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Richie Santiago Talks UFC Flyweight Division After CES 53 Victory

Richie Santiago returned to his dominant winning ways at CES 53 in first week of November. [embedded content] CES 53 Post-Fight Interview: Richie Santiago Santiago broke two on-going streaks when his hand was raised inside of the CES cage. The first was an extended layoff. CES 53 represented the first MMA competition for Santiago since April at CES 49. Coincidently, CES 49 happened to be the first loss on the Milford fighters record. After rattling off six consecutive victories, all by stoppage, Santiago fell to Matt Almy on the main card of the April CES event. At CES 53,...

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Dion Rubio talks Submission Victory at Cage Titans 41

Dion Rubio earned an amateur title shot with his performance at Cage Titans 41. [embedded content] Cage Titans 41 Post-Fight Interview: Dion Rubio Rubio defeated James Squires by 1st round submission. The Rhode Island fighter looked impressive in his third amateur fight. Squires began fast and landed a few shots on the Tri-Star product. Rubio walked through the blows. It didn’t take too long for him to land punches and eventually score the submission. “I felt very fluid, very smooth, I was controlled. We were talking about just staying calm, picking my shots, not rushing for things so I...

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Arthur Mpofu talks Fighting on the Main Card in 2nd AM. Fight

Arthur Mpofu earned the second victory of his amateur career at Cage Titans 41. [embedded content] Cage Titans 41 Post-Fight Interview: Arthur Mpofu Mpofu took on Daniel Pina on the main card of Cage Titans 41. The Plymouth fighter defeated his opponent by split decision. Admittedly, the routine took adjusting to for Mpofu. In his amateur debut, he fought early on the preliminary card. A vast difference from fighting on the main card. “The walk was interesting because I was waiting. Since I (was) on the main card, it took a little bit longer and I ended up sitting...

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Shane Dougherty talks Emotional Victory at Cage Titans 41

A jubilant Shane Dougherty expressed pleasure towards his unanimous decision victory at Cage Titans 41. [embedded content] Cage Titans 41 Post-Fight Interview: Shane Dougherty Fresh off his victory over Sean Murrin on the main card of Cage Titans 41, Dougherty felt content with his dominating performance. The opening round was the closest of the three but it didn’t take too long for the young amateur fighter to adapt to the pacing and range of his opponent. “More than range, I think it was more the tempo. In the beginning, it was a quick start, things got crazy real fast....

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Marty Navis talks Successful Pro Debut at Cage Titans 41

An exhilarated Marty Navis spoke following a dominant performance in his much-anticipated pro debut. [embedded content] Cage Titans 41 Post-Fight Interview: Marty Navis Navis defeated Montoyia Swilling in the opening round of their main card contest. From the opening bell, Navis controlled the action, getting an early takedown. Once on top, there was no getting up for Swilling as Navis suffocated him with heavy barrages of punches. With 6 seconds remaining in the opening round, the referee granted Navis the stoppage. Overall, Navis was pleased with his performance. “I feel great, everything is over now and I got the...

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Randy Costa Delivers Another Incredible KO at Cage Titans 41

Randy Costa spoke with MMASucka following another incredible knockout inside the Cage Titans cage. ‘The Zohan’ defeated Chris Thorne with a hellish uppercut to the liver just 1:11 seconds into the opening round. [embedded content] Cage Titans 41 Post-Fight Interview: Randy Costa This impressive performance marks Costa’s third professional victory since turning pro in June of this year. In his last fight, he did this. Randy Costa knockouts Kenny Lewis with a brutal head kick in only 11 seconds. While the victory came inside two minutes, Chris Thorne presented the hardest challenge for Randy Costa to date. In the...

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Dan Dubuque Disappointed in Cage Titans 41 Performance

Dan Dubuque expressed his frustrations following an extremely entertaining three round war in Cage Titans 41‘s co-main event. [embedded content] Cage Titans 41 Post-Fight Interview: Dan Dubuque Dubuque earned a razor-thin split decision victory at CTFC 41 over Johnny Campbell. The two New England MMA veterans battled for a possible #1 bantamweight contender bout. The frustration for Dubuque stemmed from his performance at Cage Titans 41. He sought after a dominant performance, one in which a stoppage would determine his victory. Instead, the result came to be 15 minutes of back and forth action on the floor and the...

