Cage Fury Fighting Championship is back for two events on April 1st and 2nd, with their 94th & 95th event. The American promotion has produced the likes of Aljamain Sterling, Paul Felder, and Jimmie Rivera in the past, as we look to see if there’s any talent on show in their next two events.
There will be 10 bouts held on Cage Fury 94 with a welterweight championship bout. Cage Fury 95 will hold 13 bouts with the vacant lightweight championship up for grabs.
Cage Fury 94: Must Watch Fights
Welterweight Championship Bout: (C) Bassil Hafez vs Evan Cutts
Bassil Hafez (6-2-1) became the Cage Fury Welterweight champion after defeating Christien Savoie via a triangle choke in the first round. Hafez was the first person to beat Savoie, who now holds a record of 8-1.
Hafez is 29-years-old, and still has plenty of time to defend his titles and get a shot from the UFC. He started his career at Cage Fury 55, in January 2016. He was victorious in his first two bouts, but then lost to De’Alonzio Jackson on a unanimous decision. His second loss also came on a split decision loss to Richard Williams.
Hafez has four submission wins and his opponent loves the ground game also. So, there’s going to be some wonderful grappling on show in this one.
Evan “The Butcher” Cutts (11-4) makes the walk for the first time in 14 months, and also his debut in Cage Fury.
The 30-year-old started his career in April 2011, winning his first five fights. Cutts has participated in several promotions including LFA and most recently Rage in the Cage OKC.
Cutts has eight submissions in his 11 wins, and in his most recent fight, he submitted Brian Grinnell with a rear-naked choke. If victorious, it will be Cutts’ second title in his career after becoming Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting Welterweight Championship. beating Willis Black with an anaconda choke.
Co-Main Event Middleweight Bout: Devin Goodale vs Khetag Pliev
Devin Goodale (3-0) looks to continue his perfect record after three victories in his professional career so far. Goodale will also be making his debut in the promotion after recently performing in King of the Cage.
Goodale won his first two fights on a decision, then came away with a beautiful standing rear-naked choke in a dominating two-minute and nine-second performance against Danny Garcia.
Khetag “Lion” Pliev (5-1) is now 37-years-old and bar his unanimous decision loss to Vitaliy Nemchinov in his only bout in ACA in January 2019, every other bout he’s fought, he’s finished his opponents in the first round.
Pliev also has five wins and one loss in Boxing. He’s also competed for Canada’s Wrestling team in the 2012 Summer Olympics where he came 10th in the 96kg weight category.
Welterweight Bout: Solomon Renfro vs Nick Alley
Solomon Renfro (6-1) has been with Cage Fury from the start of his career back in August 2017. His first five fights were won via decision, with three being unanimous and two being split.
He finally got a finish at Cage Fury 82, when he defeated Robert Gidron with an anaconda choke after 45 seconds. The 24-year-old is still a big prospect despite being submitted in the first round to Mike Malott in his last bout. A win over his opponent will put him back on track towards a welterweight title fight.
Nick Alley (7-3) is one of the toughest tests Renfro could face in the welterweight division. Alley finished his first three opponents at the start of his career, but he went on a dip in 2017, being knocked out three times.
He turned a leaf though, not going past the 1:22 minute mark in his next three fights, submitting all three opponents. His last fight was in CES MMA, beating John Gotti III on a unanimous decision. You should expect to see some grappling in this one!
Cage Fury 95: Do Not Miss Fights
Vacant Lightweight Championship Bout: Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov vs Jesse Smith
Kamchybekov won his first professional bout in September 2018 in the MMA Pro League against Mark Kolker. He joined Cage Fury for his second bout, winning on a unanimous decision against Kenndall Lewis.
After losing to Semelsberger, he needed to put on a show to be worthy of fighting for a title. He knocked out Mike Anderson and Richard Brooks in his next two fights before being awarded a title-shot.
Jesse “Jackpot” Smith (4-0) looks to win the title and keep his undefeated record on his debut in the promotion.
Three first-round finishes in his career proved the 27-year-old was good enough to join Cage Fury and fight for the title. We could see one of these on the UFC roster soon if one impresses to win the title.
Featherweight Bout: Reginald Adams vs Jesse Stirn
In his first four fights, he caused some damage with three guillotine chokes and one rear-naked choke, all coming in the first round in the promotion V3 Fights.
Adams has quality ground game looking to destroy his opponents on top if he can’t find the submission. He also won all his six amateur bouts.
Jesse “Relentless” Stirn (10-4) re-joined Cage Fury in December 2020 to fight for the vacant featherweight title, he was submitted by Pat Sabatini in the second round, who has now gone on to join the UFC.
Stirn originally fought one bout at Cage Fury 59, losing his first professional fight after winning his first three, against Giorgi Kudukhashvili due to a rear-naked choke. The winner of this one could be on their way to a title-shot.
Featherweight Bout: Chris Vasil vs Paul Capaldo
The 26-year-old has come up with two first round knockouts in his only two fights for Cage Fury. His only loss came against Tyrone Henderson after a 33 second knockout!
Paul Capaldo (5-0) is a big prospect in the featherweight division, looking to keep up his unbeaten record and open the eyes of the onlooking promotions.
Capaldo has never lost a fight, even in his amateur career he was 5-0. The 24-year-old started his professional career in 2018 at Cage Fury 71.
Cage Fury 94 Lineup
- Welterweight Title Bout: Bassil Hafez (6-2-1) vs Evan Cutts (11-4)
- Middleweight Bout: Devin Goodale (3-0) vs Khetag Pliev (5-1)
- Welterweight Bout: Solomon Renfro (6-1) vs Nick Alley (7-3)
- Welterweight Bout: Thomas Majeski (2-0) vs Jonathan Piersma (1-0)
- Featherweight Bout: Frank Wells (1-0) vs Timothy Cuamba (1-0)
- Middleweight Bout: Earl Small (3-0) vs Adam Wamsley (2-1)
- Featherweight Bout: James Lyons (0-0) vs Cody Zappone (0-2)
- Featherweight Bout: Joey Tizzano (2-1) vs Malek Mahmoud (1-1)
Two Amateur bouts will also be involved in the lineup.
Cage Fury 95 Lineup
- Vacant Lightweight Title Bout: Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov (4-1) vs Jesse Smith (4-0)
- Featherweight Bout: Reginald Adams (6-2) vs Jesse Stirn (10-4)
- Bantamweight Bout: Mateo Vogel (4-1) vs Garrett Armfield (5-1)
- Bantamweight Bout: Chris Disonell (4-4) vs Turpal Khamzayev (3-3)
- Women’s Strawweight: Alannah Arnett (0-0 vs Hilarie Rose (4-2)
- Featherweight Bout: Chris Vasil (4-1) vs Paul Capaldo (5-0)
- Featherweight Bout: Aaron Reese (0-1) vs Isa Dalipaj (1-0)
- Middleweight Bout: Liam Anderson (1-1) vs Gordon Wigington (0-0)
Five Amateur bouts will also be involved in the lineup.
With Cage Fury 94 & 95 previewed, which fight are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.