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January 18, 2019


UFC on ESPN+ 1

UFC on ESPN+ 1: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw

Saturday 01.19.2019 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: ESPN+ | Prelims: ESPN

Henry Cejudo  vs.  T.J. Dillashaw 125 lbs
Greg Hardy  vs.  Allen Crowder 265 lbs
Gregor Gillespie  vs.  Yancy Medeiros 155 lbs
Joseph Benavidez  vs.  Dustin Ortiz 125 lbs
Paige VanZant  vs.  Rachael Ostovich 125 lbs
Glover Teixeira  vs.  Karl Roberson 205 lbs
Donald Cerrone  vs.  A. Hernandez 155 lbs
Joanne Calderwood  vs.  Ariane Lipski 125 lbs
Alonzo Menifield  vs.  Vinicius Moreira 205 lbs
Cory Sandhagen  vs.  Mario Bautista 135 lbs
Dennis Bermudez  vs.  Te Edwards 155 lbs
Belal Muhammad  vs.  Geoff Neal 170 lbs
Chance Rencountre  vs.  Kyle Stewart 170 lbs

January 16, 2019

CES MMA 54 Preview: Nate Andrews v. Bryce Logan

Lightweight World Title
Travis Lizotte

Lincoln, Rhode Island- CES MMA rings in the New Year from it’s home at Twin River Casino, Saturday January 19th with a special matinee first bell at 2 pm Eastern time. With a New Year comes some very big changes for the Northeast’s elite combat sports promotion. A fresh off the presses deal with the UFC’s live streaming platform; UFC Fight Pass was struck earlier this month; ending a six year television partnership with AXS tv and AXS tv Fights. With more than 450,000 subscribers worldwide and an attachment to the UFC, the stakes at CES MMA just hit a whole new level! CES brass has a resolution; to kickoff their relationship with UFC Fight Pass in style, rolling out a stacked card highlighted by two World Title fights, as well as some UFC veterans making their long awaited returns to the CES MMA cage. In the Main Event CES Lightweight Champion Nate “The Snake” Andrews (14-1) looks to add to an impressive eight fight win streak (all finishes) when he puts his Lightweight Title on the line against BJJ Brown Belt and former Bellator/ LFA Lightweight Bryce Logan (9-3) in a fight that many believe will have UFC roster implications, regardless of the outcome. Newly crowned CES Bantamweight Champion and former Division 1 Wrestler (Appalachian State);Tony Gravely (16-5) defends his title for the first time in the Co-Main Event against CES fan favorite and rising star Kris Moutinho (7-2), a calculated striker who gets his first crack at the CES Crown.
Eight fight CES veteran Eric Spicely (8-0 in CES, 10-4 Overall) as well a three fight CES veteran Tateki Matsuda (3-0 in CES, 13-9 Overall) will make their highly anticipated returns from stints with the UFC. The grappling and submission specialist Spicely hopes to break a three fight losing streak when he welcomes Kansas City striker Leo Pla (12-7) to the CES cage for the first time. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Matsuda found his home with Sityodtong, Boston and is a pioneer of the Flyweight division here in New England, he too will be looking to nix a multi-fight losing skid as he returns to CES to test Flyweight top-prospect Josh Ricci (4-1) who will look to bounce back of the first loss of his professional career against the veteran Matsuda. CES 54 will also roll out two of the promotions biggest new signings; Light-Heavyweight William “Nightmare” Knight (3-0) takes on CES veteran 205’er Kevin “The North Woods Nightmare” Haley (6-3) and Super Prospect Kylie O’Hearn (1-0) makes her highly anticipated CES debut against Reality Fighting Women’s Bantamweight Champion; Jessy Miele (6-3).
Setting the stage for the six fight UFC Fight Pass Main Card will be an exciting four fight undercard that kicks off with a Catchweight bout featuring undefeated Philadelphia, PA product; Eugene “The Suitcase Kid” Aubrey (2-0) who looks to stay perfect against New England journeyman; Gil Pinheiro (0-2). Another top undefeated prospect; Brandon “The Kid” Marotte (4-0) will look to kick off 2019 much the same way he did in 2018, a year which saw Marotte go 4-0 and ascend the ranks of New England’s pro Featherweights. Marotte continues his climb against New England newcomer, Virginia's Chris “The Rocket” Rollins (5-8-1). Todd "The Matrix" Monroe (3-3) makes his first appearance for CES MMA and will be welcomed by Massachusetts’ submission specialist David Baxter (4-2), who has faced some tough competition since debuting with the CES promotion back in 2015. Finally, newly crowned New England Fights professional Cruiserweight Champion Yorgan deCastro (3-0) returns to the CES cage, where he is 2-0 in his career, as he welcomes Dallas, Texas’ Knockout artist Carlton “C-MAYJA” Little (7-6) to the CES cage for the first time.
CES MMA’s Michael Parente, as well as Massachusetts native and former UFC fighter Tom “Filthy” Lawlor will play host as UFC Fight Pass presents for the first time; CES MMA 54! Tickets are available and can be purchased by visiting or by visiting the box office at Twin River Casino Events Center.        

