Cage Fury Fighting Championship Returns to 
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on May 17 with Three Championship Bouts



ATLANTIC CITY — MARCH 21, 2019 — After an incredible debut at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City last month, Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) will return to Etess Arena on Friday, May 17 with three championship bouts. 

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CFFC interim lightweight champion and Atlantic City’s own Cesar Balmaceda (6-0) will headline the card, while CFFC featherweight champion Pat Sabatini (Bristol, Pa., 10-2) and CFFC bantamweight champion Alexander Keshtov (Krasnodar, Russia, 9-0) will defend their titles at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. Opponents for each will be announced in the coming weeks. CFFC 74 will be broadcast live on UFC FIGHT PASS, with veteran broadcaster Mike Gill and international superstar CM Punk calling the action.

Balmaceda won the CFFC interim lightweight championship last December when he defeated Damian Norris by first-round knockout. He has won two of his last three fights by first-round knockout. Meanwhile, Sabatini is fresh off a December decision victory over Da’Mon Blackshear, while Keshtov captured the vacant bantamweight crown in a dominant win over Andre Bernardo at CFFC 71.

“We are thrilled to have Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City as a long-term partner for CFFC and look forward to our return on May 17,” said Rob Haydak, President of CFFC.  “Our debut at Hard Rock was one of the most successful events in CFFC history and we’re excited to build upon that momentum with this tripleheader of championship fights. Big fights are back in Atlantic City and our commitment to bringing quality MMA cards here has never been stronger thanks to Joe Lupo and his team at Hard Rock.”

“Cage Fury and Atlantic City are synonymous with one another. It’s exciting to bring on city-wide events such as MMA fights and I couldn’t be more pleased with our continued relationship with Rob Haydak and the CFFC,” said Joe Lupo, President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.  

Considered one of the best regional, developmental mixed martial arts organizations in the industry, Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) hosts events across the United States with an emphasis on cultivating the best and brightest talent in the sport. CFFC events are broadcast live on UFC FIGHT PASS, the leading digital subscription service for fight fans.

Founded in 2006, CFFC has served as home to a variety of UFC stars, including Anthony Smith, Jimmie Rivera, Aljamain Sterling, Kimbo Slice, Paul Felder, Jim Miller, Nick Catone, Lyman Good, Katlyn Chookagian, Shane Burgos and Jared Gordon. 

Led by its respected President Rob Haydak, CFFC’s executive team consists of sports and entertainment industry executives who have worked for some of the most prestigious brands in the world.

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