CES MMA returns to AXS TV and Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday, Sept. 23rd, 2016 as Ultimate Fighting Champions (UFC) vets Levan Makashvili and Sean Soriano square off at “CES MMA 38” at The Fox Theater.
Friday’s loaded lineup also features a showdown between rival regional featherweights Calvin Kattar and Chris Foster, plus the return of undefeated prospects Rico DiSciullo and Carlos Candelario.
The televised main card begins at 9 p.m. ET on AXS TV Fights. The preliminary card begins at 7 and doors open at 6. Tickets for “CES MMA 38” are priced at $40.00, $60.00, $100.00 and $150.00 and can be purchased at www.cesmma.com, www.ticketmaster.com or www.foxwoods.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or 800-200-2882 or at The Fox Theater Box Office. All bouts are subject to change.
Born in Providence, R.I., and now training out of Miami, the three-time UFC vet Soriano (9-4, 4 KOs) ends a six-month drought in Friday’s main event and fights under the CES MMA banner for the first time since 2012 when the 5-foot-9 featherweight stopped Lee Metcalf in 34 seconds. Makashvili (8-2-1, 3 KOs), an Oceanside, N.Y., resident, returns following his unanimous decision win over Ryan Sanders at “CES MMA 36” when he filled in for injured CES MMA Lightweight Champion Luis Felix.
Methuen, Mass., featherweight Kattar (15-2, 6 KOs) aims for his eighth consecutive win in the co-feature against Middletown, Conn., vet Foster (9-4, 5 KOs), a former CES MMA title challenger who has won two of his last three suffering a knockout loss to current UFC vet Rob Font in 2013. Kattar recently ended a three-year layoff in April when he beat Kenny Foster by split decision at “CES MMA 34,” also at Foxwoods.
The televised main card features six bouts total, including the unbeaten Candelario (4-0, 1 KO), a New Britain, Conn., flyweight making his fourth consecutive CES MMA appearance after defeating Roosevelt Archie in June at “CES MMA 36.” On Friday, Candelario puts his perfect record on the line against Ovid, N.Y., vet Brandon Ware (2-1).
Also on the main card, Peabody, Mass., bantamweight DiSciullo (6-0, 3 KOs) aims for his fourth consecutive win under the CES MMA banner and fifth overall when he faces Illinois’ David Garcia (3-1-1, 2 KOs), who has won three of his last four, including two by knockout. The popular DiSciullo last fought in April at “CES MMA 35” when he knocked out Jake Constant with a body slam in the opening round.
“CES MMA 38” also features the return of former CES MMA title challenger and submission specialist Kody Nordby (6-4) of Woonsocket, R.I., who hopes to rebound from his loss to Andre Soukhamthath in March when he faces Brandon Seyler (5-3-1, 1 KO) of Frisco, Tex. Rounding out the main card, Peabody, Mass., heavyweight Pat Walsh (7-2, 2 KOs) faces Carlos Zevallos (3-3, 1 KO) of Florida.
The preliminary card features five exciting bouts, starting with Norwich, Conn., featherweight Pete Rogers Jr. (2-3, 2 KOs) battling Maine’s Derek Shorey (3-7, 2 KOs) and lightweight Lionel Young (7-15, 1 KO) of Brockton, Mass., facing Meredith, N.H., vet Wayne Alqhuist (1-3, 1 KO). In the bantamweight division, Kris Moutinho of Milford, Mass., and Matthew Maldonado of Brooklyn face one another in their professional debuts and Richie Santiago, also from Milford, debuts against Elmira, N.Y., vet Quentin Gaskins (1-3). Quincy, Mass., middleweight Mike Rodriguez (4-1, 2 KOs) will be featured in a separate three-round bout.