July 12, 2021

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Partners With Cage Fury Fighting Championships

Will Host First Live MMA event on September 16

Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) will bring the promotion’s signature brand of high-level mixed martial arts action to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa on Thursday, Sept. 16.

 The property’s Hard Rock Event Center will play host to CFFC’s historic 100th event. CFFC 100 will stream live on UFC FIGHT PASS and marks the first MMA event at the venue, which consistently hosts some of the nation’s hottest entertainers.

“We are excited to host this inaugural event at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa with Cage Fury Fighting Championships,” said Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa’s Director of Entertainment Steve Minick.

 CFFC lightweight champion Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov (5-1) and flyweight titleholder Phumi “Turbo” Nkuta (3-0) are each expected to put their belts on the line at CFFC 100, with their opponents set to be revealed shortly. CFFC strawweight champion Elise Reed (4-0) was tentatively scheduled to compete at the event as well, before she become the latest in an ever-increasing line of CFFC athletes to sign with the UFC.

 “We wanted to do something big to celebrate our historic 100th event and partnering with the incredible Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa allows us to do exactly that,” said CFFC President Rob Haydak. “Not only is this our first event in Florida as a promotion, but it’s also Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s first time hosting an MMA event and we look forward to bringing a fantastic night of action with some of the sport’s top talent as they look to secure a spot in MMA’s biggest global promotions.”

 Former WWE champion and two-time UFC veteran CM Punk will call the action alongside MMA Junkie lead staff reporter John Morgan on UFC FIGHT PASS.

 Presale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, July 14, at 10 a.m. with an exclusive code. Tickets priced starting at $55 will be available Friday, July 16, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster or

Stay tuned to for future announcements regarding CFFC 100. A full lineup for the card will be announced shortly.

About Cage Fury Fighting Championships

Considered one of the best regional, developmental mixed martial arts organizations in the industry, Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) hosts events across the United States with an emphasis on cultivating the best and brightest talent in the sport. CFFC events are broadcast live on UFC FIGHT PASS, the leading digital subscription service for fight fans. Founded in 2006, CFFC has served as home to a variety of UFC stars, including Anthony Smith, Jimmie Rivera, Aljamain Sterling, Kimbo Slice, Paul Felder, Jim Miller, Nick Catone, Lyman Good, Katlyn Chookagian, Shane Burgos, and Jared Gordon. Led by its respected President Rob Haydak, CFFC’s executive team consists of sports and entertainment industry executives who have worked for some of the most prestigious brands in the world.

 About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is one of the largest and most successful casinos in the world offering award-winning gaming, hospitality, and entertainment. The casino features nearly 5,000 of the hottest slot machines, 179 table games and a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables. Additionally, the property offers a smoke-free Mezzanine Level Casino. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and the property proudly offers ten restaurants, including the upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill, as well as the new elegant Italian restaurant, Cipresso. Recent openings include a new hotel tower, an elevated arrival experience, the Hard Rock Event Center and Rock Spa® & Salon. The resort is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.​

About Hard Rock®:

Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies with venues in 248 locations spanning 70 countries that include owned, licensed, or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops®, Cafes and Hard Rock Live concert halls.  Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns and showcases the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces. In 2020, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s Best Employers for Diversity and Top Employers for Women.  Hard Rock was recognized as one of the top performing hotel brands in J.D. Power’s 2020 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study for the second consecutive year.  HRI destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located. The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International visit or