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joshua-sampo.jpgChampionship Fighting Alliance flyweight champ Josh Sampo (9-2) puts his belt on the line against promotional newcomer Sam Thao (7-1) in the headlining bout of next month’s CFA 12 event, which sees four titles awarded in a single night.

The night’s previously announced co-feature sees Fallon Fox (3-0) face Ashlee Evans-Smith (1-0) for the CFA women’s featherweight tournament title and $20,000.

CFA officials recently confirmed the plans.

CFA 12 takes place Oct. 12 at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. tickets for the event, which start at $29, are currently on sale at The night’s main card airs live on AXS TV.

“The Gremlin” Sampo currently sits in the No. 13 slot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/ MMA flyweight rankings. He boasts a 6-1 mark in his last seven appearances, a run that includes wins over Alexis Vila and Antonio Banuelos. His lone loss in that span is to the man currently ranked No. 12, Will Campuzano.

Samp now meets Thao, a once-beaten Wisconsin fighter who currently boasts a four-fight win streak.

Fox has been a fixture in the MMA news since announcing she is a transgender fighter. She meets Evans-Smith for the tournament title after submitted Allanna Jones at CFA 11 in May. Evans-Smith beat Tori Adams at CFA 10 in March to move into the finals of the four-woman tournament.

Fox picked up quick first-round wins in her first two fights with a TKO of Elisha Helsper in May 2012, then a 39-second knockout of Ericka Newsome in March. She needed a little longer to take out Jones with a shin-choke with just about 90 seconds left in their fight at CFA 11.

Evans-Smith made her pro debut at CFA 10 after going 5-4 in her amateur career, which included five fights for the Las Vegas-based Tuff-N-Uff.

Additionally, interim featherweight champion Sean Soriano (8-0) will face off against two-time CFA veteran Peter Grimes (12-8), and E.J. Brooks (7-1) meets Yoisdenis Cedeno (8-2) for the vacant CFA lightweight belt.

For the latest on Championship Fighting Alliance 12, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Josh Sampo)

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