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Joe Zarrella is a contributor to MassMMA. Joe can be contacted at josephzarrella@gmail.com or on Twitter @JoezarrellaMA

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New England’s Most Notorious Returns to the Cage

| September 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
New England’s Most Notorious Returns to the Cage

West Haven – Connecticut’s “Notorious” Nick Newell (13-1) recently announced he will make his return to the professional MMA circuit following a two year retirement. The veteran lightweight recently signed a multi-fight deal with Legacy Fighting Alliance, and plans to return to the cage early next year. Newell, previously a top draw for the World […]

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Two More Local Fighters Slated on UFC Contender Series

| July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
Two More Local Fighters Slated on UFC Contender Series

Las Vegas – Tuesday night’s episode of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series will feature local CES star Carlos “The Cannon” Candelario. The undefeated flyweight will face off against Ronaldo Candido De Oliveira who maintains an identical professional record of 6-0.  Candelario is currently ranked #5 in the  bantamweight division in New England. Dana White’s […]

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Dana White’s Contender Series Airs Tonight

| July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Dana White’s Contender Series Airs Tonight

Las Vegas — “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series set to air live on UFC Fight Pass today at 8 PM EST. The series opener features local New England fighters and CES MMA veterans Matt “The Mangler” Bessette (22-7) and Greg “Ribz” Rebello (22-7). “The Contender” series has been pitched as a farm league leading […]

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CES Vets Bessette and Rebello Lead New UFC Series

| June 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
CES Vets Bessette and Rebello Lead New UFC Series

Las Vegas — The UFC announced a new mini-series “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series set to air live on UFC Fight Pass on July 11.  The series opener will feature local New England fighters Matt “The Mangler” Bessette (22-7) and Greg “Ribz” Rebello (22-7).  The Connecticut and Rhode Island natives will join three other professional bouts […]

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Powell and Martin Ready for UFC Fight Night 112

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
Powell and Martin Ready for UFC Fight Night 112

Oklahoma City — Former local circuit MMA star Devin Powell  (8-2, Nostos NH) and  Sityodtong adopted UFC veteran Tony Martin (11-3) are slated to fight at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee scheduled for June 25th at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City. Maine native Devin Powell returns to the Octagon a second time following a loss […]

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Cage Titans Announces June 17th Card

| June 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Cage Titans Announces June 17th Card

Plymouth, MA – Cage Titans 34 will take place June 17th at the Plymouth Memorial Hall featuring a card headlined by three undefeated local athletes. Manny Bermudez puts his 9-0 record on the line against Iowa’s Joe Pearson PREDICTION: Bermuedez wins by submission and Abington’s “Slippery” Peter Barrett faces Drew “All Day” Morais who seeks to […]

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CES 44 Live Results

| May 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
CES 44 Live Results

Follow Joe Zarrella on Twitter @joezarrellama for live results from Twin River Casino. Bout 1 – Middleweight –  Adam Quitt (1-4) vs. Reginaldo Felix (0-3) R1 – Felix lands some cleans straights and drops Quitt within seconds. Result – Felix via TKO Bout 2 – Bantamweight –  “Scary” Kerri Kenneson (pro debut) vs. Jennifer Norris […]

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CES 44 Preview and Predictions

| May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
CES 44 Preview and Predictions

[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 […]

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The Philosophy of Don Shainis

| May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Philosophy of Don Shainis

EASTON — Shameless.  The dictionary defines as “insensible to disgrace; immodest, audacious, brash or improper”.   Months away from graduating from Bridgewater State University, Don Shainis had an epiphany mid-way through his senior year that would lead to him to shun the foreboding life of a prototypical graduate that loomed large just months away. On the precipice […]

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CES MMA Returns to Massachusetts’ North Shore – Predictions

| April 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
CES MMA Returns to Massachusetts’ North Shore – Predictions

“CES MMA 43,” scheduled for Saturday, April 15th, 2017 at 7 p.m. ET at the historic North Shore Music Theatre, is CES MMA’s second show in a 15-day stretch, hectic pace that featured Chris Curtis retaining his CES MMA World Welterweight Title in March and could conclude Saturday with several regional standouts stating their case […]

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Better Call Saul…Framingham’s Fighter is Rising

| April 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
Better Call Saul…Framingham’s Fighter is Rising

When Saul Almeida (19-8, Sityodtong) stepped into the cage last Friday at CES 42 against Josh LaBerge (11-6), Almeida had hit a three fight losing streak.  His opponent, LaBerge, had  collected another head in his last bout, and  his  only loss in recent memory was a decision to the current CES featherweight champ by decision. […]

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LIVE: Round-by-Round Coverage – CES MMA 42

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
LIVE: Round-by-Round Coverage – CES MMA 42

“CES MMA 42,” scheduled for Friday, March 31st, 2017 at Twin River Casino.“CES MMA 42” features four preliminary bouts beginning at 7 p.m. ET followed by seven nationally televised main card fights beginning at 9 on AXS TV’s AXS TV Fights. For more Mass-MMA coverage follow @joezarrellaMA BOUT 1 – Flyweight – MARIA RIVERA Framingham, […]

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CES 42 Preview and Predictions

| March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
CES 42 Preview and Predictions

Lincoln, RI – CES MMA 42 will take place Friday, March 31 at Twin River Casino, RI. The main card will air live on AXS TV beginning at 7 pm EST. Main Card CES Welterweight Championship – Chris Curtis © (14-5, 5 KOs) vs. Wilfredo Santiago (7-3, 6 KOs) Someone is probably getting knocked out this […]

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“The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath Answers Call to the UFC

| March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
“The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath Answers Call to the UFC

LAS VEGAS – Local CES star Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath (11-3); 0-0 UFC) will make his UFC debut after years of hard fought battles on New England’s local fight circuit.  Soukhamthath makes his premiere against Albert “The Warrior” Morales (6-1-1; 0-1-1 UFC) on the first fight of the UFC 209 card this Saturday. Soukhamthath, […]

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Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath Gets UFC Nod

| February 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath Gets UFC Nod

CES veteran Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath will make his UFC debut on March 4th at UFC 209 Woodley vs. Thompson 2.  The bantamweight, who fights out of Rhode Island, will bring his 11-3 professional record against Albert Morales (6-1-1). Soukhamthath stated in a post on Instagram that he is the first Lao fighter to […]

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