CFFC Returns to Parx Casino on Friday, June 14 with a Flyweight Title Showdown Between Former Champion Sean Santella and Challenger Andre Barquero Morera
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PHILADELPHIA — May 29, 2019 — Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) is returning to the XCite Center at Parx Casino in Philadelphia, Pa. on Friday, June 14 at 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30) with an incredible flyweight title fight between former champion Sean Santella and exciting Costa Rican challenger Andre Barquero Morera. The card will also feature more than a dozen fast-rising mixed martial arts prospects as the world’s leading developmental organization returns to its Philadelphia home at Parx.
Tickets are available NOW at CFFC.tv and the Parx Casino Box Office. The main card will air live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 9:00 PM with ESPN Radio’s Mike Gill, international combat sport star CM Punk and UFC contender Jessica Penne on the call.
CFFC 76 main event star Santella (21-7-1) is a gifted grappler who has won 14 bouts by way of submission. The 34-year-old from Budd Lake, New Jersey is fresh off a victory over UFC veteran Naoki Inoue at CFFC 72 in February and looks to cement his status as one of the best 125-pound fighters in the world with a win on June 14. To do so, he will face one of his stiffest tests of his career as he collides with Costa Rican star “Barquero,” who has finished five of his last six opponents.
“Santella and Barquero are two of the best flyweights in the world and we expect this to be a fast-paced, intense championship bout,” said Rob Haydak, President of CFFC. “This is a showdown between a proven, tested former champion and a red-hot international prospect fighting for the region’s top prize - the CFFC title. These are the types of fights that have put Cage Fury on the map. We’re excited to be back at Parx for the second time this year with such a loaded card.”
In addition to the CFFC flyweight title fight, other great CFFC 76 professional bouts include:
WELTERWEIGHT BOUT: JEREMIAH WELLS (PHILADELPHIA; 6-2-1) vs. MUMIA ABU DEY ALI (NORFOLK, VA.; 3-1)
MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT: RUSLAN MELIKOV (FAIRFIELD, N.J.; 7-1) vs. RAFAEL CELESTINO (BRASILIA, BRAZIL; 6-2)
STRAWWEIGHT BOUT: JAMIE COLLEEN (PHILADELPHIA; 4-3) vs. MARCELA GIANTOMASSI AGUIAR (GOIANA, BRAZIL; 2-2)
FLYWEIGHT BOUT: ERIN BLANCHFIELD (ELMWOOD PARK, N.J.; 3-1) vs. GABRIELLA GULFIN (ASTORIA, N.Y.; 2-0)
FLYWEIGHT BOUT: TONY HAYWARD (PHILADELPHIA; PRO DEBUT; 4-2 AMATEUR) vs. JON ARCE (CAMDEN, N.J.; PRO DEBUT; 5-0 AMATEUR)
“CFFC has a long history of putting on exciting events and the Xcite Center at Parx Casino has proven to be the perfect venue for the fastest-rising stars in MMA to compete,” Helmut Perzi, Director of Entertainment for Parx Casino, said. “We had a great first event in March and are excited to have CFFC returning to PAs #1 casino.”
ABOUT CAGE FURY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Considered one of the best 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. 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. CFFC events air live on UFC FIGHT PASS, UFC’s leading digital subscription service for fight fans.
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.
ABOUT PARX CASINO®
Parx Casino® is owned and operated by Greenwood Racing, Inc. and is the #1 revenue generating casino property in Pennsylvania. Parx Casino® is conveniently located 20 minutes north of center city Philadelphia, I-95 exit 37 or PA Turnpike exit 351 (westbound), exit 352 (eastbound) on Street Road in Bensalem Bucks County. Parx features over 200,000 square feet of gaming; 3,270 slot machines and 148 live table games; 40 poker tables; live racing & simulcast action; Parx Grill, an upscale signature restaurant; Foodies quick service dining; Chickie's & Pete's Crab House and SportsBar; Jax sports bar; Circle Bar; Bambu Noodle House; The Lucky Cheese ~ gourmet grilled cheese eatery; XLounge, luxury casino lounge and complimentary parking for over 5,000 cars. One year ago, Parx debuted a $50M expansion that included the 1,500 seat live entertainment venue, Xcite Center; Liberty Bell Gastropub, farm-to-fork inspired menu; Oliveto, New York City style pizza and Italian Classics; Parx Poker, new custom built private poker room. In 2019, Parx launched sports betting and opened a massive year-round Beer Garden to rave reviews. For more information on Parx Casino®, visit www.parxcasino.com.