Usually, we don’t really discuss regional mixed martial arts promotions here at Armchair, but sometimes we have to make an exception. The reasoning behind the exception this time around is twofold:
Friday night marks the UFC Fight Pass debut of New Jersey-based MMA promotion Cage Fury Fighting Championships with CFFC 71. Main card action begins at 9 p.m. EST/6 PST on Fight Pass, following the five-fight undercard at 7 p.m. EST/4 PST on CFFC.tv.
The co-headliner of CFFC 71 will feature 6-0 Chase Hooper, an alumnus of the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series (he won a developmental contract on the July 24 program), against 7-8 Lashawn Alcocks in a Featherweight contest.
Hooper scored a decision victory in his last fight, while Alcocks has posted a 2-3 record in his last five fights and he hasn’t fought in over a year and a half. Hooper by first-round knockout.
In addition, former WWE champion CM Punk (0-2 in the UFC), whose real name is Phil Brooks, will make his debut as commentator during the card. As far as CM Punk’s commentary debut, I think he’ll do an awesome job.
It plays into his background as a pro wrestler so well because he’s used to getting on a microphone and cutting promos in the ring.
Fight week for the team! Excited for them to perform in their hometown, adopted or otherwise! Fight week for @CFFCMMA as well, and I look so forward to having fun calling the fights! Good skill, good week everyone!!! @The_Real_GM3 @JFlashGordonMMA @MKEGRIFFIN45 @sergiopettis— Coach (@CMPunk) December 10, 2018
CFFC 71’s main event pits 5-0 Cesar Balmaceda against 10-2 Damian Morris. At stake: The interim Lightweight championship title.
Contender Comparison: (note: height for Balmaceda was unavailable on Tapology, with Morris standing at 6-foot)
Balmaceda has won all five of his CFFC appearances. Most recently, he scored a unanimous decision victory against Hopeton Stewart in CFFC 70’s headliner in March.
In the other corner, Morris has likewise gone 5-0 in his last five MMA appearances, with his most recent win coming against Ricky Nelson (first-round knockout) in Gladiator Challenge on Oct. 20.
Ordinarily, at this point, I’d tell you who has the reach advantage, however, Tapology does not have the reach statistics accessible for either fighter heading into Friday’s main event.
Prediction: Morris by first-round knockout.
Other fights on this Friday’s main card include:
Jaime Colleen (4-2) vs. Miranda Granger (3-0) [Atomweight]
Hugh Pulley (7-3) vs. Jonavin Webb (11-2) [Welterweight]
Andre Bernardo (8-5) vs. Alexander Keshtov (8-0) [Bantamweight]
Da’Mon Blackshear (4-2) vs. Pat Sabatini (9-2) [Featherweight]
CFFC 71 at a Glance:
Prelims: Friday, 7 p.m. EST, 4 p.m. PST, CFFC.tv
Main Card: Friday, 9 p.m. EST. 6 p.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass
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