Classic Entertainment & Sports CEO Jimmy Burchfield Sr
This is an exciting time of year for so many reasons, not just because the weather is turning and our long, cold winter is turning into spring and eventually summer, but because we’re breaking new barriers in combat sports in a way only we know how.
It’s with tremendous pleasure and pride we take our act to Massachusetts this weekend as we promote our first mixed martial arts in the Bay State since the inception of our MMA division in 2010. This has been a long time coming; while we’ve always considered Rhode Island our home base, we’ve always had the intent to expand and develop our brand in different regions, a testament to our success and the loyalty of our fan base.
Finally, more than five years after our initial foray into mixed martial arts, we’ve arrived in Massachusetts, the home of many great fighters both past and present, among them Jorge Rivera, Kenny Florian, Joe Lauzon and Boston’s John “Doomsday” Howard, the first of many fighters who paved their way to the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) under the guidance of CES MMA.
On Saturday night at the historic North Shore Music Theatre, we bring you an event featuring the present and future of mixed martial arts in the Bay State, featuring the long-awaited return of Gloucester native Pedro Gonzalez along with Peabody’s Rico DiSciullo, a rising star in the bantamweight division. As always, we turn an eye toward our storied past as well as we honor Massachusetts fighters and current UFC standouts Charles Rosa and Rob Font for their contributions to the growing success of regional mixed martial arts along with the memories they provided to us and our fans when fighting under the CES MMA banner.
We promise this will be the first of many events in Massachusetts, and our expansion won’t stop there. Since we first entered the cage in 2010, our MMA division has experienced tremendous growth and success unparalleled in the northeast. We’ve earned a reputation as a gateway to the UFC for many fighters and landed a worldwide broadcast partnership with AXS TV, opening doors for competitors across the world to showcase their abilities on our grand stage.
This time around, we’re starting even earlier with the development of new talent; in addition to seven professional fights, Saturday’s card features five amateur bouts with each fighter competing for a promotional contract with CES MMA.
Fighters across the globe understand the impact from fighting for our company. CES MMA is no longer a local, regional promotion. This is a worldwide organization with the intent to expand to all corners of the globe, providing must-see entertainment to those who’ve been with us from Day 1 and those who are just experiencing what we’re about for the first time.
Spring has sprung and it’s not just evident in the cage, but in the ring as well; our boxing division is also ready to launch a tremendous event at Twin River Casino on May 13th as “The Pride of Providence,” the iconic Peter Manfredo Jr., returns to the ring for the first time in more than two years to face undefeated Providence prospect Angel Camacho Jr. in a super middleweight showdown that will have fight fans talking for years to come. This event is in such high demand that front row seats are already sold out and the rest of the arena will soon following, a fitting end to the spring as we prepare to usher in the summer months.
Promoters come and go, but we have the best team in combat sports and our brand and longevity speaks for itself. CES is associated with success and every time the lights turn on and that bell rings, we break new ground and set the bar even higher. Join us this spring as we continue our journey to the top of our respective field and make history along the way.