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CES 54 Live Results

Photo courtesy of CES MMA. With the new year still fresh, CES brings its cage back to Lincoln, Rhode Island and Twin River Resort and Casino for its first show of 2019. CES 54 is a special event for the organization. The event begins earlier than normal with a 2 pm start. Another factor making CES 54 special is its debut on the with the organizations new broadcast partners, UFC Fight Pass. After departing from AXS TV with an expired deal, the CES crew welcomed in a broadcast team. Now partnered with UFC Fight Pass, CES brings in former...

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CES 54 Official Weigh In Results

Nate Andrews and Bryce Logan pose for photos at the official CES 54 weigh ins. Photo courtesy of CES MMA CES 54 takes place Saturday in Lincoln, Rhode Island at Twin River Resort and Casino. The CES 54 card features two title fights in both headlining spots. In the co-main event, Tony Gravely puts his recently earned bantamweight title on the line. Gravely earned his title at the previous CES event, CES 53. There, after a last-second opponent change, Gravely took on Kody Nordby for the promotions vacant bantamweight title. It didn’t take long for the two to engage....

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William Knight: Fighting for Hope

Photo courtesy of Premier FC. Navigating a career in the sport of the mixed martial arts is a difficult task. It is more so than other traditional sports in the United States. There are far more risks involved in simply the management aspects of fighting than hockey, baseball or football. A collegiate draft doesn’t exist, nor does insurance tied to an athletes predicted value. Development could mean a whole list of differing ideas simply depending upon who is speaking. In a way, mixed martial arts and fighting is one of the last ‘traditional’ sports. In the sense that it...

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Bryce Logan: Embracing the Role of Challenger

Bryce Logan poses for a photo with his team. Photo courtesy of Bryce Logan. Among the many interesting fights set for CES 54, the main event stands out. The CES lightweight title is on the line. Nate Andrews vies for the second defense of his title when he takes on Bryce Logan. The matchup pits two top lightweight fighters. Rhode Island’s, Nate Andrews rides an impressive 8 fight win streak. A streak that saw him finish each opponent. Over the course of his entire professional career, Andrews has a 100 percent finish rate. Andrews earned the title at CES...

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Jessy Miele: On the Verge of Opportunity

Jessy Miele throwing a punch inside the CES cage. Photo courtesy of CES MMA. CES 54 is a big event in the history of the CES organization as well as for many of the fighters competing on the card. The importance of this event for the promotion sits in its inaugural broadcast on its new home of UFC Fight Pass. For title challengers like Kris Moutinho and Bryce Logan, it is an opportunity to prove themselves in the biggest of moments. In the world of Jessy Miele, it is an opportunity to showcase where she belongs. Something that has...

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Tony Gravely: A Quest for Greatness

Tony Gravely poses for a photo after winning the CES bantamweight title at CES 53. Photo courtesy of CES MMA. In sport of all kinds, specific proving grounds are where stars earn the ignition of their burning inferno. Traditionally in the United States, there are clear pathways for athletes to ascend from amateur status to high profile professional. In American Football, Baseball, Hockey, Basketball, even Tennis, Soccer and Wrestling these passages are built into the system. For the most part, it begins with youth programs. Those programs progress into the local school systems from which the best continue to...

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6 Fights Added to Bellator 215 Prelims & 216 Prelims

Bellator 215 official poster. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA. Bellator returns to Mohegan Sun Arena in February, kicking off the New Year in style with back to back events booked for the venue. First, Matt Mitrione fights for the third consecutive time in Connecticut when he takes on Sergei Kharitonov in the main event of Bellator 215. The following day, Bellator 216 takes place. Bellator 216 puts the promotions Welterweight Grand Prix on display. Bitter rivals Paul Daley and Michael ‘Venom’ Page battle for a spot in the semi-finals. On Wednesday afternoon, the promotion added 6 total fights to the...

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Matt Bessette Cut from the UFC

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: (L-R) Matt Bessette kicks Steven Peterson in their featherweight bout during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) It appears New England combat sports veteran, Matt Bessette, is no longer with the UFC. The lightweight fighter took to social media to announce his release from the North American promotion. “Friday, the 4th, around 7 am, I received word that I was released from my contract with the UFC. I...

