It seems to be getting a little repetitive to state Azunna “Zu” Anyanwu successfully defended the Cage Fury Fighting Championship in his “first defense” as this is his third stretch holding the belt. That is exactly what happened though as Anyanwu defeated 42 year-old undefeated Miller Brothers standout Joe Pinto by fourth-round TKO in what could be viewed as the first defense of this run or his sixth title fight in CFFC. CFFC 61 took place October 29th at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ with an iPPV through GoFightLive and a delayed broadcast on CBSSN.
The main event was basically a boxing vs. kickboxing bout with heavyweight champion “Zu” Anyanwu trying to close the distance or counter against Joe Pinto.
Round one was mostly Zu taking the middle of the cage and Pinto using push kicks and the occasional head kick. In round 2 Pinto’s foot seemed to be injured while Zu managed to close the distance to land his devastating right hand, at one point knocking the challenger to the mat. In round 3 Zu started landing body shots while Pinto switched to punching combinations as the two closed the distance more. It was in round 4 that Zu countered a combination with a right hook that sent Pinto crashing to the mat with follow-up strikes sealing the deal for the TKO. With the win Zu improved to 11-5 with this being his first defense of the belt in his third run as CFFC champion.
Pinto’s first loss left the 43 year-old 2-1.
The co-main event saw Ricky Bandejas pick up a split decision over Miguel Restrepo. Both fighters showed a willingness to exchange kicks while Restrepo wanted to close the distance to use his submission skills on Bandejas, Bandejas chose to stick and move using a wide array of strikes. The split decision for Bandejas improved his pro record to a still-perfect 8-0, Restrepo’s unsuccessful promotional debut drops his record to 4-2-1.
CFFC 61 results
- Hopeton Stewart def. Nekruz Mirkojaev 4:45 R2 by TKO
- Corey Menafra def. Cesar Balmaceda 1:42 R2 by TKO
- Claudio Ledesma def. Tuan Pham by split decision
- Joseph Solecki def. Christopher Rollins 2:48 R1 by rear-naked choke
- Shawn Teed def. Jonathan Romero 3:07 R1 by Americana
- De’Alonzo Jackson def. Bassil Hafez by unanimous decision
- Ricky Bandejas def. Miguel Restrepo by unanimous decision
- Azunna Anyanwu def. Joe Pinto 3:14 R4 by TKO