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November 24, 2015


[CES Press Release]

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. — On January 8 at Twin River Casino, CES MMA kicks off the 2016 AXS TV Fights campaign with a bang when “Rock Star” Luis Felix and Gil de Freitas put their CES MMA World Championships on the line at CES MMA XXXII.

In the #CES32 main event, Felix will attempt to defend his World Lightweight Championship for the first time against UFC veteran Waylon Lowe. Both men guarantee leaving Twin River Casino with the title.

“This belt means everything to me. It’s a world title because CES is bringing guys in from all over the place,” said Felix, a Cranston, R.I., product and 10-time CES MMA veteran. “My job is to defend the title as many times as needed until I get called up and that is exactly what I’m going to do. I’m going to finish this fight. It could be with my hands, feet, wrestling or jiu-jitsu. My goal is to finish with a highlight and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Lowe has different plans. The Philadelphia product remarked on his CES MMA debut: “This is a title fight, but it’s business as usual ... I’m going to do everything I can to knock him out. I’m going up there to get after this guy and do everything I can to stop him.”

In the co-main event, newly crowned CES MMA World Welterweight Champion de Freitas will try to defend his 170-pound crown against Chris “The Action Man” Curtis.

Speaking on behalf of his Team Link student, Marco Alvan said de Freitas, who won the CES MMA World Welterweight Championship with an incredible second-round submission win in October, is ready to rumble. “Gil knows that his opponent is a good fighter and is a guy who comes to fight. That’s exactly what he’s looking for. Gil wants to challenge himself against tough fighters that want to fight. That’s what makes this an exciting fight for everyone” states Alvan. “The CES MMA belt means a lot to him. He was waiting for that opportunity and he hopes to keep that for a long time. He wants to be a great champion for CES MMA.”

Standing in his way, from Cincinnati, is Curtis, who has his sights set on becoming the next CES MMA veteran to step up to the UFC’s Octagon. “Gil is a big power puncher, which is fine, but I’m pretty sure my boxing is better than his kickboxing. I see him wanting to take it to the ground. I’ve only been submitted once. I don’t want to play that game with him, but I can if I have to. He’s a nasty dude. He’s probably a nice guy in real life. But in the cage, he’s a nasty, nasty dude. Everything he does, he does with bad intentions … I think somebody is going down in that fourth round.”

Don’t miss the fireworks on January 8 at CES MMA. For ticket and bout information go to or reserved by phone at 401-724-2253. All fights are subject to change.

CES MMA XXXII airs live on AXS TV FIGHTS at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with play-by-play and color commentary from UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich and "The Voice" Michael Schiavello.


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