The biggest event in the history of CES MMA is coming to us this Friday Night with a total of three title fights taking place. The three title fights will be taking place in the bantamweight, heavyweight and featherweight divisions respectively. Also, besides the triple threat of title fights on the card, MMA fighter and part time pro wrestler Chuck O’Neil will be in action.
(Note: Bill Jones was scheduled to fight Joe Pingitore on the main card before recent card changes, CES MMA has yet to announce his new opponent, so there will be no preview of his fight.)
CES MMA Bantamweight Title Fight
Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath (10-3-0) (Champion) vs. Kin “Kong” Moy (8-2-0)
Soukhamthath will be making the first defense of his championship, which he won by defeating Kody Nordby at CES MMA 33. Moy defeated Soukhamthath in their first meeting at CES MMA 21 in 2014, he has won three of five fights since. Soukhamthath has fought twelve of his thirteen professional MMA fights in CES MMA, his other fight came in the Cage Titans promotion. Moy is coming off of a two fight run in Bellator MMA, where he defeated Blair Tugman and Walter Smith-Cotito. Moy is known for getting late fight submission wins in his fights, he drags this fight to the fifth round and taps Soukhamthath to win the title.
CES MMA Heavyweight Title Decision Fight
Greg “Ribz” Rebello (20-6-0) vs. Ashley “Gio” Gooch (9-4-0)
Rebello will enter the fight riding a four fight winning streak and that includes a win over Bellator MMA veteran Mike Mucitelli. Gooch enters this fight on the strength of a seven fight winning streak and he has not suffered a defeat in well over three years. Rebello once had an eleven fight winning streak during his professional MMA career, that win streak lasted over four years. Gooch has seen five of his last seven wins come via first round stoppage and only two of his career fights ended via a decision. These are two fighters who are known for their finishing abilities, but it will be Rebello finishing Gooch with strikes in the first to win the championship.
CES MMA Featherweight Title Decision Fight
Matt “The Mangler” Bessette (19-7-0) vs. Joe “Lights Out” Pingitore (6-2-1)
Bessette will enter the fight riding a four fight winning streak, with all four of those wins coming in Bellator MMA and CES MMA. Pingitore is currently undefeated in CES MMA competition, with a total of four wins coming in the promotion. Bessette is a former Reality Fighting Featherweight Champion and he does hold a win over UFC veteran Diego Nunes. Pingitore will be competing for his first professional MMA championship, but he did fight for an amateur MMA championship. Pingitore is coming into this fight on a very late notice, Bessette grounds and pounds him on route to a first round finish to capture the gold.
CES MMA Middleweight Division Fight
Chuck “Cold Steel” O’Neil (16-8-0) vs. Roy “The Wolf” Jones (7-4-0)
O’Neil has won just one of his last three fights in CES MMA competition, with one of those losses coming to UFC veteran Dominique Steele. Jones has only won one of his last four fights and he is returning to action after a four year absence. Jones is coming back to action after a long absence, O’Neil finishes him with strikes in the first round.
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