The Cage Fighting Fury Championships (CFFC) once again gave the fans at Borgata Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. another great night of fights. The evening had four titles up for grabs, with the headliner bringing us Champion Tim Williams against UFC veteran Dustin Jacoby. The co-main event of this fight card was George Sullivan putting his title on the line against Tenyeh Dixon.
The first title fight presented the champion, Aljomain Sterling against challenger Sedico Honorio. The first round of the fight showed how evenly the two fighters were. Both warriors traded hard shots when on the feet and submissions when on the ground. The second round started with much the same, then suddenly Sterling did what champions have to do, and found a way to win. On the way to the ground Sterling maneuvered himself to get into back control, locked in the rear-naked choke and won the fight.
The second championship match brought Sean Santella against Evan Velez. This fight was a close, hard fought grinding five round affair. The majority of the fight took place on the feet, which seemed to favor the challenger for most of the fight. Santell had a distinctive and large advantage on the ground, and the few times it went there, it took every bit of skill to get out of the submissions once applied—and in the case of the second round, it took the bell to save him.
When the final round completed, and with the fight in the judges hands excitement rippled throughout the crowd. Chants rang across the stadium for whom the crowd believed won and each side was trying to outdo the other. The announcers scorecards were 48-47 Valez; 49-46 Santella 48-47, and still the champion Sean Santella. The crowd erupted with mixture of cheers and jeers in this very closely contested fight.
George Sullivan brings his welterweight belt into the cage and defends it against his opponent Tenyeh Dixon. Coming down the walkway Dixon tries to use some psychological warfare by bringing down belts he holds in other organizations. It is as if he was trying to tell Sullivan “Your belt is getting added to my collection.” Sullivan came down in haste, showing a want if not a desire to get the fight underway.
What transpired was, once again, a stand up affair. Sullivan controlled the majority of the fight, throwing tight punches and when the fight found its way into his corner, taking it to the ground where he was able to land stunning ground-and-pound. After 25 minutes of fighting, both fighters found themselves exhausted, battered and awaiting the score cards. Unlike the fight prior, there was not too much surprise on who won the fight. When the judges scored the fight 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46 for the champion, George Sullivan.
Tim Williams put both his belt and undefeated record on the line against UFC veteran, Dustin Jacoby. Punches flung in controlled chaos defined the opening segments of round one. The chaos came under control when Williams caught a kick and smoothly secured a takedown. Once on the ground Williams showed complete control, easily going from full guard to side control.
When Jacoby tried to roll away, Williams smoothly rolled into back control looking for a RNC. Jacoby showed the veteran instincts of a fighter that has earned his way to the UFC and rolled to the top. Somewhere in theirir exchanges a huge gash opened up on the champions head. The ref, Dan Miragliotta, issued a warning to the doctor to prepare to look at a cut. Williams was bleeding rapidly as multiple doctors were checking his wound. Like a warrior, Williams was not worried about the cut and was arguing with the doctors, telling them to let it go. One was left to wonder if the cut was still damage left over from his fight not even two months before.
The doctors called the match due to cut. The crowd erupted in outrage over this and Williams was enraged. Knowing the matchmaking at the CFFC, they will make this fight happen again. Jacoby did the right thing in his post fight interview and stated he welcomed the rematch.
The CFFC once again proved why it is quickly becoming one of the premier organizations coming out of New Jersey. With every event, they improve in the quality of fighters, production and organization. This event showed that progress. Fans in attendance had the opportunity to see some fighters make significant strides with their victories. All the victors took a step forward toward heading to the big show, and with the way the CFFC is developing, they might already be in the big show.
- Jonathan Helwig def. Jeremy Shifflett via Submission (Triangle) - Round 2, 2:30
- Chris Birchler def. J.A Dudley via decision (29-28,30-27,30-27)
- Gabrielle Holloway def. Andria Caplan via unanimous decision
- Bryan Lashomb def. Evan Chmielski via TKO (doctor's stoppage due to a cut) - Round 3, 1:51
- Travis Wynn def. Dwayne Holman via unanimous decision
- Michael Wilcox def. Zed Mitchell via submission (strikes) - Round 1, 1:48
- Chris Liguori def. Gert Kocani via Unanimous Decision (30-27)
- Jonavin Webb def. Jason Lee (30-27) via unanimous decision
- Aljamain Sterling def. Sedico Honorio via submission (rear naked choke) -Round 2, 4:05
- Brandon Becker def. Dave Spadell Jr via TKO (ref stoppage) - Round 1, 4:17
- Sean Santella def. Evan Velez via split decision (48-47,49-46,48-47)
- George Sullivan def. Tenyeh Dixon via unanimous decision (48-47,48-47,49-46)
- Dustin Jacoby def. Tim Williams via TKO (doctor stoppage due to cut) - Round 1. 4:04
Photos: Steve Bibby