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November 3, 2016

CES MMA 39 11/4/2016 TEASER BY Travis Lizotte

CES MMA: Classic Entertainment Sports 39 Preview
Written By Travis Lizotte

On November 4th CES MMA will take their talents to the South Shore; Plymouth, Massachusetts. In a town that is as synonymous with New England as Clam Chowder and cold winters, CES brings Chuck ”Cold Steel”  O’Neil, one of the faces of New England MMA and Former CES Middleweight Champion with them to Plymouth as he faces off against Wilfredo “The Brown Bomber” Santiago to headline an absolutely stacked card riddled with the best talent in New England MMA.  The nights Co-Main event will feature perhaps one of the fastest rising stars in New England’s Featherweight Division; Manny Bermudez, who will put his undefeated professional record on the line against savvy veteran and Sityodtong product; Saul “The Spider” Almeida.  Also on the Main Card is an early Fight of the Night candidate, in the flyweight division, at Peter “Slippery” Barrett looks to keep his string of first round finishes alive against Jeremy “The Beast” Davis who has finished all three of his professional fights in under 6 minutes.  CES staple Mike “Bones” Rodriquez moves up to Light heavyweight to try and keep his 3 fight win streak intact against Bellator Veteran Kevin “the Northwoods Nightmare” Haley. Bobby Flynn and Micah Terrill collide in the Welterweight Division.  Fifth Ranked New England Flyweight Remo Cardarelli takes on #1 New York Flyweight Josh Ricci, Connor Barry meets Anthony Giacchina at 170 pounds, and Max Barrett takes on Dan Dubuque.  Two Amateur bouts round out the card as Zachary Fritz-Kill fights Charles Louis Bonar and Shane Brady shares the cage with Joe Mikolinski.

Shane Brady (Debut) v. Joe Mikolinski (Debut)
Welterweight (Amateur)
Shane Brady
Affiliation: Franklin MMA/BJJ

Joe Mikolinski
Affiliation: FAA

Breakdown: Both fighters will be making their Amateur MMA Debuts on what could be the largest fight card in New England this year.  Both fighters will undoubtedly look to impress the large contingent of MMA Personalities who are in attendance.  We will be watching to see which fighter will be able to overcome the glare of the spotlight. I would say the result of the fight will be largely determined by which fighter can harness his emotions and execute his game plan.

Charles Louis Bonar (2-0) v. Zach Fritz-Kill (1-0)
Featherweight (Amateur)

Charles Louis Bonar
Affiliation:  FAA
Record: 2-0 (1 Submission/ 1 TKO)
Summary: Both Amateur fights came in the Lightweight Division under the Kaged Kombat FC Promotion.
Last Fight: Kaged Kombat FC 23: Win by 2nd round Submission

Zach Fritz-Kill
Affiliation: Wai Kru
Record: 1-0 (TKO)
Summary:  Zachary’s MMA Debut came at Combat Zone 54 where the made quick work of Jeff Beal (0-0) with a TKO 2 minutes into round 1.
Last fight: Combat Zone 54: Win by 1st round TKO

Breakdown:  Both fighters look to stay undefeated in their early Amateur careers. Fritz-Kill is fighting out of one of the top gyms in the Northeast in Wai Kru, while Louis Bonar has one more fight under his belt making him the “veteran” of the two fighters. I see both of these guys going for finishes early in the fight in attempt to add another win to their records and to leave a mark on the Amateur Featherweight rankings in the Northeast. A finish in this fight could mean a step up in competition for whichever fighter gets his hand raised.

Connor Barry (1-0) v. Anthony Giacchina (1-0)

Connor Barry
Affiliation: FAF Gym
Record: 1-0 (Decision)
Summary:  Barry went 5-1 as an Amateur with 5 stoppage finishes.
Last fight: Decision victory against Peter San Antonio at Combat Zone.

Anthony Giacchina
Affiliation: Maxum BJJ
Record: 1-0 (Decision)
Summary:  Giacchina turned pro after 7 Amateur fights in which he scored 2 Submission victories. Anthony’s first pro fight was for the CES Promotion.
Last fight: Decision victory against Gary Balletto Jr. at CES 30.

Breakdown:  Both of these guys have something to prove, everyone likes a clean record and these guys look to move on from decision victories in their first pro fights. Barry finished 5 fights at the Amateur level and I’m sure neither guy wants to leave a fight in the hands of the judges.

