CFFC 98 takes place at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, June 3.

CFFC 98 results: Evan Cutts vs. Yohan Lainesse

Yohan Lainesse defeated Evan Cutts via second-round TKO to become the new CFFC welterweight champion in the CFFC 98 headliner on Saturday, July 3.

Cutts found his groove in round two before Lainesse rocked the former champion inside the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lainesse swarmed the champion against the fence, forcing the referee to step in.

The Canadian wins his first professional title.

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The Cage Fury Fighting Championships welterweight belt is on the line as Evan Cutts makes his first title defense against the undefeated Yohan Lainesse in the CFFC 98 headliner on Saturday, July 3.

The 170-pound scrap is one of 11 fights on the card, including seven professional bouts inside the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The co-main event features the return of former CFFC flyweight champion Santo Curatolo, who meets Dilshod Zaripov.

Also featured on the main card is a welterweight bout between Solomon Renfro and Lee Lilly.

Cutts is on a two fight-win streak, including a split-decision title victory over the former champ Bassil Hafez at CFFC 94 last April. Cutts is a seasoned veteran, who competed against serveral UFC veterans. The 30-year-old owns a decision victory over current UFC welterweight Ramiz Brahimaj.

Lainesse is less experiences, but still unbeaten at 6-0. He is coming off a dominant unanimous-decision win against Troy Green at CFFC 93 in March.

Curatolo is coming off his first professional defeat, a second-round TKO defeat to Alberto Trujillo in October. The Nick Catone MMA product kicked off his career with five-straight first-round finishes, including a title victory against James Mancini at CFFC 82 last August.

Renfro rebounded in a big way from his first professional loss in his last appearance. He put away Nick Alley via first-round TKO at CFFC 94. Lee Lilly, a Titan FC veteran, won one out of his last three bouts. He is coming off a first-round TKO via leg kick against Alex Rojas at Titan FC 62 almost a year ago.

CFFC 98 results:

Todd Box [1-1] vs. Mark Grey [2-0]

Mark Grey wrestled his way to a dominant unanimous decision win over Todd Box.

Grey immediately shot for a takedown. Grey controlled for most the first round, not landing a ton of ground and pound.

Grey sticks to same game plan in round two. He scored an early takedown and maintained control.

Box initiated the striking in round three, but Grey caught Box with a right hand. Grey swarmed Grey and landed in top position.

Box made it to his feet, but Grey returned him to the canvas.

Grey stays unbeaten and moves to 3-0. Box falls to 1-2.


Nick Gebhard [0-1] vs. Kasaun Tramel [1-1]

Kasaun Tramel survived a second-round knockout to earn a split decision over Nick Gebhard.

Both men battle for back mount and let their hands fly at the end of the round. Close round, but Gebhard controlled the fight more.

Gebhard rocks Tramel with a right hand. Gebhard immediately sinks in a guillotine. Gebhard transition to top side with the guillotine.

Tramel defends, but Gebhard finishes round two on top.

Gebhard takes a low kick to the cup, short break in the action. The two battle for position, scramble, Tramel ends up in guard. Close fight.

Tramel moves to 2-1, while Gebhard falls to 0-2.

Riley Palmer [Amateur debut] vs. Renato De Azevedo [1-0]

Riley Palmer dominated from start to finish to earn a unanimous decision win over Renato De Azevedo.

Crowd favored Palmer. Palmer immediately shot for a takedown and controlled position for the entire first round.

Palmer scored a takedown and secured back position. Palmer transitioned to full mount. Palmer ends the round in side control.

De Azevedo lost his cup, forcing referee Bill Bookwalter to call a break in action. Round took place mostly on the feet, but Palmer capped the round with a takedown.

Palmer wins his professional debut, while De Azevedo suffers his first defeat, drops to 1-1.


Elvis Quiles vs. Saige Gomez [Amateur debut]

Elvis Quiles came away with a unanimous decision win against Saige Gomez.

They did not touch gloves and turned up the pace. Both men traded strikes in round one. Quiles shot for late takedown, but Gomez stuffed it.

Similar to round one, high output. Quiles failed to get a takedown. Gomez suffered a cut around his right eye.

Quiles countered nicely in the third. Gomez looks to clinch after a takedown attempt from Quiles. Busy fight for both guys.

Quiles improves to 2-0, while Gomez falls in debut, 0-1.


Jonathan DiLorenzo [3-0] vs. Mike Dakessian [4-1]

Jonathan DiLorenzo outworked Mike Dakessian to earn a unanimous decision win, his first fight in over two years.

DiLorenzo used the leg kicks often, peppered the leg of Dakessian. Dakessian turned it on late, but DiLorenzo landed a big right hand. Dakessian’s face showed damage.

DiLorenzo slowed down in round two. Dakessian landed a big right hand with about a minute and a half left. Dakessian came forward, pushed the pace in the second.

Dakessian scored a takedown, but DiLorenzo scrambled to his feet quickly. Dakessian ended up on his back. DiLorenzo finishes the round on top.

DiLorenzo moved to 4-0, while Dakessian drops to 4-2.


Zachary Burhans [3-4] vs. Joseph Schick [2-2]

Joseph Schick came behind from lopsided first round and slept Zachary Burns with a right hand in the second round.

Burhans and Schick scrapped in round one with Burhans landing the better shots on the feet. Burhans dropped Schick briefly. Schick attempted three takedowns, scored on in the last seconds of round one.

Schick stuns Burhans, both men swinging. Schick lands a right hand and puts Burhans to sleep.

Schick moves to 3-2, while Burhans falls to 3-5.


Tyson Craig [1-0] vs. Isa Dalipaj [2-0]

Isa Dalipaj poured on the strikes for a second-round TKO win over Tyson Craig.

