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CFFC 103 Main Event Breakdown: Vacant CFFC Bantamweight Championship: Blackshear vs. Anderson

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Your MMA weekend gets started this Friday night with an action-packed card on the regional scene, as Atlantic City-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) returns to live-action for its penultimate card of 2021.

This Friday, the Horseshoe Casino Tunica in Tunica, MS, plays host to CFFC 103.

Barring anything unforeseen between now and fight night, CFFC 103 will feature 12 MMA bouts, including a battle for supremacy at 135 lbs. in the CFFC 103 main event.

Vacant CFFC Bantamweight Championship at Stake in CFFC 103 Main Event

The CFFC 103 main event will pit Bellator MMA veteran Da’Mon Blackshear(10-4 MMA, 1-1 CFFC) against DeAndre Anderson (5-0 MMA, 1-0 CFFC) in a fight for the newly-vacant CFFC Bantamweight Championship.

Its winner will become the ninth CFFC Bantamweight Champion all-time, succeeding former champion Jared Scoggins, who vacated the strap upon joining the Bellator MMA active roster.

Scoggins defeated Thomas Vasquez (9-4 MMA, 0-1 CFFC), himself a Bellator MMA veteran. in September of 2020 during CFFC 84’s main event in Tunica, the latter’s most recent MMA fight.

As with all CFFC championship fights, the CFFC 103 main event will be a maximum of four rounds at five minutes per round.

Should the scorecards be level after 20 minutes of action, the CFFC 103 main event will progress through to a tiebreaking fifth round to decide the new champion at 135 lbs.

CFFC 103 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into Friday night’s CFFC 103 main event, Da’Mon Blackshear is the taller man at 5-foot-10, compared to DeAndre Anderson’s 5-foot-6 frame.

In addition, Blackshear owns a 72 1/2-inch reach going into the CFFC 103 main event on Friday night, with no such information accessible for Harrison.

Could CFFC 103 Main Event Be the Way Back to MMA Big Leagues for Da’Mon Blackshear?

A storyline for the Da’Mon Blackshear camp going into the CFFC 103 main event on Friday night is the fact that he has experience in major MMA, and a win here could be the springboard back into the big leagues.

He’s gone 4-1 in his last five MMA appearances and is currently on a two-fight winning streak.

Last time out, he scored a unanimous decision against Mateo Vogel in CFFC 99 during a contracted catchweight bout at 138 lbs. back in August of this year.

More than a year ago, Blackshear appeared in Bellator 249, defeating Mike Kimbel (second-round submission due to a rear-naked choke) on the undercard in the latter’s most recent fight.

Following that bout, Blackshear spoke to

“I don’t expect it, but if it’s out there, I take it,” he said at the time. “I feel like I can come in and adapt to my opponent and then find holes a lot easier than most people. In the first round, I already got a feel for my guy, in the second round, I expose them.”

Whether or not the same holds true for Da’Mon Blackshear in the CFFC 103 main event on Friday night remains to be seen, so tune in for the answer.

CFFC 103 Main Event Could Be Springboard to UFC for Undefeated Deandre Anderson

In the other corner, DeAndre Anderson enters the CFFC 103 main event on Friday night having yet to lose in his professional MMA career, having gone 5-0 thus far.

Most recently, he needed just 11 seconds and one punch to knock Jose Perez out in the CFFC 99 main event back in August at featherweight.

A major question for DeAndre Anderson and his camp going into the CFFC 103 main event this weekend is:

Does he get into the UFC with a win here?

Just as Da’Mon Blackshear aims to use the CFFC 103 main event as a way back to MMA’s big leagues, DeAndre Anderson hopes that he can use Friday’s headliner as a means of breaking into MMA’s big leagues for the first time.

Anderson’s career resume in MMA through its early days already looks rather impressive:

  • Currently undefeated in professional career.
  • Three of five professional wins by stoppage (two knockouts, one submission.)
  • Eight consecutive wins dating back to his amateur MMA career.
  • 6-1 record with one NC in eight amateur MMA bouts.
  • Scored highlight-reel knockout against Jose Perez in CFFC 99 main event.

A championship victory in the CFFC 103 main event on Friday night would bolster his career resume and maybe gives Dana White enough interest to sign him to a UFC deal.

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the CFFC 103 main event looks to be a toss-up.

Both Da’Mon Blackshear and DeAndre Anderson were former high school wrestlers in their home states, with Anderson holding a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Watch for Blackshear’s Grappling

In looking at the tape of Da’Mon Blackshear’s Bellator fight vs. Kimbel, his grappling prowess is an aspect of his fighting acumen to watch out for in the CFFC 103 main event on Friday night.

Round two of the scheduled three last October saw the fight turn into a boxing match but as the round neared its end, Blackshear scored on a single-leg takedown and almost immediately took the back mount to lock in the rear-naked choke to get Kimbel to tap out for the win.

If Da’Mon Blackshear can effectively score the takedown and transition to a favorable spot on the mat to get the submission, the CFFC 103 main event could be done and dusted in a hurry.

Anderson Has Vicious One-Punch Power

In the other corner, DeAndre Anderson possesses an equally-vicious offensive attack, that of his one-punch power, which was on display during CFFC 99 back in August.

Right from the main event’s opening bell that night, he responded to a Jose Perez low kick by scoring a nasty left-handed punch right on the button to knock Perez out in a heap to end the bout.

If DeAndre Anderson is going to be able to cancel out Da’Mon Blackshear’s ground game in the CFFC 103 main event on Friday night, he’ll need to score an on-target left-handed punch to put him down and out on the ground.

Final Thoughts

The CFFC 103 main event looks to be another entry into the “blink and you’ll miss it” file in MMA, so pay close attention while watching it.

If you look away from the screen for as little as one second, chances are that you’ll miss the end of the fight.

Prediction: DeAndre Anderson by First-Round TKO.

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