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By Mike Johnson on 8/8/2017 7:43 AM



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REIGNING CES MMA Heavyweight Champion Ashley Gooch defends his title Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., when he faces Brazilian fan-favorite Juliano Coutinho on the main card of "CES MMA 45," which airs live on AXS TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Friday is Gooch's first title defense since winning the then-vacant championship in August of 2017. The Phoenix, Ariz., heavyweight has won eight of his last nine bouts. Coutinho makes his second appearance with CES MMA, the first coming in March of 2016 when he defeated Chaz Morgan by split decision.  




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EAST PROVIDENCE, RHODE Island lightweight Nate Andrews returns to the cage Friday night to face Bruce Boyington on the main card of "CES MMA 45" at Twin River Casino. Andrews has won his last four fights. 



All the participants for "CES MMA 45," scheduled for Friday, Aug. 11th, 2017 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., airing live on AXS TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.




Final weigh-in and press conference.




Wicked Good Bar & Grill (2nd floor)

Twin River Casino

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Lincoln, R.I. 02865





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Thursday's final weigh-in and press conference for "CES MMA 45," scheduled for Friday night at the Twin River Event Center.


Storylines abound for CES MMA as the region's No. 1 combat sports promotion continues a strong 2017 with its fourth nationally-televised event of the year. Preliminary bouts begin at 7 p.m., followed by the six-fight main card at 9 on AXS TV Fights.


Among the noteworthy bouts, veteran featherweights Saul Almeida (19-8, 1 KO) of Framingham, Mass., and Pedro Gonzalez (12-5) of Glocester, Mass., face off in a five-round bout for the CES MMA Interim Title, plus reigning CES MMA Heavyweight World Champion Ashley Gooch (10-5, 7 KOs) of Phoenix, Ariz., defending the strap against Brazilian fan-favorite Juliano Coutinho (7-3, 3 KOs) of West Yarmouth, Mass.


Tickets for "CES MMA 45" are priced at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.


In a highly-anticipated regional showdown that could steal the spotlight Aug. 11th, rising lightweight star Nate Andrews (10-1, 5 KOs) of East Providence, R.I., puts his four-fight win streak on the line against Maine native Bruce Boyington (14-10, 8 KOs), a veteran of 24 professional fights and a three-time WSOF vet.


Also on the main card, rising welterweight star Gary Balletto Jr. (3-1, 1 KO) of Cranston, R.I., makes his television debut against Hooksett, N.H., vet Nick Alley (3-1, 1 KO). Balletto carries a three-fight win streak into next month's bout, most recently dismantling Chris Torres by first-round submission on the preliminary card of "CES MMA 42."


Unbeaten Milford, Mass., bantamweight Kris Moutinho (4-0, 1 KO) battles Erie, Pa., native Brandon Seyler (6-5-1, 1 KO), who makes his second appearance with CES MMA, and bantamweight Richie Santiago (4-0, 1 KO) puts his unbeaten record on the line on AXS TV against Queens, N.Y., vet Miguel Restrepo (4-3-1, 2 KOs).


The 4-0 Santiago, 24, finished each of his four fights by submission, most recently at "CES MMA 43" against Chad Kelly. Restrepo returns to Rhode Island after challenging unbeaten bantamweight Carlos Candelario at "CES MMA 41." Moutinho is off to a flying start as a pro with wins in all four of his bouts under the guidance of CES MMA, including an impressive unanimous decision win over seven-fight vet Lloyd Reyes at "CES MMA 42."


Highlighting the preliminary card, 20-year-old Providence, R.I., native John Doumaagainst Jason Rine (0-2) of Danville, Ohio, following wins in each of his last three amateur bouts. 


Ludlow, Mass., lightweight Leon Davis (8-3, 1 KO) returns to face Andrew Osborne (7-10, 2 KOs), the two-time CES MMA vet and North Carolina native who now lives and trains in North Providence, R.I. Osborne comes off an upset win over previously-unbeaten Connor Barry by unanimous decision at "CES MMA 43" while Davis, a winner in his last four fights, makes his seventh appearance with CES MMA.


Also on the preliminary card, unbeaten featherweight Dylan Lockhard (3-0) of Hollis, N.H., faces Cortland, N.Y., vet Ahsan Abdullah (7-7, 3 KOs). Lockhard earned his first two wins as a pro under the guidance of CES MMA, including a first-round submission win over Russell Campbell at "CES MMA 40" in November.


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AXS TV is a television network dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions. AXS TV is a partnership between founder Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. "AXS TV Fights" presents more live mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with more than 40 world-class fight cards each year. "The Voice" Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night.  


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