BEVERLY, Mass. (April 16th, 2016) – After failing to sink in the guillotine choke despite several tries, Pedro Gonzalez switched up his approach when it mattered most.
With two exhausting rounds in the books, the Gloucester, Mass., featherweight got the win Saturday over Andres Jeudi in the third round of the main event of “CES MMA 35” at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, submitting Jeudi via rear naked choke at the 1:02 mark.
Jeudi (7-6), fighting out of Boston, kept shooting for the takedown against the taller, rangier Gonzalez (11-5), who had trouble staying on his feet early. After two tries at a guillotine, which Jeudi snuck out of both times, Gonzalez finally took his opponent’s back in the final round and snuck in the rear naked choke, his first win and first fight since 2014.
The Gonzalez-Jeudi main event capped an excitement night in CES MMA’s Massachusetts debut, an 11-fight card featuring seven pro bouts and four amateur fights.
Peabody, Mass., bantamweight Rico DiSciullo (6-0, 3 KOs), fighting in front of a raucous cheering section, earned another impressive win in Saturday’s co-feature, knocking Arkansas’ Jake Constant (6-10) unconscious at 4:34 of the opening round via a hard slam to the canvas.
Constant put up a fight early, but DiSciullo gained momentum toward the end of the round and slammed Constant to the ground in the closing seconds, causing the back of Constant’s head to hit the canvas.
Fighting for the third time after exchanging knockouts in 2012 and 2014, the third and final installment of the Tyler King-Eric Bedard trilogy ended in a submission with the North Attleboro, Mass., native King (10-4) earning the win in the rubber match via leglock 51 seconds into the opening round. Unlike their first two fights, in which both fighters traded blows early, this one ended up on the ground quickly. King had the upper hand from the opening bell, avenging his 2014 loss to Providence’s Bedard (6-7).
Fall River, Mass., lightweight Josh Laberge (10-5) had his hands full with scrappy Albuquerque, N.M., vet Ran Weathers (18-21) early in their scheduled three-round bout with Weathers scoring an early takedown and keeping Laberge on the canvas for the duration of the opening round.
Laberge finally found his distance in the second, peppering Weathers with strikes and closing the round with a knee to the face, furthering softening Weathers’ defense. Laberge ended the third, another dominant round, in style, picking up Weathers and slamming on his back just seconds before the final bell, earning a 29-27, 29-26, 29-26 unanimous decision win.
In the opening bout of the main card, Boston lightweight Devin Carrier (1-1) dominated Meriden, N.H., vet Wayne Ahlquist (1-3) to earn his first career win, stopping Ahlquist with a series of combinations and strikes at the 3:33 mark of the opening round. Mike Rodriguez (3-1) of Quincy, Mass., earned the win over middleweight Buck Pineau (1-3) of Ashland, Maine, submitting the game Pineau at 4:03 of the second round via rear naked choke.
Providence featherweight Marquis Brewster closed the amateur portion of Friday’s card in style, pummeling Carmelo Dominguez over the course of three rounds to earn a 30-26, 30-25, 30-25 unanimous decision win in addition to a promotional contract with CES MMA. Brewster put Dominguez on the canvas in each round and chipped away with effective ground and pound, enough to earn lopsided scores on each card.
Boston featherweight Yarty Kim opened the amateur portion of the show with a quick knockout, stopping Jon Douma of Providence with a right hand to the chin 27 seconds into the opening round. Fellow Providence native Miguel Trinidad also made quick work of his opponent in their amateur bantamweight bout, submitting Foxboro, Mass., native Mark Bordieri via guillotine 1:22 into the opening round.
Brendon Marotte of Hampstead, N.H., earned a win in the featherweight division by technical knockout (doctor’s stoppage) over Pawtucket, R.I., native Aaron Reverdes, who made his amateur debut. Reverdes began bleeding from the nose toward the end of the opening round, prompting a quick break in the action, but the doctors let him continue into the second before eventually stopping the fight at the 1:15 mark as the bleeding worsened.