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August 23, 2019


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We arrived at the Double Tree Hotel and made our way to the arena.  We parked on the street this time so hopefully we dont get a ticket!  Land of the free!!  As in FREE Parking !  Combat Zone has a total of 11 matches tonight.  There is 1 kickboxing and 2 grappling matches.  The rest of them will be amateur and professional mixed martal arts.  The host of the night will be the one and only John Vena.    The refs are Alan Lau,  Steve Rita and John English.  The national anthem was sung by this young maybe around 9 and she did a great job!!  Not many kids would have the guts to sing like that in front of a crowd so I got to give her props.  Combat Zone is now showing their promo video which means the fights are about to begin.  Please follow along as I try my best to keep up with all the action in and around the cage.


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We are just just a few hours away from Combat Zone 71.  It will be taking place at the Double Tree in Manchester New Hampshire this Friday.  The doors will be opening up at 5:30pm and the first fight is set to start at 7pm.  There are a total of 11 fights happening with some being mma, grappling and some being kickboxing.  In the mma portion there are 4 amateur and 4 professional bouts.  I have clearly labelled them below so you can see what is what.  Let me break down the fight card for you all.  I will not be breaking down the kickboxing and the grappling but they are below in the order.  Keep in mind that fights are subject to change.

August 22, 2019

Cage Titans XLV: Shainis v. Yong Preview

Giannetti vs. Raymond

Travis Lizotte

Saturday August 24th, 2019; Plymouth, Massachusetts the particulars were a little late rolling in but we have a stacked fight card set to go down from Plymouth Memorial Hall Saturday night as Michael Polvere presents Cage Titans 45. Although the full fight card did not fully shape up until early this week, one fight New England MMA fans knew they could count on at Cage Titans 45 is the night’s co-feature between former Ultimate Fighter Finalist Joe “Skeletor” Giannetti (7-2-1) and a well known adversary Keenan Raymond (3-6). Initially Giannetti and Raymond were set to meet in a rematch, Giannetti submitted Raymond in the second round at Cage Titans 35, at Cage Titans’ first ever combat night on July 13th. However, due to a dispute with the Athletic Commission regarding the eligibility of Raymond, the fight in July was postponed until Saturday. This ended up being quite a bump in the road for Giannetti who still continues to make his argument to fight on the UFC card in Boston on October 18th, after his dismissal from the organization, following his Split-Decision loss to Mike Trizano (8-1) in the Ultimate Fighter finale in July of 2018. These two familiar foes will square off Saturday night as the two Lightweights are set to co-headline what promises to be a very exciting evening inside New England’s most beloved combat sports venue; Plymouth Memorial Hall.
Although Cage Titans 45 is stacked deep with Professional talent; it’s Amateur Bantamweights who promise to steal the show Saturday night as newly crowned Cage Titans Amateur Bantamweight Champion; Jeff Joy (3-0) will put his belt on the line against the man sitting atop the Amateur Bantamweight rankings in all of New England; New England Fights Amateur Bantamweight Champion “Killa” Kam Arnold (5-0). This fight will without a doubt be a battle for supremacy, as the winner will not only be crowned Cage Titans Champion, but will also stake claim to the title; New England’s baddest Amateur Bantamweight! But if it is Professional MMA you desire, we’ve got you covered, as Cage Titans returns some of the region’s top pro talent including 14 fight veteran Kin “Kong” Moy (10-4) who looks to stack up back to back wins, since his five round decision loss to Jay Perrin (8-4) at Cage Titans 42, and he looks to do so against Ohio’s Shawn “The Artist” Rall (2-6).
Cage Titan’s fan favorite and surging Featherweight prospect “Shameless” Don Shainis (6-2) makes good on his word to fight on every Cage Titan’s fight card until he gets the call to the “Big Show,” Shainis makes it three straight appearances for his home promotion as he looks for his third straight victory against combat sport veteran Roberto Yong (3-4) in a bout that has stolen main event status likely due to the fact Shainis sells the most tickets in Cage Titans history and Mike Polvere gives the fans what they pay to see. Fellow top prospect; “Killa” Mitch Raposo (1-0) looks to continue a career unblemished as he makes his second walk to the cage as a pro, against Ohio MMA veteran; Raymond “The Reaper” Yanez (5-14). Also looking to notch professional wins will be up and comers; Marty “The Beast” Navis (2-0 Welterweight, v. Mike Diorio 1-5), Pat Gilbride (1-0 Featherweight, vs. Anthony Pagliaro 3-6), Connor Matthews (Debut 150 pound Catchweight, v. Stacey Anderson 0-7) and Tommy Lee Davis (1-1 Middleweight, vs. Josh Jones Pro Debut). Below is a breakdown of the full Cage Titans 45 fight card with 14 fights set to kickoff at 7pm local time with doors opening at 6pm from Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts. For tickets visit

