Updated: September 5, 2013

For Immediate Release

September 5, 2013



CFA Flyweight title Josh Sampo vs Sam Thao for the title

Fallon Fox vs Ashlee Evans-Smith in the all women’s finals for the CFA women’s featherweight title and $20,000

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Tickets on sale at Friday Sept. 6


Miami, Fl.–Championship Fighting Alliance’s CEO Jorge de la Noval has announced that four titles will be on the line at Coral Gables’ BankUnited Center for CFA 12 Oct. 12 airing live on AXS TV.

In the night’s televised main event, CFA flyweight champion Josh Sampo (9-2) will put his gold up for grabs as he meets CFA newcomer Sam Thao (7-1).

CFA 12’s co-main event will showcase the all women’s tournament finals with Fallon Fox (3-0) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (1-0) for the CFA women’s featherweight title and $20,000.

Also on the card, interim featherweight champion Sean Soriano (8-0) will face off against CFA veteran Peter Grimes (12-8)  and E.J. Brooks (7-1)  will duke it out with Yoisdenis Cedeno (8-2) for the vacant CFA lightweight title. The card will also feature stars like Luis “Baboon” Palomino and future athletes promising to be the next big thing in mixed martial arts.

Tickets for the nationally televised event, which will air on AXS TV, start at $29 and go on sale Friday, September 6 at all Ticketmaster locations,, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and via

The live show will air on AXS TV, a network operated by entrepreneurs Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest, starting at 9 p.m. ET. Doors open at 6 p.m. ET.

“This is a powerful fight card that promises to deliver. It will have the entire country talking,” said CFA CEO Jorge de la Noval. “Our main event features our flyweight champion Josh Sampo versus newcomer Sam Thao, who will become a major star in mma. Plus, who can forget about Fallon Fox and Ashlee Evans-Smith. It is an unpredictable fight for the inaugural CFA women’s featherweight title and $20,000. Cedeno and Brooks for the vacant title and Soriano vs Grimes will also put on a show. All of these fights can be a main event.”

Sampo (9-2) defeated Alexis Vila at CFA Night of Champions in January for the flyweight title coming in as an underdog. The top ten-flyweight fighter proved critics wrong as he submitted the former Bellator fighter in the fifth round. The top ten flyweight trains at St. Charles MMA in Missouri and has also defeated top contenders like WEC/UFC veteran Antonio Banuelos. He took time off to focus on his studies earning a masters degree in education, but is ready to defend his title for the first time.

On the other hand, Wisconsin’s Thao (7-1) is being eyed as the future in the flyweight division. Although he hasn’t competed since October of 2012, when he defeated Nate Williams via decision, Thao is ready for action and is looking forward to make an impact in mixed martial arts. The young flyweight fighter has earned four knockout victories.

The 5’7” undefeated Fallon Fox (3-0) fights out of Midwest Training Center in Chicago. To advance to the finals, she submitted Allanna Jones in the third round at 3:36 at CFA 11 in May.  She held an undefeated record as an amateur (3-0) with all victories coming via submission. Prior to defeating Jones, she defeated Ericka Newsome in the first round. Fox made sports history as she disclosed being the first transgender athlete in Mixed Martial Arts.

The 5’8 undefeated Ashlee Evans Smith (1-0) is a four time All-American in college wrestling. She has a 5-4 record in amateur MMA. In the past, she has trained with UFC fighter Mark Munoz and currently trains at Subfighter MMA with coach Adam Lynn. She won the 140-pound belt from Tuff-n-Uff. She was also a tri-state champion in California, Washington and Oregon from 2002-05. In the opening round of the all women tournament, she defeated her former MMA coach Tori Adams via decision. Smith received a bye in the semi-finals.

The young 23-year-old champion Soriano (8-0), fought five grueling rounds against Puerto Rican Elvin Leon Brito at CFA 11 to keep his interim CFA lightweight title. The Hispanic fighter has been undefeated since he first started his career back in 2009. He trains at the Blackzillians camp in Boca Raton, Fl. with the likes of Rashad Evans. He will be making his second title defense and fourth CFA appearance.

Grimes (12-8) returns to CFA action after defeating MMA veteran Charles Bennett at CFA 06 by submission. The Illinois fighter has more than 15 fights under his belt and has competed with UFC veteran Junior Assuncao and former CFA featherweight champion Luis Palomino.

The Cuban born Cedeno (8-2) has a five fight win streak with his latest victory coming at CFA 11 against rising star Trent McCown. The Pink Panther will be making his fifth appearance and trains out of MMA Masters in Miami. He holds six knockout and two decision victories.

Brooks (7-1) is a Bellator veteran and is coming off a loss against Darrell Horcher by way of knockout back in October 2012. The Missouri fighter trains out of St. Charles MMA.



Championship Fighting Alliance (“CFA”) is a Florida based enterprise working to raise awareness of Mixed Martial Arts (“MMA”). Over the years, MMA has moved from an emerging athletic genre to a mainstream sport. MMA is breaking all stereotypes with its fan base and is quickly being embraced by a much larger and more diverse audience. CFA has been awarded as top MMA promotion in Florida.

About BankUnited Center at UM


The BankUnited Center, an 8,000 seat multipurpose entertainment facility located on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, hosts concerts, family shows, trade shows, lecture series, sporting events and the University of Miami men’s and women’s basketball teams.  For more information call 305-284-8686 or The BankUnited Center is located at 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.



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