When the opportunity presented itself, Johnston’s Joe Pingitore accepted the challenge to battle Hartford’s Matt Bessette for the CES MMA Featherweight Championship on Friday at Twin River Casino, live on AXS TV.
CES MMA 37 takes place on August 12 at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The main card will air on AXS TV Fights
“This is the biggest fight of my career by far,” said Pingitore, who’s undefeated in the CES MMA cage. “When I started with CES, the goal was to get that title. That’s why I jumped at it when Matt’s opponent backed out. He’s been exposed that he’s mortal, just like the rest of us. That’s why I know this fight isn’t going to go five rounds; all it’s going to take is one heavy right hand and the title is mine. He’s had his reign at the top; now it’s my time!”
“Joe, just remember, you wanted this fight,” responded Bessette when asked about his new title opponent.
“The Mangler,” who’s on a four-fight win streak heading into Friday’s action, thrives on the element of the unknown, stating nothing will stand in the way.
“To fight for a title for CES is a dream come true. This is my first world championship fight and if you were with me day in and day out you’d know there’s something different in my eyes.”
Maine’s Bill Jones, who was schedule to fight Pingitore, will still be fighting on the card, in a separate three-round battle.
In other action, Quincy’s Mike Rodriguez will face off against Stepford Ewings.
Rodriguez, fighting out of Lauzon MMA, has dedicated this fight to his stable mate Devin Carrier, who tragically passed away this week.
CES 37 will honor Devin with a moment of silence.
With this fight change, CES MMA 37 now looks like this:
Andre Soukhamthath (champion) vs. Kin Moy
for the CES MMA Bantamweight Championship
Matt Bessette vs. Joe Pingitore
for the vacant CES MMA Featherweight Championship
Greg Rebello vs. Ashley Gooch
for the vacant CES MMA Heavyweight Championship
Middleweight: Chuck O’Neil vs. Roy Jones
Featherweight: Bill Jones vs. TBD
Middleweight: Pat McCrohan vs. Ruslan Melikov
Bantamweight: Marquis Brewster vs. Roosevelt Archie
Featherweight: Mak Kelleher vs. Dylan Lockard
Middleweight: Mike Rodriguez vs. Stepford Ewings
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