John Gotti III, CES MMA

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CES MMA returns after lengthy layoff, John Gotti III, other stars featured on CES MMA 61 card

A comeback more than eight months in the making is about to launch at an arena near you live on UFC FIGHT PASS.

CES MMA returns for the first time since January with its official debut at “The Tent” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island, on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm ET.

There will be no fans in attendance, but CES MMA 61 will stream live on FIGHT PASS, the industry’s preeminent streaming service for combat sports.

“CES is excited to get back to work showcasing some of the most talented fighters in the region to a worldwide audience on UFC FIGHT PASS,” said CES COO Jimmy Burchfield Jr. “Expect fireworks in October when these fighters return to the CES cage.”

CES 61 will be the promotion’s first live event since January 24 when UFC vet Matt Bessette of Connecticut captured the vacant CES MMA Featherweight World Championship with a third-round knockout win over Charles Cheeks III in the main event. The event is also the promotion’s first at the Crowne Plaza and will be held outdoors under the venue’s 10,400-square-foot climate-controlled tent.

CES 61 features the return of unbeaten welterweight sensation John Gotti III (5-0, 3 KOs) of Oyster Bay, NY, who makes his sixth appearance with the promotion; hard-hitting bantamweight and 11-time CES MMA vet Kris Moutinho (7-4, 2 KOs) of Milford, MA; 3-0 bantamweight and fellow New Yorker Ashiek Ajim; and the CES MMA debut of undefeated Fall River, MA, bantamweight Mitch Raposo (4-0, 1 KO); and others. Full fight details will be available soon.

Gotti’s return to the cage adds instant star power to CES MMA’s long-awaited return. The 27-year-old rising prospect last fought at CES 60 in his toughest test to date against, where he earned a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over the dangerous Marcos Lloreda in his FIGHT PASS debut. The always-exciting Ajim also appeared on the CES 60 undercard, scoring a knockout win over previously-unbeaten Andres Rodriguez 3 minutes, 14 seconds into the third and final round.

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