ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- With valuable victories Saturday night at
Fury Fighting Championships 24, CFFC champion Sean
Santella and former Bellator champ Zach
Makovsky are now on a collision course for a high-stakes
flyweight showdown this summer.
Doing his part to set up a match with Makovsky, Santella made a
fourth successful CFFC title defense by using a nasty triangle to
Morgan unconscious in the first round.
“Shorty Rock” was at ease early, casually looking for an
opportunity to grapple with the West Scranton, Penn., fighter. When
Morgan finally took Santella down, the AMA Fight Club rep slipped
his legs over Morgan's neck and locked up a picture-perfect
triangle. Though Morgan tapped, he went unconscious just a moment
later, flopping over unconscious as Santella released the triangle
at 2:28 of round one.
Santella, now 13-3-1, has won eight of his last nine bouts. His
lone loss in that span came at 135 pounds to unbeaten standout
Sterling in October 2011.
Makovsky's flyweight debut was not flawless, but his powerful
grappling got the job done against the crafty Claudio
Ledesma, earning the former Bellator bantamweight ace scores of
29-28 (twice) and 30-27.
Ledesma tested “Fun Size” at a few points in the bout, but
Makovsky's wrestling carried him through. Though his hands still
looked to be a work in progress, the former Drexel University
wrestler did land several head-snapping combos on his foe. Makovsky
was also forced to weather a late surge from Ledesma, who almost
completed a mounted guillotine at the end of the third round.
“I didn't defend top position as quickly as I could have. The fight
seemed like a blur to me; I never know what they look like,”
Makovsky, now 15-4, told Sherdog.com after the bout. “But, I think
this is the best weight for me to be at.”
Sherdog.com learned following the two fighters' victories that a
flyweight title bout between the two is tentatively scheduled for
CFFC 26 on Aug. 17, back at Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel and
"I've trained with him a couple times,” Makovsky mentioned of his
potential foe Santella. “He has really good jiu-jitsu. It'll be a
tough fight everywhere.”
Pellegrino protégé George
Sullivan survived a rocky start to knock out previously
unbeaten Hoosier Brandon
Becker, successfully defending the CFFC welterweight title at
1:53 of the second round.
Becker put together the round of his life in the first, bullying
Sullivan in the clinch, bringing him to the ground and working
effectively on top for most of the frame. In the second, however,
it was Sullivan that was able to bully Becker. When Becker rolled
to avoid punches, Sullivan poured on the offense, eventually
sneaking an uppercut through Becker’s guard to knock him out a la
Henderson on Fedor
The fight, the last on Sullivan's CFFC contract, moves him to 12-3
with just a single loss in his last 10 bouts.
At 155 pounds, Paul Felder
Bleaken engaged in a back-and-forth affair. Felder almost
secured a rear-naked choke early in the first round but Bleaken was
able to wriggle out of it. The judges scored the bout 30-26, 29-28,
29-28 in favor of the Philadelphian Felder, who moves to 5-0 in his
Also at lightweight, Jonathan
DelBrugge entered the cage to WWE superstar The Undertaker's
theme song, but his fight proved a painful “shoot” if anything:
Kennington knocked him cold with a heavy one-two just 99
seconds into their contest.
Wilcox secured a rear-naked choke on Eric
Roncoroni at 3:33 of the first round. The Buena, N.J., native
took his opponent down and was able to cinch the final choke
without any hooks in.
In a welterweight tilt, Brian
Collins dominated the bout with strong wrestling and ground and
pound. He took a unanimous verdict (29-26, 29-27, 29-27) over
Dunn despite being docked a point by Dan Miragliotta in the
second round for illegal punches to the back of the head.
Hanover, Penn.'s Jay Haas
surprised the crowd with a quick TKO stoppage over tough local
fighter Eddie Fyvie
just 46 seconds into their featherweight contest.
Elsewhere, light heavyweight Jose Pinto
earned his first career pro win, punching out Darren
Costa at 4:35 of round two; lightweight Robert
Fabrizi took a plodding unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28,
29-28) over Alfred Alo
Webb defeated Steven Wempler via rear-naked-choke at 1:44 of