Despite the severe storm that knocked out power to most of coastal Atlantic County in New Jersey, the lights were on and the air conditioning was cold at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. The fans were also not deterred by the inclement weather as they packed the house for Cage Fury Fighting Championships 15.

The card, which was amended to included two fights from a cancelled Universal Combat Championship (UCC) event, was packed with great local MMA talent. A total of nine fights, including two prelims, didn’t fail to deliver it’s own fury to Atlantic City.

Williams secures choke to submit Rumsey

The main event saw the return of Tim “The South Jersey Strangler” Williams (6-0), from Bridgeton, N.J., in a middleweight bout against Lewis “The Beast” Rumsey (8-7), fighting out of Williamsport, Pa. The crowd was very much in support of “The Strangler’s” return to the cage despite concerns over his injury last year.

Both fighters came out banging, and Williams soon had a badly bleeding cut below his eye. Williams quickly battled back, getting the win by rear-naked choke at 3:05 of the first round.

Berzin submits Holmes

The co-main event was a light heavyweight bout that pitted Philadelphia-based Anton Berzin (1-1) against Danny “Relentless” Holmes (2-0) from Washington Township, N.J.

In an explosive first round, Berzin took down Holmes and got the submission by way of an armbar at the 2:37 mark.

Stewart wastes little time in scoring a TKO victory against Tavares

The seventh fight of the night featured one of the top light heavyweights in the Northeast, Mike Stewart (7-3) from Yonkers, N.Y., against Erick Tavares (5-9), representing Hackensack, N.J.

This was a fast and furious fight between these two brawlers. Stewart peppered Tavares with a series of blows to the head to get the TKO  just 42 seconds into the fight.

Walos takes judges’ nod over Desir

New Yorker Bradley “Featherstone” Desir (2-0) squared off against Emmanuel Walo (1-1) of Jersey Cit, N.J., in a welterweight bout that went the distance.

The opening minute of the first round saw Desir try to lock up Walo, but Walo quickly took down Desir after the ref broke them up. Walo’s ground game came into play, as he landed several hard elbows to his opponent’s head to close out the round.

The pace slowed considerably for the remaining two rounds as both fighters looked winded from the action of the first. Walo maintained control for these rounds as well, and took all three rounds on the judges’ scorecards for the unanimous decision victory.

Fabrizi scores knockout in pre debut

The fifth fight of the night was a lightweight bout pitting Robert Fabrizi (1-0) from Millville, N.J., against local Atlantic City fighter Jeremy Uy (0-1).

Fabrizi’s camp was very much in attendance for this bout, and the hall was at a fever pitch as the round started. Fabrizi and Uy both came out swinging big. Fabrizi quickly dominated the fight, landing a flurry of blows and knocking out Uy at 1:35 of the opening stanza.

Harris records TKO over Goodridge

Next up was a middleweight bout at a catchweight of 190 pounds between Shedrick “The Chocolate Thunder” Goodridge (2-1) from Rahway, N.J. and “T-Rex” Rex Harris (3-1) from West Pittson, Pa.

The pace was slow with both fighters struggling to gain position for most of the opening round. In the closing seconds, Harris was able to get Goodridge up against the cage and landed several crushing knees to his head. Goodridge survived the round, but the bout ended in a doctor’s stoppage and a TKO win for Harris.

Murray submits Mima

The main card started with a bantamweight bout with Michael Murray (4-3) of Elmwood Park, N.J., squaring off against Darren “The Mean One” Mima (0-0) from Kingston, N.Y.

Mima had control in the first round and landed a good right with 1:20 to go, taking Murray to the ground for the remainder of the round.

Round two ended swiftly for Mima when he quickly tapped after Murray locked in an armbar just 42 seconds into the frame.

Preliminary Card

The final prelim was a lightweight bout between Philadelphian Judiah Ciervo (1-2) and Lenny “Small Town” Baker (0-0) from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Baker, who was making his professional debut, controlled the action from the very start. He landed several blows to Ciervo’s head and then landed a massive left hook to knock out Ciervo at 4:29 of the first round.

The prelims featured one of the cancelled UCC 5 bouts, which matched Darrius Heyliger (3-0) from Cortland, N.Y., against Yusuf Yoldas (1-2) from Boonton, N.J.  Yoldas dominated the fight for all three rounds. Yoldas landed a barrage of strikes and kicks to the head of Heyliger, then took the match to the ground where he closed it out with a triangle-hold submission for the victory at the end of the third stanza, leveling his professional record at 2-2.

Full Results

Tim Williams def. Lewis Rumsey by submission(rear naked choke) Round 1, 3:05
Anton Berzin def. Danny Holmes by submission(arm bar) Round 1, 2:37
Mike Stewart def. Erick Tavares by TKO Round 1, 0:42
Emmanuel Walo def. Bradley Desir  by unanimous decision (30-27)
Robert Fabrizi def. Jeremy Uy by KO Round 1, 1:35
Rex Harris def. Shedrick Goodridge by TKO(doctor stoppage) end of Round 1
Michael Murray def. Darren Mima by submission(arm bar) Round 2, 0:42
Lenny Baker def. Judiah Ciervo by KO Round 1, 4:29
Yusuf Yoldas def. Darrius Heyliger by submission(triangle hold) Round 3, 2:42

Photo: Williams chokes out Rumsey (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

This piece was authored by Brian Pizza and Mike Whittles, hosts of the Knights of the Clown Table podcast.  You can find Brian on Twitter at @SirAxman and Mike at @vaderloveswdw