Given the success of Cage Fury Fighting Championships’ title holders moving on to the UFC it is a wonder two champions are defending belts at CFFC 50. Interestingly both are rematches as Anthony Smith takes on Tim Williams while Plinio Cruz defends against Azunna Anyanwu. CFFC 50 takes place July 18th at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, NJ with a tape-delayed broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
UFC vet Anthony Smith won the middleweight title with a defeat of then-champion Tim Williams by inverted triangle choke in February. That win put 21-11 Smith on a four-fight win streak or 4-1 post-UFC with two wins in Bellator. 10-2 Williams had his three-fight win streak broken with that loss to Smith, the only other loss to the “South Jersey Strangler” having come at the hands of another UFC vet Dustin Jacoby three years ago. Williams is a standout fighter but to date he has had trouble making that final step to the Octagon with his biggest win entering the fight being a unanimous decision over now-UFC vet Ron Stallings in November. Smith meanwhile seeks a way back to the Octagon and redemption for his three-loss streak in 2013.
Plinio Cruz is in the midst of a comeback after a three-fight losing streak during a time he only fought once a year. After losing his Bellator debut to Duane Bastress Cruz took two years off competition. In April 2014 Cruz returned to MMA by storming CFFC with a submission of J.A. Dudley followed by the unanimous decision against Azunna Anyanwu that landed Cruz the title and improved his record to 7-5. 8-3 Anyanwu was crushing the competition in CFFC until Cruz arrived but in his first fight against Cruz Anyanwu looked flat, not himself. Since that loss of the title Anyanwu picked up a KO of Lewis Rumsey in which Anyanwu looked like his old self. Although this is a rematch it is viewed as Anyanwu’s first real fight against Cruz, that is assuming the “real” Anyanwu shows up again.
CFFC 50 card
- Rachel Sazoff vs. Jenna Serio
- Matt Firneno vs. Paul Grant
- Nicholas Willey vs. Matt Ruskin
- Dwayne Holman Jr. vs. Sergio da Silva
- Jeffrey Blachly vs. Chris Daukaus
- Darren Mima vs. Jimmy Grant
- Lester Caslow vs. Francisco Isata
- Michael Wilcox vs. Karl Roberson
- Katlyn Chookagian vs. Ingrid Medrano
- Brian Kelleher vs. Ricky Bandejas
- Jordan Steiner vs. Stephen Regman
- HW title: Plinio Cruz vs. Azunna Anyanwu
- MW title: Anthony Smith vs. Tim Williams