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October 25, 2017

CES MMA 46: Doomsday vs. Carroll Preview

CES MMA 46: Doomsday vs. Carroll Preview
Travis Lizotte

Friday night (October 27th) live from the event center at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island; CES MMA 46 will take center stage as the top regional promotion gets ready to welcome back former CES Middleweight Champion; John “Doomsday” Howard from his second run at UFC glory! The Veteran of 14 fights inside the UFC’s Octagon, which saw the Dorchester, Massachusetts go 7-7 over his two stints with the World’s premier MMA promotion. After fighting twice for the World Series of Fighting since his last UFC appearance; Doomsday will be making his long awaited trip back home to New England, and the CES cage where he is a career 5-0 and perhaps the most dominant Middleweight in the promotions history. Standing across the cage from the former CES Champion will be the veteran of 31 professional fights, including two appearances for Bellator MMA as well as two prior visits to the CES cage; Roger “The Leprechaun” Carroll. Carroll will look to duplicate his last appearance in the CES cage; when he upset another former CES Middleweight Champion; Todd Chattelle at CES 28: Hawn vs. Loffer. It seems that North Carolina’s Carroll will have a much larger mountain to climb this time if he hopes to upset CES fan favorite; “Doomsday” Howard. Another CES fan favorite Dinis “Sweetbread” Paiva, will be looking to make it seven wins in his last eight fights as the East Providence Slugger looks to punch his way into the CES Bantamweight title picture when he touches gloves with Pennsylvania’s Branden “Soku” Seyler Sr. Seyler was the architect of his own upset victory in his last fight when he submitted then undefeated Bantamweight; Kris Moutinho at CES 45. The third fight on the card promises to be an absolute slugfest as Team Irish MMA’s Jon Lemke and Lauzon MMA’s Josh LaBerge will go to battle for the second time in their careers, LaBerge got the best of the striking in the two’s first bout, stopping the fight via punches, just over a minute into the second round at CES 36. Rounding out the Main Card; which will be broadcast live on AXS.TV, will be a trio of CES stars who will look to continue their winning ways and dominance in the CES cage; Middleweight; Justin “The Fort” Sumter (vs.Shedrick Goodridge) and Welterweight; Gary “Batman” Balletto Jr. (vs. Sharif Jones) will both be looking to extend their current win streaks to five straight victories, and CES and Bellator veteran Rico DiSciullo (vs. Justin King) will be gunning for his eighth career victory against just one lone loss, Friday night at Twin River Casino.
The Night’s undercard features four professional bouts including the rematch between Middleweights; Pat McCrohan and Buck Pineau, McCrohan earned a TKO of Pineau in the first round due to a fluke injury at CES 31 in their first meeting. Undefeated CES budding star; Marquis Brewster hopes to stay unblemished against Ohio’s Raymond Yanez. Grandson of former mob boss John Gotti; John Gotti III, will be making his highly anticipated professional debut against Vermont’s Johnny “The Wild Child” Adams. Rounding out the night; impressive 5-1 Amateur Bantamweight Michael Taylor will be making his professional debut against fellow newcomer to the professional ranks, Fall River, Massachusetts’ Jessie Pires. Tickets for CES 46 can be purchased at or or by Calling CES at (401) 724-2253. Fights will begin at 7pm with the Main Card live on AXS.TV. beginning at 9 pm Eastern 8pm Central. Click below to read the Breakdown of all ten matchups on the card.


Michael Taylor (Debut) vs. Jessie Pires (Debut)
Michael “Titan” Taylor
Affiliation: Cortland Elite MMA
Record: Debut (5-1 as Amateur)
Last fight: First round Submission Choke victory over Justin M. Walker at Gladius Fights 26.
Jesse Pires
Affiliation: Borges Karate Jiu-Jitsu Academy  
Record: Debut (2-7 as Amateur)
Last fight: Second round Submission Choke victory over John Payne at Cage Titans 26 (2015).
