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January 9th was the latest event from Cage Fury Fighting Championships. The scheduled main event of Jeff Lentz vs Bill Algeo was scratched due to an illness with Lentz moving the first ever flyweight title fight for the promotion into the main event. It featured Katlyn Chookagian winning in dominant fashion over Isabelly Varela. In the co-main Plinio Cruz won a decision in a heavyweight bout over Joe Stripling that I thought was much closer than the judges did. Strpiling announced his retirement after the bout. Also Bassil Hafez won his pro debut showing he is one to watch out for with a first round stoppaged of Kendrick Mendez. Below is all your results as well as our Of The Night awards.
1. Featherweight: Eric Mendiola (2-0 Mohawk Valley MMA) defeats Andrew Salas (1-1 Dante Rivera BJJ) via KO at :52 of Round 2. Bantamweight: Tony Gravely (3-1 Tech Top Team) defeats Dwayne Holman (3-5 Allstar BJJ) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-27/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Gravely 3. Lightweight: Johnson Jajoute (4-1 MPR Performance/Daniel Gracie) defeats James Jordan (5-2 Northeastern Jiu-Jitsu) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:36 of Round 3 4. Bantamweight: Jordan Morales (5-1 Barbarian Combat Sports) defeats Claudio Ledesma (11-7 Nick Catone’s MMA) via Split Decision (30-27/28-29/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Ledesma 5. Welterweight: Bassil Hafez (1-0 Team Balance) defeats Kendrick Mendez (0-1 KPMMA) via Tapout (Armbar) at 2:02 of Round 1 6. Heavyweight: Plinio Cruz (8-5 Cruz Mixed Martial Arts) defeats Joe Stripling (8-9 302 MMA) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Stripling 7. Flyweight Title: Katlyn Chookagian (6-0 Allstar MMA/RABJJ) defeats Isabelly Varela (7-1 Imperio Fight) via Unanimous Decision (50-44/50-42/50-42). We scored it 50-43 Chookagian Submission of the Night: Bassil Hafez Knockout of the Night: Eric Mendiola Fight of the Night: Joe Stripling vs Plinio Cruz