Bobby Flynn (5-3) v. Micah Terrill (8-6)

Bobby Flynn
Affiliation:  FAA
Record: 5-3 (4 Submissions)
Summary:  Bobby is riding a 2 fight win streak with his last win coming by split decision against Kevin Horowitz at CES 36. Bobby will be right at home at the Plymouth Memorial Hall, he is a veteran of 6 Cage Titans fights.
Last fight: Split decision victory against Kevin Horowitz at CES 36

Micah Terrill
Affiliation:  Conquest BJJ (Maryland)
Record: 8-6 (7 KOs)
Summary:  Seven of Micah’s 8 wins have come via Knockout, including his last 2 fights, both in the first round. But there is no doubt he needs to show he has learned to defend the choke, all 6 of his losses have come due to submission losses by chokes.
Last fight: First round TKO of Jason Brown at Shogun Fights 15.

Breakdown: This is a fight just looking to be finished. Micah is looking to add to his impressive 7 Knockout victories as a pro. However, Bobby Flynn carries with him 4 submission wins and would love his 5th to be Micah’s 7th submission loss. If either fighter can execute his game, this fight will not make it three rounds. Bobby is also a CES and Cage Titans veteran, while Micah makes the trip to the South Shore from Maryland.

Max Barrett (3-0) v. Dan Dubuque (3-1)

Max Barrett
Affiliation:  Juniko/Sityodtong
Record: 3-0 (2 KOs/ 1 Sub)
Summary:  Stoughton native “Mad” Max Barrett is a veteran of Cage Titans and in each of his first 3 pro fights Max has needed no more than the first round to finish his opponent.
Last fight: First round Knockout of Devin Pilkington at Cage Titans 30.

Dan Dubuque
Affiliation:  The Cage
Record: 3-1 (All Decisions)
Summary:  Connecticut’s Dubuque has gone to decision in each of his four pro fights, with the judges giving him the nod in three of the four. Dan’s only loss came at the hands of still undefeated Manny Bermudez.
Last fight: Decision Win against Erick Rodriguez at Premier FC 20.

Breakdown:  Each of Dan’s fights have gone the full 15 minutes, Max’s 3 pro fights have not lasted 15 minutes, combined.  Max will undoubtedly be looking to finish this fight but Dan has shown the ability to take the fight into the later rounds and grind out wins.  Both fighters have a like opponent, both have suffered losses to Manny Bermudez in their fighting careers. But losses will not be on their minds as they each look for their 4th professional victories.

Remo Cardarelli (6-4) v. Josh Ricci (2-0)

Remo Carderelli
Affiliation:  Rivera Athletics
Record: 6-4 (4 Submissions)
Summary:  Remo is the 5th ranked Flyweight in the Northeast. His last 4 fights have resulted in two wins and two losses, both of those losses have come by way of Darren Mima. This will be Remo’s  2nd CES fight, he is also an 8X Cage Titans fighter.
Last fight: Loss to Darren Mima by third round submission at Cage Titans 30.

Josh Ricci
Affiliation: Team Andrello
Record: 2-0 (2 Submissions)
Summary:  Josh Ricci comes into this fight at New York’s number one ranked Flyweight. Following 6 Amateur wins, Ricci has started his pro career undefeated with both wins by Tapout. This will be Josh’s second CES appearance.

Last fight: Win by second round submission over Dalton Brady at Prodigy MMA: Resurrection.
Breakdown:  Both fighters in this matchup have showed their intent to submit their opponents. Stylistically this fight could be a chess match, with each fighter looking for their openings for a submission. However, often times, a game plan will change once someone starts to throw some leather. It will be interesting to see if these guys are willing to stand and trade.

Peter Barrett (6-0) v. Jeremy Davis (3-0)

Peter Barrett
Affiliation:  Juniko/Sityodtong
Record: 6-0 (5 KOs/1 Submission)
Summary: Slippery Pete has finished each of his last 5 opponents in the very first round.  Finishing his last fight in dramatic fashion; with a head kick Knockout of Bellator veteran Jeff Anderson at Cage Titans 28.
Last fight: First round knockout of Jeff Anderson at Cage Titans 28.

Jeremy Davis
Affiliation: Shift MMA
Record: 3-0 (2 Submissions/ 1 KO)
Summary:  Jeremy “the Beast” Davis is also a finisher, winning each of his three professional fights in under 6 minutes.  Davis makes the trip to Plymouth from Clearwater, Florida, but it will not be his first, his last fight was for Cage Titans in this very building.
Last fight: Win by first round Doctor Stoppage against Don Shainis at Cage Titans 29.

Breakdown: This has been my pick for fight of the night since I first set eyes on this fight card. Both fighters not only look to maintain unbeaten records but will also be looking to do so the most violent way they know how. Make sure you have your popcorn ready for this fight and remember not to blink, I do not see this fight going the full 15 minutes.