Breakdown: New York’s Michael Taylor earned all five of his amateur wins under the Gladius Fights banner, finishing three of those five victories on his way to an impressive 5-1 career record amongst the ammy ranks, His adversary; Jessie Pires had more of a down amateur career going 2-7 for the Cage Titans promotion with both victories coming by Submission, Both will be making their professional debuts, when they share the CES cage for the very first time.   
Johnny Adams (0-1) vs. John Gotti III (Debut)
Johnny “The Wild Child” Adams
Record: 0-1 ( 1 Submission Loss)
Last fight: First round Submission loss to Ian Beatease at XCP: Rumble in RutVegas.
John Gotti III
Record: Debut (5-1 as Amateur)
Last fight: Unanimous Decision victory over Anthony Wolter at Triton Fights 1.
Breakdown: Long Island’s John Gotti III has much more than his infamous name on his side, at 5-1 as an Amateur the massive former bodybuilder turned MMA Welterweight competitor comes into his professional debut with a ton of hype behind him. The Boxing based Gotti will likely try to keep the fight off the ground and in striking distance as he looks to hand Johnny Adams his second loss in as many professional fights. Adams, a BJJ player, will look for openings in the game of Gotti where he can capitalize on his submission skills.
Marquis Brewster (3-0) vs. Raymond Yanez (4-11)
Marquis Brewster
Affiliation: Tri-Force MMA
Record: 3-0 ( 1 Submission)
Last fight: Unanimous Decision victory over Cody Hair at CES 42: Curtis vs. Santiago.
Raymond Yanez
Affiliation: Lashley Training Center
Record: 4-11 (2 Submissions, 1 Knockout)
Last fight: First round Submission loss to Johnny Campbell at Cage Titans 33.
Breakdown: Since a surprising CES debut which saw Raymond Yanez submit Joe Reverdes at CES 40, Yanez has run into the New England buzz saw when it comes to Bantamweight opponents including Richard Santiago and Johnny Campbell. Yanez’s path doesn’t get any easier this time out when he takes on undefeated CES Bantamweight Prospect; Marquis Brewster. Brewster who is currently 3-0 as a pro, suffered the only loss of his career as an Amateur to CES Flyweight star Carlos “The Cannon” Candelario. Since the loss to Candelario, Woonsocket’ Rhode Island’s Brewster has been a perfect 5-0 and looks to add Yanez to the list of wins on his rise up the Bantamweight ranks.
Pat McCrohan (2-1) vs. Buck Pineau (1-4)
Pat McCrohan
Affiliation: Regiment Training Center
Record: 2-1 (1 Knockout)
Last fight: Second Round Submission loss to Ruslan Melikov at CES 37: Summer Gold.
Buck “Knuckles” Pineau
Affiliation: First Class MMA   
Record: 1-4 (Decision Victory)
Last fight: First round TKO loss to Tim Caron at Combat Zone 59:Rock On.
Breakdown: Wrestler Pat McCrohan will be looking to repeat his first performance against Pineau where he was able to take the fight to the ground and earn a TKO stoppage which was due to an injury suffered by Pineau on a Double Leg Takedown. Pineau collapsed on his left arm going to the mat causing an injury to that arm that did not allow him continue the fight. Pineau, a striker by trade, will be looking to avenge what turned out to be a tough luck loss to McCrohan at CES 31 by keeping the fight on the feet where he is most comfortable. Buck will need to use his length in order to avoid the takedowns of McCrohan and keep him on the outside,  once on the ground McCrohan also possesses a slick submission game that has the ability to end a fight in a hurry. However, McCrohan would not mind feeling out Pineau’s stand up game and striking a little bit with him in effort to make a statement by finishing the First Class MMA product on the feet.  
Rico DiSciullo (7-1) vs. Justin King (6-5)
Rico DiSciullo
Affiliation: Sityodtong Boston
Record: 7-1 (2 Knockouts, 1 Submission)
Last fight: Unanimous Decision victory over Matt Lozano at CES 43: Mass Invasion.
Justin King
Affiliation: Integrated Fighting Academy  
Record: 6-5 (2 Submissions)
Last fight: First round Submission victory over Matt Hemry at HFC 30 Pape vs. Umar.
