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CFFC 113 Main Event Preview and Breakdown

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The UFC and Bellator MMA will each fall silent this second weekend of October, but fight fans need not worry. There’s still some MMA action to be seen this Saturday night, and it comes from the regional circuit.

Saturday, after taking the month of September off, Atlantic City-based promotion Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) returns to live action for CFFC 113 and the CFFC 113 main event. Live coverage of this weekend’s card begins with the prelims at 6 pm ET/ 3 pm PT on the promotion’s Facebook and YouTube channel. Main card action follows at 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT on UFC Fight Pass.

Action will take place on Saturday night in Atlantic City at Parx Casino. Spectators who wish to buy tickets are advised that no one under 21 years of age will be admitted. All told, barring any late postponements between now and then, CFFC 113 will feature a 10-fight card and a championship fight at 265 lbs. closes the show in the CFFC 113 main event.

New Heavyweight Champion To Be Crowned in CFFC 113 Main Event

For the second CFFC card in a row, a new champion will be confirmed this weekend. The Vacant CFFC Heavyweight Championship will be won on Saturday night in the CFFC 113 main event. Undefeated Greg Sears (4-0 MMA, 4-0 CFFC) will meet Kevin Sears (9-6 MMA, CFFC promotional debut) in the heavyweight title fight.

Back on Aug. 26, in the CFFC 112 main event, Jose Perez (7-1 MMA, 4-1 CFFC) stopped Frank Wells (3-2 MMA, 3-2 CFFC) for the CFFC Interim Featherweight Championship (third-round submission: rear-naked choke.) Four days later, now-former CFFC Featherweight Champion Blake Bilder (7-0-1 MMA, 2-0 CFFC) secured a UFC contract on Contender Series with a first-round submission (rear-naked choke) versus Alex Morgan (11-5 MMA).

As is the case with all CFFC championship fights, the CFFC 113 main event will be an advertised maximum of four rounds at five minutes per round to conclude the evening’s activities. Should the scorecards produce a draw after four rounds, a fifth round will be held to break the deadlock.

The winner will become the eighth different man to hold the CFFC Heavyweight Championship. Former champion Jamelle Jones vacated the strap upon joining the PFL’s active roster for its 2021 season.

CFFC 113 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into the heavyweight title fight this weekend, Greg Velasco stands as the taller contender at 6-foot-2, compared to the 5-foot-11 frame of Kevin Sears. Velasco owns a 72-inch reach, with no such information available for Sears.

The oddsmakers have Greg Velasco listed as a -801 favorite for the CFFC 113 main event on Saturday evening, with Kevin Sears coming in as a +551 underdog. Please bet responsibly.

Greg Velasco Rides Undefeated Professional Record Into CFFC 113 Main Event

Greg Velasco comes into this weekend’s championship bout having gone 4-1 in his last five MMA appearances. He’s currently on a four-fight winning streak, with all four of these victories being recorded since turning pro under the Cage Fury banner.

All four of Velasco’s professional wins have come via stoppage, including his latest victory (second-round submission: heel hook) against Edwin Smart (3-5 MMA, 0-2 CFFC) on April 15 during CFFC 107.

A former gridiron football player, Velasco said back in April that he’s hungry for the CFFC Heavyweight Championship.

“I would love to take a more developmental path and take my time and make it to the show,” Velasco said at the time. “Of course, that’s the goal, to be a world champ at the biggest show, but definitely taking it step-by-step, fight-by-fight. If we get a good deal or a contract and it’s the right time, it’s the right time, but otherwise, I’ll take my time with CFFC.”

If Greg Velasco picks up the win in front of his hometown fans (as he trains out of New Jersey), the CFFC 113 main event will be his last in the promotion, but can he finish the job? Watch and find out.

Kevin Sears Looks to Spoil the Party

In the other corner, Kevin Sears has gone 3-2 in his last five fights. Most recently, he snapped a two-fight losing streak thanks to a second-round knockout of Rashaun Jackson (5-6 MMA, 0-1 CFFC) on April 30. This was Sears’ first fight in almost three years.

Now that he’s shaken off the ring rust and has gotten back to a more usual schedule, Sears will go into enemy territory for the CFFC 113 main event. He’ll be making the trip from Denver to Atlantic City and will be going against the hometown boy, Greg Velasco and a vicious crowd at Parx Casino.

Boos will be assured when Sears makes the walk to the cage on Saturday night, but can he make the boos even louder with a victory against New Jersey’s favorite son and make the crowd go silent as they leave the venue to go home?

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the CFFC 113 main event looks to be a toss-up. Greg Velasco has been known to be a grappler throughout his MMA career, in addition to being a Muay-Thai fighter, with Kevin Sears countering with a wrestling background. Thus, it stands to reason that a majority of the fight could very well be spent on the ground on Saturday.

Greg Velasco Can Be Brutal With Submissions

Half of Greg Velasco’s professional MMA wins have come by way of submission, and Velasco has shown himself to be vicious when he sinks a submission in. His April fight against Edwin Smart was a textbook example of that.

In the second round of a scheduled three, Velasco absorbed a leg kick before Smart put him in the clinch, eventually landing a takedown. Smart looked like he’d have an Americana submission locked in until Velasco returned to his feet.

Smart executed a trip to take Velasco down again, taking half guard. Velasco was able to scramble, reversing position and quickly securing the heel hook. Smart tapped out and Velasco scored the victory.

If Greg Velasco finds himself in trouble, look for him to try and reverse position. It could be the opening he needs to secure the belt in the CFFC 113 main event.

Kevin Sears Can Score the Submission, Too

In the other corner, Kevin Sears has been known to win via submission himself. Seven years ago, he fought Ed Banks and had to battle back.

Right from the command to fight, Sears and Banks exchanged brutal jabs before Banks took Sears down in an effort to land the guillotine choke. Sears was able to fight it off and reverse position to try and better himself.

Upon taking three-quarter mount, Sears established side control before landing ground and pound shots to try and soften him up. From there, Sears applied the necessary torque to sink in a rear-naked choke inside two minutes.

If Kevin Sears is able to reverse position and score with ground and pound shots, Greg Velasco is going to find himself in trouble during the CFFC 113 main event.

Final Thoughts

With no UFC on the calendar this Saturday night, CFFC gets the spotlight with what looks to be an awesome contest in the CFFC 113 main event. Given that the eyes of the MMA world are going to be on Atlantic City Saturday, this could make for a decent audition for the winner.

Prediction: Greg Velasco by First-Round KO.

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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.