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CES MMA Partners with UFC Fight Pass

Photo Courtesy of UFC Fight Pass. The landscape of mixed martial arts broadcasts is changing. From the UFCs deal with ESPN, to ONE Championship signing with B/R Live and TNT, fights are finding new homes. As the industries largest organizations make a shift, so does CES. Per a release from the organization, CES inked a multi-year deal to broadcast CES MMA on UFC Fight Pass. CES MMA’s move from television to online streaming came as a result of an expiring deal with AXS TV. Once the defunct home of diverse North American mixed martial arts programming and broadcasts, AXS...

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Reality Fighting 102 Live Results

Reality Fighting comes back to the Connecticut area with a combo card featuring two combat sports. To open the night, grapplers take center stage. A list of New England’s best grapplers compete inside the Reality Fighting cage. Amateur mixed martial artist, Pete Hailer competes in the grappling portion of the card. Also competing in grappling, UFC veteran Matt Bessette. Bessette closes out the grappling part of the card. Mixed Martial Arts takes over the action beginning at 9. 13 fight card closes out the night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. On the card, Dexter Vale Tudo product...

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Nate Landwehr Defends M-1 Global Title in Incredible Fashion

Nate Landwehr grabs the mic after defending his M-1 Global title at M-1 Challenge: Battle in Atyrau. Photo Courtesy of M-1 Global. M-1 Global made its return to the country of Kazakhstan when the promotion brought enigmatic featherweight champion, Nate ‘The Train’ Landwehr to the city of Atyrau for his first title defense. It was the organizations first appearance in the country since 2015. Fittingly, at the last Kazakhstan event, a different American headlined the card. Kenny Garner, a former M-1 Global champion, took on the Russian veteran, Sergei Kharitonov. On that night, the Americans had little to cheer...

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UFC 232 Official Weigh-In Results

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 27: (L-R) Opponents Cris Cyborg of Brazil, Jon Jones, UFC President Dana White, Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden face and Amanda Nunes of Brazil during the UFC 232 press conference on December 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC) The mess that is UFC 232 takes place in 24 hours time. A ruckus week which saw the UFC pick up and move from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to The Forum in Inglewood, California. All this due to another truly perplexing situation surrounding Jon Jones. Weigh-ins for the event...

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Amanda Nunes to Cement Legacy with Cyborg win

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 27: (L-R) Opponents Cris Cyborg of Brazil and Amanda Nunes of Brazil face off during the UFC 232 press conference on December 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC) The conversation of the ‘Greatest of All Time’ for women’s MMA ran stale some time ago. One aspect that possibly hampers this discussion is the lack of divisions. In North America’s top organizations, UFC & Bellator (there is more than one), there are a combined 6 divisions. Bellator officially has a flyweight division and featherweight division. While the UFC has...

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Jon Jones Addresses UFC 232 Situation

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 30: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (L) and upcoming opponent Alexander Gustafsson square off for the media during the UFC World Tour 2013 press conference at Club Nokia at L.A. Live on July 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Jon Jones will defend the UFC light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson September 21st at UFC 165 in Toronto. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Jon Jones is in the middle of another peculiar situation due to drug testing. Less than a week from UFC 232 and two days from Christmas,...

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Social Media Reacts to UFC 232 Venue Change

Las Vegas , United States – 6 October 2018; UFC President Dana White during the post fight press conference following UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images) A ruckus surrounds the UFC and its year ending event UFC 232. Headliner Jon Jones tested positive for a trace metabolite ahead of the event. Due to the metabolite being consistent with the Jones’ 2017 failed drug test, per USADA. the organization concluded that the athlete did not violate the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, allowing the fight to continue. USADA provided a statement...

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Nate Andrews to Defend CES title Against Bryce Logan at CES 54

Nate Andrews gets his hand raised. Photo courtesy of CES MMA. The wait for the CES 54 main event is over. One of the best pound for pound fighters in New England returns to the CES cage for the second defense of his lightweight title. Nate Andrews puts his title on the line when he faces Bryce Logan. With this bout, CES adds a second title fight to the stacked CES 54 card. On Monday, the organization announced Tony Gravely vs. Kris Moutinho as the events co-headlining bout. Gravely returns to action with virtually no time spent on the...

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Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes Excited to Elevate Women’s MMA at UFC 232

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Opponents Cris Cyborg of Brazil and Amanda Nunes of Brazil pose for the media during the UFC 232 press conference inside Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) As 2018 comes to a close, the final UFC PPV lingers on the edge of the calendar year. Many storylines lay on the other side of December. One being a new broadcast deal takes hold. A deal that could change the landscape of the UFC due...

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