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CES MMA World Lightweight Champion Luis “Rockstar” Felix and Ryan Sanders will meet again at #CES36, June 10 under the bright lights at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.
The two fast-paced 155-pound contenders met in a catchweight, non-title match at #CES32 in January. A cringe-inducing leg injury from fan-favorite Felix ended the bout midway through the second round.
Both fighters can’t wait to put that night behind them — and they’ll have the opportunity to do just that on June 10.
“That was one of the worst nights of my career. I thought I broke my leg and I froze up,” said Felix, who’s making his 12th trip to the CES MMA cage. “But I’m still the champion, I’m ready to defend my title, and I’m excited to move forward in my career — this is the biggest fight of my life, and I’m ready for it.”
Adds Sanders, who’s looking for his 10th stoppage win: “I compare that fight to kissing your sister. It was an entertaining fight and I feel like I was winning it, for sure, but the way it ended sucks. But (expletive) happens. The past is the past. Now I get an opportunity to prove to everybody that it wasn’t a fluke. I’m going to win again.”
On June 10, neither fighter plans on leaving Twin River Casino without the CES MMA World Lightweight Championship belt in tow.
“I don’t know how it’s going to go,” offered Felix, “but I’m going to have my hand raised at the end, and I’m going to have made a statement in the process.”
“I’m going to push the pace, get in his face and finish him,” countered Sanders. “Wherever this fight goes, I’m winning it.”
Also set to appear on the card are Matt Bessette, Nate Andrews, and Josh Laberge, although opponents are yet to be determined. Keep it locked to MMA Mad for updates.Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Adam Milstead & Dinis "Sweetbread" Paiva