This weekend marks the official end of summer, and with it comes the last two MMA events before the autumnal equinox, CFFC 78 and UFC on ESPN+ 17. We’ll focus on the latter next time out.
CFFC 78 from Cage Fury FC, a Saturday afternoon matinee from Philadelphia’s Parx Casino, is our focus today, and it’s a stacked card this Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m. PDT on UFC Fight Pass.
In total, CFFC 78 will have four championship fights to headline the card, and we are breaking them all down.
The promotion’s Featherweight championship will be at stake when Pat Sabatini (11-2) risks his title against challenger Rafael Barbosa (12-1). A new Cage Fury FC Welterweight champion will be crowned when 7-2-1 Jeremiah Wells battles 6-2 Marco Smallman.
In the co-main event of the afternoon, the Middleweight championship will be on the line as incumbent champion Kyle Daukaus (7-0) meets challenger Stephen Regman (9-4).
Finally, the day’s events conclude with the main event to decide the Cage Fury Flyweight championship between titleholder Sean Santella (22-7-1) and challenger Blaine Shutt (7-3).
As always in CFFC, these title fights are a maximum of four rounds at five minutes per round, with a fifth round as a tiebreaking procedure being held if necessary in the event of a draw.
CFFC Featherweight Championship: Pat Sabatini (11-2) vs. Rafael Barbosa (12-1)
Heading into the first of the quartet of title fights, Rafael Barbosa is the taller combatant. He stands six feet even, three inches taller than champion Pat Sabatini’s 5-foot-9 frame.
Sabatini has posted a 4-1 record in his last five MMA appearances and enters Saturday afternoon’s title fight on a three-match winning streak. Most recently, he scored a second-round submission due to rear-naked choke against Fabricio Oliveira during the May 17 CFFC 74 main event on UFC Fight Pass.
In the other corner, Barbosa has posted an undefeated 5-0 record in his last five MMA appearances, winning via first-round knockout vs. Nate Jennerman in the May 31 LFA 68 headliner on AXS TV. Barbosa is also scheduled to fight Tyler Diamond in the Oct. 11 LFA 79 headliner.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that Barbosa has a 72-inch reach heading into the fight. No such information exists for Pat Sabatini.
Prediction: Rafael Barbosa by first-round knockout.
CFFC Welterweight Championship: Jeremiah Wells (7-2-1) vs. Marco Smallman (6-2)
Heading into the second title fight of the day on Saturday afternoon, Marco Smallman is the taller contestant, standing 5-foot-11, two inches taller than Jeremiah Wells at 5-foot-9.
Wells has posted a record of 4-1 in his last five contests, winning last time out against Mumia Abu Dey Ali (first-round knockout) just 22 seconds into the fight during CFFC 76 on June 14. He had been scheduled to fight Joey Pierotti last month in CFFC 77 before the championship bout was called off.
In the other corner, Smallman has posted a record of 3-2 in his last five fights, most recently winning by first-round knockout against Jason King in CLIP: Motor City Cagefights 5 in Detroit on Apr. 12 in the main event.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that Jeremiah Wells has a 75-inch reach, with no such information for Marco Smallman.
Prediction: Jeremiah Wells by decision.
Co-Main Event: CFFC Middleweight Championship: Kyle Daukaus (7-0) vs. Stephen Regman (9-4)
Entering the co-main event of the afternoon, Kyle Daukaus is the taller competitor at 6-foot-1, two inches taller than Stephen Regman at 5-foot-11.
These fighters have a combined 9-1 record in their last 10 combined matches going into this fight.
Daukaus has posted a perfect 5-0 mark in his last five fights, most recently scoring a unanimous decision victory against Michael Lombardo during the June 25 Contender Series broadcast on ESPN+. He did not receive a UFC deal from Dana White at the close of the show.
In the other corner, Regman has gone 4-1 in his last five fights. Last time out, he lost by second-round submission (arm triangle choke) to Antonio Arroyo on the July 16 Contender Series broadcast on ESPN+.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that Stephen Regman has a one-inch reach advantage (77 inches to 76 inches) over Kyle Daukaus going into the fight.
Prediction: Stephen Regman by first-round knockout.
Main Event: CFFC Flyweight Championship: Sean Santella (22-7-1) vs. Blaine Shutt (7-3)
Heading into the main event on Saturday, Blaine Shutt is the taller contestant. The challenger stands 5-foot-7, two inches taller than champion Sean Santella at 5-foot-5.
Santella has posted a record of 4-1 in his last five contests and enters the fight on a two-match winning streak. Most recently, he scored a unanimous decision win vs. Andre Barquero Morera in CFFC 76 on June 14 to take the championship.
In the other corner, Blaine Shutt has posted a 3-2 mark in his last five fights, most recently winning by first-round submission (keylock) vs. Robert Walker III in Art of War Cage Fighting 9 last November.
Ordinarily, at this point, we’d mention who has the reach advantage as per Tapology, but no such information exists for the fight preview.
Prediction: Sean Santella by first-round knockout.
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Note: No spectators under 21 years old will gain entry to this card.
CFFC 78 at a Glance
Card: Saturday, 2 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m. PDT, UFC Fight Pass
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