CES 44 Preview and Predictions

| May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

[CES Media Press Release] Lincoln, RI – This Friday CES 44 will be taking place on AXS TV Fights on May 12th from Twin River Casino.

Featherweight World Champion Matt Bessette puts his title on the line against Rey Trujillo in the main event. The updated fight card is listed below.

Tickets are on sale now at CESMMA.com or TwinRiver.com and are priced at $40, $55, $100 and $125 for VIP.

Preview & Predictions

145 lb bout – Matt Bessette (C) (21-7) vs. Rey Trujillo (21-18)

Trujillo is taking the fight after a previously scheduled opponent was forced to withdraw.  It’s no surprise what he is walking into with Matt Bessette; superior conditioning, a killer instinct with ability to finish, and keeping a fast pace. In saying this, Trujillo is a veteran of the sport, and has had his fair share of battles.  Unfortunately he has not been able to string together a big enough streak to progress forward.   Both fighters are aggressive standing, so there should be some fireworks  and quick exchanges after the bell.  Trujillo tends to lunge in, and  immediately get to work in addition to landing some unorthodox strikes.  Bessette should be able to match his aggression, and  take advantage of openings standing up.  Bessette’s skills, heart, and determination to make it to the next level will keep his run in CES going and come away with the W.

Bessette via TKO

155 lb bout – Sean Soriano (9-5) vs. Jacob Bohn (6-2)

Soriano and Bohn should make for a good match up with two athletes looking to rebound after recent losses.  Soriano,the former UFC veteran, is looking to rebuild his profile after suffering several losses and make it back up the ladder.  Bohn is making his CES debut and is trying to bounce back from a loss suffered in October.  Bohn’s strength is his wrestling and grappling which could lead to a submission, but Soriano is well-rounded enough to mitigate that if he’s smart.  Should Bohn land the takedown, it may be a long night for Soriano, but with how light Soriano is on his feet he should be able to parry away attempts and utilize his striking.

Soriano via decision

Heavyweight – Greg Rebello (21-7) vs Kevin Ray Sears (6-3)

Smart money would be on Rhode Island’s own “Ribz” Rebello.  Rebello has made it known he wants to fight on the big stage before he retires, and he’s doing his best to make sure he gets the call with his devastating finishes.  Should Sears weather the storm his wrestling is strong enough to deliver a win, but as of late, Rebello’s hands have been clapping thunder.  This has the makings of an intriguing match-up of styles.

Rebello via TKO

170 lb bout – Jon Manley (9-3) vs Manny Walo (11-2)

Manley is another UFC journeyman on Friday’s card who has fought some higher tier opponents such as Mike Perry and Neil Magny, but hasn’t been in the cage since 2015.  Manley is a grappling machine and can move very well in the clinch and on top.  Walo is streaking with 4 wins with his last bout in the World Series of Fighting earlier this spring.  Walo has some speed and athleticism on his side for this bout.  This may be a close one between two very good fighters.

Manley via decision.

205 lb bout – Alec Hooben (5-2) vs Mike Rodriguez (6-2)

Rodriguez seems to have an aversion to staying in the cage long, and has been knocking people out within minutes his last few bouts. He certainly has the momentum coming into this bout, and the ability to quickly end fights no matter where it goes.  He’s fighting out of a club that has a strong presence of support at every card and has the advantage of being in familiar turf. That being said, if anyone can slow M-Rod down it could be Hooben.  He possesses all the tools to slow down the KO artist across from him.  He’s aggressive, strong, and tough.  Regardless of outcomes, both Hooben and Rodriguez are young have bright futures ahead of them should they stay in the sport.

Rodriguez via decision

115 lb bout – Marisa Messer-Belenchia vs Maria Rivera (2-0)

Rivera has been a welcomes addition to the female MMA scene in New England.  She has competed in 2 out of the last 3 CES cards winning both bouts.  Her fight Friday could be her toughest yet as she greats Messer-Belenchia to the pro scene.  Rivera’s bouts never disappoint, and are some of the hardest fought battles of the night.  Messer-Belenchia brings with her a solid stand up game to match the freakish striking ability of Rivera.  This one will probably go the distance, and might be the closest fight of the night.

Rivera via decision



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