Brian Cosco (4-7) vs. Xavier Cardona (1-1)
Amateur Lightweight

Brian Cosco
Fighting out of: Boston, Massachusetts
Affiliation: Sityodtong
Record: 4-7 (1 Knockouts, 3 Submissions)
Last Fight: First round TKO (Doctor Stoppage) of Gary Carr at NEF 38: Stormborn.

Xavier Cardona
Fighting out of: Lakeville, Massachusetts
Affiliation: Lakeville MMA
Record: 1-1 (1 Knockout)
Last Fight: First round Knockout of Alberto Rodriguez at Cage Titans 42.

MMA WEEKEND--Bellator 225

Bellator 225

Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2

Saturday 08.24.2019 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Paramount Network

Matt Mitrione  vs.  Sergei Kharitonov 265 lbs
Vitaly Minakov  vs.  Javy Ayala ,265 lbs
Alejandra Lara  vs.  Taylor Turner 125 lbs
Tyrell Fortune  vs.  Rudy Schaffroth 265 lbs
David Rickels  vs.  Yaroslav Amosov 170 lbs
Nick Newell  vs.  Corey Browning 155 lbs
Sabah Homasi  vs.  Micah Terrill 170 lbs
Mike Kimbel  vs.  Chris Disonell 135 lbs
Khonry Gracie  vs.  Oscar Vera 170 lbs
Ricky Bandejas  vs.  Ahmet Kayretli  135 lbs
Grant Neal  vs.  Alpha Toure 205 lbs
Timothy Johnson  vs.  Azunna Anyanwu 265 lbs
Austin Vanderford  vs.  Joseph Creer 185 lbs
Aviv Gozali  vs.  E. Muravitskiy 155 lbs
Jon Manley  vs.  Thiago Rela 175 lbs
Kastriot Xhema  vs.  Connor Dixon 165 lbs

CAGE TITANS FIGHT VIDEOS: Mitch Raposo vs. Rob Fuller | Ebrahim Aziz vs. Sean Costello | Shane Dougherty vs. Jordan Brown

August 21, 2019

CES MMA Welterweight World Champion Vinicius De Jesus: “This is my time!”

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PROVIDENCE, RI (August 21, 2019) – CES MMA welterweight champion Vinicius De Jesus is amped-up to make his first title defense in the CES MMA 58 main event, Saturday night, September 7, against challenger Chris “The Cleveland Assassin” Lozano.

CES 58 will be streamed live from the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, beginning at 8 PM E.T. / 5 PM P.T.

Brazilian-born De Jesus, fighting out of Norwalk, CT, became CES MMA welterweight champion in his last fight (Mar. 29, 2019), when he earned a five-round unanimous decision over Jeremiah Wells. De Jesus has won three of four Bellator fights and he is riding a three-fight win streak.

The 29-year-old De Jesus, who started training at 13, moved from Brazil five years ago to Stamford, CT, and he is now living in nearby Norwalk.  Back home, De Jesus was a chef, but now the only cooking he does in in the cage, teaching and training MMA students while competing on the World Stage.  De Jesus has an impressive 8-2 pro record; both losses coming by way of split decision.