CFFC will end their year in style on Friday night, presenting two title fights from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. The event is set to be headlined by undefeated prospects Eddy Torres and Blake Bilder, who will compete to become the 11th featherweight champion in the promotion’s history.
Here’s a preview of the evening.
Bout 1: Greg Velasco (2-0) vs. Willie Tarpley (1-1) (Heavyweight)
CFFC tends to showcase amateur bouts on the prelims before shifting to pro fights on the main card. However, that won’t be the case this weekend, as the entire 11-fight card on Friday will be pro fights. It will start at heavyweight, where Greg Velasco will meet Willie Tarpley.
Velasco has scored two wins in the CFFC cage since turning pro earlier this year. He picked up a second-round stoppage win in his last fight, defeating Jacob Heavlin two months back.
Tarpley is coming off his first pro win, which he earned against Jawaski Bethly in September. The fight was short, as Tarpley needed less than a minute to secure a submission.
Bout 2: Regivaldo Carvalho (6-3) vs. Vilson Ndregjoni (4-1) (Featherweight)
Bellator alum Regivaldo Carvalho will look for his second CFFC win when facing Vilson Ndregjoni.
Carvalho had a quick win in his promotional debut two months back, submitting Timothy Teves within a round via guillotine choke. That fight put him back into the win column after losing on an LFA card late last year.
Ndregjoni is currently on a three-fight winning streak that includes a 2020 win in CFFC. His last outing was on a Triton Fights card in March, where he beat Keith Speed on scorecards.
Bout 3: William Rentz (1-0) vs. Frank Wells (1-1) (Lightweight)
Hot off a successful pro debut, William Rentz is scheduled to face Frank Wells.
Rentz made his pro debut on CFFC 100 in September. He picked up a stoppage win in that showing, finishing Quintin Bray in the second round. He was making the move to pro after attaining an undefeated amateur record of five wins.
While Wells won his pro debut last year, he is returning after taking his sole pro loss. He went three rounds in April against Timothy Cuamba, losing via decision in the end.
Bout 4: Joseph Schick (3-2) vs. Eddie Alvarez (3-6) (Bantamweight)
Joseph Schick will return on Friday when facing Eddie Alvarez at bantamweight.
Schick has won his last two fights. He appeared on a CFFC card in July, finishing Zachary Burhans with strikes.
Alvarez has a negative record of three wins and six losses. He has lost four of his last five bouts, including a fight he dropped to Matt Turnbull roughly two months back.
Bout 5: Angel Pacheco (4-1) vs. Frank Buenafuente (10-5) (Featherweight)
The prelims will wrap up with a featherweight fight between Angel Pacheco and Frank Buenafuente.
Pacheco will be making his CFFC debut. He bounced back from his only pro loss in August, submitting Damion Hill on a regional show.
Buenafuenta, an experienced fighter of 15 pro bouts, will be searching for his first CFFC victory. He came up unsuccessful in his appearance last year, dropping a decision to Sitik Muduev.
Main Card (9:00PM EST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 6: Eric Nolan (0-0) vs. Shane WhiteEagle (0-0) (Welterweight)
Two welterweights will make their pro debuts to open Friday’s main card, as Eric Nolan and Shane WhiteEagle are set to collide.
Nolan is making the switch to pro MMA after a successful amateur run of six wins and no losses. He competed from 2019 to 2021, with four of his wins coming via stoppage.
WhiteEagle wasn’t as successful as an amateur, attaining an even three wins and three losses, per database Tapology.
Bout 7: Miles Lee (2-0) vs. Earl Small (4-0) (Middleweight)
In a battle between two undefeated fighters, Miles Lee and Earl Small will fight on Friday night.
Lee has fought twice since turning pro in March. The fights, which have both come inside the CFFC cage, have gone the distance and been unanimous decision victories.
Small has four wins that have all come via stoppage, and he has yet to go past the second round as a pro. He won his CFFC debut in April, submitting Adam Wamsley with a rear naked choke in the second round.
Bout 8: Vadim Ogar (6-4) vs. Charlie Campbell (4-1) (Lightweight)
Rising prospect Charlie Campbell will attempt to continue his run up the lightweight division when meeting Vadim Ogar.
Campbell’s last victory came on a big stage, as he stopped Nick Giuletti at Bellator 262 in July. The fight was his third consecutive win, including a prior bout in Bellator and an appearance in CFFC earlier this year.
Ogar has struggled in recent years. He is currently on a three-fight losing streak and his last win dates back to 2015. He appeared on a CFFC card last year, getting stopped in just 29 seconds by Darrell Horcher.
Bout 9: Austin Trotman (3-0) vs. Joseph Pyfer (7-2) (Middleweight)
In the final bout before the championship doubleheader, Austin Trotman will fight Joseph Pyfer.
Trotman is coming off a successful rookie year as a pro that saw him attain three first-round finish wins – albeit two came against Jay Ellis, a pro who has now lost over 100 pro fights and won just over a dozen.
Trotman’s last fight was in May, submitting Brian Jackson in the first round.
Pyfer is returning to the regional scene after losing a bout on UFC show “Dana White’s Contender Series” in 2020. He was a regular in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey regional scene before then, appearing frequently on Ring of Combat and Art of War events.
Bout 10: Phumi Nkuta (4-0) vs. Jason Eastman (7-3) (CFFC Flyweight Championship)
CFFC Flyweight Champion Phumi Nkuta will attempt to defend his belt for the second time when facing Jason Eastman in Friday’s co-main event bout.
Nkuta earned CFFC’s 125-pound belt in March, fighting four rounds to dethrone then-champion Alberto Trujillo via unanimous decision.
Friday’s fight is a quick turnaround for Nkuta, as his prior bout – which took place in October – saw him stop Miguel Junior Diaz with strikes in the fourth round.
Eastman is getting a title shot after an impressive CFFC debut in September, handing Andrew Richardson his first pro loss with a second-round submission.
While Eastman bounced between winning and losing for six fights from 2015 to 2020, he enters the weekend on a two-fight winning streak.
Bout 11: Eddy Torres (4-0) vs. Blake Bilder (4-0-1) (Vacant CFFC Featherweight Championship)
Friday’s main event is high-stakes for more than one reason. Not only will the winner escape as the new CFFC Featherweight Champion, but they will also leave with their flawless record intact.
Eddy Torres and Blake Bilder have both yet to lose in MMA, but that is going to change on Friday night.
Torres has crafted his pro career exclusively in the CFFC cage thus far. He has fought all four pro fights in the promotion, including his 2019 pro debut.
The first three pro fights for Torres were all finishes in the first or second rounds, but he also showed his ability to go the distance last time around, beating Yohe Rojas on scorecards in May.
While Torres has only fought in CFFC, Bilder will be fighting in the promotion for the first time. He has competed as a pro since 2018, attaining four wins and one draw in that time.
Torres had a quick showing last time out, submitting Cain Lugar with a first-round armbar early this year.
The featherweight title fight on Friday is being made after former champ Pat Sabatini vacated the best earlier this year and signed a contract with the UFC.