Kevin Haley (5-3) v. Mike Rodriguez (5-1)

Kevin Haley
Affiliation: Nostos MMA
Record: 5-3 (2 KOs/ 1 Submission)
Summary:  The “Northwoods Nightmare” has fought some of the bigger names in New England MMA and is a two time Bellator Veteran (1-1) highlighted by a win against Mike Zichelle at Bellator 144. Haley’s last loss came to the Ultimate Fighter participant Eric Spicely and holds another loss in the Heavyweight Division. Haley enters the bout as New Englands #5 Light-Heavyweight.
Last fight: Second Round TKO of Steve Skrzat at CES 34.

Mike Rodriguez
Affiliation: Lauzon MMA
Record: 5-1 (3 KOs/ 2 Submissions)
Summary: Rodriguez comes into this fight riding high and deservedly so carrying a three fight win streak as a Middleweight. “Bones” will make his first trip to the Light-Heavyweight but he will continue to look to finish the fight any way possible. This will be Mike’s 5th time in the CES cage.
Last fight: Second Round Submission of John Poppie at CES 38.

Breakdown: This looks to be an interesting matchup on paper; Mike Rodriguez is a fight finisher and will look to do so by any means necessary. However, I do not believe Mike has ever fought someone with the physical strength of Kevin Haley. Kevin is a big 205’er and dispatched the last Middleweight that came up to fight him (Mike Zichelle).  Rodriguez will have trouble creating the space he needs to finish Haley but if he can create that distance he can unleash a stylish game that can end a fight in an instant.

Saul Almeida (16-8) v, Manny Bermudez (7-0)

Saul Almeida
Affiliation:  Sityodtong Boston
Record: 16-8 (13 Decision Wins)
Summary: Saul “the Spider” Almeida is a veteran in the world of New England MMA, with fights for both regional promotions and national promotions alike. Saul’s unorthodox style is a tough matchup for anyone and has led him to 16 professional wins.
Last fight: Split decision loss to Bruce Boyington at World Series of Fighting 31.

Manny Bermudez
Affiliation: South Shore Sport Fighting
Record: 7-0 (5 submissions)
Summary: Manny has marched his way all over the featherweight division with little friction finishing 6 of his 7 opponents. Bermudez is no doubt one of the fastest rising stars from the North East, but critics find themselves looking for Manny to get that signature win, a win over Saul Almeida could quite possibly that signature we are all looking for.
Last fight: First round Submission of Rodrigo Almeida at Cage Titans 30.

Breakdown: Saul Almeida will look to derail what has been one of the most impressive runs currently in New England. To do so, Saul will have to keep Manny guessing and use his signature style to disrupt Manny’s onslaught.  Meanwhile Manny will be looking to pick that movement apart and capitalize on what would be his largest victory to date. The longer this fight goes the better for Almeida; he will have no problem with taking Manny to deep water to see if he can survive the long grueling battles he is accustomed to. Manny wants no part of the marathon and would like to put Almeida away early.

Chuck O’Neil (17-8) v. Wilfredo Santiago Jr. (6-3)

Chuck O’Neil
Affiliation:  Tri Force MMA/Mass BJJ
Record: 17-8 (6 KOs/ 6 Submissions)
Summary:  CES 39 will be Chuck “Cold Steel” O’Neil’s 12th consecutive fight under the CES banner, where he has won 6 of his last 8 fights. Chuck is also a former Ultimate Fighter competitor; fighting Chris Cope to a decision loss in the finale of season 13. A true Veteran of the Sport of MMA O’Neil has seen just about all there is to see inside the cage.
Last fight: First round TKO of Roy Jones at CES 37

Wilfredo Santiago Jr.
Affiliation: F5 Fight Team
Record: 6-3 (5 KOs/ 1 Submission)
Summary:  Wilfredo takes a three fight win streak into CES 39. “The Brown Bomber” has finished fights in all 6 of his professional wins. This will be Santiago’s third fight in the CES Cage and will be without a doubt his biggest challenge to date.
Last fight: First round TKO of Nuri Shakir at Combat Zone 59.

Breakdown: Wilfredo’s attack may be lethal but it is going to take something special to put O’Neil in a situation that he is not familiar with.  Santiago is heavy handed but Chuck has hit before and can survive an all out attack. Chuck will need to use his veteran awareness to avoid being put on the mat but if he can get this fight out of the first round momentum will likely be in his favor and he can use his skill to grind Wilfredo.  A win for “the Brown Bomber” would be the biggest of his career and could propel him into the eyes of national promotions; a win for Chuck O’Neil would be nothing new for him or CES fans. I see this fight being exactly what you would want to see out of a Main Event on one of the largest MMA cards to hit New England this year!