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November 17, 2017

CES MMA 47 Preview: Rebello vs. Brown

CES MMA 47: Rebello vs. Brown Preview
Travis Lizotte

For one final time this year; CES MMA will take over the events center at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island on Friday November 17th as AXS TV once again plays host at CES 47. Before CES packs up it’s cage for the holiday season, they will once again “deck the halls” of Twin River Casino with what will be one of the most star studded fight cards of the year. CES 47 will be the promotion’s 7th show of the year, six of which have come from their home at Twin River Casino, and each card continues to impress with no lack of star power, and CES 47 will send 2017 fight season out with a bang. Atop the stacked fight card appearing on AXS TV will be CES fan favorite and Heavyweight Contender Greg “Ribz” Rebello as he returns to the CES cage following a tough Knockout loss to Azunna Anyanwu on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Rebello hopes to make Derrick Brown (7-4) the victim of his 14th career Knockout as he looks to return to his dominating reign over the CES Heavyweight Division. Across the cage, Derrick Brown will also be looking to bounce back off a tough loss of his own after he fell victim of a first round submission to rising star and current UFC fighter Karl Roberson at CFFC 65 in May, which halted a career long three fight win streak. Rebello should enter this fight as the overwhelming fan favorite, as well as the betting favorite, as he returns home to Rhode Island where he aims to stake his claim as the Top Heavyweight Contender for newly crowned Juliano Coutinho’s CES Heavyweight Belt.
Nate “The Snake” Andrews has a claim of his own to stake when he enters the CES cage Friday night against Tyler Combs in the Co-Main event of the evening, Andrews will be looking to add another win to his already 11-1 professional record, and stamp his ticket to the UFC. Nate Andrews has been on the fringe of the UFC conversation for well over a year now, without receiving the call up to the big show, but Andrews continues to make his argument for the call up the only way he knows how; winning fights. Andrews hopes that with a sixth straight stoppage win, MMA’s top promotion will no longer be able to deny him of an appearance in the Octagon, as he takes out his frustrations on Tyler Combs, a veteran of 31 professional fights.
Also on the Main Card is a duo of BST MMA rising stars that need no introduction to the CES MMA fans as the pair of Bantamweights;Richie Santiago, who goes for his 6th straight win as a pro and Kris Moutinho, who looks to bounce back from his only pro loss, en route to his fifth professional win. Both fighters draw tough assignments as Santiago will square off with the 6-2 veteran of Knockout Promotions in Michigan; Shawn Mack, Mack makes his promotional debut with CES after having a bout with Carlos Candelario fall through at CES 44 in May of this year. For Moutinho; he draws upset minded David Garcia who made his promotional debut back in September of 2016, handing Rico DiSciullo the first loss of his professional career before returning to the CES cage in January of this year when he was submitted by Kody Nordby. Garcia presents another tough test for the rising star Moutinho who was submitted by Branden Seyler in the first round at CES 45. Moutinho will look to solidify his spot amongst the best Bantamweights in the region with an impressive bounce back win at CES 47. It is also worth noting that their BST MMA teammate Jose Lugo (4-1 as an Amateur) will be making his professional debut on the Main Card as well, as TEAM BST looks to steal the show for AXS TV Fights.
Rounding out the Main Card and the live televised portion of the fight card; Rhode Island’s “next big thing” John Douma will look to stay unscathed as a pro as he searches for his second win as a professional, when he matches wits with North Carolina’s own unbeaten Featherweight; Mark Trader. Also, a pair of top level prospects throw down at Flyweight when the aforementioned Jose Lugo from BST takes on New York’s Michael Taylor who earned his first professional win by first round finish at CES 46 last month against Jesse Pires. Two fights highlight the under card at CES 47 and we start out in the Light- Heavyweight division as Yorgan De Castro makes his professional and promotional debut when he welcomes James Dysard back to the CES cage. And Whaling City MMA’s Tyler Hamilton will test the professional MMA waters when he takes on MMA veteran Montoyia Swilling rounding out the under card at CES 47 live from Twin River Casino! Tickets can be purchased by visiting or or by visiting the Twin River Casino box office. Below is a breakdown of each fight on the card:  


Non-Televised Undercard starting at 7pm Eastern:

Yorgan De Castro (Debut) v. James Dysard (0-2)
Yorgan De Castro
Affiliation: Regiment Training Center
Record: Pro Debut (2-4 as an Amateur)
Last fight: Unanimous Decision loss to William Knight at Reality Fighting.
James Dysard
Affiliation: Plattsburgh Combat Sports
Record: 0-2 (2 First Round Knockout losses)
Last fight: First round Knockout loss to Mike Rodriguez at CES 43: Mass Invasion.
Breakdown: Yorgan De Castro has become a pretty well known name in New England’s Light-Heayweight division after going toe to toe with some of the scariest New England big men over the course of his 6 fight Amateur career, including former NEF Heavyweight Champion Nick Gulliver and an absolute monster in William Knight. De Castro hopes to start his professional career the same way he broke on to the scene as an Amateur, by handing James Dysard his third straight first round knockout loss. Look for De Castro to come out fast and put heavy pressure on Dysard as he looks to start his pro career with a bang and get back to his winning ways following a four fight loss streak to end his Amateur career.

