Quincy’s Mike Rodriguez and Maine’s Buck Pineau will meet at #CES35 at the legendary North Shore Music Theatre on April 16 in a highly anticipated rematch.
As rising amateurs a few years ago, the two fought in a back-and-forth bout, with Pineau catching Rodriguez in a choke in the third round. Now older and wiser in the fight game, Rodriguez is focused on avenging the sole loss of his amateur career.
“I’ve definitely wanted the rematch since that night, absolutely. This feels lovely — it feels awesome — to have the opportunity to get this one back,” said Rodriguez, who kicked off his career with back-to-back knockouts. “Buck pushes the pace — he always brings it — and I’m looking forward to matching that intensity, and doing everything I possible can to take this guy out.”
Pineau has also wanted this rematch for a while, so he could showcase his improvements. But, more importantly, he sees this bout as a coming-out party to the MMA world, as he’s now known mostly for a gruesome arm injury that went viral in 2015.
“The doctor said it was a miracle, but I didn’t have any breaks or ligament damage — just a little bit of a bone chip — and I was back to full-on training about 20 days later,” said Pineau, who’s also fought as a professional boxer and kickboxer. “I am extra hungry. I travel around to gyms and I hang with outstanding fighters. But I haven’t been able to put it together yet in the cage. I’ve still got a lot to prove, and I’m ready to turn a lot of heads, starting on April 16 in Beverly.”
In the main event of CES MMA 35 on April 16 in Beverly, Gloucester’s Pedro Gonzelez and Dorchester’s Andres Jeudi go to war. The event will also feature Peabody’s Rico DiSciullo, Quincy’s Mike Rodriguez, East Freetown’s Devin Carrier and Buck Pineau of Ashland, as well as a stacked amateur portion of the card, where fighters will compete with a CES MMA professional contract on the line.