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CFFC returns to its home state of Pennsylvania for the last time in 2021 to host CFFC 102 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday night. MMA Sucka will cover CFFC 102 and more right here.

The card features 10 total bouts, six pro and four amateur. In the main event UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator veteran Nah-Shon Burrell (18-11) looks to add to his three-fight win streak as he takes on fellow UFC veteran Kyle Stewart (14-4). Co-headlining the card are five-time CFFC veteran, Ryan Rizco (4-1), and undefeated CFFC debutant, Yanal Ashmoz (5-0). Also on the card, Jose Perez (4-1) makes a quick turnaround as he faces Isa Dalipaj (3-0) and highly touted prospects Thad Jean (1-0) and Will Spann (0-0) make their promotional debut.

Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Kyle Stewart

CFFC brings us an absolute banger of a main event between two middleweights who have experience at the highest level. Nah-Shon Burrell has an unbelievable resume for someone on the regional scene. He made his Strikeforce debut in 2011 and earned himself a UFC call-up after going 3-1 in the promotion. After a convincing victory in his UFC debut, Burrell was matched up with some of the highest level martial artists on the planet; Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, Michael Page and Andrey Koreshkov to name a few. After a two-fight stint with the UFC and a three-fight stint with Bellator, he found his way back to the regional scene. Burrell made his CFFC debut in 2015 against current UFC welterweight and former Bellator welterweight champion Lyman Good. After a four-fight skid starting in 2017, Burrell took a couple years off. In his return to the cage in 2020 at CFFC 84, he unleashed a new beast earning his first and lone submission win. Since that day, the 31-year-old has tallied two more finishes in two more bouts with CFFC. Burrell is nothing short of a knockout artist finishing 12 of his 19 victories in that fashion. With that being said Burrell will have his hands full with Kyle Stewart.

Stewart is set to make his CFFC debut coming off a knockout victory over John Poppie at Cage Warriors 126 back in August. The 32-year-old’s resume is one to make note of as he holds victories over Jason Jackson and Jaleel Willis.┬áHe also has shared the cage with Eric Koch, Chris Curtis and Chance Rencountre. Since the MMA Lab product’s two-fight UFC stint, he’s put together a 3-1 record and scored all his wins by finish, two in the first round. Like Burrell, Stewart’s a finisher; he holds 10 of his 14 wins by way of stoppage and all of his last four bouts have ended in under 12 minutes. Stewart has been getting work in with top UFC middleweight contender Jared Cannonier, so expect him to be extremely prepared for whatever comes his way. It’s safe to say CFFC has given the fans a treat on Halloween weekend with this scrap, as both guys will seek a finish as quick as possible.

Ryan Rizco vs. Yanal Ashmoz

In the co-main event, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, Ryan Rizco, is set to make his sixth walk to the CFFC cage. Doing his training at Nick Catone MMA, he gets work in with tons of CFFC veterans and high level fighters like Sean Santella, Frankie Perez and Santo Curatolo. Spending the entirety of his pro MMA career with CFFC and being from the tri-state area, expect Rizco to get quite to ovation on fight night. He kicked off his pro career with a bang, dominating his first opponent and finishing his second by second round finish. However, his win streak took a halt as Paris Artis earned a victory over him at CFFC 87 exactly a year to date from this upcoming bout. Following the loss to Artis, the 28-year-old bounced back in stellar fashion earning a decision win over Adam De Freitas in March of this year and submitting Feraris Golden Jr. in July. Rizco will partake in a clash of styles as he steps in with Israeli striker Yanal Ashmoz.

Ashmoz is nothing short of extremely entertaining; the Israeli loves every bit of a stand-up war. He does his training out of the Danny Hazan Academy and K-Dojo Warrior Tribe. In Ashmoz’s five pro wins, all have come by way of finish, four of which have come by knockout. This will be an interesting bout, considering the lack of footage and information about the Israeli however, his style is a recipe for an exciting matchup. Overall, this will be an intriguing bout and well worthy of that co-main event slot.

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