Greg Rebello

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Greg Rebello mum on retirement talks ahead of CES 60 title defense

Greg Rebello has been a New England regional staple in the sport of MMA since 2005 and looks to continue that trend this Friday night in a building he has fought in many times before.

“Ribz” will face fellow Dana White’s Contender Series alum Tebaris Gordon Friday night at CES 60. The event takes place at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI and will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

The heavyweight title fight between Rebello and Gordon will be one of three title fights to kick off the 2020 calendar year for CES MMA.

Rebello joined to discuss the end of the New England Patriots season earlier this month, his excitement to compete with fellow New England MMA OG Matt Bessette once again on Friday night why he came back after announcing his brief retirement following his June 2018 KO loss on the Contender Series, being a better coach than fighter, how he sees the fight playing out and much more.

These days, it seems like every fight could be the last fight for Rebello as talks of retirement seem to surround all of his fights. The CES heavyweight champion admits that the thoughts always seem to cross his mind but is not ready to make any decisions right now, or maybe ever.

“Listen, I’m never gonna say that this is it,” Rebello told “In 13 years, when I’m 50 years old, you can call me and ask me and I still think I could go in there and beat everybody up. That’s just my mentality. It’s almost like, what else do I have to prove, really? I’ve had a good, long career, I’ve fought on all the big shows. Ideally, would I love to get to the UFC? Sure [I would]. I came up short and that’s OK. That’s part of the game.

“I have a good roster of guys that I coach: Calvin Kattar, Randy Costa and others. I really like helping these guys out and I think that’s the next big step for me. So, I don’t know [if I’ll retire after this fight or not]. But I’m never going to say that ‘R’ word again.”

Check out the full interview with the CES heavyweight champion Greg Rebello ahead of his title defense against Tebaris Gordon this Friday night at CES 60 in the video above.


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