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Providence, RI. - Welterweight gold will be on the line at CES MMA XXIX, June 12 at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

Fan-favorite Chuck O'Neil will be gunning to defend his 170-pound crown against Dominique Steele, live on AXS TV.

O'Neil is coming off a heart-stopping 11-second knockout win over Emmanuel Walo at CES MMA XXVII. The hard-hitting, seven-time CES MMA veteran has won seven of nine bouts since competing on The Ultimate Fighter 13.

Strikeforce victor Steele, meanwhile, has won six of his past seven fights and has six impressive stoppage wins to his credit.

As has been the case in past title bouts, O'Neil insists he isn't leaving the Twin River Casino without his belt in tow.

"Some people underestimate my strengths and are a little shocked when they get in there with me," O'Neil says. "I expect that to be the case for this next one.

"Not a chance, brother," says O'Neil, who recently made his professional wrestling debut under the guidance of Biff Busick, when asked if he's leaving the venue without his championship belt.

Steele respectfully disagrees with his opponent.

"Now that I'm fighting for a belt, I'm here to turn some heads around and whup ass," Steele says.

"What does Chuck bring to the table? Honestly, he brings a W to my record," the flamboyant fighter continues. "I'm going to put him on his back and punish the hell out of him."

Hawn, Felix victorious at CES MMA XXVIII

Felix, Hawn win on AXS TV main card; Soukhamthath, Chattelle defeated in front of home crowd

LINCOLN, R.I. (March 13th, 2015) – Efficient and tactical in his approach, 14-time Bellator vet Rick Hawn performed with surgeon-like precision Fridayin the main event of “CES MMA XXVIII” at Twin River Casino while fan-favorite Luis Felix stole the show.


Hawn (20-4) boxed circles around challenger Derek Loffer (9-3) to earn a lopsided, 30-27, unanimous decision on all three scorecards, and Felix, the Providence, R.I., native fighting for the third time on AXS TV, dazzled the crowd with a first-round knockout win over Cincinnati’s Reggie Merriweather in the co-feature.

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Photo courtesy of Will Paul



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.

Photo courtesy of Stephen R. Sylvanie (USA Today)



Featured Fighter of the Month - Chuck O'Neil

The Burchfields' Live Interview on Inside MMA

The former Ultimate Fighter contestant promised excitement in his title fight against 4x UFC veteran Ricardo Funch.

He did so with a second round submission.

He then promised even more fireworks in his AXS TV Fights debut. He delivered with an 11 second knockout to defend his Welterweight Championship.

For that knockout, Chuck is the CES MMA Fighter of the Month!


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