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Josh Harvey Frustrated with Majority Draw at Cage Titans 41

A frustrated and disappointed Josh Harvey spoke with MMASucka following a puzzling result in the main event of Cage Titans 41. [embedded content] Cage Titans 41 Post-Fight Interview: Josh Harvey The undefeated Harvey took on TUF 27 finalist, Joe Giannetti in the final bout of Saturday evening. Harvey and Giannetti battled for the entirety of the scheduled 15 minutes over three rounds. At the end of regulated time, the judges rendered a verdict of; majority draw with scores of 29-28 Harvey, 29-28 Giannetti, and 28-28. The entire night, judges scorecards continually came back funky. As ambiguous as judging criteria is within...

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Kin Moy to Challenge for Cage Titans Bantamweight Title at Cage Titans 42

Kin Moy spoke with MMASucka following an eye-opening performance at Cage Titans 41. [embedded content] Cage Titans 41 Post-Fight Interview: Kin Moy Cage Titans 41 marked the return of Moy to mixed martial arts competition. The experienced Moy made his return against Patrick Corrigan. Moy submitted Corrigan in the third round of their main card contest. Immediately preceding the interview, a host of odd revelations came to light. Much to the surprise of Moy, Dan Dubuque received a victory on the scorecards of the co-main event. This victory gave birth to a shocking idea in the mind of Dubuque....

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Cage Titans 41 Live Results

The official Cage Titans 41 poster. Photo Courtesy of Cage Titans. Cage Titans 41 returns to Plymouth Memorial Hall only a few days removed from Halloween. The promotions 41st event goes down an hour early. Cage Titans 41 is scheduled early in order to give fans and fighters the opportunity to catch tonight’s UFC 230. If you are in the Plymouth area, come to Tavern on the Wharf for the official Cage Titans 41 afterparty to watch the PPV with the whole Cage Titans crew. Featured on tonight’s card is a slew of young and talented fighters. Among them...

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Kody Nordby Replaces Dinis Paiva in CES 53 Main Event

Kody Nordby has his hand raised inside the CES cage. Photo courtesy of CES MMA. CES 53 took a massive hit on Thursday. At the official weigh-ins for the event, promotion officials announced a new main event. Unfortunately, Dinis Paiva withdrew from his headlining bantamweight title fight. In his place, Kody Nordby bumps up from the co-main event slot to take on Tony Gravely for the vacant CES bantamweight title. Kody Nordby Replaces Dinis Paiva Nordby was originally scheduled to face Zachary Burnhans before the chaos of Thursday. The fight was the break to a long layoff for Nordby....

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CES 53 Live Results

Kody Nordby and Tony Gravely face off at the CES 53 weigh-ins with the CES bantamweight title. Photo Courtesy of CES MMA. CES 53 goes down live from Twin River Resort and Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The 11 fight card includes fighters hailing from a wide spread of states. 9 of the 22 fighters set to compete come from outside the reach of New England. New York brings four fighters while Virginia and North Carolina bring two of their own. Unfortunately, the CES 53 card will not continue as originally constructed. At Thursday’s ceremonial weigh-ins, promotion officials announced...

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Johnny Campbell Prepared to Claim #1 Contender Spot at Cage Titans 41

Johnny Campbell spoke with MMASucka ahead of his co-main event bout set for Cage Titans 41. The Boston fighter battles Dan Dubuque, in a number one contender fight in the bantamweight division. [embedded content] Fresh off the loss of his title, Campbell makes a quick turnaround having fought as recently as August. In his most recent bout, Campbell lost his Cage Titans bantamweight title to Jay Perrin in a close and entertaining five round battle. The loss did not discourage the South Shore Sportfighting product, instead, it motivated him further. Prior to losing his title, Campbell was in the...

