This Saturday Night, August 6, the next installment of Cage Fury Fighting Championship (CFFC) will be taking place. CFFC 60 is being held at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On paper, CFFC 60 looks like it will be an exciting event, full of hungry fighters, looking to punch, kick and wrestle their way to the top. The main event and co-main event feature two former UFC fighters, who will stop at nothing to get another win in the cage.
The main event contains a thrilling match up between Jonavin Webb and Isaac Steele. Webb is coming off of two disappointing losses in the UFC, which ultimately led to his release from the organization. His last fight with Nathan Coy at UFC Fight Night 83 resulted in a unanimous decision loss, before that he lost a split decision to Kyle Noke at UFC Fight Night 65. Now with CFFC, Webb is looking to capitalize on the experience he gained from fighting the best of the best in the UFC, and secure the title that he so wants.
His opponent, Isaac Steele is a relatively inexperienced fighter who is on his way up in the sport. He is currently 5-0 in his professional career, with his most recent win coming via first round TKO over Tommy Roberts at the Ultimate Victory Challenge. Steele will not be an easy victory for Webb, as he holds three submission victories as well as the aforementioned TKO. This fight will also be taking place at a catch weight of 175 pounds.
The co-main event is one that should interest most, with former UFC fighter Eddie Gordon (7-4) taking on Chris Lozano (10-3). Gordon is coming into this fight with Lozano after suffering 3 straight losses in the UFC. He is a fan favorite and well-known for his time spent on The Ultimate Fighter season 19. Gordon is motivated to get back to where he believes he should be and eager to get a win. He trains at the renowned Serra-Longo gym in New York alongside former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. His opponent, Lozano, is coming into this fight fresh off a win that ended a losing steak of his own. After dropping two straight in Bellator, Lozano is looking to refresh his career. His last fight was in the North American Allied Fight Series, where he was able to TKO his opponent James Warfield in the first round.
The entire fight card for this event is as follows:
Jonavin Webb vs. Isaac Steele – Catch weight 175lbs
Eddie Gordon vs. Chris Lozano – Middleweight
Dawond Pickney vs. Jared Gordon – Lightweight
Chauncey Foxworth vs. Sean Brady – Welterweight
Francisco Isata vs. Julio Arce – Featherweight
Mike Milkins vs. Jon Delbrugge – Lightweight
Ricky Bandejas vs. Tony Gravely – Bantamweight
James Jenkins vs. Jacob Bohn – Featherweight
Mike Medrano vs. Kevin Horowitz – Catch weight 160lbs
Dez Morgan vs. Cesar Balmaceda – Lightweight
CFFC 60 will be airing on a tape delay on CBS Sports Network. Check local listings for more information.
UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event
Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.
Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.
He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.
In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.
UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from MMAFighting.com, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.
The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.
Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation
Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.
Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.
Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.
From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.
The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198
Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).
Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.
In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.
The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.
Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.
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