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ROSA READY FOR BIG TEST AT CES MMA XXV

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 14th, 2014) – The opportunity to spoil someone else’s homecoming might mean more to Nick Gonzalez at this stage in his career than a trip to the big show or a lucrative endorsement deal.


With no major promoter behind him, or any sort of buzz on the fight scene back home in Austin, Tex., the 33-year-old Gonzalez is often forced to take his show on the road, fighting in someone else’s backyard in front of a one-sided crowd.


What might drive others to do something else with their spare time actually motivates Gonzalez, who continues to grind despite no opportunity with the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) or any other major promotion looming on the horizon. There’s more to it for Gonzalez than the notoriety.

NO STAGE TOO BIG FOR CES MMA CHAMP FONT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 7th, 2014) – The post-fight mayhem might’ve taken more out of Rob Font than the fight itself.


Within moments of his breakthrough win Saturday over George Roop at UFC 175 in Las Vegas, Font went from little-known regional standout to the talk of mixed martial arts, an overnight social media celebrity born from the impact of the fateful, overhand right that sent two careers spiraling in different directions.


“Everything changed,” said Font, the reigning CES MMA featherweight champ from Boston who dominated his UFC debut this past weekend with a first-round knockout win.

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SMASHING!

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FONT WINS UFC DEBUT WITH FIRST-ROUND KO AGAINST ROOP

 
 

THE JOURNEY

 

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Fast Lane


TUF VET OUTWORKS ADKINS IN MAIN EVENT

LINCOLN, R.I. (June 27th, 2014) Fighting a new opponent on just 48 hours’ notice, Julian Lane looked as dominant as ever Friday in the main event of “CES MMA XXIV.”


Lane won a 30-27 unanimous decision on all three scorecards at Twin River Casino against Philadelphia’s Gemiyale Adkins, a last-minute replacement for Providence’s Luis Felix, who was forced to withdraw from the fight Wednesday due to injury.


The three-round welterweight bout featured plenty of exchanged with Lane (7-3-1) as the aggressor, landing two- and three-punch combinations while the shorter, thicker Adkins (8-8) seemed content with letting off just one punch at a time.

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FOCUSED PAIVA REFLECTS ON 10TH CAREER BOUT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 25th, 2014) – If you were taken aback when you first heard Dinis Paiva was fighting for the 10th time under the guidance of CES MMA Friday night at Twin River Casino, you weren’t alone. Even Paiva himself can’t believe it.


“It’s been a phenomenal three years since I made my pro debut and it’s gone by just as fast as I can remember my first fight ending – a minute and 16 seconds with a TKO,” said Paiva, who’ll face Joe Cushman Friday night on the undercard of “CES MMA XXIV” at Twin River. “That’s how it’s felt these past three years.”


Time certainly flies, as the old adage says, but time’s also stood still now and then for Paiva (4-5, 2 KOs), who’s admittedly had his share of ups and downs in mixed martial arts.

 

A no-go


INJURED FELIX WITHDRAWS FROM TITLE BOUT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 25th, 2014) – An injury forced Providence’s Luis Felix to withdraw Wednesday from his scheduled title bout against Julian Lane in the main event of CES MMA’s upcoming fight card at Twin River Casino.


Lane (6-3-1, 1 KO), a former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter reality television series, will now face Philadelphia’s Gemiyale Adkins (8-7, 3 KOs) in the main event of “CES MMA XXIV” on Friday, June 27th, 2014. Adkins, a two-time Bellator vet, is known regionally for facing Providence’s Mike Campbell in October of 2012.


The Felix-Lane bout was originally scheduled for five rounds for the vacant CES MMA Lightweight Title. Lane and Adkins will fight a three-round bout at a catch weight of 170 pounds.


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Rebello, reinvented


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RELAXED REBELLO PREPARES FOR NEXT MAJOR STEP

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 26th, 2014) – Knock out your opponents in a timely fashion, and you increase your chances of making it to the next level in mixed martial arts. Knock out Aaron Johnson, and you’re practically a shoo-in.


In what can be best described as a statistical anomaly, Johnson has only been stopped by three fighters in his five-year career, and all three have gone on to fight for either Bellator or the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), a trend Providence’s Greg Rebello hopes to continue Friday night when he takes his shot at Johnson (bottom right) on the undercard of “CES MMA XXIV” at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.


Reality check


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FELIX BATTLES TUF ALUM LANE FOR CES TITLE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 17th, 2014) – The good thing about Julian Lane’s drunken rant two years ago on The Ultimate Fighter is it’s helped keep him relevant in a sport where many once-promising prospects find themselves on the side of a milk carton within a few years.


“Everyone wants to fight the douchebag with the Mohawk,” he said.


That includes Providence lightweight Luis Felix, who’ll face Lane for the vacant CES MMA title in the five-round main event of “CES MMA XXIV” scheduled for Friday, June 27th, 2014 at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I.


Tickets for “CES MMA XXIV” are on sale now at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Stay tuned


CES MMA MAKES NETWORK DEBUT TOMORROW

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 13th, 2014) – Comcast SportsNet New England will air a replay of CES MMA’s 20th anniversary show, “CES MMA XX,” beginning at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 14th, 2014, CES MMA’s network television debut.


Held at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., on Dec. 6th, 2013, “CES MMA XX” featured bouts by featherweight champion Rob Font of Boston, who will debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) in July; Woonsocket, R.I., bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath; unbeaten featherweight Charles Rosa of Boynton Beach, Fla.; Providence lightweight Luis Felix and East Providence, R.I., welterweight Nate Andrews with host and play-by-play announcer Michael Parente and color commentator Scott Rehm.

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Featured Fighter of the Month - Eric Spicely

CES MMA XXII: Luis Felix vs. Drew Fickett

Eric "The Dream Catcher" Spicely earned his 4th win in as many fights on April 25th. Fighting out of Olnyville, RI., Spicely is one the fastest rising prospects in the region.

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