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CFFC 105 Main Event Preview and Breakdown: CFFC Middleweight Championship: Jeffery vs. Harris

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Bellator MMA isn’t the only game in town this Saturday night as far as MMA events go– not by a longshot.

No, on this Saturday night during a weekend that sees the UFC dark for the first time since the promotion began its 2022 schedule of events earlier this month, a UFC Fight Pass staple goes live for the first time this year, as Atlantic City-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) presents CFFC 105.

Middleweight Supremacy At Stake in CFFC 105 Main Event on Saturday Night

Barring any postponements between now and Saturday night, COVID-19 or otherwise, the final version of CFFC 105 will feature a 10-fight card and six professional bouts, culminating in the CFFC 105 main event for the CFFC Middleweight Championship.

Incumbent 185-lb. titleholder Aaron Jeffery (10-3 MMA, 1-0 CFFC) will make his first defense of the strap as he battles challenger Rex Harris (12-5 MMA, CFFC debut), a veteran of the PFL, in your headlining bout from Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena.

As with all championship bouts in CFFC, the CFFC 105 main event this Saturday night will be a maximum of four rounds at five minutes per round, with a fifth-round serving as a tiebreaker in the event that the judges’ scorecards are level after 20 minutes of action.

CFFC 105 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into the CFFC 105 main event on Saturday, incumbent champion Aaron Jeffery stands as the taller man at 6-foot-2, while challenger Rex Harris counters with a frame of six feet even.

However, Rex Harris owns a one-inch reach advantage (74 1/2 inches to 73 1/2 inches) over Aaron Jeffery entering the CFFC 105 main event.

Aaron Jeffery Looks For Redemption, Another Chance at UFC in CFFC 105 Main Event

Aaron Jeffery, a veteran of the LFA, has posted a record of 4-1 in his last five MMA fights, having dropped his last bout via unanimous decision after three rounds to Caio Borralho during the Sept. 28, 2021 edition of Dana White’s Contender Series.

The Sept. 28 fight marked Jeffery’s second Contender Series appearance, having been defeated by Brendan Allen (first-round submission: rear-naked choke) during the program’s third season in 2019.

Now, he enters the CFFC 105 main event looking for redemption and another opportunity for the UFC contract that has eluded him to this point.

In a recent interview with Jacob Castro of Parry Punch MMA, Jeffery discussed how he’s been able to rebound after defeat.

“For me, it’s not even necessarily the loss that does it for me, it’s just– it’s my life,” Jeffery said. “All I really train and fight and my whole life is dedicated to this, so, whether it’s after a loss or after a win, that’s kind of what I want to do, right? That’s the goal of what I’m doing is just string together some wins, so that’s always kind of the plan.”

A win on Saturday night in the CFFC 105 main event would be Aaron Jeffery’s fifth victory out of his last six bouts– something that would no doubt vindicate him and could potentially result in him getting back in the good graces of UFC President Dana White in the card’s aftermath.

Thus, a fair question to ask here would be:

“Would a victory in the CFFC 105 main event finally net Aaron Jeffery a UFC deal at long last and will the third time be the charm for him?”

As is the case with any cliffhanger for a dramatic television series, you’ve got to tune in and find out.

Rex Harris Aims to Make Good on CFFC Promotional Debut in CFFC 105 Main Event

In the other corner, Rex Harris comes into the CFFC 105 main event, his CFFC promotional debut, on a 2-3 record in his last five bouts, having scored a first-round knockout (punches) against Chris Dempsey, a veteran of both Bellator MMA and the UFC, in 247 Fighting Championships: Flood City Fight Night, back in August of last year.

However, prior to that fight, the 39-year-old Harris had a layoff of nearly three years, having last appeared in 2018’s PFL 10, losing to Louis Taylor (unanimous decision) in a two-round quarterfinal fight in the middleweight playoffs.

Rex Harris is going to turn 40 years old in December of this year and he had a lengthy hiatus in-between fights prior to appearing in the 247 Fighting Championships card last summer, begging the question of whether or not the CFFC 105 main event is going to be his last ride in MMA.

Comparatively, Aaron Jeffery just turned 29 years of age back on Nov. 14, making Harris 10 years, one month, and seven days Jeffery’s senior going into the CFFC 105 main event, but will age be nothing but a number here?

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the CFFC 105 main event on Saturday night seems to favor Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Aaron Jeffery, with Rex Harris countering with a wrestling background.

Watch For Jeffery’s Ground and Pound Shots in CFFC 105 Main Event

Aaron Jeffery’s fight IQ is predicated on his ground and pound shots, which were on display in his win versus Andre Petroski back in October of 2020 during LFA 93’s main attraction.

During the second round of a scheduled three, Jeffery scored with elbow shots to Petroski’s head before the former was forced to the bottom position, with Jeffery landing hammerfists before Petroski got back to his feet.

From there, Jeffery was the dominant fighter, landing an elbow on Petroski from the clinch that sent him down, ending the fight with a relentless barrage of ground and pound shots.

All Aaron Jeffery conceivably needs to do in order to win the CFFC 105 main event on Saturday night is land as little as one elbow shot to set up the ground and pound strikes to end the fight from there.

Rex Harris Can Go the Distance If Needed in CFFC 105 Main Event

One constant throughout the balance of Rex Harris’ professional MMA career is the fact that he can stretch the fight to the distance, something that he’s done on multiple occasions, as he did against Nicholai Salchow in 2016.

In round one, Harris absorbed a couple of high kicks by Salchow, catching the second kick and taking him down in an effort to try and set up a submission– an attempt jettisoned in favor of him landing some elbow shots from the top mount and accumulating ride time on the ground.

This remained a ground war throughout the majority of the opening round, with Harris and Salchow trading the top position, but it was Harris who established ground control during the period with his wrestling prowess.

Much like round one, round two of this fight began with Rex Harris dumping Nicholai Salchow and using his wrestling to gain control of the match on the ground, eventually moving back to the top mount, but no real action took place during a majority of the round, save for a burst of elbow shots to Salchow’s head later on in the period.

Although Salchow tried to stand back up during the latter portions of round two, Harris just put him right back down and turned the fight into a wrestling match.

Round three began with yet another Rex Harris takedown, and even though Salchow got back up to his feet, Harris took him down once more and wrestled his way back to the top mount and peppered Salchow with ground and pound shots before the referee stood both men up–only for Harris to land still another takedown, much to the disappointment of the crowd, finishing the fight on top and landing some ground and pound shots.

If Rex Harris is able to pacify Aaron Jeffery’s offensive game plan with his wrestling, he has a shot at winning the CFFC 105 main event on Saturday night.

Final Thoughts

At the core, the CFFC 105 main event could very well be the most interesting MMA fight so far in 2022.

Will we see a UFC dream realized for Aaron Jeffery and his camp or will we see Rex Harris prove that he still has something left in the tank in the twilight of his career?

The bottom line on the CFFC 105 main event is simple: Don’t sleep on this title fight.

Prediction: Aaron Jeffery by Unanimous Decision.

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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.