“I’m training with the best guys,” said the defending champion. “I’ll be ready for war. AMA fight club sparring, Kaensak for Muay Thai, Rob Scheier for jiu-jitsu, I have D-1 wrestlers, and Martin Rooney for strength and conditioning. I’m going to make George regret signing to fight me.”
Sullivan defeated Mike Winters on the same card back in December to claim the number one-contender’s spot. Both have trained together under UFC veteran Kurt Pellegrino. Soto changed camps to join Mike Constantino to train at the AMA Fight Club which sports UFC/CFFC veterans Dan and Jim Miller.
“Fighting April 14th is all that matters to me”, said Sullivan. “I'm fighting Greg Soto and he’s the top dog, but so am I. We have two things in common, we both want to be the best and we both want to fight the best. Being ex-training partners just makes this fight that much better. We fight because we love it and there is no bad blood just two guys wanting the same thing. I'm looking to knock him out. I don't want a decision win and I know he's coming for me. April 14 will be a fight to remember, mark my words.”
After moving back down to his natural weight class, Sean Santella captured the vacant CFFC flyweight title by submitting a very game Bryan Lashomb in February. Santella has won four of his last five fights with his only loss coming to the hands of current CFFC bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling. His opponent, Tuan Pham, is no stranger to tough fights.
“Tuan’s a tough striker that has a little momentum going into this fight with a two-fight win streak, but nobody is taking my belt,” said Santella.
Affectionately known as Kid Thunder, Pham fought UFC and Bellator veterans early in his career, but has won his last two fights brining his record to 4-4 with an amateur record of 7-1. Pham is very confident going into this bout.
“He has no striking,” said Pham. “All he is going to do is try to hold me on the ground. I plan on sprawling and banging.”
“I think this is a great fight for me,” said Sterling. “We have almost identical records and he’s a big boy. I think this will be another defining moment in my young MMA career.”
A native of North Carolina, Johnson sports a record of 4-1 with all of his victories coming by first round stoppages. He is making the long road trip to prove that he can beat one of the best in the country.
“As fighters, we chose this path in the like, no one forced our hand,” stated Johnson. “I have given everything God gave me to this sport as I know Sterling has as well. I have sacrificed too much to go empty handed. He has no idea the power I will bring to his chin. When I pull the pin on the grenade, he’s going out. Fans in Atlantic City and all over who will be watching and at the show better be ready to accept me for who I am, the champ!”
The main card will also feature the CFFC return of World Team alternate wrestler Kyle Cerminara. With no amateur experience, Cerminara was dominate in his first two pro fights and is looking to make it three in a row when he fights Jeremy Shifflett. Although he’s making his professional debut, Shiffllett brings more experience to the cage than Cerminara with an impressive 10-2 amateur record.
Newark Gracie standout, Artur “the Albanian Nightmare” Rofi will step back in the cage with hopes of getting closer to his CFFC featherweight title shot. Rofi currently holds a 4-0 record with three submissions and a knockout. In his way is Evan “Kid Peligroso” Chmieleski who is a tough fight for
anyone. After an impressive victory over Julio Rosario last December, Chmieleski goes back to featherweight for his toughest fight yet.
April 14th will also feature the return of fan favorite “Relentless” Danny Holmes as he takes on veteran Erik Purcell. Collegiate National Champion Mike “the Cowboy” Wilcox will try to improve to 2-0 when he takes on Shedrick Goodridge. April 14th will also mark the USA debut of World Combat Sambo Championship bronze medalist, Denis Smoldarev as he battles heavyweight veteran Johnny Curtis from Virginia. Smoldarev, a native of Estonia, is currently 3-0 and advanced to the semi-final round M-1 Selection’s heavyweight tournament after submitting Niyaz Safarov last year. Curtis is on a seven-fight win streak and is looking to put the first blemish on Smoldarev’s record. This event will be televised on PHL 17 on a date to be announced.
Here is the full card:*
CFFC Welterweight Title:
Greg Soto vs. George Sullivan
CFFC Flyweight Title:
Sean Santella vs. Tuan Pham
CFFC Bantamweight Title:
Aljamain Sterling vs. Casey Johnson
Evan Chmielski vs. Artur Rofi
Kyle Cerminara vs. Jeremy Shifflett
Erik Purcell vs. Daniel Holmes
Raphael Chavez vs. Brian Kelleher
Mike Medrano vs. Matt Nice
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Brian Nielson
Johnny Curtis vs. Denis Smoldarev
Michael Wilcox vs. Shedrick Goodridge
Anthony Craparo vs. Travis Wynn
Jonavin Webb vs. Robert Gittens
*Card subject to change