Earlier today MyMMANews.com was able to confirm that plans are in place for the New England based mixed martial arts promotion, CES MMA, to move to the UFC’s digital streaming platform, UFC Fight Pass, in 2019. As of press time the deal has not yet been completed; however, sources have told MyMMANews that the move is currently underway.
AXS TV, which has been the home for promotion for several years, told MyMMANews that they are not renewing with CES and have switched their focus to LFA: Legacy Fighting Alliance.
“This is true. We will be focused on growing LFA to new heights in 2019,” the AXS TV representative said.
The multi-year broadcast deal between AXS TV and CES began in 2014. It’s first show was August 8 of that year and the show was called CES MMA XXV.
The first CES MMA card of 2019 takes place on January 19. CES MMA 54 takes place at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island and pairs defending bantamweight champion Tony Gravely up against challenger Kris Moutinho.
In addition, UFC veteran middleweight Eric Spicely (10-4) will return to the CES cage to meet Stephen Regman (9-3).
It has not yet been confirmed if the CES MMA 54 card will be on UFC Fight Pass.
CES MMA was founded by boxing promoter Jimmy Burchfield Sr. It promoted the first sanctioned professional mixed martial event in the state of Rhode Island on September 17, 2010.
More to come when the deal is officially signed.