Balmaceda still undefeated after first-round scare.

Cesar Balmaceda (bottom) defends a rear-naked choke attempt from Joe Solecki (top) at CFFC 65 on Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Photo Credit: CFFC MMA/ MDphotoandink).

Cesar Balmaceda (3-0 MMA, 3-0 CFFC) weathered the storm.

In the first round of his Cage Fury Fighting Championships 65 bout against then-fellow undefeated lightweight Joe Solecki (3-1 MMA, 3-1 CFFC), Balmaceda defended a rear-naked choke.

Coming into the fight, Solecki defeated all three of his previous opponent by RNC in the opening round. Although Balmaceda admitted the choke was deep, he fought on.

“I heard my corner say ’45 seconds, 45 seconds.’ and I just kept grabbing his arm and trying to pull it away from my neck.” Balmaceda said. ” He ended up just giving it up and from there, I knew it was the end of the first round and a fresh round after that.”

Balmaceda came out in the second round and controlled the fight with his striking. In the third round, the referee stopped the bout to check the cut on Solecki.

Inpatient, Balmaceda slapped his hand in frustration. The Atlantic City, New Jersey native wanted the fight to continue and start again quickly.

“I knew I could of finished it, so I was kind of pumped up,” Balmaceda said. “I was like come on hurry up and get up, but they (referee and doctor) kind of gave him a little break.”

Once the action resumed, Balmaceda stuck to his routine of striking, out landing Solecki. In the end Balmaceda handed Solecki his first career defeat and earned the second unanimous decision victory of his young career.

His first decision came in his professional debut at CFFC 60 where he defeated Dez Morgan on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. In his next bout, he earned his only finish by beating Corey Menafra via TKO in the second round of their CFFC 61 bout on Oct. 29, 2016.

With all his fights occurring under the CFFC banner, Balmaceda is moving up the promotion’s lightweight rankings with each fight.

A fan of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Balmaceda knew he wanted to fight after he graduated Atlantic City High School in 2013. He is still continuing his journey.

“I hope to be in the UFC, but I know I have a very long way to go,” Balmaceda said. “I am just going to keep fighting till I get there.”

By NJ MMA News Staff

Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.