Tyler Hamilton (Debut) v. Montoyia Swilling (0-9)
Tyler Hamilton
Affiliation: Whaling City MMA
Record: Pro Debut (Former Boxer/ No Amateur Record Available)
Last fight: N/A
Montoyia “The Son of God” Swilling
Affiliation: Champions in Christ  
Record: 0-9 (Finished in the first round in each of his fights)  
Last fight: First round Submission (Choke) loss to Jimmy Manning at Cage Titans 34.
Breakdown: This is a tough fight to call, there is nearly no information on Tyler Hamilton to be found, Hamilton does not have an Amateur record and one would assume he has a background in another discipline given the fact that he is making his pro debut without an Amateur MMA fight. Hamilton does train at Whaling City MMA with Kent Ward and this son; “Irish” Brennan Ward in Groton, Connecticut a gym known for its "Brawling Wrestlers" and slick striking techniques. Hamilton will be welcomed to the cage by nine fight veteran Montoyia Swilling, who in his tenth career fight will still be looking for his first professional victory, having been finished in the first round of all of his professional fights.

Main Card Live on AXS TV starting at 9 pm Eastern:

Jose Lugo (Debut) v. Michael Taylor (1-0)
Jose “El Salvaje” Lugo
Affiliation: BST MMA  
Record: Pro Debut (4-1 Amateur)
Last fight: Unanimous Decision victory over Miguel Trinidad for the vacant Amateur Flyweight Title at Cage Titans 29.
Michael “Titan” Taylor
Affiliation: Cortland Elite MMA
Record: 1-0 ( 1 Knockout)
Last fight: First round TKO of Jessie Pires at CES 46: Howard v. Carroll.
Breakdown: Both of these fighters come into this fight with a ton of fanfare and deservedly so, both fighters finished their Amateur careers as champions in their respective promotions; Michael Taylor captured the Gladius Fights Amateur Bantamweight Championship in June of this year, before turning pro against Jessie Pires at CES 46, earning a first round Knockout in his pro debut. Lugo finished his Amateur career by earning the Cage Titans Amateur Flyweight crown, also in June, and will be making he pro debut Friday night. Taylor will deal with a big step up in competition when facing Lugo but will be looking for the same results as he looks to make it two consecutive finishes to start his pro career.

John Douma (1-0) v. Mark Trader (2-0)
John Douma
Affiliation: Tri-Force MMA
Record: 1-0 (1 Submission)
Last fight: First round Submission (Choke) of Jason Rine at CES 45: Gooch v. Coutinho.
“Marky” Mark Trader
Affiliation: Gym O
Record: 2-0 (2 Submissions)
Last fight: Second round Submission of Jonathan Vinyard at Worlds Collide.
Breakdown: John Douma made sure the CES fans knew that the hype behind the Tri-Force MMA product was most certainly real at CES 45, in his professional debut, he submitted Ohio’s Jason Rine in the very first round. Douma will look to keep his current four fight winning streak, spanning both his Amateur and Professional careers, alive as he squares off with North Carolina’s own undefeated Featherweight; Mark Trader. On paper, Douma and Trader’s careers look eerily similar, both men have gained notoriety as submission specialists, which should lead to this fight being a grappling war with both fighters looking to take the other’s neck!

Kris Moutinho (4-1) v. David Garcia (4-4-1)
Kris “The Soul Snatcher” Moutinho
Affiliation: BST MMA  
Record: 4-1 (1 Knockout)
Last fight: First round Submission (Choke) loss to Branden Seyler at CES 45: Gooch v. Coutinho.
David Garcia
Affiliation: Team Top Notch   
Record: 4-4-1 (2 Knockouts, 2 Submissions)
Last fight: First round Submission (Choke) loss to Cory Galloway at Bellator 175: Rampage v. King Mo 2.
Breakdown: Moutinho faced the first bump in the road of what looks to be a very promising career in his last fight, when he fell victim to a first round choke at the hands of Branden Seyler at CES 45. Moutinho still looks to be one of the biggest prospects in New England and now will have something to prove when he meets Chicago’s David Garcia Friday night. Garcia has been put through the buzz saw when it comes to the CES Bantamweight division having already squared off with CES top Bantamweights Rico DiSciullo and Kody Nordby in his career, and now Moutinho. Garcia will be coming off two submission losses as he tries to right the ship against “The Soul Snatcher”Moutinho. I think both guys trust enough in their stand up games to keep this fight on the feet for a while but it is only a matter of time before someone gets rocked and the game plan goes out the window. This should undoubtedly be one of the more exciting fights on the card with two fighters who show up ready for a war time and again!

