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ENCORE!

 

Photo courtesy of Will Paul

CES MMA XXX LINE UP ANNOUNCED

 
 

LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Julian Lane (Champion) vs. Luis Felix II


Matt Bessette vs. Lenny Wheeler


Dinis Paiva vs. Chino Duran


Dany Lauzon vs. Chip Moraza-Pollard


Pat Walsh vs. Jesse McElligott


Peggy Morgan vs. Jesse Miele


Andres Jeudi vs. Leon Davis

CES MMA Champ to UFC

ANOTHER CES MMA CHAMP GETS THE CALL FROM THE UFC

CES MMA welterweight champion Dominique Steele is the most recent CES fighter to be signed by the UFC.

Steele, who recently took the title from Chuck O'Neil at CES MMA XXIX, is scheduled to make his UFC debut against Zak Cummins on July 25 in Chicago.

He believes his most recent title victory pushed him into the UFC's Octagon.

"Fighting Chuck, who has a great background in MMA, for the CES MMA title on national TV definitely helped," says Steele.

Steele was scheduled to defend his CES MMA belt in October when the call came. Instead, he will now be focused on continuing his path of destruction in the UFC's Octagon.

"I won't let you guys down," he proclaims with his trademark smile.

CES MMA president Jimmy Burchfield Jr. states, “We are extremely excited for Dom Steele. He captured the CES title and now makes his UFC debut. He joins the ranks of a prestigious crew: Charles Rosa, Rob Font and John Howard, all former CES MMA champs who now fight in the UFC.

"While we were excited for Dom to defend his title, we will never stand in the way of one of our fighters making the step up to the Octagon," he continues. "We can't wait for July 25.

"Go get what’s yours Dominque Steele."

 

CES ANNOUNCES CES MMA XXX
LANE - FELIX II

LANE TO DEFEND CROWN IN REMATCH WITH FELIX AT CES MMA XXX
In the biggest rematch in CES MMA history, defending lightweight champion Julian Lane and Luis Felix are set to square off at CES MMA XXX on Aug. 14 at Twin River Casino, live on AXS TV.
     Lane, who's undefeated in three CES MMA matches, notched a third-round submission win over Felix last year in a back-and-forth title bout at CES MMA XXV. 
     The Mansfield, Oh., product, who's since defended his title against Lucas Cruz at CES MMA XXVII, is adamant fans are in for more of the same this summer. 
     "I'm going to beat his ass so bad that he's not going to want to fight me ever again in his life, man," Lane says.
     "I've already beat him once, so I'm going into this fight with a lot of confidence," he continues. "I know what to expect. I know what he brings to the table. I've been punched by him. I've been kicked by him. His punches didn't phase me. His kicks look kind of fancy, but they don't phase me.
     "All I've got to do is tap him on the chin and it's over, man. I'm going to go in there and I'm going to knock him out."
     Cranston fighter Felix, however, obviously has his own thoughts on the matter.

     "My goal this fight is to go out there and prove that me and Julian are on two completely different levels," Felix says. "I'm out there to prove that I'm the best lightweight out here in the Northeast."
     Tickets for CES MMA XXX are $40, $55, $100 and $125 for front-row VIP, and are available for purchase online at www.CESMMA.com or www.TwinRiver.com, by phone at 401-724-2253 or at the Twin River Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

 

COLD REALITY

 
 

REBELLO, BESSETTE EARN KNOCKOUT WINS

LINCOLN, R.I. (June 12th, 2015) – Cincinnati’s Dominique Steele captured the CES MMA welterweight title Friday, defeating incumbent champion Chuck O’Neil by unanimous decision in the five-round main event of “CES MMA XXIX” on AXS TV live from Twin River Casino.


Steele (13-5) overwhelmed the East Bridgewater, Mass., native, clinching, grabbing and scoring key takedowns en route to a 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 win on the scorecards. O’Neil (15-7), the promotion’s first welterweight title-holder, tried to engage Steele and trade blows with the 27-year-old challenger, but Steele’s ability to shoot for takedowns, press O’Neil against the cage and drag his opponent to the canvas prevented O’Neil from letting his hands go.


The fight paled in comparison to O’Neil’s last bout, an 11-second knockout win over Emmanuel Walo in January in O’Neil’s first title defense. This time, O’Neil never got going and Steele effectively stool the title, joining lightweight title-holder Julian Lane as the second CES MMA champion from Ohio.

 

EARLY RETURNS

 
 
 

'BEST WISHES. LOVE, CHUCK'

 

Photo courtesy of Will Paul

BESSETTE CONTINUES REMARKABLE JOURNEY

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 28th, 2015) -- The victory outside of the cage may always be the biggest for Hartford's Matt Bessette.

 

He's won 14 times as a professional in mixed martial arts, many under the bright lights of national television on the sport's biggest stage, but the 30-year-old featherweight has gained crossover appeal for battling and conquering Leukemia at a young age.

 

Open and honest about his struggles as a child -- the doctor's visits, the sleepless nights with his mother at his bedside -- Bessette has drawn a new legion of fans both in and out of the MMA community, a concept he still struggles to grasp every now and then.

 

"Every time someone reaches out to me," Bessette said, "I think to myself, 'Who the hell am I? I'm just a fighter.'"

 
 

FRIENDS TO FOES

 

Photo courtesy of Kelly MacDonald

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.

Photo courtesy of Stephen R. Sylvanie (USA Today)
 

ROB FONT  THE GREATEST HITS

 

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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