Monday, 13 May 2013 09:23
Two titles were defended and a heart was stolen, Saturday night. All in a nights work for the folks over at Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC). The Borgata was jam packed and the raucous crowd came to see some action. They certainly got what they came for. The South Jersey based fight organization has yet to disappoint with their brand of MMA. The expansion to PA, DE, and VA certainly doesn’t hurt, but these guys have found a home in Atlantic City.
The story of Bobby Fabrizi and Alfred Alo’s three round war was all about heart. These warriors went toe to toe, fought through exhaustion, and not one ounce of quit was shown. This one is up for fight of the night and rightfully deserved. Takedowns ended up being the deciding factor in this fight and Fabrizi came away with the unanimous decision win and found himself back on track, improving to 3-1 and getting better with every fight.
If you thought Fabrizi’s gutsy performance in this fight stole the show, think again. Fabrizi topped that performance by dropping to a knee and proposing to his longtime girlfriend and CFFC cage girl, Melanie Truxton, in the center of the cage. Don’t worry; she said yes and with that victory, Fabrizi went 2-0 for the night. Not too shabby, Bobby. Congrats to you both, Bobby and Melanie. Best wishes for a long and happy future. The first in-cage wedding, perhaps?
The main event was a scrap for the welterweight championship. George Sullivan was on a mission, Saturday night. After a great camp, “The Silencer” was more focused than ever and looked to be in the best shape we have seen him in yet. George spent the majority of the first round defending against takedowns and despite being taken down several times; he still took the round by out striking the previously unbeaten, Brandon Becker from the ground.
Round two was all Sullivan as he used his superior striking to neutralize Becker’s wrestling. The fight spilled to the mat and Sullivan unleashed some brutal ground and pound and forced the referee to call a stop to the action about halfway into the round. Sullivan improves to 13-3 and this was George’s third title defense as the king of the welterweight division at CFFC. Big things should be coming Sullivan’s way as the Pellegrino MMA standout seems to get better and better every time he gets in the cage.
The flyweight championship was also on the line Saturday night and Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella claimed another victim en route to his fourth successful title defense as champion of the 125-ers. Dave Morgan showed up, but had no answer for Santella’s slick Jiu-Jitsu. Morgan got the fight to the ground as he had planned to, but that ended up being his downfall. Santella’s BJJ took over and Morgan found himself taking a nap after being locked in a triangle choke and put to sleep. Santella continues to impress and improves to 13-3-1. Hopefully this AMA Fight Club star will get to grace the UFC octagon sooner than later.
As if the night was not exciting enough, Zach “Fun-Size” Makovsky made his highly anticipated CFFC debut. The Bellator vet and former champion had a tough challenge ahead of him in Claudio Ledesma. Zach overcame some tough situations and came out victorious by way of unanimous decision. Ledesma out forth a tremendous effort, but Makovsky’s experience and skill proved to be too much for Claudio on this night. Rumor has it, this win may put Makovsky in line to challenge Sean Santella for “Shorty-Rock’s” flyweight crown. You will not want to miss that one.
We also saw some outstanding performances from Jay Haas and Derrick Kennington. Both fighters came away victorious with some impressive showings. Despite mediocre records, these guys showed some impressive skills and should continue to improve. You will not want to take either fighter lightly.
The next show for Cage Fury will be CFFC 25 in Valley Forge, PA on June 22nd. Get your tickets ASAP and catch some of the East Coast’s very best MMA. This rapidly expanding promotion keeps getting better and is one of the best organizations out there right now. A return to The Borgata in Atlantic City should take place a little later this year. Head over to www.cffc.tv for tickets and more information and as it becomes available.