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March 28, 2017

Fearless Felix ends 14-month layoff Friday

[CES Press Release]

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 27th, 2017) -- Luis Felix knows he can't fight forever, so as long as he can physically compete, he wants to step inside that cage as often as possible.

There's no concern of another catastrophic injury or devastating setback. The Providence, R.I., lightweight, who turns 33 in October, understands the journey back to the top of his division must start now.

"This is what I love to do and I don't want to do it forever," said Felix (14-9, 5 KOs), who faces Dawond Pickney (10-6, 7 KOs) at Twin River Casino Friday night on the main card of "CES MMA 42" on AXS TV, his first fight in 14 months.

"The time I spend doing it over the next couple of years, I want to do it as often as possible. Then I have the rest of my life to heal up or for whatever other adventure life has in store."

Though Felix hasn't put a timetable on the final stretch of his career - "I think you know when it's your time," he said - he admits he doesn't see himself fighting past 35 or 36, which is usually the age when most fighters begin to pursue other interests.

There's no doubt Felix, when healthy, is one of the region's top lightweights; he won six of seven fights during a four-year stretch from 2010 to 2014, going from journeyman to legitimate title contender, and showed poise in rebounding from a loss to Julian Lane on national television by beating Lane one year later in the rematch to capture the CES MMA World Lightweight Title.

March 27, 2017

THE MAINE EVENT-Andre Harrison, Kris Moutinho, & Travis Lizotte) - 3.25.17 PODCAST

Just wanted to quickly share with you all a great podcast that has been taking place up north in Maine.  Our writer, Travis Lizotte traveled up there recently to participate and break down the CES card for their listeners.  Use your podcast app on your iphone or android device and subscribe and listen simply by typing in and searching for The Maine Event Show.  If you are a PC user just click play below and it should work.  Give their page a like here and keep up with all their latest happenings.  They really do an excellent job and we give them our seal of approval!  Lastly if you didn't see Travis Lizotte's write up on them and their history, check it out here.

March 26, 2017


Here is the just released full Cage Titans 33 Fight card that is set to take place on 4/8/2017.  It will be taking place in Plymouth Mass at Plymouth Memorial Hall.  The stacked card has 7 pro fights and 2 amateur title fights.  Rounding out the rest of the card features 10 action packed amateur battles with a grand total of 19 fights.  Check out the full fight card below.

135 PRO Tony Gravely (Tech MMA) 8-3 vs. Manny Bermudez (SSSF) 8-0
155 PRO Frank Sforza ( SSSF) 5-0 vs. Specer Higa (Hawii) 5-7
145 PRO Kevin Schroder (Team Phoenix) 0-0 vs. Jeff Perez (SBG East) 1-0
135 PRO Johnny Campbell (SSSF) 12-9 vs. Raymond Yanez (Lashley Training) 4-9
170 PRO Gary Sheppard (Tech MMA) 1-3 vs. Joe Giannetti (SSSF) 3-0
150 PRO Ryan DiBartolomeo (Team Link NH) 0-2 vs. David Espino (Trifecta) 0-1
165 PRO Montoyia Swilling (God's Team) 0-7 vs. Jimmy Manning (SSSF) 2-0
125 AM TITLE Laneisha Vinson (Warrior Warehouse) 4-1 vs. Kylie O'Hearn (Juniko) 2-1
155 AM TITLE Zach DiSabatino (SSSF) 3-0 vs. Brian Cosco (BTT) 3-2
165 AM  Trevor Gudde (2-0, Florian BJJ) vs Rich Hacking (1-1, SSSF)
155 AM  Quentin Harris (1-0, Indy) vs Antoine Caparotta (2-1, SSSF)
Hvy AM Jon Gruber (1-1, Pro Fitness) vs Petros Hologitas (0-0, Team Trifecta)
150 AM Jose Atiles (0-2, Brazilian Top Team) vs Mike DiNella (1-0, SSSF)
160 AM Ryan Dunn (0-1, Indy) vs Moises Soto (0-1, Get Right)
150 AM  Mike Albert (0-0, UFC Gym) vs Collin Donnelly (1-0, SSSF)
125 AM Mrack Kpuih (0-0, Team Pheonix vs Wayne Galvin (0-0, Connors MMA)
185 AM Pat Crowley (0-1, Florian BJJ) vs Shawn Donahue (0-0, Level Ground)
155 AM Rich Szeligowski (0-0, Forge Martial Arts) vs Chris O’Brien (0-0, SSSF)
135 AM Jordan Brown (0-0, Warrior Warehouse) vs Chris McDonnell (0-0, SSSF)

