BRICK — Brick Township’s own Ricky Bandejas is now the Interim Bantamweight Champion of the Cage Fury Fighting Championship [CFFC] after his one-round win over Giorgio Kudukhashvili on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. “It’s somewhere a couple of years ago I would hoped I could be and now that I’m here it’s surreal. It feels good,” said Bandejas on winning the title fight. Last Saturday, Bandejas went one round with Kudukhashvili, coming out with the victory via TKO [Doctor stoppage] putting him at 9-1 in his professional career. “It [the fight] started off a little slow and the guy hit me a little bit and took me like two minutes to wake up,” said Bandejas. “I decided to wake up and beat him up and it was history after that. I was just trying to put pressure on the guy.” Bandejas, a 2010 graduate of Brick Township High School, wrestles at Nick Catone Mixed Martial Arts. Catone, is also a Brick native, who wrestled for Brick Memorial High School, the Division I collegiate level and even had a stint in the Ultimate Fighting Championship [UFC]. “It was definitely one of the sharper fights I’ve seen of him. He went out there and executed everything. We have a lot of stuff that we’ve been working on for quite some time now,” said Catone of his fighter.
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