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Cesar Balmaceda on Friday earned a first-round TKO over Chicago’s Damian Norris to win the interim Cage Fury Fighting Championships lightweight title at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

Buena Vista Township mixed martial arts fighter Mike Wilcox will get a title shot for Vineland-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships next month.

Wilcox (6-3), a Buena Regional High School graduate, will face Philadelphia’s Kyle Daukaus (5-0) for the vacant CFFC middleweight championship Feb. 16 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

He will try to become the fourth local fighter to win a regional title in MMA, following Atlantic City’s Cesar Balmaceda, Mays Landing’s Jeff Lentz and Millville’s Tim Williams.

Balmaceda just won the interim CFFC lightweight crown with a first-round TKO over Chicago’s Damian Norris on Dec. 14 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Lentz is a former bantamweight champion at both Cage Fury and Ring of Combat.

Williams held the middleweight title for Cage Fury.

Wilcox, 31, will be fighting for the fight time in more than a year. He posted a first-round submission over Cristhian Torres on May 20, 2017.

He’s won four of his last five fights and the wins all came via first-round submissions.

Daukaus, 25, is also a submission specialist, having won all five fights in two rounds or less. In his last outing, he posted a first-round win over Dustin Long on Nov. 18, 2018 at Ring of Combat at Tropicana Atlantic City.

Wilcox-Daukaus is the co-feature on a card headlined by another title fight.

CFFC welterweight champ Sean Brady (9-0), of Philadelphia, will defend his belt against Taj Abdul Hakim (8-1), of Queens, New York.

Tickets range from $59.25 to $179.25 and are available through CFFC.tv and the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena Box Office.

Both fights will be shown on UFC Fight Pass.

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