Blake Smith defended his CFFC Lightweight Championship for the first time on Thursday night, prevailing in a close four-round fight against Paris Artis for a unanimous decision win.
The victory headlined CFFC 106, which took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Tampa, Florida, USA.
Smith came close to finishing the fight in the third round, hurting Artis with strikes and nearly stopping him with ground and pound shots.
The grappling of Artis gave him the advantage at times, scoring takedowns and attempting submissions. He notably finished the fight strong, taking down a tired Smith in the fourth round.
Smith earned the belt last year, scoring a submission win against Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov in the third round of their fight.
Artis took his first pro loss in the fight. He entered the bout with five pro wins, all of which came via stoppage.
Alequin Gets Scorecard Nod To Take CFFC Belt
Dominant ground control from Eric Alequin made him the newest CFFC Welterweight Champion, defeating Hugh Pulley via unanimous decision to take the belt in the co-main event.
Pulley had a good moment early, although most of the bout was dictated by Alequin.
Pulley had sharp striking early in the fight that did damage to Alequin. He most notably scored a knockdown with an overhand right, seating Alequin down briefly.
Pulley found himself in trouble late in the round, as Alequin mounted his back and attempted a rear naked choke in the final minute of the frame.
The later rounds of the fight were much more one-sided, as Alequin constantly took the back of Pulley to land punches and attempt chokes.
Alequin now has a strong record of seven wins and no losses. This includes three wins last year in notable promotion Combate Global.
Pulley was competing for the first time since 2019. Previous fights in his career include fights against names like Demarques Jackson and Jason Witt.
Radtke Gives Piersma First Loss In Close Result
Charles Radtke handed Jonathan Piersma his first pro loss, defeating him in a close split decision.
Piersma had a good opening round to the fight, taking the back of Radtke and attempting a rear naked choke.
Radtke produced more success in the second and third rounds, putting together striking and shutting down grappling from Piersma. That’s not to say Piersma didn’t have more grappling, as he was able to score more takedowns during those rounds.
Tensions remained high after the fight, as the welterweights got in each other’s faces and got into a shoving match.
Radtke scored a stoppage win in his previous bout, defeating Brandon Lopez at CFFC 100.
Piersma entered the weekend with a flawless pro record of three wins. His appearance on Thursday was the first time he went the distance as a pro.
Ageday Scores Upset Against Lopez
Short-notice opponent Derrick Ageday pulled off an upset win, defeating Brandon Lopez in a unanimous decision result after three rounds.
Ageday, who took the fight against Lopez just earlier this week, was stepping in to replace Jonathan Fernandez.
Ageday won the fight by using his grappling and wrestling skills in the first and second rounds. Lopez was controlled for a lot of this time, giving Ageday a strong lead heading into the third round.
Lopez had a late dash to finish the fight in the final round, hurting Ageday with punches. Ageday was able to survive the shots and take the decision win.
Ageday is now on a three-fight winning streak. His pro record has six wins and eight losses in total.
Lopez was coming off a stoppage victory that he scored just last month in a regional fight. His previous CFFC bout was also a loss, getting beat by Charles Radtke in September 2021.
Former Champ Kamchybekov Returns
Former CFFC Lightweight Champion Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov used his slick striking to return to the win column on Thursday night, defeating Dean Hancock via unanimous decision.
Kamchybekov’s boxing was what earned him the win. Utilizing his reach advantage, Kamchybekov unloaded with lots of jabs and straight punches throughout the fight.
Hancock often shot in for takedowns, although the takedown defense of Kamchybekov stopped that from being relevant.
Zulkarnaiyn lost the CFFC Lightweight Championship in his previous bout, getting submitted by Blake Smith. He had a three-fight winning streak in his previous bout.
Hancock was appearing for the first time since 2019. His previous fight was a first-round finish loss.
The Rest of the Card
Jesus Hernandez scored his second pro win in the final prelim, dropping Solomon Maldonado with punches then catching him with a guillotine choke submission.
David Romano earned his first pro win in the third round of a fight against Tyler Keating, ending the fight with ground and pound punches.
Tom Picciano prevailed in a back-and-forth battle against Vinny Oristaglio, stopping him late in the first round with ground and pound shots for his first pro win.
Itso Babulaidze had a successful pro debut on the prelims, defeating Jorge Molina with a unanimous decision result.
Riley Palmer won CFFC’s vacant amateur bantamweight bout on the prelims, using dominant wrestling to beat Argenis Castro via unanimous decision.
Main Card (9:00PM EDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 10: Blake Smith def. Paris Artis via Decision, Unanimous (CFFC Lightweight Championship)
Bout 9: Eric Alequin def. Hugh Pulley via Decision, Unanimous (Vacant CFFC Welterweight Championship)
Bout 8: Charles Radtke def. Jonathan Piersma via Decision, Split
Bout 7: Derrick Ageday def. Brandon Lopez via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 6: Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov def. Dean Hancock via Decision, Unanimous
Preliminary Card (7:00PM EDT) (Facebook / Youtube)
Bout 5: Jesus Hernandez def. Solomon Maldonado via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 1, 4:55)
Bout 4: David Romano def. Tyler Keating via TKO, Strikes (RD 3, 2:25)
Bout 3: Tom Picciano def. Vinny Oristagio via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 4:17)
Bout 2: Itso Babulaidze def. Jorge Molina via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 1: Riley Palmer def. Argenis Castro via Decision, Unanimous (Vacant Amateur CFFC Bantamweight Championship)