Breakdown: Somerville, Massachusetts’ Rico DiSciullo will be looking to add to his legacy as one of the fastest rising Bantamweight prospects ever to step foot in the CES cage. With a current record of 5-1 under the CES banner and an impressive 2-0 record for Bellator MMA DiSciullo has earned himself a top spot amongst the New England Bantamweight division, a spot which he hopes to solidify with a quick finish of fellow veteran, and former collegiate wrestler; Justin King. King has earned just two wins in his last five fights and will be facing the tough task of upsetting the top-flight, fan favorite DiSciullo in “the house that DiSciullo built.” King will have to eliminate the distance in this fight if he hopes to contain the crafty DiSciullo and take home what would be a statement win for the Indiana native.     
Gary Balletto Jr. (4-1) vs. Sharif Jones (3-2)
Gary “Batman” Balletto Jr.
Affiliation: Tri-Force MMA  
Record: 4-1 (2 Knockouts, 2 Submissions)
Last fight: Second Round Knockout of Nick Alley at CES 45: Gooch vs. Coutinho.
Sharif “Bam Bam” Jones
Affiliation: Let’s be Elite Boxing and Fitness Academy  
Record: 3-2 ( 2 Submissions, 1 Knockout)
Last fight: Split Decision Loss to Will Martinez Jr. at Art of War Cage Fighting 2.
Breakdown: Gary “Batman” Balletto Jr. has seen his stock continue to increase as he comes into this fight at CES 46 the winner of his last four fights, finishing all four of those fights inside the first two rounds, including a statement second round knockout of Nick Alley at CES 45. Balletto, who started his career as a widely revered striker has developed into one of the better well rounded martial artists you will find. Balletto will likely rely on his boxing roots in this bout against Sharif Jones who is also credited with being a boxer in his own right. Balletto will need to use movement on the feet to avoid the hands of Jones, all the while setting up counter strikes and level changes to get the fight to the ground where Cranston Rhode Island’’s Balletto holds a distinct advantage over Jones in the submission game. However, Jones possesses power in his hands that can change the outcome of this fight in the blink of an eye. Jones will likely look to end the fight early rather than getting in a grueling scrap with Balletto.
Justin Sumter (4-1) vs. Shedrick Goodridge (6-8)
Justin “The Fort” Sumter
Affiliation: Fighting Arts Academy
Record: 4-1 (2 Submission, 1 Knockout)
Last fight: Unanimous Decision Victory over Brian Sparrow at CES 44: Bessette vs. Trujillo.
Shedrick “Chocolate Thunder” Goodridge
Affiliation: Renzo Gracie New Jersey
Record: 6-8 (3 Submissions, 1 Knockout)
Last fight: Unanimous Decision loss to Dirlei Broenstrup at Premier FC 17 (2014).
Breakdown: CES MMA’s biggest Middleweight prospect Justin “The Fort” Sumter had trouble unveiling his athleticism last time in the CES cage when Brian Sparrow closed the distance against the flashy Sumter and got the fight to the judges; when all was said and done Sumter had earned his fourth straight win as a professional and further solidified his “rising prospect” status. Sumter doesn’t want to be known as a prospect however, he wants to be one of the most feared men on the CES roster, and will look to unleash his high level martial arts talent in this scrap with Shedrick Goodridge. Goodridge has been away from the cage since 2014 and until then he had compiled a 6-8 record against some of the toughest guys the Middleweight division has to offer, including a win against former CES Middleweight Champion Todd Chattelle all the way back at CES 21, by decision. Goodridge will try and prove that a three year layoff will not get in the way of his attempt to upset the next Middleweight star of CES; Justin Sumter.
Jon Lemke (6-8) vs. Josh LaBerge (11-6) II
Jon Lemke
Affiliation: Team Irish MMA  
Record: 6-8 (5 Knockouts)
Last fight: Second Round Submission Choke loss to Ryan Sanders at NEF 28: Invisible.