CES MMA returns to historic North Shore Music Theatre following sold-out Massachusetts debut in 2016

[CES Press Release]

BEVERLY, Mass. (March 24th, 2017) -- One year following a sold-out Massachusetts debut at the North Shore Music Theatre, CES MMA returns to Beverly, Mass., to continue its reign as the preeminent mixed martial arts promotion in the northeast.

MMA's most prolific promotion returns with "CES MMA 43," scheduled for Saturday, April 15th, 2017, just eight days following its "CES MMA 42" showcase in Rhode Island.

Similar to its North Shore debut in 2016, CES MMA will feature a mix of professionals and amateurs on the "CES MMA 43" card, a tremendous opportunity for the region's up-and-coming future stars. Unbeaten bantamweight Marquis Brewster earned a promotional contract with CES MMA by winning his amateur finale a year ago at "CES MMA 35" and is now 2-0 since June.

Tickets for "CES MMA 43" are priced at $45.00, $55.00 and $100.00 (VIP) and are available online at,, or or by phone at 978-232-7200 or 401-724-2253/2254. Doors open at 6 p.m. ET and the first bout begins at 7. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Headlining "CES MMA 43" is featherweight Pedro Gonzalez (11-5) of Gloucester, Mass., who faces Brazilian Bruno Dias (19-9) of Woburn, Mass., in a three-round bout. The 30-year-old Dias makes his long-awaited United States debut in MMA while Gonzalez returns for the first time since CES MMA debuted in Beverly last year when he defeated Andres Jeudi by submission in the main event.

March 24, 2017

Marotte Makes MMA Title Defense April 15 in Main Event of Combat Zone 61 in Manchester

[Combat Zone Press Release]

SALEM, NH (March 24, 2017)— Brendan Marotte climbs back into the cage for his first Amateur Featherweight title defense vs. Taylor Costantino in the main event of Combat Zone 61 “Resurrection”, which is the highlight of a superb and action-packed18-fight card of pro and amateur MMA and kickboxing action on Saturday, April 15 at the Downtown Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.

Hampstead, NH native Marotte (5-1) took the belt away from the highly-regarded Danny Abad, who fights for powerhouse Jackson Wink in New Mexico, with an upset unanimous decision victory in Combat Zone 59 in August. Costantino (3-2), representing Team Irish in Maine, is coming in off a second round KO victory in Combat Zone 60 in November, but trying to pry the belt away from the talented and tough Marotte will be the stiffest test of his career.

In the co-main event, the vacant Amateur Welterweight MMA title is on the line and the battle for the belt between a pair of 170 pound fighters with unblemished records shapes up as stellar. Martin Thompson (2-0), who hails from Springfield, MA and Hanover, MA’s Tommy Lee Davis (3-0) are making their Combat Zone debuts and are sure to get the venue rocking.
The under card is stacked with evenly-matched and highly-competitive action, and fittingly for “Resurrection”, Manchester’s Shawn Melanson (3-1) looks to get back on the winning track when he takes on John Douma (4-2) from Pawtucket, RI at 145 pounds in an amateur MMA fight. Melanson lost the Amateur Featherweight title and suffered his first career loss to Dave Brown when he last fought in Combat Zone 58 almost a year ago.


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (March 14, 2017) - New England Fights (NEF) presents its next mixed-martial-arts event "NEF 28: INVINCIBLE" on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of a professional catchweight bout to the card.  Ricky Dexter (1-0) will face Keenan Raymond (3-3) at a fight weight of 160-pounds.

After a successful amateur career that saw him claim the NEF MMA Amateur Welterweight Title, Ricky Dexter made his pro debut last month at "NEF 27."  He was able to drop Matt Denning in the first round with a vicious body shot that had thousands in the Colisee cringing.  The Bangor, Maine native will make his first appearance as a member of Young's MMA at "NEF 28," having previously fought under the banner of Team Irish.

