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CFFC 102 Main Event Breakdown: Burrell vs. Stewart

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Halloween is a time for scary tricks and tasty treats, and this weekend, while the kids are outgoing from house to house begging your neighborhood friends for some candy, fans of MMA have a treat of their own to look forward to this Saturday.

Make that two treats to look forward to this Saturday, beginning on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and UFC 267. Cage Fury Fighting Championships will deliver the nightcap of this Saturday doubleheader with CFFC 102 in primetime.

The latter is our focus today.

Saturday night, while the eyes of the music world are locked in on Cleveland and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse for the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the eyes of the MMA world will be locked in on Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena for the Atlantic City-based promotion’s third-to-last show of the year, culminating in what the promotion hopes is a rockin’ main event.

Middleweight Showdown to Headline CFFC 102

In total, CFFC 102 will feature 10 MMA bouts this Saturday in Philadelphia, highlighted by a nontitle showcase at middleweight in the CFFC 102 main event.

Nah-Shon Burrell (18-11, one NC MMA, 3-0 CFFC) will battle Kyle Stewart (14-4 MMA, CFFC debut) in a three-round fight at five minutes per round to close out the proceedings on Saturday night.

CFFC 102 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Entering the CFFC 102 main event on Saturday night, Nah-Shon Burrell, an alum of the late Strikeforce promotion, the UFC, and Bellator MMA, is the taller combatant at 6-foot-1, with the debuting Kyle Stewart standing at six feet even.

Kyle Stewart holds a five-inch reach advantage (76 inches to 71 inches) over Burrell, who will be making his 30th career MMA appearance during the CFFC 102 main event.

Burrell Looks To Run Winning Streak to Four in CFFC 102 Main Event

Nah-Shon Burrell enters the CFFC 102 main event this Saturday night on the strength of a 3-2 record in his last five MMA appearances, including an ongoing three-fight winning streak, with all of the wins in that stretch coming since joining CFFC.

Last time out, he moved down to welterweight to fight Khetag Pliev in CFFC 99 back in August, scoring a third-round knockout due to a punch in the co-headlining bout of the evening.

After the fight, Burrell was interviewed on an episode of Combat Press’ Shootin’ The S**t podcast, where Riley Kontek mentioned Burrell’s knockout win and Burrell discussed the possibility of improving his fighting acumen.

“I just recently got my blue belt (in Brazilian jiu-jitsu),” Burrell said. “I thought I was going to sloppily throw a submission together on this guy. I really want to work on my jiu-jitsu setups. I think I’ve never won a fight by knockout in the third round, so I’m happy I got to show that.”

Still, Burrell knows that there’s still work left to be done heading into the CFFC 102 main event.

“It’s a lot of (expletive deleted) I’ve got to work on,” he continued. “This is a list of (expletive deleted) I’ve got to work on. But, I’m happy I got the win. That’s always good to get back in the show, especially a finish, so that’s always good.”

A key storyline to watch for Nah-Shon Burrell going into the CFFC 102 main event is whether or not he’s been able to put it together in training camp to run his streak to four.

An even bigger question here:

Does a win by Nah-Shon Burrell in the CFFC 102 main event on Saturday night propel him into the conversation for a return stint (and potentially one last ride) in major MMA?

A four-fight winning streak would be hard to ignore for a major promotion, so tune in.

Debuting Kyle Stewart Looks to Spoil Nah-Shon Burrell’s Bid for 4-0

In the other corner, the debuting Kyle Stewart, a former United States Marine Corps Sergeant who himself is a UFC veteran, has posted a 3-2 record in his last five fights, knocking out John Poppie back in August during Cage Warriors 126‘s main event with an uppercut in round one of a scheduled three.

Stewart is continuing his efforts to make a UFC return in the future, and while a knockout win in his last fight looks impressive on his resume, can he carry that momentum into the CFFC 102 and stunt the momentum of his adversary Nah-Shon Burrell?

The winner of the CFFC 102 main event could have his career trajectory go upward pending the fight’s result.

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the CFFC 102 main event seems to favor Kyle Stewart, a jack of all trades in combative disciplines, ranging from Muay-Thai to submission wrestling, with Nah-Shon Burrell holding a blue belt in BJJ.

Burrell’s Punches Are Vicious

Looking back at the film of Nah-Shon Burrell’s most recent fight in CFFC 99, he essentially gave Khetag Pliev no chance, save for a few moments in the early going of round one where Pliev took the top position from the back mount after Burrell dropped him and landed hammerfists with ground and pound.

Upon Burrell returning to his feet, he landed repeated punches to Pliev, wobbling him in the process before finally landing the fatal left hand to send him down in a heap and score the knockout.

If Nah-Shon Burrell can score effectively with the left hand and knock Kyle Stewart off balance in the CFFC 102 main event, it could be game, set, match in a hurry.

Kyle Stewart Has One-Punch Power of His Own

Don’t forget about Kyle Stewart’s offensive prowess, as it was on full display vs. John Poppie back in the summer.

Late in the first round, he and Poppie each tried to jockey for position on the ground, with Stewart landing some decent ground and pound shots, with Stewart eventually getting back up and referee Herb Dean forcing Poppie to get back to his feet.

Almost as soon as both men were back on their feet, Kyle Stewart unloaded with a nasty uppercut, sending John Poppie down and out, forcing Herb Dean to wave off the fight immediately.

All it will take for the former Marine to end the CFFC 102 main event is as little as one shot.

Final Thoughts

The CFFC 102 main event this Saturday night has the potential to be an explosive one– and it’s the culmination of the only game in town for MMA on Saturday night since the UFC will have held its event earlier on in the day.

Thus, you really have no excuse not to watch it.

Even though the calendar will read Oct. 30, the CFFC 102 main event could bring fireworks that rival those seen on July 4.

Prediction: Kyle Stewart by First-Round TKO.

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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.