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Kris Moutinho Ready In All Facets For James Quigg at CES 53

On the main card of the CES 53, Kris Moutinho looks to build off an back to back impressive performances when he takes on James Quigg. [embedded content] As the hours draw closer the celebration of ghouls, ghosts, vampires, and other creatures of the night, two of the year’s best New England fight cards also approach. In the first weekend of November, Cage Titans and CES organizations host events on consecutive days. Friday, November 2nd, CES returns to New England and Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island for CES 53.  Moutinho continues to stay active in 2018. His...

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Richie Santiago In-Depth: CES 53

MMASucka followed Richie Santiago ahead of his fight at CES 53. The Milford fighter spent the day at BST MMA & Fitness. [embedded content] Santiago faces Billy Giovanella at CES 53. The bout breaks a long layoff for Santiago. He last competed in the cage at CES 49 back in April. While he may not have been competing in MMA, Santiago competed at a Muay Thai event. Coupled with commentator duties for the New England promotion Cage Titans, he had plenty to keep busy during his time off. The last outing for Santiago didn’t go as planned. He suffered...

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ONE Championship Welcomes Demetrious Johnson to Roster

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 04: Demetrious Johnson prepares to fight Henry Cejudo in their UFC flyweight championship fight during the UFC 227 event inside Staples Center on August 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) As the dust continues to settle following the first ever ‘trade’ in mixed martial arts history, ONE Championship CEO and founder Chatri Sityodtong welcomed the newest addition to the promotions flyweight division, Demetrious Johnson at a late night press conference with media members from across the world. To begin the press conference, Sityodtong made a...

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MMASucka’s UFC Fight Night 138 Staff Picks

MONCTON, NB – OCTOBER 26: Michael Johnson poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at Delta Hotels by Marriott Beausejour on October 26, 2018 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) The UFC emerges from a brief hiatus in the cold air of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada for UFC Fight Night 138. New Brunswick becomes the second UFC event hosted within Canada during 2018, on Saturday night. This stop is not the final trip to the north country in 2018 for the promotion as UFC 231 invades Toronto, Ontario....

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John Gotti III Returns at CES 53

John Gotti III prepares for battle. Photo Courtesy of CES and Will Paul. The wait is over for the return of the infamous John Gotti III. Gotti returns to the CES cage November 2   for CES 53, when the promotion returns to its hub venue, Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI.  He faces Josh Zuckerman of West Palm Beach, Florida in his return. Promotion officials confirmed the match-up to MMASucka Friday afternoon. When Gotti makes the walk in November, his six-month lay-off ends. His last appearance came in the co-main event of CES NY 1. Gotti brought the CES...

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Nicolas Dalby vs. Philip Mulpeter Added to Cage Warriors 100

UFC veteran Dalby looks to get some momentum with a win at Cage Warriors 100. (Photo courtesy of Cage Warriors on Twitter) Cage Warriors added another incredible bout to its landmark 100th numbered event in December. Promotion officials announced Wednesday, a pivotal welterweight showdown between Nicolas Dalby and Philip Mulpeter. The UFC vet, Dalby makes his third appearance in 2018 at CW 100. The quick turnarounds came after a two-year layoff following his final bout with the UFC. Since returning to the Cage Warriors promotion, Dalby owns a 1-1 record. One fight into his UFC stint, Nicolas Dalby held...

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New England MMA Prospect Hunt: Vovka Clay

Vovka Clay signals to the crowd before his fight with Frank Sforza at Bellator 185. Photo Courtesy of Bellator. Dana White and other mixed martial arts executives in recent years have focused heavily on bringing young talent to their respective rosters. Look no further than ONE Championships‘ ONE Warrior Series, Cage Warriors has its own regional circuit in Cage Warriors Academy (multiple small promotions dedicated to specific regions) or the UFC’s Dana White Looking for a Fight/ Tuesday Night Contender Series. Even promotions without such programs like Bellator and M-1 Global have used MMA prospect feeders to bring in...

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