CFFC 90: Huckbody vs. Phillips Main Event Preview

Collin Huckbody
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 25: Collin Huckbody reacts after his submission over Kyron Bowen in a middleweight bout during week four of Dana White's Contender Series season four at UFC APEX on August 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Broadcast on UFC Fight Pass, Cage Fury FC returns with a bang this week. Finishing out 2020, the promotion will be hosting two events back-to-back. The focal point will be on Aaron Phillips versus Collin Huckbody, but the card has a lot of gems. Prior to the main event at CFFC 90, former UFC fighter Darrel Horcher goes against Vadim Ogar. However, for the sake of detail, let’s take a closer look at the main event with the belt attached.

With the Cage Fury FC vacant middleweight strap on the line, both athletes surely understand the magnitude behind the match-up. In the current state of the world, bigger promotions like UFC and Bellator MMA are always looking to expand their roster. Consequently, a big performance at CFFC 90 could clinch a contract or set them up with solid momentum entering the new year.

CFFC 90 Huckbody vs. Phillips – Vacant Middleweight Championship

Putting together a string of wins at Alaska FC, Phillips (5-1) presents a lot of problems for middleweights. Mainly his use of framing in scrambles enables him to leverage grappling positions well. In essence, that combined with his pressure is often too much for opponents to handle. One example of this came when Phillips fought the undefeated Jesse Hull, where he ultimately ended the fight with a rear-naked choke. In addition to his ground acumen, the athlete showed another wrinkle to his game in his most recent outing. At Alaska FC 155, Phillips opened a lot of eyes after finishing Jason Flowers with leg kicks in the second round. Overall the athlete enters the championship bout with a well-balanced game.

Riding a five-fight win streak, Huckbody (8-2) has shown incredible finishing instincts. All three of his last fights against Nick Wagner, Clarence Jordan, and Kyron Bowen ended by an arm-triangle choke. Interestingly, all three of those victories came in different rounds too, an indicator that Huckbody has no problems carrying strength throughout the entire fight. Also important to note, is that Huckbody found success on the Dana White Contender Series show, demonstrating that he has what it takes to be an elite athlete on the biggest stages.

Don’t miss either of the CFFC events happening Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 on UFC Fight Pass.