Rhode Island-based promotion CES MMA is scheduled to make their return to action on Tuesday night with CES 61. The event is the promotion’s first since the global outbreak of COVID-19 caused sports to halt in early 2020.
Headlining the seven-fight card from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA, is a welterweight matchup between Nick Alley and undefeated John Gotti III. Follow along throughout the evening for live coverage.
Main Card (7:00PM EDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 7: John Gotti III (5-0) vs. Nick Alley (6-3) (Welterweight)
Alley Hands Gotti III First Loss
Nick Alley ended the undefeated record of John Gotti III in the main event, taking a unanimous decision victory.
Alley had the better second and third round, keeping control over Gotti III on the ground. Alley held Gotti III in a triangle choke for a minute in the final round.
“Those triangles were nasty. I don’t know how he lived through that,” said Alley in his post-fight interview.
The win was Alley’s fourth-straight, maintaining his streak that started back in 2018. However, the fight was his first via decision.
Gotti III had five wins previously in CES prior to the loss on Wednesday.
Alley mentioned that he was offered a fight against Gotti III in the past.
“I knew at some point that we were both gonna fight,” said Alley.
Bout 6: Fabio Cherant (5-1) vs. Yu Ji (3-0) (Light Heavyweight)
Cherant Wins In Return To CES
Fabio Cherant won in his return to CES, out-striking Yu Ji throughout three rounds for a unanimous decision victory. Cherant scored a knockdown in the second round with a two-punch combo.
The fight was Cherant’s first back in CES after a loss on “Dana White’s Contender Series” and a win in LFA. It was also his first via decision.
“That was a tough fight … I took this fight on six days notice,” said Cherant afterwards.
Cherant missed weight for the fight, coming in three pounds over the non-championship light heavyweight limit.
“I promise my next fight … will be on-weight, ready to kill,” said Cherant, acknowledging that he missed weight in his post-fight interview.
The fight was Ji’s first loss as a pro following three first-round stoppage wins.
Bout 5: Kris Moutinho (7-4) vs. Ashiek Ajim (3-0) (Bantamweight)
Moutinho Stops A Fatigued Ajim In The Second
Kris Moutinho broke the three-fight undefeated streak of Ashiek Ajim on the main card, stopping him in the second round with punches to end a back-and-forth slugging battle.
Ajim had got tired late in the second round of the fight. Moutinho capitalized on his fatigue, putting him against the cage and letting go with punches until the referee stopped the fight.
Ajim scored a knockdown in the first round, dropping him with a right hook.
Moutinho broke a two-fight losing streak which took place in 2019.
Ajim had won his three previous fights in CES.
Bout 4: Tyler King (12-8) vs. Jamelle Jones (9-6) (Heavyweight)
Jones Stops King In Just Under A Round
Jamelle Jones defeated Tyler King within a round, dropping him late in the second round to stop the fight. The fight stopped after Jones floored King with a left hand, knocking him out cold.
Jones scored a knockdown earlier in the round with a left hand as well.
“It was kill or be killed, and you saw who got killed tonight,” said Jones in his post-fight interview.
King was on the ground for a few minutes following the fight, leaving the cage under his own control eventually.
Jones bounced back from a loss in 2019 to now-UFC fighter William Knight.
The fight was King’s fifth-straight loss as a pro. His last win dates back to 2016 in Bellator.
King came to the cage wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, a phrase which is known from the marketing campaign of US President Donald Trump. He also wore a custom “KING 2020” shirt.
Bout 3: Mitch Raposo (4-0) vs. Matt Almy (4-3) (Catchweight 130 lbs)
Raposo Earns Fifth Win As A Pro, First In CES
A dominating performance from Mitch Raposo kept him undefeated, getting a decision victory over Matt Almy.
Raposo controlled the second and third rounds of the fight by being able to score takedowns and keep the pressure on the ground.
“I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get him out of there,” said Raposo, critical of his fight in his post-fight interview.
Raposo previously had four wins in regional MMA promotion Cage Titans.
The fight was Almy’s second-straight loss. He has lost three of his past five fights as a pro.
Bout 2: Connor Matthews (2-0) vs. Joshua Marer (2-1) (Featherweight)
Matthews Wins Within A Minute For The Third-Straight Time
Conor Matthews earned his third-straight win on Wednesday by stopping Joshua Marer in the first minute with a rear naked choke. The submission victory came moments after Marer was dropped by a two-punch combination.
Like his win on Wednesday, his two previous fights also ended within a minute.
Marer was the fresher fighter heading into the bout, having last competed in July, defeating Malik Anbar via decision.
Bout 1: Eddy George (1-0) vs. Frank Mazepa (0-0) (Lightweight)
George Stops Mazepa Within A Round With Punches
Eddy George got his second win as a pro to kick off the card, stopping Frank Mazepa in the third minute with punches. The fight was stopped on the feet after Mazepa had turned his back to George as a high volume of punches were being thrown at him.
The fight had a large amount of work in a clinch, with George using the position to hit Mazepa with lots of knees and punches.
George won his pro debut in January, stopping Raymond Yanez in only 21 seconds with striking.
The fight was the pro debut for Mazepa.
The fight was held at a catchweight of 163 pounds.