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February 10, 2016


[CES Press Release]

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Matt “The Mangler” Bessette is back.

Bessette, a Bellator MMA veteran, returns to the #CESMMA cage for the third time against Strikeforce alumni Tito Jones at CES MMA 33 on March 11 at Twin River Casino, LIVE on AXS TV FIGHTS at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

“I’m always excited to fight for CES MMA, and this one is no different,” offered Bessette, who’s coming off an impressive first-round heel hook submission in the Bellator cage. “I’ve seen a few of Tito’s fights online. He’s a striker -- that’s his strength and where he likes to be. My fans have seen me enough to know that I’m comfortable with strikers and I’m comfortable with grapplers. I’m going out there and do what I’ve gotta do to get the job done.”

Standing in his way is Tito Jones, a former Golden Gloves champion boxer who’s looking for his fifth MMA knockout.

In a zen-like approach to the this fight, Jones stated, “I want to do the best that I can do. That’s what I’m focused on. If I do my best, I have full confidence that I’m going to win. I try to maintain a certain level of happiness all the time. If I win, I win. If I lose, I lose. I’m happy to be there -- that’s the biggest thing, and fans are going to know that right away -- but of course I’m preparing to do my best.”

March 11 | Twin River Casino | Lincoln, R.I.

Andre Soukhamthath vs. Kody Nordby
for the CES MMA World Bantamweight Championship

Middleweight: Chuck O’Neil vs. Dennis Olson
Heavyweight: Juliano Coutinho vs. Chaz Morgan
Heavyweight: Greg Rebello vs. Keith Bell
Lightweight: Nate Andrews vs. Julian Lane
Featherweight: Matt Bessette vs. Tito Jones
Featherweight: Joe Pingitore vs. Taylor Trahan

Don’t miss the fireworks on March 11 when the lights turn on at CES MMA 33. For ticket and bout information go to, or reserve by phone at 401-724-2253. All fights are subject to change.