ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- After more than 14 months away from the cage
due in part to spinal fusion surgery, Tim
Williams returned in impressive fashion Saturday night at
Fury Fighting Championships 15.
Fighting at a catch-weight of 195 pounds in the CFFC 15 main event
at Resorts Casino, “The South Jersey Strangler” overwhelmed
Rumsey from the opening bell. Less than 90 seconds into the
bout, Williams had applied an arm-triangle choke that Rumsey
managed to survive. The end came less than two minutes later, when
Williams found a home for a tight rear-naked choke and forced
Rumsey to tap at 3:05 of the opening round.
“It felt good,” Williams told Sherdog.com after the fight. “It was
a little cloudy coming in the ring. I knew what I wanted to do. I
never doubted anything, myself or my coming back to fight. It was
just about getting healthy, strong and dominating people at my
weight class. I knew I could submit him pretty quick.”
Having emerged from the Rumsey bout unscathed, Williams expressed a
desire to fight for CFFC again at their next event in August. Now a
perfect 7-0, however, any discussion of the middleweight prospect’s
future inevitably turns toward the Octagon. With the
UFC holding increasingly frequent events, the need for more
fighters is always there. So, how does Williams manage expectations
between the present and the future?
“If I’m in that spotlight and people want to put me in the UFC, I’m
ready,” said the 25-year-old New Jerseyan. “I can’t wait to get
into this full time. I’m a union carpenter. I still work full time.
I can’t wait to make this transition, and then it’s time to really
step up and just take on anybody.”
In the evening’s light heavyweight co-main event, Philadelphia’s
Berzin made quick work of “Relentless” Danny
Holmes. Berzin was relentless in his own right, fighting for a
single takedown from the start of the match. After bringing the
fight to the ground, Berzin parlayed his position into a tight
armbar, forcing Holmes to tap and referee Dan Miragliotta to stop
the bout at 2:37 of round one.
Berzin stretched out Holmes.
After another New Jersey promotion,
Urban Conflict Championships, was forced to cancel its card
earlier in the week, CFFC added two bouts from the event to their
Saturday show. One of those matchups was in the 205-pound division,
where “Irish Machine” Mike
Stewart won his third straight by punching out Eric Tavares
just 42 seconds into round one. The other adopted UCC fight saw
Yoldas overwhelm Darrius
Heyliger en route to a triangle choke victory at 2:42 of the
In an intriguing pairing of welterweight prospects, Jersey City’s
Walo took on Bradley
“Featherstone” Desir. It was also a battle of Army versus
Marines, with Army man Walo emerging victorious in a three-round
unanimous decision to hand Desir his first professional loss. Walo
opened the bout like a ball of fire and pressed the action on
“That’s a credit to one of my coaches, Jamal
Patterson,” Walo told Sherdog.com. “He said, ‘Make him realize
he’s in a fight. It’s very imperative from the opening bell that
you set the pace. Let him know that he’s fighting your fight.’ I
didn’t want to fight a counter-fight. I kept moving forward. All in
all, it worked out for me.”
Lightweight crowd favorite Robert
Fabrizi came with flurries early and often in his firefight
with Jeremy Uy.
Soon after the bout started, Fabrizi scored a TKO victory, putting
Uy down at 1:35 of the first round.
Controversy marred a catch-weight bout between “Chocolate Thunder”
Goodridge and Pennsylvanian Rex Harris.
After an illegal knee from Harris in the opening round went
unnoticed by referee Miragliotta, the cageside doctor called a stop
to the bout before the start of the second, handing the TKO win to
Murray found himself on his back at the start of the second
round in his bout against Darren Mima.
However, the Team Tiger Schulmann flyweight used the position to
his advantage, locking on an armbar which made Mima tap 42 seconds
into the round.
At lightweight, former NCAA Division III wrestling champion “Small
Town” Lenny Baker
scored a knockout in his pro MMA debut. Baker put down Judah
Ciervo with four successive left hands, recording the “W” at
4:29 of the opening round.