CAGE FURY CHAMPIONS
Cage Fury Fighting Championships carries a rich tradition of developing elite Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athletes that continually graduate to the next level of combat sports.
CFFC Women’s flyweight and bantamweight champion Katlyn “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian is a current UFC bantamweight with an 8-1 record. Fighting out of Kenilworth New Jersey by way of Quakertown Pennsylvania, Chookagian became the first Women to ever step foot in the octagon at Madison Square Garden at UFC 205. Her striking coach is Mark Henry which means she emulates the famous style of sticking and moving focusing on tremendous cardio, footwork, and head movement.
Some of Katlyn’s most impressive victories have come inside the CFFC cage including her body shot TKO vs. Stephanie Bragayrac at CFFC 57. Chookagian remains one of the brightest prospects in WMMA today following her recent victory over Irene Aldana at UFC 210.
Louis “Goodnight” Gaudinot is an Ultimate Fighter Season 14 veteran with vast experience fighting in the highest level of competition in the sport. A member of Team Tiger Shulmann with his own school in Hoboken, NJ, Gaudinot is known as a slugger with tremendous knockout power for a man of his stature. Gaudinot’s wacky hairstyles and colorful personality makes him a fan favorite amongst the NJ/NY fans.
Since being cut by the UFC following three winless outings, Gaudinot has gone 2-0 inside the CFFC cage including a brutal knockout of Sideco Honorio at CFFC 57 that captured him the 125-pound belt. He has proven his career has been revitalized, and he is on his way back up the flyweight ladder.
Holding a record of 8-3, Pace is a very talented fighter who has been in the cage with some legends of the sport including Demetrious Johnson. Pace captured the CFFC bantamweight title by defeating Ricky Bandejas via choke at CFFC 52. He made his first title defense against Ahmet Kayretli at CFFC 63 winning by a choke once again.
He is a Tiger Shulman New York product that trains with guys like Jimmie Rivera, Shane Burgos, Lyman Good and Louis Gaudinot on a regular basis. Pace’s innovative jiu-jitsu was on display when he choked out Will Campuzano at the TUF 12 finale with a modified triangle that went on to be coined “The Pace choke.”
Sean Santella has been a longtime staple in the east coast flywegiht division, fighting the "who's who" of the sport. Santella won the interim CFFC Flyweight title at CFFC 62 when he defeated Matt Lozano via rear-naked choke.
Shorty trains out of Ricardo Almeida BJJ, Nick Catone MMA, and Miller Brothers MMA making him a true jersey boy. His trademark hot pink mohawk has inspired his fans to rock the color in support at every event. Santella is best known for his smothering ground game, which he frequently uses to put away opponents on the mat. His skills were on full display at V3Fights 62 where he became a two-promotion Alliance MMA Champion by defeating Larry Digiulio by rear-naked choke.
Nick Catone MMA product and native of Brick Township, NJ, Ricky Bandejas captured the Cage Fury Interim Bantamweight Title at CFFC 66 by defeating Giorgi Kudukhashvili via 2nd Round TKO. Beloved family man and teammate, Bandejas comes from a wrestling base, and has developed excellent striking skills by using his length.
Bandejas has competed soley under the Cage Fury banner like fellow CFFC champions Sean Brady and Joe Lowry and finds himself on a short list of bantamweight prospects poised to go to the UFC in the near future. Surely he will look to avenge his only loss to Nick Pace and unify his belt first.
Originally from Seaside Heights NJ, and fighting out of Bristol, PA, Pat Sabatini became the CFFC Featherweight Champion by defeating John De Jesus via first round submission at CFFC 67. He now finds himself at the very top of the East Coast regional circuit. A Daniel Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt and team member at MPR Endurance, Sabatini has a next-level ground game and a blossoming Sambo game that have made him perhaps the most feared featherweight outside of national promotions.
A florist by day and fighter by night, Sabatini has a much more laid back, and tamed demeanor than many MMA fighters, but he is entertaining nonetheless. Similar to the former CFFC 145lb champ Jared Gordon, Sabatini is stoic and comes to take care of business each and every time he fights.
CFFC Lightweight champion Joe Lowry is a Philadelphia blue collar guy through and through. Lowry is the beloved son of Daddis Fight Camps and the Local 19 Sheet Metal Workers Union. Holding an undefeated record of 6-0, Lowry has fought exclusively for Cage Fury throughout his entire pro career.
He has become a major fan favorite thanks to his killer instinct and fantastic boxing skills. Lowry won the CFFC lightweight title by defeating Mike Pope via first round knockout at CFFC 65. In just three years, Lowry has gone from relatively unknown to rising superstar with a large following. Some of Lowry’s other notable victories include a TKO win over Daisuke Yamaji and a decision win over Bradley Desir that was a CFFC fight of the year candidate.
CFFC welterweight champion Sean Brady is an undefeated prospect that is both highly touted and on the rise. Brady captured the CFFC welterweight belt at CFFC 65 by defeating Tanner Saraceno via first round submission (guillotine). Brady is a Renzo Gracie Philly product with a record of 6-0. He is without a doubt one of the most promising young fighters to come through the east coast regional MMA scene in a long time.
At just 24 years old, Sean Brady is already an elite talent with a Brown belt in jujitsu and a knack for landing brutal spinning striking techniques. Brady’s best performances came at CFFC 60 where he knocked out Chauncey Foxworth with a spinning backfist. Brady is a career-long CFFC competitor that is undoubtedly on the verge of getting “the call” from the UFC.
CFFC middleweight champion Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is a seasoned MMA veteran with over 35 total fights throughout his career. Smith has fought for numerous large organizations including Strikeforce, Bellator, and currently the UFC. His most recent victory was a highlight reel knockout of Elvis Mutapcic at the TUF 24 finale, in which Smith won a performance of the night bonus.
Under the CFFC banner, Anthony is best known for dethroning then middleweight champ Tim Williams and then defeating him once more in a rematch. Smith has unbelievable strength in his muscular frame and it helps him get finishes both on the feet and the canvas. All but two of Anthony’s 26 victories have come before the final bell making him one of the most feared powerhouses in his weight division for several years running.
"THE BODY SNATCHER"
A Philadelphia transplant originally from Ukraine, Anton Berzin is the first ever CFFC light heavyweight champion. He captured the belt by defeating Jamelle Jones via TKO at CFFC 65. Berzin is a member of Balance Studios in Philly, and a veteran of season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter as a member of Team B.J. Penn.
Berzin is a well-rounded fighter that refuses to be labeled with a specific style. Known as “The Body Snatcher,” Berzin holds a professional record or 5-1 with all of his victories coming by way of either knockout or submission. Simply put, Anton Berzin is a finisher. After a long layoff between 2012 and 2016 due to difficulty getting fights, Berzin has returned with two straight wins over the last year. A combatant under Cage Fury since CFFC 15, Berzin is looking to use his new gold strap to catapult him towards his second chance with the UFC.
One of CFFC’s perennial heavyweight stars is Azunna Anyanwu. “Zu” holds a 13-4 professional record with 7 KO’s and 2 Submissions. He fights out of MPR MMA. He is a 3-time CFFC heavyweight champ, and has headlined several CFFC events. Zu has brutal knockout power in his hands, and he prefers to use his striking rather than his BJJ, which is very solid in it’s own right.
He has wins over Plinio Cruz and Keith Bell, and most recently Greg Rebello at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. His personality is a mix between scary and hilarious much like Derek Lewis. His age (35) gives him that grown man strength that overpowered many fighters on the regional circuit. In September of 2017, Anyanwu got his call up to the UFC and signed a multi-fight deal with the sport’s premier organization.