CFFC: View from Press Row

The CFFC made a triumphant return on Saturday night.
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By John Archibald

Saturday night marked the return of Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) to the Mixed Martial Arts scene, which hosted an evening of fights at the Resorts Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Prior to the card, the CFFC was likely best known for being the promotion to give street fighter Kimbo Slice his debut MMA match, but the show had not been heard from since that night back in June of 2007.

Recently purchased by a new ownership group and being led by a hungry new president in executive Rob Haydak, CFFC: The Return held eight total matches within the intimate setting of the ballroom at Resorts on Saturday night. Without question, it did not disappoint. With a dedicated press area located cageside, I set up post early for the evening as soon as I got strapped with my media credential. First glance around the room, and I could not help but be impressed. The cage setup was great, lifts were parked for the TV crew, which was shooting for a live broadcast on Go Fight Live, and the overall appeal of the pre-fight display proved that the new group in charge was looking to establish the foundation of a long lasting promotion.

Fighters found their way to the cage through an aisle in the center of the ballroom, which made the entire room feel as if it was part of the event. Smoke and intro music accompanied each combatant to the ring, and even the acoustics of each theme song sounded on point. When fighters made their way to the cage, conveniently placed microphones caught the sounds of each strike, only increasing the level of enjoyment for anyone in attendance. And I would be remiss if I did not let the fellas out there know that the CFFC did a top notch job in its selection of ring card girls. These guys made sure they hit on every detail.

Without a doubt, the most impressive feat that the CFFC accomplished was revealed when the action began. Each and every fight was highly entertaining, and there was not a single bad match on the entire bill. Some obvious thought and research was done by match makers Arias Garcia and Jason Martinez when they compiled this card. Outstanding job of match making. I cannot stress that enough.

For me personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire show. I was lucky enough to be seated next to a married couple, Todd and Melissa, who were both extremely well versed in the world of MMA. My new friends in fighting only made my night better, and I think it is safe to say that they both enjoyed the show as well.

So to summarize, get yourself out to the next CFFC card on April 16th at Resorts. If that evening is anything like the return show on Saturday night, you will be glad you went. In case anyone questions the merit of this post, do know that I was not put up by the CFFC to create this. I am just a lover of good MMA, and I get behind people that develop for the love of the sport, not just the love of money.

And to my new friends in fighting, Todd and Melissa, I apologize for being unable to hook up with you at Casears for the UFC after the CFFC concluded, but I am sure I will see you at the fights on April 16th. If this post has any effect, I know we will have some new friends with us as well.

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