Monday Janurary 11, 2016 The ladies came to the rescue. They came to fight; to entertain, and left not a single seat with a butt still in it. It was Saturday night, January 9th, 2015. After 25 minutes of brutal exchanges and a few near submissions, CFFC had crowned their first ever female champion, Katlyn Chookagian, (125 lbs).

CFFC 55 lost their Featherweight championship main event, the morning of the fight. They lost two fights the night before, at weigh-ins. Not even three cancelled bouts could stop this freight train of exciting fights. The flyweight championship fight would take the main event slot.

Katlyn Chookagian Def Isabelly Varela Final

Katlyn Chookagian 5-0, and Isabelly Varela 7-0 threw down for 5 rounds. Isabelly was competitive in the first two rounds, but Katlyn was quicker to the punch and had better footwork. Even though Isabelly took her down a few times, Katlyn’s guard was impressive. She almost locked in a few triangles and an arm-bar. By the third round though, Isabelly had taken significant damage. From there, Katlyn picked her apart, but Isabelly impressed the entire crowd with her immense heart and determination.

The co-main event saw former CFFC Heavyweight champion, Plinio Cruz 7-6, take on ‘Bazooka’ Joe Stripling 8-8.  In his last fight Joe defeated current GPG Heavyweight champ Shelton Graves. The fight had fireworks written all over it, and it delivered. It definitely won my vote for fight of the night.

Stripling strutted and danced his way to the ring. He was just having a good time, and that is how he fought. It was an incredible fight, with more momentum shifts than the cage held wrapped fists. It was one of those fights, where either man could have taken the fight in the last-minute; Like a movie scene where two guys have beat the hell out of each other and are scrambling for the same gun.

Plinio Cruz Def Joe Stripling Final

In the end Plinio would earn the judges nod. The fight was so close though, that it drew a chorus of boos from the audience once the decision was read. Stripling announced his retirement at the end of the bout. He will shift his focus now on coaching the next generation of fighters.

Another highlight of the night was the beastly performance by Bassil Hafez. Both Bassil, and his opponent, Kendrick Mendez were making their pro debut. Bassil wasted no time in taking Kendrick down, securing a tight arm-bar and forcing him to tap.

You can see more photos of the event below.

CFFC 55 was overseen by the New Jersey Athletic Control Board, and was held at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. To learn more about Caged Fury Fighting Championships, visit their website,

By: Mozz Manzoor



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