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CFFC 111 Main Event: Lee vs. Beard Breakdown

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Your MMA weekend begins this Friday night with action from the regional circuit, as both Atlantic City-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) and the LFA have shows throughout the evening. Keep reading for the CFFC 111 Main Event preview.

This week, CFFC treks down south for CFFC 111 and the CFFC 111 main event from Tunica, MS and the Horseshoe Hotel & Casino. Live coverage of CFFC 111, a sold-out event, begins at 7 pm ET/ 4 pm PT on YouTube with the undercard, followed at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT on UFC Fight Pass with main card action.

Barring any postponements for any reason between now and Friday evening, CFFC 111 is due to proceed as a 13-fight card, highlighted by a battle for supremacy at 185 lbs. in the CFFC 111 main event of the evening.

Miles Lee Fights Donovan Beard in CFFC 111 Main Event, With Vacant Middleweight Strap At Stake

Miles Lee (3-0 MMA, 3-0 CFFC) will attempt to win the CFFC Middleweight Championship in just his fourth career appearance in the professional ranks as he meets up with Donovan Beard (6-1 MMA, 0-1 CFFC) on Friday. As with all championship fights in Cage Fury, the CFFC 111 main event will be an advertised maximum of four rounds at five minutes per round.

If the scorecards produce a draw after 20 minutes of action, the main event will then progress to a tiebreaking fifth and final round to determine the new champion. The winner of the CFFC 111 main event on Friday will become the eighth different man of all time to hold the CFFC Middleweight Championship.

Now-former champion Aaron Jeffery (12-3 MMA) vacated the title upon joining the Bellator MMA active roster last month ahead of his second-round knockout victory against Fabio Aguiar during Bellator 282.

CFFC 111 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into the CFFC 111 main event on Friday evening, Donovan Beard stands as the taller man at 6-foot-2, compared to the 5-foot-10 frame of Miles Lee. Unlike most fight breakdowns seen on this Website, there is no research information accessible online for this championship fight.

Miles Lee Aims to Ride Momentum of Eight-Fight Winning Streak into CFFC 111 Main Event

Miles Lee has yet to lose thus far in his MMA career going into the CFFC 111 main event on Friday night. Dating back to his amateur days, Lee has gone 8-0 to this point inside the cage, a streak extended most recently by a split decision win against Earl Small (4-1 MMA) right before the Christmas holiday on Dec. 17 during CFFC 104.

This is only Lee’s fourth professional MMA appearance, as he just turned pro in March of last year. Prior to his elevation to the pro ranks, he held the CFFC Next-Gen Middleweight Championship. During the COVID-19 hiatus, Lee, a former wrestler spoke to MMA Tee Company’s John Brennan about a variety of topics, including his training regimen.

“It’s awesome,” Lee said. “We do partner drills, Dutch drills without a partner. We do good conditioning, body conditioning and stuff like that.”

At the time of the interview, there was still uncertainty over when gyms, such as Lee’s, would be able to open up again, with Lee expressing that he hoped it would be soon. Two years removed from Miles Lee holding the Next-Gen Middleweight Championship, he finds himself fighting for the professional title. Can the 24-year-old bring it home on Friday?

“The Highlight Reel” Wants To Knock Miles Lee From Undefeated Ranks on Friday

In the other corner, Donovan Beard, nicknamed “The Highlight Reel”, has posted a 4-1 record in his last five appearances. Last time out, he scored a first-round knockout of Tracy Hardy (3-2 MMA) slightly over two months ago in Peak Fighting 19. After the fight, Beard was interviewed backstage, where he discussed how he had to battle back from a near-defeat against Hardy.

“I have no idea what he caught me with, to be honest with you,” Beard said. “I knew I was rocked, I was just like, ‘Wait a minute! What the (expletive deleted?)’ And then, he had me in a deep chokehold, I was just like, ‘Donovan. You better not. Many times, your teammates put you in this (expletive deleted.) You better not!’ And then, when I got out of it, I was like, ‘Ooh, I’m going to make you pay.'”

Beard’s mantra in the cage is simple: “Be you. Do you.”

Will he be able to deliver another highlight reel performance, as his nickname suggests, during the CFFC 111 main event on Friday? Watch to find out.

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

A key storyline to watch out for on Friday night is the difference in age between Miles Lee and Donovan Beard. Lee, a former wrestler, is a relative youngster in the sport of MMA at just 24 years of age, while Beard, a freestyle fighter, is 32 years old, despite being the fresher of the two fighters in this bout, but will age triumph over experience?

Watch Out For Miles Lee’s Submissions

One aspect of Miles Lee’s fight game that shows itself on video is his ability to score the submission, as he did in 2018 during his fight against Sean Glass.

During the third and final round, Lee opened things up by landing some punches before landing a double-leg takedown, scoring some ground and pound shots to try and soften Glass up for a submission, and it was only a matter of time before the fight was his. Lee was able to step over and apply the needed torque to lock in an armbar for the victory.

If Miles Lee is able to drive Donovan Beard to the ground, he’ll be able to control the fight and potentially score the submission on Friday.

Donovan Beard Can Score the Submission, Too

In the other corner, Donovan Beard subscribes to the gospel according to Lee Corso when it comes to submissions:

“Not so fast, my friend”.

He’s been known to get the victory by way of tapout himself, as was the case last year when he fought Brandon Shavers.

Although the catchweight bout at 175 lbs. was scheduled for three rounds, Beard needed less than one round to dispose of Shavers. He was able to score a takedown and establish ground control to stifle Shavers’ odds of creating any offensive momentum for himself.

Upon Beard taking back mount, Shavers was able to work back to his feet and the clinch, but it was to no avail, as Beard scored another takedown on his opponent, securing more ground control and using his grappling to eventually work his way to a rear-naked choke for the win.

If Donovan Beard is able to land takedowns and grapple with Miles Lee effectively, he’ll walk out of Mississippi as the new champion late Friday night.

Final Thoughts

The CFFC 111 main event looks to be a highly-appealing contest on Friday, so there’s really one more piece of advice to give:

Pay the pizza guy before the fight starts, because you’ll be sorry if you don’t.

Prediction: Miles Lee by Unanimous Decision.

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