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CFFC 99 Main Event: Anderson vs. Perez

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It’s been a chaotic turn of events for MMA promotion Cage Fury Fighting Championships, as it’s tried to put together this Saturday’s CFFC 99. Luckily, promotion finally has its main event locked in for Tunica, MS, and the Fitz Tunica Casino and Hotel. On Saturday night, the CFFC 99 main event is a nontitle bout at featherweight featuring unbeaten combatants DeAndre Anderson and Jose Perez with both fighters 4-0.

Third Time the Charm for CFFC 99 Main Event?

As previously mentioned, one storyline for the CFFC 99 main event is the scheduling dilemma for the promotion. The initial plans for Saturday night’s CFFC 99 main event were to headline the evening’s activities with a fight for the CFFC bantamweight championship, with the fight’s winner becoming the ninth man all-time to hold the strap at 135 lbs. First, Kris Mouthino was supposed to fight Christian Rodriguez. Ultimately, the fight was postponed due to the former getting “the call” from Dana White to join the active roster in the UFC.

With Mouthino out of the mix for the main event, Ohio Combat League alum Jerrell Hodge was booked to fight this weekend– but recently, this fight had to be scrapped for good as Rodriguez was booked to appear against Alberto Rodriguez (no relation) on the Oct. 12 broadcast of Dana White’s Contender Series. So, a fight that was to have been the co-headliner for CFFC 99 on Saturday night is now the CFFC 99 main event in Tunica, MS (barring any further unforeseen developments)– and someone’s 0 will have to go.

DeAndre Anderson Looks to Take Next Step Toward UFC Deal

Dating back to his amateur MMA career, Anderson has posted a record of 5-0 in his last five MMA appearances as part of an ongoing seven-bout winning streak, winning last time out nearly two years ago in King of the Cage: Rumble on the River 3 (second-round submission: triangle choke) against Devante Sewell in that night’s co-main event.

Last September, he sat down with Overtime Heroics’ Sergio Pineiro, where he mentioned that his ultimate goal is a stint in the UFC, saying:

“I would love to be in the UFC, it has the most notoriety. Whenever people talk to me, they’re like ‘You fight UFC?’ No one ever asks ‘Do you fight Bellator or ONE FC?‘ Everyone around me wants me in the UFC. I want to make everyone from the South proud, especially everyone from Birmingham, Alabama.”

Jose Perez Rides Seven Win Streak

If there’s been one constant in Jose Perez’s MMA career, it can be best summarized in a T-Pain lyric:

“All I do is win, win, win, no matter what.”

Perez has yet to lose in his MMA career, going 7-0 across professional and amateur competition. Three of his professional wins came with CFFC, including his last victory in CFFC 97 (first-round submission: rear-naked choke). A few weeks after the fight, Perez was right back to training for this fight, but not before an interview where he delved into his favorite tactics for the ground game, explaining:

“My favorite submission by itself is rear-naked choke, just because that kind of gives some context. You can catch a guillotine if someone shoots in. You can get taken down and land in a triangle. You can catch those subs, but if you’re on someone’s back hitting a rear-naked choke, that means you had to go through the positions to get to the back to get to that rear-naked choke, so rear-naked choke just because of context.”

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, this CFFC 99 main event seems to be a toss-up. Both men having the proclivity to end the fight on the ground. Anderson is a jiu-jitsu fighter, and Perez is a grappler and boxer– but Anderson’s gotten in the boxing ring in recent times, as well, fighting under the Top Rank banner and losing to Jahi Tucker last September.

Watch Out for DeAndre Anderson’s Ground Game

Anderson can get the win by any means necessary. That night, he wasted precious little time to end things, putting Jones in the clinch, taking him down, and almost immediately assuming the back mount and establishing top position. From there, Anderson was able to flatten Colt Jones like an accordion, landing a few shots to the body to soften him up before tightening the squeeze on him. Jones ended up tapping just 50 seconds into the opening round of the fight. All Anderson needs to make the CFFC 99 main event a short night at the office is to take Perez down once and establish control on the ground.

Jose Perez Has a Ground Game of His Own

As previously mentioned, Perez’s top submission is the rear-naked choke, and to get the win in the CFFC 99 main event, he might need to go back to the rear-naked choke, just as he did a couple of months ago in CFFC 97 against Reid.┬áPerez had to battle back from being knocked down due to a punch from Reid and had to reverse to the triangle choke on bottom position before taking top position later in the first round, eventually improving on his position to lock the rear-naked choke into calling it a night. Look for Perez to shoot for a takedown on Anderson during the CFFC 99 main event, and if he’s able to land this takedown, it could be all the opening he needs to make it a short night at the office.

Final Thoughts

Expect the CFFC 99 main event to be a grappler’s treat, and don’t make that fridge run during the fight.

One final note here:

The first fighter to surrender a takedown will have a good chance of leaving the arena a loser in the CFFC 99 main event on Saturday night.

Prediction: Jose Perez by First Round Submission

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Drew Zuhosky has been writing about MMA since the spring of 2018. A graduate of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, Drew enjoys a good game and an even better fight. When he's not writing, you can find him playing video games and listening to music.