle In Tough Pro Debut
Eric Nolan won his pro debut to open the main card, fighting a bloody battle against a tough Shane WhiteEagle to a unanimous decision result (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
Nolan controlled most of the first round in a clinch position. He would throw WhiteEagle to the ground numerous times in the round, although WhiteEagle would pop back up each time.
Nolan secured a takedown in the second round after WhiteEagle threatened him with a bulldog choke on the feet.
They returned to the feet halfway through the round. Nolan landed another takedown in the fourth minute just moments after landing a head kick. They returned to the feet once again late in the round, where strikes from Nolan did significant damage to the head of WhiteEagle.
Nolan continued to dominate WhiteEagle in the final round, taking him down numerous times to attempt submissions and land strikes.
Bout 3: Joseph Schick (3-2) vs. Eddie Alvarez (3-6) (Bantamweight)
Schick Controls Alvarez For Decision Win
Joe Schick had a dominant win to end the prelims, using his wrestling to sweep scorecards against Eddie “Panamaniac” Alvarez (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
Schick took Alvarez down in every round, using those positions to notch numerous minutes of control time. This time-consuming and tiring strategy proved to be successful against Alvarez.
Schick has won his past three fights now. His prior bout was his CFFC debut, where he stopped Zachary Burhans with strikes in July.
Alvarez now has a negative pro record of three wins and seven losses.
Bout 2: William Rentz (1-0) vs. Frank Wells (1-1) (Lightweight)
Wells Uses Striking For Second Pro Win
Frank Wells returned to the win column on Friday’s prelims, using his accurate striking to earn a scorecard win against William Rentz (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
Wells was able to hurt Rentz early in the fight, knocking him down in the first round with an overhand right. He continued to control the fight in later rounds, although Rentz remained in the fight and active throughout.
Wells took his first pro loss earlier this year, dropping a bout on scorecards to Timothy Cuamba.
Rentz won his pro debut in his previous bout, defeating Quintin Bray at CFFC 100 in September.
Bout 1: Greg Velasco (2-0) vs. Willie Tarpley (1-1) (Heavyweight)
Velasco Submits Tarpley For Third Win
Greg Velasco dominated Willie Tarpley to open the main card, finishing his fight in the second round with a rear naked choke submission.
Velasco spent most of the fight on top of Tarpley on the ground. In the first round, he mostly landed punches on the ground. A round later, he got on the back of Tarpley for the submission result.
Velasco now has three finish wins since turning pro in May. His previous victory was just two months ago, stopping Jacob Heavlin with strikes.
Tarpley was coming off his first pro win, which came on a Global Legion FC card in September.