CFFC 67 Card Preview


CFFC 67 goes down THIS SATURDAY at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA! Our fight card features some of the best up-and-coming prospects the east coast regional MMA scene has to offer! 

Amateur Undercard

Jeremiah John Sullivan (Debut) vs. Zac Haynes (1-1)

Jeremiah John Sullivan will face late-replacement Zac Haynes in our opening bout of the evening in the bantamweight division. Sullivan is a local Philly "Phighter" and he will try and earn his first win inside the cage against MPR Endurance's Haynes.

Teddy Drake (1-0) vs. Nazim Sadykov (2-0)

This 160lb catchweight bout will certainly be fireworks as amateurs Teddy Drake and Nazim Sadykov go to war. Both men have explosive power in their hands and impressive submission skills.

Darryn Messersmith (2-2) vs. Zulkaranian Kamchybekov (2-0)

Fighting out of Gettysburg, PA, Darryn Messersmith will attempt to improve his record to 3-2 against highly-touted welterweight prospect Zulkaranian Kamchybekov, who has won two-straight inside the 2300 Arena at CFFC 65 and CFFC 62.

John Mabrey (Debut) vs. Billy Conway (Debut)

Wilmington Delaware's John Mabrey takes on Burlington New Jersey's Billy Conway in this featured amateur light heavyweight bout. Both men are determined to put it all on the line in this bout. Expect a large show of support for both of these fan favorites.

Pro Main Card

Chris McKinney (Debut) vs. Jack Hartenstine (Debut)

A bantamweight matchup between two pro debut-ers in Beckley, West Virginia's Chris McKinney and Cooperburg, Pennsylvania's Jack Hartenstine will kick off our main card at the 2300 Arena. McKinney went 4-2 as an amateur and is a veteran of fellow Alliance MMA promotion, National Fighting Championship. Hartenstine is known as "The Reaper" and compiled an impressive 6-1 record as an amateur. Which man will walk away on September 16th with an unblemished record? 

Tyler Bayer (Debut) vs. Tim Lutke (1-0-1)

Miller Brothers MMA team member Tyler Bayer is set to make his pro debut against AllStar BJJ's Tim Lutke. 

Tim Lutke is returning to MMA after a nearly three-year long layoff. In his last bout, he defeated Donte Wade at CFFC 44. Lutke's biggest victory came back in 2013 when he defeated current UFC middleweight Oluwale Bamgbose. Surely he will have to shake off some ring rust, but Lutke will attempt to keep his loss column at 0 this Saturday.

Bayer makes his pro debut in this bout after achieving a 9-2 record as an amateur. Like many of the mat wizards from Miller Brothers MMA, Bayer is a legitimate threat to submit his opponent the second the fight hits the canvas. As an amateur, Bayer submitted five of his opponents including four in the very first round. Look for Bayer to try and redeem his last loss in the CFFC cage to Kyle Daukaus in this bout.

Patrick Rivera (1-1) vs. Timmy Tyler (0-1)

In this featured lightweight bout, Patrick Rivera will make his second appearance inside the CFFC cage against Timmy "Vicious" Tyler.

Patrick Rivera is a 3-time WKA champion whose striking is on another level. With leg crippling kicks, pin point elbow strikes, and a habit of pushing the pace, Rivera is an interesting prospect in the world of MMA. Surely he is looking to avenge his only loss which took place at CFFC 56 against Marcus Surin. With another 6 months of MMA training under his belt, Rivera will likely look like an entire different fighter on Saturday night.

Training at the UFC Gym in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Timmy Tyler will make the short trip over the Walt Whitman for this bout. Tyler has terrific takedown ability and lots of experience from his 13-fight amateur career. One of the busiest fighters in MMA period, Tyler has fought fought 14 times in the past two years.

Jonathan Romero (3-1) vs. Jason Heflin (1-1)

Heavyweights Jonathan "The Future" Romero and Jason Heflin will go to battle in our Co-Main Event of the evening.

Romero comes into this bout looking for redemption. In his last bout under the Cage Fury banner, Romero lost to Shawn Teed. Now, Romero is back to prove he is still a highly-touted prospect with a bright future in the heavyweight division. With three finishes in all three of his professional wins, Romero is most certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Jason Heflin is hoping to dispel any talks of Romero being the high-level prospect and will likely attempt to use his elite wrestling and submission skills to due so. This Hellfish MMA product will have to display his athleticism in this bout as he fights a true heavyweight in Romero.

John De Jesus (7-5) vs. Pat Sabatini (6-1)

CFFC 67 will be capped off with our Main Event of the evening as John De Jesus takes on Pat Sabatini for the CFFC featherweight title. 

Fighting out of Pittsburgh, PA and hailing from the Dominican Republic, John "Platano" De Jesus trains at Mark Cherico's Martial Arts Academy. De Jesus has elite athleticism, vicious kick techniques, and some scary skills in the clinch. He comes into this bout riding a three-fight win streak that consists of three highlight reel finishes.  

Standing across the cage from him will be MPR Endurance's Pat Sabatini. With just one loss coming at the hands of LFA champion Rob Watley, Sabatini has torn his way through the east coast regional circuit defeating the likes of Tony Gravley, Renaldo Weekley and Michael Lawrence. A blackbelt in jiujitsu with a blossoming sambo game, Sabatini is an expert on the mat capable of finishing his opponents from any position.