With a weekend virtually bereft of mainstream action, fans still didn’t have to dig very deep to find MMA. With several regional shows taking place over the weekend, fans who were lucky enough to watch were treated to several upsets as well as prospects continuing to roll, inching their way closer to the big show.
CFA 7 took place last night at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Although the bill saw several last minute changes, with several fights being moved to the promotion’s next offering. There was still no shortage of action as a pair of upsets took place in the evening’s headlining bouts.
In the evening’s main event, Strikeforce and DREAM veteran Gesias Cavalcante was stopped for the first time in his career. Local mainstay Luis Palomino showed early on that JZ’s striking was no match for his, dominating the stand-up in the first round. “JZ Calvan” was able to rally back in the second period, dominating “Baboon” with his strong top game. It all came to a screeching halt for the former top-ranked lightweight in the third stanza, however, as the MMA Masters product torched JZ with combination punching, knocking out the Brazilian at 1:41 of the third round.
CFA Featherweight Champion and hot prospect Jordan Parsons also came up short, being handed his first career loss by Lazar Stojadinovic. Parsons recently strolled through the CFA featherweight tournament to be crowned champion, but fell to the ATT product via a 71 second KO, losing the title in his very first defense.
RFA 3 emanated from the Viaero Events Center in Kearney Nebraska, seeing former UFC lighweight title challenger Joe Stevenson stopped by TUF veteran Dakota Cochrane. Cochrane, notching yet another upset win, was able to bully “Joe Daddy” around the cage in the first period. The Omaha native ultimately secured a rear-naked choke early in the second stanza, forcing a tap at 1:41, handing the TUF 2 champion his fifth consecutive loss.
Also on the bill at RFA 3 was UFC star Anthony Njokuani’s younger brother, Chidi, who pushed his win-streak to three by dominating Bobby Cooper with ground and pound through 15 minutes of action, earning a unanimous decision victory. Former NCAA Division I champion Bubba Jenkins also continued to roll, displaying more of the natural understanding of the sport’s nuances which have kept him undefeated, taking out Jesus Adame with a rear-naked choke in just 68 seconds.
At CFFC 15, which took place at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, undefeated prospect Tim “The South Jersey Strangler” Williams stayed true to his name as he choked out Lewis Rumsey in the very first round. It was nothing but trouble for the fighter from Pennsylvania, who found himself in an arm triangle just 90 seconds into the bout. Although Rumsey had the wherewithal to survive the early barrage, The “Strangler’s” game was too much to overcome. After swiftly taking the back, Williams locked on a rear-naked choke and forced the tap at 3:05 of the first frame.