Both men traded on the feet. Craig landed a big right hand. Dalipaj earned back control and landed ground and pound.

Dalipaj moved to guard. Dalipaj rained down hammer fists. Craig got back to his feet and fired back with punches. The two were swinging.

Dalipaj landed a head kick, but Craig kept standing in round one.

A slower start in round two. Dalipag surprised Craig with a leg sweep and landed a right hand as he came back up.

Dalipaj scored a takedown with about three minutes left in the second round. Craig made his way back to his feet.

Craig showed fatigue as Dalipas continued to land strikes. Dalipaj wobbled craig, landed a right and referee Bill Bookwalter steps in.

Dalipaj remains unbeaten and moves to 3-0. Craig falls to 1-1.

Miles Lee [1-0] vs. Liam Anderson [2-1]

Miles Lee earned takedown after takedown to defeat Liam Anderson by unanimous decision.

Lee kept the taller Anderson at bay early with leg kicks, then scored a takedown. Lee controlled Anderson for the remainder of the round.

Referee Gasper Oliver warned Anderson about grabbing the fence between rounds.

Lee muscled Anderson to the mat again. Referee Gasper Oliver deducted a point away from Anderson after he grabbed the cage again. Lee scored another takedown.

Anderson managed to get to his feet and put together two crisp combinations. Lee stuck to wrestling and scored another takedown. Anderson stood, clinched by Lee.

Anderson pushed the pace early. Lee scored another takedown to slow down Anderson. Oliver stood the two up for inactivity.

Lee shot for a takedown, but fell to his back. Anderson gained top position and attempted an arm-bar. Lee escaped and finished the fight in the top position.

Lee improves to a perfect 2-0, while Anderson falls to even at 2-2.

Ryan Rizco [3-1] vs. Feraris Golden Jr. [3-0]

Ryan Rizco’s ground game proved superior with a second-round rear-naked choke victory over Feraris Golden Jr.

Slow start for Rizco and Golden. Rizco scored a takedown less than two minutes into the fight. Rizco dominated on the ground, looked for a submission.

Golden capitalized and stayed busy with ground and pound. Rizco countered and ends up back on top. Rizco ended round on top.

Both men seemed content to stand. Golden accidentally pokes Rizco in the eye. Doctor gave Rizco the thumbs up and action continued. Rizco shot for a takedown immediately.

Rizco took the back and sank in the rear-naked choke. Golden forced to tap.

Rizco improves to 4-1, while Golden drops his first loss, 3-1.

Solomon Renfro [7-1] vs.  Lee Lilly [7-4]

A jab from Solomon Renfro put Lee Lilly out cold in round 1.

Both men threw hard punches at the start. Renfro stunned Lilly with a left jab and swarmed Lilly. Renfro finishes the job with a hammer fist.

Solomon Renfro makes a statement as he moves to 8-1, Lilly falls to 7-5.

Santo Curatolo [5-1] vs. Dilshod Zaripov [4-1]

Santo Curatolo re-entered the win column by knocking out Dilshod Zaripov with a right hand in round one.

After a brief exchange on the feet, Curatolo threw Zaripov and moved to side control. Zaripov found and opening back to his feet.

Caratolo lands a right hand. Curatolo gets back control.

Zaripov managed to shake Curatolo off. Carutalo earned another takedown. Curatolo ended round on top.

Curatolo controlling the pace in second. Curatolo abandoned the takedown and looked to stand.

Curatolo lands a right hand and Zaripov goes down for good. That’s it.

Curatolo moves to 6-1 and Zaripov drops to 4-2.

Evan Cutts [C 12-4] vs. Yohan Lainesse [6-0]

Yohan Lainesse stopped Evan Cutts in round two to become the new CFFC welterweight champion.

Both men traded shots on the chin. Lainesse countered well, but Cutts kept coming. Lainesse suffered a cut by his left eye.

The two both landed, but Lainesse landed more significant strikes. Cutts making contact, cut on Lainesse worsened. Lainesse tried for a takedown late in the first.

Lainesse came out a little slower, appeared tired. Cutts landed a knee to start the round. Cutts landed more volume in round two.

Lainesse caught Cutts, the champion covered up. Lainesse swarmed Cutts against the cage and earned the finish and title.

Cutts protests the stoppage.

Lainesse wins title and improves to 7-0, while Cutts falls to 12-5.

Main Card [UFC Fight Pass 8 p.m. ET]

Official decision: Yohan Lainesse def. Evan Cutts via TKO at in round 2. Lainesse becomes new CFFC welterweight champion.

Official decision: Santo Curatolo def. Dilshod Zaripov at 1:59 in round 2.

Official decision: Solomon Renfro def. Lee Lilly via knockout at 1:39 in round 1.

Official decision: Ryan Rizco def. Feraris Golden Jr. via submission [rear-naked choke] at 1:47 in round 2.

Official decision: Miles Lee def. Liam Anderson via unanimous decision [30-26 3x]

Official decision: Isa Dalipaj def. Tyson Craig via TKO [strike]  3:57 in round 2.

Prelminary Card [Youtube/Facebook 6 p.m. ET]

Official decision: Joseph Schick def. Zachary Burhans via knockout at 0:28 in round 2.

Official decision: Jonathan DiLorenzo def. Mike Dakessian via unanimous decision [30-27 3x].

Official decision: Elvis Quiles def. Saige Gomez via unanimous decision [30-27, 29-28, 30-27].

Official decision. Riley Palmer def. Renato De Azevedo via unanimous decision [30-27 3x].

Official decision : Nick Gebhard [0-1] vs. Kasaun Tramel def. Nick Gebhard via split decision [29-28, 28-29, 29-28].

Official decision: Mark Grey def. Todd Box via unanimous decision [30-27 3x].




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