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By David Tees on 1/7/2016 7:45 PM

There is only one big MMA event this weekend and it comes to us from the Classic Sports & Entertainment promotion. The event will be headlined by a pair of title bouts as Gil De Freitas defends the welterweight belt against Chris Curtis and Luis Felix defends the lightweight belt against Ryan Sanders. Also, Bellator MMA veteran Josh Diekmann competes and several top MMA prospects will be stepping into the cage.

Main Card

Main Event

CES MMA Welterweight Title Fight

Gil De Freitas (18-5-0) (Champion) vs. Chris “The Action Man” Curtis (12-4-0)

De Freitas will be making the first defense of his championship, which he won by defeating Chip Moraza-Pollard at CES MMA 31. Curtis will be making his CES MMA debut in this fight and he does so while on a two fight winning streak. De Freitas is actually a double champion as he also holds the New England Fights Welterweight Champion. De Freitas will be challenging for a title for the first time since turning pro and he previously fought UFC veteran Forrest Petz. De Freitas has an amazing ground game and he will use that to get the first round submission on Curtus to keep his championship.

Co-Main Event

CES MMA Lightweight Title Fight

Luis “Rockstar” Felix (14-8-0) (Champion) vs. Ryan Sanders (9-7-0)

Felix will be making the first defense of his championship, which he won by defeating Julian Lane at CES MMA 30. Sanders is a late replacement in this fight as he will be replacing an injured UFC veteran in Waylon Lowe. Felix actually owns a pair of victories over UFC veterans Joe Proctor and Drew Fickett, both wins coming by knockout. Sanders will actually be making his CES MMA debut in this fight, but he is a longtime veteran of the New England Fights promotion. Sanders lone chance at winning will be to use his ground game, but Felix has more tools in his arsenal and he knocks out Sanders in the first.

CES MMA Heavyweight Division Fight

Josh “The Freight Train” Diekmann (15-6-0-1NC) vs. Ashley “Gio” Gooch (8-4-0)

Diekmann will be returning to CES MMA for the first time in over two years and he did win two of four in Bellator MMA. Gooch will be making his CES MMA debut in this fight and he will be doing so while on a six fight winning streak. Gooch has seen a career turnaround in recent years and that turnaround will continue when he gets a decision in a slugest with Diekmann.

CES MMA Featherweight Division Fight

Kyle “Killer B” Bochniak (5-0-0) vs. Taylor Trahan (5-4-0)

Bochniak has spent his entire professional MMA career in CES MMA, but he will be returning to action after being away for nearly a year. Trahan is currently winless in CES MMA competition and he once challenged for the Cage Titans FC Featherweight Title. Trahan has been on a stumble in his last three fights and Bochniak should be challenging for a title soon, Bochniak submits Trahan in the second.

CES MMA Featherweight Division Fight

Kody “The Rookie” Nordby (5-3-0) vs. Derek “Shatterproof” Shorey (3-2-0)

Nordby will enter the fight on a two fight winning streak and he has won two of three under the CES MMA banner. Shorey has rotated wins and losses since turning pro in 2014, with his last bout being a win over Tollison Lewis at New England Fights 19. Shorey had one of the worst amateur runs in MMA history and his pro career has not turned out much better, Nordby submits him in the first.

CES MMA Featherweight Division Fight

Manny Bermudez (3-0-0) vs. Evan Parker (5-3-0)

Bermudez made his professional MMA debut in June 2015 and none of his fights since turning pro have gone past the opening round. Parker is currently undefeated in CES MMA competition, having defeated Pete Rogers Jr. at CES MMA 29. Bermudez has been tearing through opponents since turning pro last year, both fighters will want this fight to go to the ground and that is where Bermudez grinds out a decision.

Preliminary Card

Lionel Young over Rico DiSciullo

Mike Rodriguez over Pat McCrohan

Luay Ashkar over Nick Iaciofano

Mak Kelleher over James Murrin

Josh Ricci over David Baxter

Keenan Raymond over Josh Todd

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