Cage Fury Fighting Championships returned to Richmond, Virginia to deliver another great night of MMA action with CFFC XXI. Pro and amateur MMA fighters from around the Mid-Atlantic area competed on this 12-bout card held that saw 6 finishes at the Richmond International Raceway as CFFC continued to keep its stranglehold on the prime MMA real estate that is Virginia as the CFFC expansion and domination continues along the Eastern seaboard.
In the main event, northern Virginia native Justin "The Butcher" Hickey (7-3) defeated Richmond's own and hometown hero Bryan "The Angry Elf" Lashomb (5-2) via majority decision after a hard fought battle in the bantamweight division by both competitors. Hickey who trains out of the world-renowned Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico, set the pace early on. Hickey controlled the first round in the standup using a nice clinch as well as on the ground by controlling the action. Hickey landed a nice throw for a takedown. After a quick scramble on the ground and another takedown by Hickey, Lashomb did secure a leg of Hickey's and looked for a kneebar, but Hickey powered out of the hold and landed a series of right hands to Lashomb's face that broke the hold. They made it to their feet and again, Lashomb went for a rolling kneebar that Hickey was able to break free of. A terrific opening round. In round two, it was Lashomb that looked for a takedown as he bulled Hickey into the corner looking for a double leg. But Hickey showed off a great wrestling base but stuffing the attempt and then firing off punches to Lashomb which bloodied up Lashomb's nose and then securing a takedown against the cage of his own. Lashomb worked tirelessly to get back to his feet and he did where the two continued to throw punches and kicks as the bell sounded to end the second round. In round three, both fighters fired off strikes in the standup game. Hickey landed an overhand right that sent Lashomb to the mat and then landed a knee to Lashomb while Lashomb's hand was on the ground, prompting the ref to take away one point. That seemed to be a bit much by the ref who didn't even give a warning and both fighters where in the midst of exchanging and the strike was not thrown with malicious intent. Hickey was outraged and rightfully so. As the fight continued, Hickey continued to land strikes, but Lashomb executed a perfect slam for the takedown. Hickey got back up and was able to score one final takedown as the fight ended. A great main event.
In other action, Elder "El Psycho" Ramos defeated "Bulletproof" Bryan Lane via TKO in round one. There was some great grappling early on in this bout. Ramos landed an awkward throw to get the fight initially to the mat. After a quick scramble, Lane then got a single leg takedown of his own. Lane got Ramos' back and looked for a rear naked choke then transitioned to an armbar but Ramos stayed cool, calm and collected. Ramos escaped as both fighters got back to their feet where Ramos landed an overhand right that sent Lane crashing down to the mat. Ramos continued to hammer away on Lane on the mat until Lane was able to get to his feet where he was dropped once again by a punch. Ramos knocked Lane down a couple more times and threw about 50 more punches with most landing as the ref finally stepped in and stopped the bout.
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