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Prelude to Cage Fury 2
By Jim Genia

When: October 6th. Where: the Tropicana, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. What: the Cage Fury Fighting Championships II. Hot on the heels of their well-produced debut event, CFFC returns to the Garden State for more action in the cage. Light-heavyweight champ Josh Rhodes returns to defend his belt, four other titles are up for grabs, and a roster of competitors from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and even Washington state are set to mix it up. Here’s a look at some of the fighters:

Josh Rhodes
He’s fought twice now in New Jersey, and both times he’s put his opponents away with punches. Folks, Rhodes can brawl. This newly-crowned champ steps up to the plate to defend his belt against Team Balance grappler Lamont Lister, and you can guarantee Rhodes will be swinging for the fences. Don’t blink during this one.

Dan Miller
Rock-solid grappling is what Miller is all about, and he’s out-grappled some serious badasses. With the only blemish on his record a close decision-loss to Reality Fighting champ Mike Massenzio, Miller is considered one of the toughest middleweights in the North East – and at CFFC 2, he’ll be facing one of the other toughest middleweights around: former Reality Fighting champ Lance Everson. This bout is going to play out on the ground. You can count on that.

Al Buck
With a lightweight belt at stake, you can bet Buck will be doing what he does best: throw leather. At CFFC 2, this seasoned striker will be taking on the scrappy submission fighter Malachy Friedman, and the person who imposes their will first will most likely come away the champ.

Doug Gordon
Heavy hands and a very competent ground game. Yeah, that sums up Gordon, who’s coming of an impressive knockout victory at Sportfighting to face a Team Balance grappler on October 6th. Gordon is a fighter on the rise, so keep an eye on how he does in this one – if he wins, he should be due for a title shot sometime soon.

Anthony Morrison
Imagine Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, cloned and shrunk down to lightweight size. That’s Morrison, who sports a chain and fists full of dynamite when he enters the cage. He faces his toughest opponent yet in top-ranked Deividas Taurosvicius. Will he come out on top?

The full card as of 10/3:

NABC Welterweight Title
Mike Littlefield (Boneyard) vs. Tamdan McCory (freestyle)

CFFC Light-heavyweight Title
Josh Rhodes (freestyle) vs. Lamont Lister (Team Balance)

CFFC Middleweight Title
Dan Miller (Planet Jiu-Jitsu) vs. Lance Everson (Boneyard)

CFFC Welterweight Title
Carlos Nieves (Ricardo Almeida) vs. Bobby Diaz (Boneyard)

CFFC Lightweight Title
Al Buck (Team Evolution) vs. Malachy Friedman (freestyle)

Main Card
Alexis Aquino (TNT Martial Arts) vs. Tim Deiturriaga (Advance Fighting Systems)
Brian DeMuro (Team Balance) vs. Doug Gordon (Rio Jiu-Jitsu)
Anthony D’Angelo (United MMA) vs. Josh Lydell (Team Invicta)
Rich Ashkar (Team PKA) vs. Ryan McCarthy (Rhino Fight Team)
Bill Bontcue (Team Balance/Austino) vs. Jim Sweeney (Team PKA)
Steve Sorbello (freestyle) vs. Erik Uresk (United MMA)
Anthony Morrison (Atlantic City MMA) vs. Deividas Taurosvicius (Team Panza)
Carlo Profico (TNT Martial Arts) vs. Spencer Paige (CNY MMA)

The Northern Touch

Victories for Bongfeldt and Day Highlight Rumble In the Cage 18

The Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta, once again hosted the eighteenth installment of Rumble In the Cage, Saturday night, September 30th, and the small Canadian city further entrenched its reputation as a MMA hotbed.

"The event was outstanding," says promoter Al Sabey. "We drew 2800 people at the Enmax Centre and they were all screaming and loving it. It was great to have Bas (Rutten) there again to; he is great in the corner and in the cage with interviews after."

One of the cities more notable fighters, lightheavyweight Jason "Dooms" Day, returned to action somewhat surprisingly on the card, just 22 days removed from his TKO loss, where he incurred a dislocated jaw against Victor Valimaki at MFC 10. Day took on Team Extreme fighter Shane Lightle, and seemingly unaffected by his recent injury, was able to get right back on the winning track by submitting Lightle with a rear-naked choke shortly into round one.

"My jaw has been okay," Day tells FCF. "A little sore in sparring and rolling, the chiropractor is still adjusting it, but it felt fine in the fight. It was good to get back in the cage so fast after Valimaki; I shook off the loss and went back to my game. I really didn’t know what to expect with Shane. He came in way over weight at 216 and that is after cutting for 4 hours, so I didn’t expect his gas to be very good. I didn’t want to take any shots to my jaw so I used strikes to tie up and press him into the cage, he tried for a guillotine but I used it to take him down, reverse him and slip in the rear-naked. It was a good quick fight for me."

The win brings Day’s combined pro-am record to 10-6, with six of those victories coming in the last 10 months, while the loss drops Lightle’s record to 5-8. Day, who trains out of the Canadian Martial Arts Centre in Lethbridge, is looking, as always, to continue his extremely active fight career.

"I am not sure who or where I am fighting next," Day says. "I am going down to train in LA in a couple weeks to step it up a bit, and get tossed around. I am ready to go anytime. I am always in fight shape so if anyone is looking, I am good to go."

As for the night’s main event, Jesse Bongfeldt won the event’s welterweight championship by defeating Elmer Waterhen via a side choke at 2:12 on the second round. Despite the tough opposition, Bongfeldt, who also trains out of Lethbridge’s CMAC, was able to treat the hometown fans to a championship victory.

"The main event once again showed how tough Elmer Waterhen is," says promoter Al Sabey. "That boy really pushed Jesse and even though Jesse had his back for what seemed like most of the first round he could not finish Elmer. Jesse did win the match due to a tap out in the second round but not until he had eaten one of Elmer’s knees. Great main event and the crowd loved it."

Bongfeldt’s combined pro-am record now stands at 14-6, while Waterhen’s combined record falls to 8-6-1. In other notable action from Saturday night, Jordan Mein submitted Tommy Wupunne by rear-naked choke in round 1, Jared Kilkenny took only 12 seconds to knock out Brandon Quigley, and Johnny Laing defeated Mike Bell by TKO at 3:06 of round three.

As far as future Rumble in the Cage events go, promoter Al Sabey promises a full slate of shows are in the works for Lethbridge and Southern Alberta MMA fans.

"Next for Rumble in the Cage will be a couple of little shows at the bar," Sabey tells FCF. "We have so many names of fighters that need experience that it is really easy to just throw a quick card or two together in The Roadhouse. After that the next big show will be at the Enmax Centre New year’s Eve. We are calling Rumble in the Cage 21 "Seasons Beatings". Ringing your bell in the New Year!"

Pride Supports Super Challenge in Brazil

Super Challenge poster
After being described by the Japanese press as the "Brazilian Pride," Super-Challenge has just won the support that always inspired them. Impressed by the structure and production shown by the Brazilian event, which will pay $17,000 to the champions of each tournament (73kg and 83kg), Pride decided to cooperate with Super-Challenge. Pride is sending a referee and one of their executives to check out the Brazilian show live. In addition to officiating the main fights of the event, Pride’s referee will give a technical seminar for referees and judges of Super Challenge. The president of West Promotion & Entertainment, Paulo Vasconcellos, has just released a note celebrating Pride’s support. "Our proposal has always been to promote a different event in Brazil, just like the best events in the world, Pride felt this and decided to give us this very important support. We are very proud," says Vasconcellos.

The event will take place ay Barueri Gymnasium on Saturday, October 7, in S

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