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O’Neil, Santiago Clash in CES 39 Main Event in Plymouth

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On November 4, Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich will be calling the action when AXS TV lands at Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Mass., for CES MMA 39, with red-hot middleweights Chuck “Cold Steel” O’Neil and Wilfredo “The Brown Bomber” Santiago facing off in the main event.CES 39 main event

Riding a two-fight win streak in the CES MMA cage, former Welterweight Champion O’Neil is hunting for his third straight impressive victory. Hot on the heels of three first-round finishes, Santiago is confident he’ll continue his trend of quick stoppages in his long-awaited return to the CES MMA cage.

A win for either fighter puts them in line as a contender for the CES MMA Middleweight Championship and a call from the UFC. Both fighters understand what’s at stake and both intend on ending the main event with an exclamation point.

“Wilfredo is a guy who likes to go out there and throw bombs. He’s got a heavy right hand and he’s going to try to hit me in the head with it. I’m going to try to slam him in the head,” offered O’Neil, who’s making his 11th trip to the CES MMA cage. “I’m not going to force anything, but I’m going to be very aggressive and finish this fight impressively.”

Santiago, a Jackson Wink MMA Academy product, has other plans.

“I’m really excited to be back for CES MMA. Not many people have seen my improvements since I last fought for them. I finished my last fight in two minutes, so nobody has really seen what I’m capable of doing now,” said Santiago, a product of Lawrence, Mass., who trains out of New Mexico. “I’m comfortable everywhere, and I can finish the fight anywhere. I’m going to show that on November 4 in Plymouth and stake my claim as New England’s top middleweight.”

Chuck “Cold Steel” O’Neil - CES 39

Chuck “Cold Steel” O’Neil – CES 39 – Photo by Will Paul – CES MMA

CES MMA 39 is promoted in association with Cage Titans FC, and features the return of New England favorites Saul Almeida, Manny Bermudez, Remo Cardarelli, Bobby Flynn, Joshua Ricci, and the CES MMA debuts of Sityodtong Boston’s unbeaten Barrett brothers, Peter and Max.

Fight Night at Plymouth Memorial Hall can’t come soon enough for CES MMA CEO, Jimmy Burchfield Jr.

“Our goal was to have two events in Massachusetts by yearend. When the opportunity presented itself to work with Mike Polvere and the crew at Cage Titans FC, we knew it would be a night of unforgettable action,” stated Burchfield Jr. “Mike does an incredible job and Plymouth Memorial Hall has such a great fight history. A lot of the CES MMA fighters initially made a name for themselves at Cage Titans FC. We’re excited to be showcasing more of the East Coast’s best talent.”