Billy Goff became a two-division CES champion on Friday night, securing a second-round stoppage win against Justin Sumter to win his second title fight within a month’s time.
Goff’s win headlined CES 67 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut, USA on Friday night.
Goff finished the fight from side control in the second round, unloading a long series of elbows to the head until the referee stopped the fight. Goff hurt Sumter earlier in the round with a quick flurry of punches on the feet.
Sumter succeeded in the opening round, taking Goff down and unloading with ground and pound.
Goff became the CES Welterweight Champion last month, stopping Gary Balletto Jr. in the first round with strikes. He stepped in on this card on just a week’s notice, replacing former UFC fighter Eric Spicely to fight for the CES Middleweight Championship.
Donning two belts on his shoulders, Goff called for a fight in the UFC.
“I need those big-league checks. Give me a call,” said Goff in his post-fight interview.
Sumter was coming off a successful return to CES from last year, defeating Albert Tadevosyan in his last bout.
Baatar Out-Lands Lopez For Decision Nod
Azjavkhlan Baatar scored a win in his CES debut during the co-main event, going three rounds on the feet against Johnny Lopez for a decision win.
Baatar out-landed Lopez in stand-up exchanges, earning every round on scorecards. He nearly had earned a finish in the first round, hurting Lopez with a right hook and dropping him with follow-up shots.
Lopez was returning after two years outside of the cage. His previous appearance was a loss to Blaine Shutt in early 2020.
Baatar has won four consecutive fights now.
Guyton Submits Bellator Alum Casey
Armus Guyton scored a sudden submission win against former Bellator fighter Pat Casey on Friday night, catching him with a rear naked choke.
Despite not fully getting on the back of Casey, Guyton was able to secure a tap late in their fight. This choke came after a tiring performance on the feet from both fighters, swinging with wild punches at a quick pace.
Guyton is now back into the win column after suffering a loss to Perry Stargel last year.
Casey entered the weekend on a two-fight winning streak.
Panferov Submits Baiyina Early
Yuri Panferov used his grappling to score a quick win against Mus’Aib Baiyina on Friday night.
Panferov earned a tap halfway through the opening round with a fully extended armbar. This came after he already had Baiyina in trouble with a rear naked choke attempt in earlier minutes.
Panferov earned his pro debut win last year, submitting Gregory Smith within a round.
Baiyina was turning pro after a six-fight amateur run that included four wins.
George Goes The Distance For The First Time
Undefeated prospect Eddy George went the distance for the first time in his career on Friday night, defeating Emiliano Calderon via split decision after three rounds.
George often held Calderon in controlling positions on the feet or on the ground, clinching and earning takedowns.
George’s four previous victories all came via first-round finish wins.
Calderon was coming off his first pro win, which was a finish victory against Orlando Santana in January.
Bellator Vet Kimbel Snaps Losing Streak
Former Bellator fighter Mike Kimbel snapped a losing steak on Friday night, pulling off a guillotine choke submission win against Tristan Lindi.
Lindi took Kimball down in the first round, allowing him to control the fight for a few minutes. However, Kimbell was able to explode out of the position and take the top position with a guillotine choke.
All of Kimbel’s previous fights took place in Bellator. He departed the promotion after suffering two consecutive losses between 2019 and 2020.
Lindi is now on a four-fight losing streak. His previous bout was earlier this month, getting stopped by Kasey Tanner on an LFA card.
Bonfiglio Catches Huntley With Armbar
Harris Bonfiglio’s grappling skills earned him a quick win to open the card, submitting Jason Huntley in the second round.
Bonfiglio caught Huntley early in the second with an armbar, the same submission he tried to catch him with late in the opening round as well.
Bonfiglio succeeded throughout most of the first round with his grappling skills.
Bonfiglio scored a submission win his previous CES fight, submitting Kyle Linder via rear naked choke.
Huntley has now lost three consecutive losses and holds a record of six wins and 11 losses.
Main Card Quick Results
Main Card (8:00PM EDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 7: Billy Goff def. Justin Sumter via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 2:13) (Vacant CES Middleweight Champion)
Bout 6: Azjavkhlan Baatar def. Johnny Lopez via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 5: Armus Guyton def. Pat Casey via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 4:33)
Bout 4: Yuri Panferov def. Mus’Aib Baiyina via Submission, Armbar (RD 1, 2:26)
Bout 3: Eddy George def. Emiliano Calderon Decision, Split
Bout 2: Mike Kimbel def. Tristan Lindi via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 1, 3:04)
Bout 1: Harris Bonfiglio def. Jason Huntley via Submission, Armbar (RD 2, 0:42)