Gil Pinheiro (0-2) v. Eugene Aubrey (2-0)
Catchweight 165lbs
Gil Pinheiro
Fighting out of: Waterbury, Connecticut
Affiliation: Thornton Martial Arts
Record: 0-2 (losses to Camron Lachinov and Vinicius de Jesus)  
Last fight: Unanimous Decision loss to Camron Lachinov at Premier FC 24
Eugene “The Suitcase Kid” Aubrey
Fighting out of: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Affiliation: Extreme Evolution Fight Camp
Record: 2-0 (2 first round Knockouts)
Last fight: First round Knockout (Punch) of Jake Kozorosky at Art of War Cage Fighting 9.
Breakdown: With just two fights since turning pro in 2015 including a current layoff of nearly 15 months, Connecticut’s Pinheiro will be looking to resurrect his career that has seen him go 0-2 with tough losses coming to very talented fighters who would go on to fight for Bellator MMA (Lachinov, de Jesus). Enter Eugene Aubrey, Aubrey has cruised to a 2-0 start as a professional, needing under three minutes in the cage to dispatch his first two opponents, both by knockout. Aubrey packs some serious power in this hands and hopes to used that power early and become the next career launched at Pinheiro’s expense.
Click below for our detailed breakdown of the remaining 9 fights on the CES 54 fight card!

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January 14, 2019

Maine Striker takes his talents to Bellator

Recon Athletics Product; Matt Probin signs with Bellator MMA

Travis Lizotte

Uncasville, Connecticut - Bellator MMA makes its return to Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday February 15th as part of a two night combat sports extravaganza consisting of two stacked professional fight cards. Bellator 215 will kick off the festivities Friday night with a  highly anticipated fight card headlined by Heavyweights; Matt Mitrione (13-6) as he takes on Veteran slugger; Sergei Kharitonov (29-7). The Bellator promotion, as well as Prime Elite Management released a statement earlier today announcing that New England’s Featherweight Prospect; and English born Muay Thai expert; Matt Probin (3-0) has been added to the Bellator 215 line up. Probin who trains with Westbrook,Maine gym; Recon Fitness began his love for combat sports while serving in the British Royal (Navy) where he took an interest in Boxing. For Matt; Boxing naturally progressed into Muay Thai/ Kickboxing where he honed his skills to an elite level, upon his move to the States following his Military service, Probin became obsessed with the sport of MMA. Amassing a 6-2 record as an amateur as well as a undefeated 3-0 record as a professional, Probin has quickly made his name as one of the most feared strikers on the regional circuit. Fresh off a second round TKO stoppage of veteran Lionel Young (7-16) at NEF 36 in November, Probin is ready to showcase his skills on the global stage as he makes his Bellator debut at Bellator 215, against an opponent to be named later.
I spoke with Sean Rockwell (CEO of Prime Athletic Corporation) earlier today about the recent signing of Probin to their roster, as well as him making his Bellator debut next month. Rockwell said in his statement; “Travis, I appreciate you reaching out in order to get the facts. I can say, on record, that Matt Probin is going to take his 3-0 pro MMA record along with the fighting spirit of Maine to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut as he will be fighting for Bellator on February 15, 2019...We signed him (Matt) to representation because he’s a fighter….he’s a person who strives for excellence. His character and values align perfectly with Prime Elite Management and Prime Athletics Corporation. We are excited to welcome him to our family and help him in any way possible to achieve his dreams.”

I know I speak for the entire staff here at Western Mass MMA as we wish Matt the best of luck as he takes his career to new heights by signing with the Bellator Organization. Probin has entertained New England combat sports fans for years, whether in the cage or in the ring with dynamic displays of high level striking and an overwhelming Warrior mentality that is second to none. The time is now for Matt Probin, who takes the next step in his career, much like the many steps before it; with dignity and class! OSS Matt Probin.

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