Milford, Mass., flyweight Richie Santiago made a splash in his professional debut Friday on the preliminary card of “CES MMA 38” at Foxwoods Resort Casino, submitting veteran Brandon Warne 52 seconds into the opening round via rear-naked choke.
Santiago scored an early takedown against the Ovid, N.Y., native and locked in the choke to secure the victory. Warne dropped to 2-2 with the loss.
The televised main card of “CES MMA 38” began live at 9 p.m. ET on AXS TV.
Also on the preliminary card, Meredith, N.H., lightweight Wayne Alhquist (2-3) earned the second win of his career, defeating 22-fight vet Lionel Young (7-16) of Brockton, Mass., by split decision, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28. Alhquist dominated on the ground and sealed the win with a decisive third round. Judges Bryan Minor and Susanne Sanidad scored it in favor of Alhquist while Mike Mona had it 29-28 Young with Young winning the first two rounds.
Milford bantamweight Kris Moutinho (1-0) also won in his pro debut Friday, defeating fellow debut Matthew Maldonado (0-1) of Brooklyn by unanimous decision, 30-27 on all three cards. Norwich, Conn., featherweight Pete Rogers Jr. (2-4) suffered his fourth loss in the final prelim bout Friday against Derek Shorey (4-7) of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, when he was forced to tap due to an elbow injury at 3:25 of the opening round.