At only 24 years of age, Solomon Renfro (7-1) is quickly becoming one of the most inquired about prospects in the sport, and for good measure. Renfro did more of the same in his CFFC 94 (Cage Fury Fighting Championship) bout, demolishing New England’s Nick Alley, who previously handed John Gotti III his lone career loss.
“It felt great,” Renfro stated. “I’ve envisioned it, ever since what happened December 18th [Renfro’s lone loss]. Now I am envisioning my next victory. It’ll be even better,” Renfro continued. “Nick Alley was very tough, [a] lot of guys would have fell earlier, my hat off to him, but I’m the greatest.”
Renfro tasted his only professional defeat on the previously mentioned date of December 18th. That loss came when Canada’s Mike Malott submitted the previously undefeated Renfro at CFFC 91. Although a blemish on the record, it was not the best version of the New York native on that night, as some sorrowing news changed the tide of that night.
“If I focus on the task at hand, no one in the world can beat me,” Renfro told MMA-Prospects. “I don’t want to make an excuse, but this is just a fact: I found out a close friend of mine had passed away about an hour before the fight … When I walked to the cage, I just couldn’t wait to be out of there.”
Renfro says he knows how his fight with Mallot would have went otherwise – something he claims Mallot’s gym, Team Alpha Male, also knows.
“Urijah Faber and them, Cody Garbrandt, they know what really would have happened. To this day they are still shocked [that] they won that night, they thank the Lord every night for it. We will cross paths again,” said Renfro.
As for the future for the promising prospect, Renfro is looking to secure a chance at a spot on the upcoming season of “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
“I’ll take anybody on the ‘Contender Series,'” Renfro said. “I can’t wait to perform. It is the Renfro Era. When I get the opportunity, it’ll be a showcase, you guys haven’t seen anything yet,” Renfro continued. “I can’t wait to show my fight IQ to the world.”
Between either a “Contender Series” fight or a short-notice UFC bout, the Tiger Schulmann’s student is ready to fight. However, he won’t wait forever. Renfro is more than happy to continue to perform on the CFFC stage until it is time for that next step and a call from UFC President Dana White.
“CFFC is a great promotion man,” Renfro told MMA-Prospects. “I’ll fight for them any day, [but] if the UFC comes calling I am there. I’d love to fight May or June for CFFC, knock someone the f*** out and finish the summer on DWCS or UFC.”
4/20/21 Correction: A previous version of the article said that Solomon Renfro is 6-1. The article has been revised to reflect his correct record, 7-1.