Josh “The Problem” LaBerge
Affiliation: Lauzon MMA
Record: 11-6 (5 Knockouts, 1 Submission)
Last fight: Third Round Submission Choke loss to Saul Almeida at CES 42: Curtis vs. Santiago.
Breakdown: If you are looking for an “old school brawl” this is the fight on the card that should catch your eye, Fall River’s LaBerge will lock horns once again with Brewer’ Maine native Jon Lemke in a fight where both guys are more than willing to stand and trade. In their first meeting; it was the heavy handed LaBerge who got the better of the trade, earning himself an early second round stoppage due to strikes against the Team Irish MMA centerpiece. Lemke would love to turn the tides in the striking department this time out in efforts to return the favor to LaBerge and return to Maine with his 6th career Knockout. This fight could be fireworks from beginning to end, whenever the finish may come, I do not see this fight making it to the judges scorecards.
Dinis Paiva (9-6) vs. Branden Seyler Sr. (7-5-1)
Dinis “Sweetbread” Paiva
Affiliation: Sityodtong Boston  
Record: 9-6 (5 Knockouts, 2 Submissions)
Last fight: Unanimous Decision win over Jordan Espinosa at CES 41: Bessette vs. Croom.
Branden “Soku” Seyler Sr.
Affiliation: Next Generation  
Record: 7-5-1 (5 Submissions, 1 Knockout)
Last fight: First Round Submission Choke victory over Kris Moutinho at CES 45: Gooch vs. Coutinho.
Breakdown: Erie, Pennsylvania’s Branden Seyler Sr. will follow an upset of CES prospect Kris Moutinho at CES 45 via first round guillotine by drawing one of the promotions most seasoned combatants in Dinis “Sweetbread” Paiva. Paiva has made his name in the CES cage and on the Regional scene as a finisher; someone with the ability to stop fights in the blink of an eye. “Sweetbread” will have his eye on his 6th career knockout when the bell rings on the co-main event of Friday nights CES 46 card. Paiva will use strikes to deter the takedowns of Branden Seyler in attempt to keep the fight on the feet and land some serious leather on the chin of Seyler. If Seyler can close the distance and force Paiva to grapple with him, it could end up being a long night for the East Providence Finisher; Paiva. It is also worth noting that Seyler has not been knocked out in his 13 professional fights, and his chin will likely be put to the test by the brawler Paiva.  
John Howard (24-13) vs. Roger Carroll (16-15)
John “Doomsday” Howard
Affiliation: FAF Gym  
Record: 24-13 (8 Knockouts, 7 Submissions)
Last fight: Unanimous Decision loss to Abubakar Nurmagomedov at WSOF 33: Branch vs. Magalhães.  
Roger “The Leprechaun” Carroll
Affiliation: Renegade Fighting Systems  
Record: 16-15 (15 Submissions)
Last fight: First round TKO loss to Steve Montgomery at Fight Night 2.

Breakdown: In the Main Event of the evening of John “Doomsday” Howard, the most successful Middleweight to call the CES MMA cage home, makes his long awaited return to the Promotion at Twin River Casino after a stint with the UFC and World Series of Fighting. Looking to spoil “Doomsday’s” return to the CES cage will be long time veteran and submission specialist; Roger “The Leprechaun” Carroll. Carroll has been on a career roller coaster since turning pro in 2008, with a career record of 16-15 and having been defeated in his last 4 fights, Carroll will need a career defining performance to leave Twin River Casino with John Howard’s pot of gold. I believe the much more skilled Howard will pressure Carroll from the word “Go,” immediately putting him into survival mode, against the fence or on the ground where Howard’s abilities play right into a quick finish in this fight. I believe that it will take a mistake by “Doomsday” for Carroll to find himself in a position to win this fight. Carroll has been tested in the past and with his submission abilities and ability to survive damage this fight could go longer than some expect. If Carroll can survive the early heat and find a hole in Howard’s game he could sneak in a submission but I do not see him lasting long enough for that to come to fruition. This should be a great return for Howard who will look to get in and out quick and give the CES fans something to talk about in his triumphant return.