CFA: 2013 A YEAR IN REVIEW
Thrills, unpredictable, and full of surprises can sum up 2013 for Championship Fighting Alliance.
From debuting on national television to opening the cage to mma’s first transgender athlete, CFA was put on the sport’s map.
Let’s start off with CFA 09 “Night of Champions” on January 19, 2013, which was the first time CFA held a show outside of Miami-Dade County. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live opened the doors to Florida’s largest mixed martial arts spectacle. The night featured four titles in one night as Luiz Buscape Firmino defeated Luis Palomino for the inaugural lightweight title, Josh Sampo defeated Alexis Vila for the flyweight title, Marcelo Alfaya defeated Valdir Araujo for the welterweight title and Sean Soriano defeated Victor Delgado for the interim featherweight strap.
The night was a success leaving many in Broward County asking for more of CFA.
On March 2, CFA 10 took place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fl. featuring the main event of James McSweeney vs Dion Staring. The show was monumental as it featured CFA’s and Florida’s first ever all women’s tournament for the female 145-pound title and $25,000. The tournament featured Allanna Jones vs Kelsey De Santis; Peggy Morgan vs Revelina Berto; Ashlee Evans-Smith vs Tori Adams and Fallon Fox vs Ericka Newsome.
But the biggest surprise took place a few days after CFA 10 when Fox revealed to the national audience that she was a transgender mixed martial artist making her the first ever in the sport.
Flash forward to May 24, CFA made its national television debut on AXS TV with CFA 11 featuring the night’s main event Mike Kyle and Travis Wiuff. The night also showcased Fox vs Jones. It was a night of controversy, but it made headlines all over the world. CFA 11 trended on social media. The show on television was one of the most viewed mma events on the national network’s history.
In the fall, CFA debuted its new series of CFA Fight Night 1 at Bongos Cuban Café opening the doors to up-and-coming mixed martial artists, who want to make a name. The night featured Alexis Vila vs newcomer Wascar Cruz of Dominican Republic. Many other young fighters made a statement by winning in the venue located adjacent to the American Airlines Arena, home to the NBA champions Miami Heat.
The year wrapped up with CFA 12 on Oct. 12 live on AXS TV, which the world of mixed martial arts witnessed history. The night featured four titles on the line including the lightweight, women’s featherweight, flyweight and welterweight belts. The most capturing moment belonged to Ashlee Evans Smith who defeated Fallon Fox in an epic fight that had the world talking. The event trended on Twitter beating college football and major league baseball.
In an all out war, she TKO’d Fox to victory to become the first ever women’s featherweight champion of CFA. Also, Cuban American Yosdenis Cedeno defeated Torrance Taylor for the lightweight title, Valdir Araujo defeated Romario Manoel da Silva for the welterweight title and Josh Sampo defeated Sam Thao to keep his flyweight belt.
In December, for the second consecutive year, CFA won best promotion of 2013 from the Florida MMA awards.
CFA in 2013 was full of memories that rocked the mma world. In 2014, many more surprises and groundbreaking moves are promised. So stay tuned to a brand new year of CFA fights.