Richie Santiago (5-0) v. Shawn Mack (6-2)
Richie Santiago
Affiliation: BST MMA  
Record: 5-0 (5 Submissions)
Last fight: Second round Submission (Choke) of Miguel Restrepo at CES 45: Gooch v. Coutinho.
Shawn “Tha Quick” Mack
Affiliation: Fighthouse MMA  
Record: 6-2 (5 Submissions, 1 Knockout)
Last fight: Second round Submission (Choke) of Jonathan Walker at KOP 50: Stamman v. Vo.
Breakdown: It’s another fight, and another step up in competition for the quick working Richie Santiago, who continues to impress fans with his resilience and slick submission game. Richie took the best Miguel Restrepo had to offer for over 8 minutes last time out before he finished the Floridian by choke, for his fifth career submission in five professional fights. Richie likely lost the first round of his professional career in the Restrepo fight, but we learned a ton about his heart and his granite chin in that win. Next up for Santiago is a tough KOP veteran and fellow finisher Shawn Mack, who’s six career wins all come by finish, fighting for the highly respected Knockout Promotions out of Michigan. Mack presents by far the toughest fight in Santiago’s young career as Richie will be forced to put his skills to the test against the well rounded veteran with an equivocal taste for blood. This fight has to be my early favorite for fight of the night honors, as both of these guys wanna put on an eye opening show!

Nate Andrews (11-1) v. Tyler Combs (14-16-1)
Nate “The Snake” Andrews
Affiliation: New England Combat  
Record: 11-1 (6 Submissions, 5 Knockouts)
Last fight: Second round Submission (Choke) of Bruce Boyington at CES 45: Gooch v. Coutinho.
Tyler “Superman” Combs
Affiliation: Killing Fields Fighting  
Record: 14-16-1 (8 Knockouts, 6 Submissions)
Last fight: First round Knockout loss to Dustin Parrish at Colosseum Combat 41.
Breakdown: Nate Andrews continues to add tallies in the win column of his record as he writes his resume for UFC contention. Nate is currently riding a five fight winning streak that spans back to 2015 and has been widely regarded as one of the top Lightweights not currently on the UFC roster having finished fights in all eleven of his career wins. Nate has been racking up wins against against some savvy veterans of late and Tyler “Superman” Combs will become his third straight opponent with over 20 fights to their credit. Combs has come up on the wrong end of the decision in his last four fights, but has shown finishing ability throughout his career, with all 14 of his career wins coming by stoppage. Andrews will without a doubt be the favorite in this fight but the finishing abilities of Combs have to come into consideration as “The Snake” looks for a way to dismantle the upset minded Combs. With the UFC coming to Boston at the beginning of 2018 Andrews would love to close out 2017 with a win and gain further attention from the UFC brass.

Greg Rebello (22-8) v. Derrick Brown (7-4)
Greg “Ribz”Rebello
Affiliation: Sityodtong Boston   
Record: 22-8 (13 Knockouts, 2 Submission)
Last fight: Second round Knockout loss to Azunna Anyanwu at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 1.
Derrick Brown
Affiliation: Fitness Edge MMA  
Record: 7-4 (3 Knockouts, 3 Submissions)
Last fight: First round Submission (Armlock) loss to Karl Roberson at CFFC 65.
Breakdown: When you fight in the Heavyweight Division as long as Greg Rebello has you are going to take your share of beatings, Rebello took one on the chin last time out when he got Knocked out in front of UFC president Dana White by CFFC veteran Azunna Anyanwu on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series. But for guys like Rebello it’s not about how far you fall, it’s about how well you bounce back up. Rebello intends to bounce back in style when he makes his return to the CES cage looking to hand out a beating of his own.  Standing opposite Rebello will be another former CFFC fighter, South Carolina’s Derrick Brown who will also be trying to bounce back from a loss to an opponent that went on to fight in the UFC. Although Brown has shown some flashes of greatness on his way to a career 7-4 record, Rebello is a different animal than anything Brown has seen in his career. Rebello possesses extremely high level striking for a man of his size, both technically and powerfully, leaving the Providence, Rhode Island native with only one goal in mind; his 14h career knockout. The Rebello camp, as well as the New England MMA fans believe that there is still a spot for “Ribz” on the UFC’s Heavyweight roster, and another exciting finish will further solidify that notion.