With the holiday season rapidly approaching, the MMA schedule for 2022 is winding down. After a night off on Thursday in the wake of Invicta FC crowning its new strawweight champion in a tournament, the weekend begins Friday night as Cage Fury Fighting Championships coronates a new king at 170 lbs. in the CFFC 115 main event.
All told, barring any other postponements between now and Friday, the current slate at CFFC 115 features 11 fights, Live coverage of Friday’s card begins at 7 pm ET/ 4 pm PT on the promotion’s YouTube channel, followed at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT with the main card on the UFC‘s streaming platform, UFC Fight Pass.
Supremacy at Welterweight Up For Grabs in CFFC 115 Main Event
Originally slated to be highlighted by a championship doubleheader in Tunica, MS at Bluesville at the Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, CFFC 115 is now down to just a single title fight in the main event of the evening. Collin Lubberts (6-1 MMA, CFFC promotional debut) battles Raheam Forest (5-0 MMA, 2-0 CFFC).
A planned fight for the CFFC Middleweight Championship between Donovan Beard (7-2 MMA, 1-1 CFFC) and Dylan O’Sullivan (5-0 MMA, CFFC promotional debut) would have served as the co-main event of the evening had it not been postponed for undisclosed reasons ahead of the show.
As with all CFFC title fights, the CFFC 115 main event will be a maximum of four rounds at five minutes per round to close the show. Should the scorecards produce a draw after 20 minutes of action, the fight progresses to a fifth and final round as a tiebreaker.
Your winner will become the 15th different man to hold the CFFC Welterweight Championship, counting interim reigns. Eric Alequin (7-0 MMA, 1-0 CFFC), who won the belt on St. Patrick’s Day in the CFFC 106 co-main event, was slated to defend the title on July 14 before the fight was postponed.
CFFC 115 Main Event Fighter Comparison
Heading into Friday night’s headlining bout, Collin Lubberts stands as the taller fighter at 6-foot-2, compared to Raheam Forest’s 5-foot-11 frame. Additionally, Lubberts owns a 78-inch reach, with no such information accessible for Forest.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the oddsmakers had yet to release betting projections for the card. If you plan to place a wager on this or any other fight throughout the weekend, please bet responsibly.
Collin Lubberts Looks to Ride Momentum of Three-Fight Winning Streak into CFFC 115 Main Event
Collin Lubberts enters the co-headliner, his CFFC promotional debut, having gone 4-1 in his last five MMA bouts, including an ongoing three-fight winning streak. Last time out, he scored a second-round knockout of Marcos Lloreda (12-8 MMA) in Combate Global.
Before that fight, Lubberts was interviewed by the MMA Masters YouTube channel. He discussed how his past behaviors led him to MMA.
“Well, I’ve always kind of been a scrappy kid growing up,” Lubberts began. “Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to be the baddest (expletive deleted) around. I always knew I wanted to be the baddest man around. Coming up around 10 or 11, YouTube was out. I was watching a lot of Kimbo Slice fights, and for some reason just realizing like ‘This is what I want to do’. I never had MMA in mind or nothing really like, no organization. Like I said, I wanted to be the baddest person around.”
Lubberts mentioned that he and his friends would compete against one another in backyard boxing matches, eventually turning his passion for fights into a paycheck. Now, years later, the 27-year-old fighter is on the cusp of realizing a championship.
Undefeated Raheam Forest Eyeing CFFC Welterweight Championship
In the other corner, Raheam Forest enters the CFFC 115 main event having yet to lose in his professional career. Dating back to his amateur MMA life, he’s on a six-fight winning streak.
What’s perhaps more impressive is the fact that four of his five pro victories have been recorded inside the distance, including his most recent win, a first-round armbar on July 29 in CFFC 111 vs. Trevor Ollison (5-5 MMA, 1-3 CFFC). Despite this, Forest is his own worst critic, as he pointed out in an interview with the promotion back in July,
“I’m always hard on myself,” Forest said, “like even if I win, I’m like, ‘I could have done this better. I’m just hard on myself, and I’m constantly working on everything: cage work, ground, cardio, off my back, full mount, guard, submission defense. I work on everything. You’ve got to. You can’t just work on one area. I want to be a well-balanced fighter, so I work on it all– mentally, physically, everything.”
Raheam Forest’s amateur career ended at 5-6 and he hasn’t looked back since. Now, he looks to add a championship to his mantle, but will he?
Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction
The CFFC 115 main event looks to be another one of those fights that’s a toss-up. Both of these fighters have been known to get the finish.
Collin Lubberts Can Throw The Punches When Needed
Earlier in his MMA career, Collin Lubberts sparred with Jake Paul in the gym, so it’s no surprise that he can box with his adversaries when the situation arises. His fight against Katemael Pierre from 2019 was proof of that.
Although the fight was scheduled for three rounds, Lubberts needed less than one to finish the job. He began by landing a couple of leg kicks to Pierre before feinting some kicks to keep him honest.
Both fighters stalked one another as they waited for the right moment to land a strike, with Pierre feinting a kick of his own.
As the round entered its final minute, Lubberts connected on a single right-handed punch to knock Pierre out cold. All Lubberts will need is just one punch to end the CFFC 115 main event.
Raheam Forest Can Land Power Shots, Too
In the other corner, Raheam Forest can also land that knockout punch. One need look no further than his only appearance in the LFA against Colin Parr from August of last year.
During the first round of a scheduled three, Forest went on the offensive immediately following the opening bell, landing a barrage of punches. Parr was able to slow the fight down by putting Forest in the clinch, but his efforts were ill-fated.
Just as soon as Forest escaped from the clinch, he just went right back to landing the punches and it was clear that Parr was overmatched. Forest ended the fight with a two-punch combination to land the knockout.
If Raheam Forest comes out landing a barrage of punches, it could be the opening he needs to finish the fight. The CFFC 115 main event will be a short fight if that happens.
The CFFC 115 main event could be a quick fight. Thus, it’s only right to issue this final piece of advice:
Don’t blink or look away from the screen when this fight begins. You might end up missing everything as a result.
Prediction: Raheam Forest by First-Round TKO.
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