Within arm's reach
O'NEIL SUBMITS FUNCH VIA ARM BAR TO WIN WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
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.
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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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Tateki Matsuda (9-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) joined Team CES after a pair of back-to-back split decision losses. Since then, he has gone 2-0 including a first round submission vs. Robbie Leroux on national television to kick of the CES debut on AXS TV.
Since that submission, Matsuda has earned himself an UFC contract with his first bout being this upcoming Friday!