Ryan Sanders will now take on Levan Makashvili in the main event of CES MMA36 in Lincoln on Friday, after Luis Felix had to withdraw from their previously scheduled bout due to injury.
After recently parting ways with the UFC, Makashvili jumped at the opportunity to showcase his skills close on a large platform like CES MMA, especially so close to his adopted home in New York.
“I don’t know much about my opponent, and that’s OK with me. I know I have what it takes to beat anyone in the sport. It doesn’t matter what my opponents bring to the table,” Makashvili, who brings a 10-2-1 record to Friday’s main event, said through his translator. “It doesn’t matter who I’m fighting and it doesn’t matter where I’m fighting. I’m coming to win and to make a statement.”
Sanders, meanwhile, has spent eight weeks preparing to fight Felix for the CES MMA Lightweight Championship. The Maine submission specialist wishes Felix the best in his recovery, but is now focused on the task at hand.
“I was really looking forward to fighting Luis again, so that’s a bit disappointing but I’m thrilled to fight another really tough opponent, in Levan,” Sanders said. “But now Levan is in my target and I’ve got to go out there and take care of business on Friday, which is exactly what I’m going to do.”
Following this fight reshuffle, Matt Bessette vs. Jairo Soares now features as the main event of CES MMA 36.