Three new champions were crowned in Philadelphia Pennsylvania at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 65 inside the 2300 Arena on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
NJ MMA News Editor Connor Northrup takes a look and makes his predictions on who each main event fighter should face next
- Sean Brady (6-0 MMA, 6-0 CFFC)- CFFC welterweight champion
CFFC 65 outcome: Brady submits Tanner Saraceno in the first round to win the vacant CFFC welterweight title.
Next Opponent: Marc Stevens (21-10 MMA, 1-1 CFFC)
Two things are for sure, Brady is the champion and he is still undefeated. With six wins and three finishes, Brady is the guy to beat when it comes to the regional welterweight division. The CFFC is known for having top welterweight compete inside the promotions, including George Sullivan, Lyman Good and Jonovin Webb. Opponents should be lining up to fight Brady because a win over him will prove that the fighter who can beat him is an elite mixed martial artist. As for who is next for Brady, Stevens is an attractive name. A former contestant on season 11 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” he is currently riding a two-fight win streak. For Stevens to beat a guy like Brady who is climbing up the rankings, only good things could come from it. As for Brady, taking on a veteran in Stevens is the ‘big name’ he is missing on his current record.
2. Joe Lowry (6-0 MMA, 6-0 CFFC)- CFFC lightweight champion
CFFC 65 outcome: Lowry defeats Pope by KO one minute into the first round to win his first professional lightweight title.
Next opponent: Joey Holt (8-2 MMA, 0-0 CFFC)
Lowry and Holt have something in common, a knockout win against Pope. Holt is currently riding a five-fight win streak, which includes four finishes. The Ohio native has yet to step inside the CFFC cage, but what better way for him to make his debut than fighting for the title. As for Lowry, Holt is an experienced fighter and could be a solid first text for the new champion.
3. Anton Berzin (5-1 MMA, 3-0 CFFC)
CFFC 65 outcome: Berzin TKO’s Jamelle Jones in the second round and becomes the first CFFC light-heavyweight champion.
Next opponent: Pat Walsh (10-3 MMA, 0-0 CFFC)
Next opponent: Berzin’s finish of Jones is a major statement, especially for the inaugural CFFC light-heavyweight title holder. Although Berzin is only six fights into his career, his time on “The Ultimate Fighter” season 19 gives him a lot of experience. Walsh competed on the same TUF season as Berzin, but a member of Team Edgar where as Berzin joined Team Penn. He is (5-1) in his last six bouts. He is coming off a split decision to Dirlei Broenstrup at CES MMA 42 March 21, 2017. Walsh is looking to rebound and Berzin would be a great opponent to start.
*These match-ups are not official match-ups and are purely predictions.
By Connor Northrup