On Joe Pingitore’s quest to another shot at the CES MMA World Featherweight Championship, he’s made it clear he wants to test himself against the toughest competition the Northeast has to offer.
The Johnston, R.I., product got what he asked for when he clashes with New York’s Kenny Foster at CES 42 on March 31 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., LIVE on AXS TV Fights.
After giving the champ Matt Bessette all he could handle at CES 37, Pingitore rebounded with an impressive first-round submission over Hawaii’s Spencer Higa at CES 40. According to the outspoken seven-time CES MMA vet, fans can expect more of the same action when the cage door locks in March — and lots of trash talk along the way.
“I said no more decisions at the beginning of 2016, and I’ve kept true to my word. To be honest, I just don’t give a (expletive) what happens in there anymore. I’m going in there to get the knockout finish every second of the first round,” offered Pingitore. “Kenny Foster is just another body for my trophy case. He’s not going to stand and trade with me because he’ll lose his life. If he tries to wrestle me, he’ll have another submission loss on his record. I’m the (expletive) pitbull to this pound, and I hope he knows the dog fight he signed up for.”
An eight-time Bellator MMA vet, Foster chose not to engage in a war of words with Pingitore. Instead, he simply replied, “Joe is a tough opponent and a worthy challenger.”
Foster did, however, have a piece of advice for Pingitore: Protect your neck.
“I’m going to be able to get him to the ground and submit him.” the 22-fight vet added, “I’m hungry to get this win, and I’m going to take it.”