Three title matches, two new champions and a farewell to mixed martial arts.
CES MMA kicks up to 2020 with a triple ladder to recall on Friday, January 24, featuring three world-title bouts and exclusively on the UFC Fight PASS from the Twin River Casino Hotel.
Former World Featherweight Champion Matt Bassett (23-9, 7 KO) has won the title so far to bring the CES MMA 60 to the CES MMA World of the Headline 60 in front of Charles Cheeks III of Houston (14-7, 1 KO). The name is done to obtain the Featherweight Championship bout.
Also heading the title are Cromwell, CT, prospect Johnny Lopez (12-4) and Pennsylvania’s Blaine Shute (7-4), who fight in a five-round battle for the World Flyweight Championship before promotion, Ces MMA ruled as World Heavyweight Champion. Greg Rebelo (25-9, 16 KO) placed his title on the line for the last time in his retirement bout.
The championship starts at 9 pm on the Triplefeller Stream Color Commentary, with play-by-play man Michael Prentice and UFC veterans Tom Lawler and Joe Lawson Fight Pass. Doors open at 6 with an early opening bout scheduled for 7.
Tickets start at $ 47 and are available at www.cesmma.com or www.showclix.com or by phone at 401-724-2253. Membership of FASS PASS is available at www.ufcfightpass.com.
The winged crown of CES MMA is again slated for the grave, with former titleholder Bassett having a tall order against the veteran of Cheek, Legacy FC, and LFA. Bassett retained the title from 2016 to 2018 and vacated it for his promotion at the UFC.
Bassett recently returned to CES MMA in March with a win over Tim Dooling over CES MMA 55 in Connecticut.
Lopez and Shutte compete for the inaugural Flavat Championship, each winning impressive wins on their resumes. The red-hot Lopez has won his final four while Shutt has won four in a row on the Pennsylvania circuit.
Win, lose or draw, Rebelo stepped into the sunset on 24 January, having a career in which he played 25 matches, including 16 knockouts.
A veteran of Danna White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series, Rebelo won the heavyweight title against Travis Weff at CES MMA 48 and defended it with a knockout win over Kevin Healy in July.
In addition to the three championship bouts, the FASS PASS main card features the return of UFC light heavyweight William Knight in a dangerous Marcos avenging performance with Rocky Edwards and long-time red-hot undefeated welterweight prospect John Giddy III.
Atomvites Marissa Messer-Belenchia and Delaney Owen are in a seven-month cage, knocked out of their professional boxing matches against each other, which Messer-Belenchia won by unanimous decision.
Popular strawweight Hilary Rose returns in search of her fourth consecutive win and faces bantamweight Richie Santiago, VT Giorgi Kudakhshvili.
Highlighting the opening card is the return of local fan-favorite Thomas Evans who faces winged Zachary Johnson. Evans ends a seven-year layoff on January 24, as he returns to the cage amid his campaign for City Councilman in Central Falls, RI.
Also on the opening card are bantamweight Eshik Azim of Queens, NY; Mild Eddie George of West Haven, CT made his professional debut; And Velociate Hugh McKenna of Syosset, NY.
CES MMA is a mixed martial arts promotional firm based out of Providence, RI, founded by veteran boxing promoter Jimmy Burchfield Sr. It promoted the first approved professional mixed martial event on 17, 2010 in the state of Rhode Island at the Twin River Casino.
Since its inception, CES MMA has promoted and developed the careers of several current and former UFC contenders, including Charles Rosa, Rob Font, Calvin Katar, Mike Rodriguez and Tony Gravely.
In October of 2012, CES MMA promoted its first pay-per-view event at the Dunkin ‘Donuts Center in Providence, before signing a multi-year broadcast deal for AXS TV with former WWE superstar Dave Bautista’s professional MMA Debut was facilitated.
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