January 30, 2015
I will continue to try and establish the video feed throughout the evening. The internet here is in and out so it may be that this isn't going to work out. However the fights are live on AXStv.com and then televised later on AXS.tv.
Chris Cole Vs Dan Cormier Flyweights start off the night for CES 27. Three rounds of action ensue bringing the crowd to it's feet for the first bout of what is a highly anticipated card kicking off the CES MMA / AXS.Tv partnership in 2015. The first and third rounds I scored heavily in favor of Chris Cole as he drew first blood and pushed a fervent pace. Round 2 was a bit harder for me to score as Dan did more to establish his presence, but it may not have been his round in the end. Unanimous Decision 30-27 Chris Cole.
We arrived at Combat Zone and the arena was packed with fight fans. I apologize for not feeling well enough to be able to write up a preview for this card but hopefully you all are still as excited about the fights as I am. Combat Zone has a total of 7 fights this evening. Due to making weight issues only one of the three title fights is taking place tonight. The fights are still on they are just not a title fight. John Vena is the host and the refs are John English and Steve Rita. The famous Mark Oliveri is handling the sounds. The girl pictured above did a great job on the national anthem. Let us get to the fights now!
January 29, 2015
LINCOLN, R.I. (Jan. 28th, 2015) -- No matter where he goes, Julian Lane can't escape his memorable stint on The Ultimate Fighter reality series, not even more than 600 miles east of his hometown.
As he prepares for the first defense of his CES MMA lightweight title Friday night in Rhode Island, Lane is waiting out this week's blizzard cooped up in the same hotel as former TUF teammate Jon Manley, who is also fighting on Friday's card.
The two never saw eye-to-eye while sharing the spotlight on national TV, with Manley going as far to suggest Lane's drunken exploits were nothing more than a ploy to get himself kicked out of the house instead of having to face the pressure of fighting on one of the sport's biggest stages.
"I don't know if he wants to see me or not," Lane said Wednesday after wrapping up a promotional vignette for AXS TV. "We really weren't that cool on the show, but he's a nice guy and all. I'm sure we'll say hi. I have no beef with the guy."
The 21-year-old Pilla (4-0), who has never had an opponent last through the first round, has a skill set, stand-up attack, and ground game that are devastating. He's so well respected that matchmakers have had trouble finding anyone willing to take him on, but Abad (3-2) didn't back down from the challenge.
"He's a tough kid and he's going to come at me and be aggressive. He wants to prove something. Let him try. I'm not scared. I'm going to do what I do in every fight. I'm going to go in there and handle my business," said Pilla, who trains at the powerhouse Wai Kru studio in Boston and has aspirations of making it all the way to the UFC. "If the fight doesn't make it out of the first round, I'm not going to be shocked. If it does, I've got the cardio to go the full five rounds."
Abad, who has two wins and a loss from three pervious appearances on Combat Zone cards, will carry the standard for Chainsaw Army out of upstate New York.
January 28, 2015
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UFC on FOX 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson
January 24, 2015 | Tele2 Arena | Stockholm, Sweden
FOX, 8 p.m. ET
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson
Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi
Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis
Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia
FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET
Nico Musoke vs. Albert Tumenov
Sultan Aliev vs. Kenny Robertson
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Ogle
Nikita Krylov vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Anthony Christodoulou vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Mirsad Bektic vs. Paul Redmond
UFC Fight Night, 4 p.m. ET
Konstantin Erokhin vs. Viktor Pesta
Chris Beal vs. Neil Seery