The Rhode Island based promotion returns to action and UFC Fight Pass, on October 14th at 7PM (ET). With a card chock full of talent especially in the New England region, CES looks to showcase some of the top up and comers to the sport.
CES 61 is headlined by undefeated John Gotti III, who has been drawing UFC attention since his first professional fight, taking on Nick Alley. Alley is showcased in MMA-Prospect’s as the attention has been taken over by Gotti and for understandable reason. The co-main event of the evening has Fabio Cherant fresh off his LFA debut facing undefeated Yu Gi. Cherant competed on DWCS last year in his only professional loss.
Other top prospects highlighted are Eddy George, prodigy of Nick Newell, and the prospect battle between Kris Moutinho & undefeated Ashiek Ajim. Top Game Management’s Mitchell Raposo looks to make it 5 straight to begin his career.
Complete CES 61 results below:
Eddy George (1-0) def. Frank Mazepa (Pro Debut) via TKO (R1, 2:21)
Eddy George has showcased for us all he has what it takes to be a professional fighter. Training under the bright mind of Nick Newell, with fighters such as Justin Sumter in his corner, George moved to 2-0 with a dominant victory. Dominating from start to finish with impressive striking as the ref had to step in, his second TKO victory in as many fights.
Connor Matthews (2-0) def. Joshua Marer (2-1) via rear naked choke (R1, 0:57)
Lauzon MMA’s Matthews had his own coach dissecting his near perfect performance against Marer. Lauzon spoke highly about his prodigy, Matthews, on the broadcast for CES61. The Massachusetts native wasted little time as a right hand dropped his opponent. Matthews must have watched as Eddy George had the 1st round finish, and decided to have an early night himself as he improves to 3-0 with his head coach watching on.
Mitchell Raposo (4-0) def. Matt Almy (4-3) via unanimous dec (30-26X2, 30-27)
Raposo, of Fall River, Massachusetts, is a very legitimate prospect in the region and more. Raposo has called publicly for his shot on Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS), and this performance may of all but booked the ticket showing he has the ability to go into deep waters with a tough opponent. Raposo landed some big shots in round 1 but for the first time of the night we went into round 2. Raposo showed off his ability to dominate on the ground with an early level change in the second. As Almy finally got back to his feet, Raposo placed him again on his back where he’d end the round. The 21 year old Raposo walked into round 3 dominating on the scorecard, which was more of the same in the 3rd round. Raposo dominated in striking, grappling and the clinch, every aspect of the fight as he improves to 5-0.
Jamelle Jones (9-6) def. Tyler King (12-8) via KO (R1, 4:57)
King at 40 years of age against Jones who walks in at 34, a heavyweight bout on CES61 here at the midway point of the card. King a staple in the heavyweight division of the Northeast. Jones took to the leg kicks early in this one. Jones landed a quick left hook that dropped King but recovered before Jones could land real damage. Only minutes later Jones flattens King as round 1 was entering the last 10 seconds. A big win for Jamelle Jones.
Kris Moutinho (7-4) def. Ashiek Ajim (3-0) via TKO (R2, 2:45)
Moutinho is on a two fight skid but has had UFC hopes earlier in his career. Moutinho has prided himself in facing some tough talent in the region. Ajim is super talented, undefeated in his young career. Ajim used the first round to pick apart Moutinho, destroying with leg kicks and dropping Moutinho to the canvas in the middle of the round. As we hit the 2 minute mark, Moutinho turns on his own power and begins landed some shots of his own. Landed some serious combos, both bantamweights began slugging it out to close out the final minute of the round.
As the 2nd round opened, it was more of the same, a slugfest to open the round. After the opening minutes of round 1 were all Ajim, Moutinho began landing the more vicious damage including a knee that hurt Ajim for a moment. A huge left for Moutinho followed by some uppercuts ended the night for Ajim. A major victory for Moutinho who needed a win badly, and did it against a top prospect.
Fabio Cherant (5-1) def. Yu Ji (3-0) via unanimous dec (30-27, 30-26, 29-28)
Cherant is coming off a victory at LFA last month, following his lone loss at DWCS. Cherant has 5 victories all via submission. Cherant missed weight by 3 lbs for this fight with undefeated Yu Ji who usually fights at 185lb. Early on Cherant locked in a standing guillotine which was closed off by Ji’s body slam takedown. Most of the opening round remained in the clinch with a bit of a lackluster feeling. As the round closed, Cherant landed a left-straight to close the round in a strong showing from the “Water Buffalo.”
Cherant opened round 2 with more dominance, this time in the form of striking. Cherant, as Joe Lauzon stated on the broadcast, was very comfortable with his range. Cherant landed a left, dropping Ji to the canvas. In round 2 Cherant’s left had near 100% accuracy. In a much different, more strike heavy 2nd round, Cherant closed it in a dominant lead in the fight.
Cherant entered round 3 for the firs time in his career here at CES61. Cherant did more of the same in round 3, turning to 6-1. Although not the dominant finish Cherant looked for, he did showcase his skills in all 3 rounds, his first decision of his career.
Nick Alley (6-3) def. John Gotti III (5-0) via unanimous dec (29-28X2, 29-27)
Nick Alley is on a 3 fight win streak after coming off a 3 fight skid. John Gotti III has garnered attention since his pro debut with CES, the family last name has helped, but as has Gotti’s ability in the cage. We open round 1 with Alley looking to create a distance with leg kicks, but Gotti still shows his heavy hands. Gotti controlled Alley on the ground for much of the 1st round, a spot Alley is very comfortable in (5 submissions) but Gotti held dominant position.
Round 2 began with a short lived Gotti takedown. Alley controlled the cage in the first 2 minutes, not giving Gotti much space to work. Gotti found himself a bit high looking for the back of Alley, who shakes of the New Yorker which resulted in Alley in dominant position. Gotti finished round 2 with a large cut over the eye.
The possible winner take all round began with an Alley leg kick dropping Gotti to the canvas for a moment, followed up with a successful takedown from Alley. As Gotti transitioned, Alley looked to lock in a triangle with over 3 minutes left but Gotti escaped the trouble. With under 2 minutes remaining, Alley with top control over the bleeding Gotti. We close the fight with Alley controlling the dominant position as the bell rings.
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