CES MMA 38 Results

Levan Makashvili continued his assault on the northeast Friday in the main event of “CES MMA 38” at Foxwoods Resort Casino, submitting fellow Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) alum Sean Soriano in the second round live on AXS TV.

 

The Oceanside, N.Y., native fell behind a round after Soriano (9-5) unloaded with a left hook and sent Makashvili (9-2) to the canvas in the opener, but Makashvili scored a takedown midway through the second, took Soriano’s back and locked in the rear-naked choke to force his opponent to tap at the 4-minute, 5-second mark.

 

Friday’s win was Makashvili’s second under the CES MMA banner; he recently defeated Ryan Sanders by unanimous decision in June at “CES MMA 36.”

 

In the most action-packed fight of the night, Boston’s Calvin Kattar (16-2) won his eighth consecutive bout, defeating a game Chris Foster (9-5) of Middletown, Conn., by unanimous decision, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27, in a showdown much closer than the scores indicated.

 

The two came out throwing bombs in the opening round, exchanging lefts and rights until Kattar scored a takedown in the closing seconds to swing the momentum in his favor. Foster scored a late takedown of his own in the second, but Kattar’s dominance on his feet over the first four minutes was enough to secure it on two of the three judges’ cards.

 

The third and final round featured more of the same – great footwork and hand speed by both fighters – until Kattar added one more slam for good measure and rode out the final minute and a half with ground and pound to seal a hard-fought win.

 

Chicago’s David Garcia (3-1-1), fighting for just the fifth in his pro career, pulled off the upset of the night, submitting previously unbeaten Rico DiSciullo (6-1) of Peabody, Mass., via keylock at the 2:25 mark of the opening round.

 

Garcia looked unsure of himself on his feet as DiSciullo rushed him early and forced him to backpedal into the cage, but once the fight went to the canvas, Garcia transitioned nicely and locked in the submission to hand DiSciullo the first loss of his career in seven pro fights.

 

In the heavyweight division, West Bridgewater, Mass., vet Pat Walsh (8-2, 3 KOs) made quick work of Florida’s Carlos Zevallos (3-4), earning the stoppage at 1:49 of the opening round after a series of ground strikes caused a knot to balloon over Zevallos’ left eye. Cageside physician Dr. Michael Schwartz examined the swelling after referee Dan Miragliotta separated the two fighters and immediately stopped the bout.

 

Fighting for the first time since losing to Andre Soukhamthath in March, Cumberland, R.I., bantamweight Kody Nordby (7-4) impressed in his return to the cage on the main card, defeating Brandon Seyler (6-4-1) of Pennsylvania by unanimous decision, 30-26, 30-26, 30-27. The former wrestling star and submission specialist dominated on the ground, scoring takedowns early and often and finishing strong in the third with effective ground and pound to seal the win.

 

Quincy, Mass., middleweight Mike Rodriguez (5-1) earned his third consecutive win in his AXS TV debut, submitting John Poppie (7-4) via triangle at 1:32 of the second round after a back-and-forth opener in which the two fighters exchanged blows in the closing seconds. Rodriguez settled down in the second, scored the quick takedown and locked in the triangle to stop Poppie, who traveled east to fight on short notice.

 

Milford, Mass., flyweight Richie Santiago made a splash in his professional debut on the preliminary card, 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.

 

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.

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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.

 

Santiago’s submission win highlights CES MMA 38 prelims

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.

The star-studded network television lineup is set for Friday night as CES MMA prepares for its 38th professional mixed martial arts fight card and 12th televised event as part of AXS TV Fights.

“CES MMA 38” is less than 48 hours away with the televised main card airing live on AXS from Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The final press conference and weigh-in is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at the casino’s Great Cedar Exhibition Hall. This event is open to the public.

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.

The event is headlined by a featherweight showdown between two former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) contenders, Levan Makashvili (8-2-1, 3 KOs) of Oceanside, N.Y., and Sean Soriano (9-4, 4 KOs) of Miami, originally born in Providence, R.I. Methuen, Mass., featherweight Calvin Kattar (15-2, 6 KOs) battles Middletown, Conn., vet Chris Foster (9-4, 5 KOs) in the co-main event.

With Connecticut’s Carlos Candelario forced to withdraw from the card due to an injury, the three-round middleweight bout between Quincy, Mass., native Mike Rodriguez (4-1, 2 KOs) and Wisconsin’s John Poppie (7-3, 2 KOs) has been added to the main card. Rodriguez suffered his first career loss at “CES MMA 32” in January, but rebounded with wins over Buck Pineau and Stephond Ewins.

The televised main card also includes the return of Peabody, Mass., bantamweight Rico DiSciullo (6-0, 3 KOs), who 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.

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Also fighting on the main card, former CES MMA title challenger and submission specialist Kody Nordby (6-4) of Woonsocket, R.I., 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 Ovid, N.Y., vet Brandon Warne (2-1).

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With Quincy, Mass., middleweight Mike Rodriguez set to face 10-fight veteran John Poppie Friday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino, the final piece of the puzzle for “CES MMA 38” is now in place.

The Rodriguez-Poppie bout is one of five fights on the preliminary card, which begins at 7 p.m. ET from The Fox Theater. The six-fight main card airs live on AXS TV and begins at 9.

Coming off back-to-back wins, Rodriguez (4-1, 2 KOs) now steps up to face Wisconsin native Poppie (7-3, 2 KOs), a three-time Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RVA) alum who recently battled Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) vet Joe Gigliotti in April. Rodriguez suffered his first career loss at “CES MMA 32” in January, but rebounded with wins over Buck Pineau and Stephond Ewins.

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.

UFC featherweights Levan Makashvili (8-2-1, 3 KOs) of Oceanside, N.Y., and Sean Soriano (9-4, 4 KOs) of Miami square off in the main event while Methuen, Mass., featherweight Calvin Kattar (15-2, 6 KOs) battles Middletown, Conn., vet Chris Foster (9-4, 5 KOs) in the co-main event.

Born in Providence, R.I., and now training out of Miami, the three-time UFC vet Soriano 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 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. Kattar aims for his eighth consecutive win in the co-feature against Foster, 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 also includes the return of undefeated flyweight Carlos Candelario (4-0, 1 KO) of New Britain, Conn., who makes his fourth consecutive CES MMA appearance in a three-round bout against Ovid, N.Y., vet Brandon Ware (2-1).

Also on the main card, Peabody, Mass., bantamweight Rico 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.

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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).

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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.


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