With a sold out crowd at the Borgota Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey and UFC president Dana White sitting cage side, the fighters on the Cage Fury Fighting Championships 63 main card delivered with four finishes and two hard fought decisions.
The evening concluded with three title defenses and CFFC Featherweight Champion Jared “Flash” Gordon (12-1 MMA, 8-1 CFFC) signing with the UFC following his bout. Gordon will be featured on an episode of “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight.”
In the opening fight on the main card, Stephen Regman (6-3 MMA, 5-2 CFFC) fought Dave Marfone (5-2 MMA, 1-2 CFFC) in a 165 lbs. catchweight bout. Regman made it clear he was the more effective striker, landing leg kicks and establishing the jab. Marfone made up for his stand-up by earning two takedowns each in round one and two.
Regman came out in the third round like someone who knew he was down on the scorecards. Regman caught Marfone with a right hand as he was trying to earn a takedown.
Regman finished with ground and pound and earned the TKO victory at 0:51 in round three.
In the following bout, lightweights Joe Lowry (5-0 MMA, 5-0 CFFC) and Dasuike Yamaji entered the cage. Although Yamaji opened up a cut above his opponent’s left eye, Lowry managed to capitalize on the exchanges.
Lowry dropped Yamaji a number of times throughout the fight, but never followed the jiu-jitsu specialist to the ground. In the second round, Yamaji fell to the canvas one last time as Lowry finished the fight with a TKO.
In his post-fight interview inside the cage, Lowry said he wanted a shot at the belt. With five wins and no losses, he could be a possible candidate.
Another lightweight who is looking to fight current CFFC Lightweight Champion Mike Pope is Joe Solecki (3-0 MMA, 3-0 CFFC). In the final bout on the under-card, Solecki earned a first-round rear-naked choke against Atlantic City’s own, Kevin Perez (0-1 MMA, 0-1 CFFC).
With the submission, Solecki finished all three of his opponents in the first round by a RNC. Solecki said he is happy he performed well in front of White.
“I tried to find him in the crowd, but I couldn’t,” Solecki said. “That is the most powerful man in the fight game, if you can perform in front of him, you can perform in front of anybody.”
In the third bout on the main card, Tim “The South Jersey Strangler” Williams (15-3 MMA, 9-3 CFFC) fought former UFC middleweight Jay Silva (10-11-1 MMA, 0-1 CFFC).
Williams wrestled his way to a unanimous decision victory. When Williams brought Silva to the mat throughout the contest, he used ground and pound and tried to finish the fight by RNC, but Silva survived.
Although both fighters showed respect to one another before, during and after the bout, Williams said Silva said a few words inside the cage.
“I had his back, a body triangle and I was coming up for the arm triangle,” Williams said. “My buddy said ‘come up, come up,’ and Silva said ‘Yea Tim, come up.'”
Williams expected to use his hands more, but continued to stick to his wrestling and grind his way to a decision. Williams wanted the finish, but said a win is a win.
As far as the UFC president goes, Williams didn’t look at him.
:”S@%t, I’m on a five-fight win streak, I’m 15-3 now,” Williams said. “If he don’t scoop me up, I’ll go overseas and fight or I’ll stay here to fight and make money.”
In the first title fight of the night, CFFC Bantamweight Champion Nick Pace 98-3 MMA, 2-0 CFFC) took on challenger Ahmet Kayretli (6-2 MMA, 0-1 CFFC). Kayretli stayed active with leg kicks, but Pace came out as the more well-rounded mixed martial artist, landing significant strikes and earning the takedowns.
In the third round, Pace sunk in a guillotine choke. Kayretli scrambled to mount, but as the champion rolled, he mounted the challenger.
As Kayretli turned to his side, Pace took his back and tapped the Turkish fighter with a RNC to defend his belt for the first time.
In the Co-main event, Gordon defended his belt against Bill Algeo (8-3 MMA, 6-2 CFFC). In a fight where both fighters traded punches and shot for takedowns, Gordon landed more damaging blows and capitalized on his takedowns, staying active with ground and pound while grappling for position.
After four rounds, all three judges scored the bout (40-36) for Gordon who retained his belt. According to CFFC COO Rob Haydak, Gordon signed a deal with the UFC after the fight.
In the main event, Zu Anyanwu defended (13-4 MMA, 9-2 CFFC) his strap by finishing Shawn Teed (3-1 MMA, 3-1 CFFC) via second-round TKO. As Anaynwu dropped Teed twice before finishing the challenger, the champion remained hesitant to go to the ground.
Anaynwu landed a right hook, sending Teed’s body to flop against the cage. The referee stopped the bout.
The champion said he sensed Teed fatiguing.
“I wanted him to gas out, when he had my back, I felt him huffing and puffing,” Anyanwu said. “I was like ok, his hands are dropping a little bit, it is time for me to spring up.”
Gordon is the only fighter who signed a UFC contract as of now, but NJ MMA News will provide daily updates on the future of the CFFC 63 winners. As seen on previous episode of “Lookin’ for a Fight,” some fighters hear back from White after filming.