Having fortified itself as one of the northeast’s essential MMA
Cage Fury Fighting Championship took its first steps in
branching out Saturday evening, as middleweight Aung La N
Sang capped CFFC
17 with a vicious knockout of Jason Louck
in front of the first-ever non-Jersey CFFC crowd inside the Dover
Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Del.
“The Burmese Python” began the bout slowly, taking punches to the
face and body from the Iowan Louck. La N Sang kept moving forward,
eating punches as he began to work his own offense. Partway into
the first frame, La N Sang landed a left to the liver that sprang
the Elkridge, Md., fighter into attack mode. A series of left hands
stunned Louck, but it was a crushing right hook that finally laid
his opponent to rest.
With the win, La N Sang moves to 14-8, while Louck falls to
In the only light heavyweight bout of the night, Philadelphia’s
Berzin won a one-sided bout over Plainfield, N.J.’s Walter
Howard. Rocco MMA’s Berzin was able to use his superior
grappling skills to keep “The Iron Butcher” guessing. Through
armbar attempts and scrambles, he was able to control the offense
of the bout and he eventually secured a rear-naked choke at 3:53 of
the first round.
After scrambles marked much of the first round, Berzin found
himself on the bottom. He worked an omoplata to reverse position
and take back control. From there, Berzin swiftly wrapped his arm
around the neck of his foe and ended the bout from there.
Featherweights Myron Baker
Syers shared the cage in a tale of two rounds. After spending
the majority of round one fighting off a rear-naked choke, Baker
was able to flurry on Syers with a brutal array of punches and
knees which forced the stoppage he needed to win the bout at 1:14
of the second round.
Baker was taken down in the first frame and opted to play guard,
searching for armbars. Syers effectively countered and reversed
position to achieve back mount, but Baker valiantly defended the
choke by tucking his chin and eventually working to his feet.
In the second round, Baker tagged his foe with early punches and
stuffed the ensuing takedown attempt, responding with heavy
uppercuts. Syers tried to stand up, but Baker poured on the punches
and knees that put the finishing touches on the contest.
In the first professional contest of the evening, Queens, N.Y.’s
Silva locked up a triangle choke on Gregory
Saumenig for his first pro win. “The Savage” was taken down
early but worked a high guard for an armbar but was shucked off. He
transitioned to an armbar to earn the tap at 1:52 of the bout.
Two amateur featherweight contests began the evening. Mike Shipman earned 30-27 scorecards, flurrying on
Ibrahim Toure and working in a rear-naked choke
as time expired in the third. In the opener, Andrew Hom
attained mount on Damon Bonner and poured on the punches, which forced
referee Todd McGovern to stop the bout just 95 seconds into the
Several bouts planned for CFFC 17 were canceled at the last minute.
A light heavyweight contest between Michael
Wilcox and Ray Elliot
was nixed when Elliot fell ill. Cedric Goodrich was penciled in to
replace Elliot but could not be finalized and cleared by the
Delaware Division of Professional Regulation.
Two amateur bouts – one between Lamar Dent
and Josh Vann, as well as an amateur rematch between
Nelson and Derrick
Bradley -- were also scrapped after the DDOPR could not clear
The promotion will run its second show outside of New Jersey in
just two weeks time, as CFFC
18 takes place at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Richmond,
Va., on Oct. 27.