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CES MMA Returns January 30th


Lucas "The Golden Boy" Cruz is looking to live up to his nickname at CES MMA XXVII, Jan. 30 in Lincoln, R.I., live on AXS TV. The Boston product is set to fight Julian Lane for the CES MMA lightweight championship at the Twin River Casino.

"That belt is mine," says Cruz, a four-time CES MMA veteran who's notched six stoppage wins in seven professional fights. "That belt will validate all of the hard work that I've put into my fighting, and it will move me a big step closer to achieving my dreams."

The 155-pound-championship fight is set to last five five-minute rounds, if necessary. Cruz, who's nothing if not confident in his skills as a fighter, insists the championship rounds won't be necessary, when push comes to shove.

"No, no, no, no, no; this fight will definitely be finished before then," Cruz says with a smile. "Honestly, I see myself finishing him on the ground. But, if it doesn't go that way, I'm more than happy to stand and bang, no problem.

"I'll finish it on the ground," the exciting, well-rounded lightweight continues with a laugh. "He says he'll finish me? I'd really like to see that." 

Within arm's reach




LINCOLN, R.I. (Oct. 10th, 2014)Chuck O’Neil rebounded from a near devastating blow to the spine Friday night at Twin River Casino and turned the tables on Ricardo Funch to capture CES MMA’s vacant Welterweight Title.

O’Neil (14-6), a Bridgewater, Mass., native and former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter reality series, submitted Funch (8-5) with the arm bar at the 2-minute, 51-second mark of the second round in the main event of “CES MMA XXVI,” a stunning turnaround after taking a heel to the spine in the opening round.

Unnerved through it all, O’Neil fought effectively off his back in the second round and locked in the arm bar after momentarily attempting a triangle choke to the finish the fight.

“He left his arm in there, so I figured I’d take it home with me,” said O’Neil, the No. 2 ranked welterweight in the northeast entering Friday who has now won three consecutive fights.



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.

In the second round of what was opening up to be a great back and forth battle, O'Neil seized the opportunity and forced the Brazilian black belt to tap.

Chuck O'Neil became the first CES MMA Welterweight champion with the victory!


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