"Keenan Raymond is coming to my home turf, and I'm going to show him how tough we are up North," said Dexter.  "I'm new to the pro ranks, but I've got the work ethic of a seasoned vet. I've got the strength of a middle weight and the cardio like the Diaz brothers and I'm always looking for the finish. Hungry for April 29th!"

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MMA WEEKEND-- Invicta FC 22

Invicta FC 22
Saturday 03.25.2017 at 08:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass

Tonya Evinger  vs.  Yana Kunitskaya 135 lbs
Ayaka Hamasaki  vs.  L. Souza 115 lbs
Jodie Esquibel  vs.  DeAnna Bennett 115 lbs
Jinh Yu  vs.  Janaisa Morandin 105 lbs
Amber Brown  vs.  Ashley Cummins 115 lbs
S. Davíðsdóttir  vs.  Mallory Martin 115 lbs
Kal Holliday  vs.  Miranda Maverick 115 lbs
Felicia Spencer  vs.  Madison McElhaney 145 lbs

March 22, 2017


Combat Zone just released their full fight card for their upcoming show on April 15th, 2017.  It is their 61st card and set to take place at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester NH.  It is a mixed fight card with amateur kickboxing and ammy and pro mma fighting.  Also on the card are two amateur title fights which round it up to a total of 18 battles.  Take a peek at the full fight card below and stay right here as we keep you up to date with all the latest mma happenings in New England.

*** Amateur Kickboxing ***
Fight 1 155 lbs. - David Foss  (1-0) Natnapa Muay Thai vs. Demetri Photis (0-0) NETT
Fight 2 200 lbs. - Kristian Lombari (2-1) Team Fury vs. David Jamie (0-0) NETT
Fight 3 170 lbs. - Duncan Smith (0-0) Team Irish vs. Isaih Ocasio (0-0) Ocasio's Martial Arts
Fight 4 140 lbs. - John Bourget (1-3) Natnapa Muay Thai vs. Steve Perry (1-1) Broadway
Fight 5  130 lbs. - Crystal Demers (1-0) Team Fury vs. Rachel Reinheimer (0-1) Sityodtong
Fight 6 170 lbs. - Nate Mullens (3-1) Natnapa Muay Thai vs. Patrick Kirby (3-0) Broadway

*** Amateur MMA ***
Fight 7 135 lbs. - Max Casa (0-0) F5 Fight Team vs. Carlos Vespaziano (0-0) Juniko
Fight 8 150 lbs. - Noey Melendez (0-0) LRVT vs. Matt Brady (0-0) Fusion Training Academy
Fight 9 125 lbs. - James Palmer (2-1) F5 Fight Team vs. Tim Flores (3-2) FAA
Fight 10 155 lbs. - Kevin Sopha (0-0) SLS vs. Peter Moscone (0-0) Chang's TKD
Fight 11 122 lbs. - Christine Brothwell (0-3) Gate City vs. Anna Brown (0-0) PMA
Fight 12 145 lbs. - Eric Johnson (0-0) Team Flo vs. Nick Fiore (2-1) Renzo Gracie NH
Fight 13 145 lbs. - John Douma (4-2) Tri-Force MMA vs. Shawn Melanson (3-1) Gate City

*** Professional MMA ***
Fight 14 135 lbs.- Andy Aiello (3-2) Lauzon's MMA vs. Chris Caterino (0-1) Gate City
Fight 15 155 lbs. - Taylor Trahan (6-7) Team Link North vs. Vovka Clay (4-2) Triumph
Fight 16 170 lbs. - Joe Cloutier (4-0) F5 Fight Team vs. Nuri Shakir (18-21) Gate City

*** CZ 61 C0-Main Event ***
Amateur MMA Welterweight Title Fight
 Fight 17 170 lbs. - Martin Thompson (2-0 FAA vs. Tommy Lee Davis (3-0) Juniko

*** CZ 61 Main Event ***
Amateur MMA Featherweight Title Fight
Fight 18 145 lbs. - Taylor Costantino (3-2) Team Irish vs. Brendon Marotte (5-1) PMA