Cage Fury Fighting Championships inks deal with UFC Fight Pass, debuts Dec. 14
One of MMA’s top regional organizations, Cage Fury Fighting Championships, is the latest addition to the UFC Fight Pass lineup.
MMAjunkie today learned from promotion officials that CFFC has agreed to a new media rights agreement with the UFC’s digital streaming service that commences with CFFC 71, which takes place Dec. 14 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.
“When we set out to be the gold standard in regional fight promotions, we knew we needed to be associated with the very best in the industry, so we’ve always had our sights set high on UFC Fight Pass,” CFFC President Rob Haydak stated. “This is a huge opportunity for us, and we look forward to delivering great fights in the years ahead on UFC Fight Pass.
“Our job and future as an organization is simple: Make the best fights with the best prospects, and help them become major stars of the future.”
MMAjunkie learned from multiple people with knowledge of the agreement that former UFC executive Dave Sholler, now with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, is a part of CFFC’s new ownership group and was involved alongside Haydak in closing the deal.
The first UFC Fight Pass-streamed CFFC event includes three title fights, with undefeated lightweight Cesar Balmaceda (5-0) taken on an opponent yet to be named in an interim lightweight title fight, current featherweight champ Pat Sabatini (9-2) looking to defend his belt against Da'Mon Blackshear (6-2), and bantamweights Alexander Keshtov (8-0) and Nurbergen Sharipov (8-1) competing for a vacant bantamweight title.
Originally launched in 2006 as a New Jersey-based promotion, CFFC veterans who later competed for the UFC includes Shane Burgos, Nick Catone, Katlyn Chookagian, Paul Felder, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, Jared Gordon, Lyman Good, Jim Miller, Jimmie Rivera, Anthony Smith and Aljamain Sterling, among others.