Matt Bessette will attempt to defend his CES Featherweight Championship for the second time against dangerous grappler Jeremy Spoon. The event will take place in Lincoln, RI on May 12th, as part of CES 44.
Over the years, Bessette has proven his excellence in all areas of the game. He’s a well-rounded talent with incredible heart and a knack for exciting performances. But the pound-for-pound king of the northeast is in the midst of an exceptionally impressive win streak of late; even by his standards.
Undefeated in his last six fights and victorious in eight of his last nine, Matt hasn’t seen a judges decision since 2014. In all cases except for one, he hasn’t even seen a third round, swapping knockouts for submissions on a fight-by-fight basis. He’s truly the man to beat in this region, and it looks as if a new challenger has risen to the occasion.
Jeremy Spoon, aka Spooner, boasts an impressive 20-3 record as a pro. More impressive, still, are his means of victory. He’s a submission specialist with 12 of his 20 wins coming via tapout. On the flip side, he’s never been submitted by an opponent. In fact, aside from a flash knockout at the hands of Mike Richman back in 2012, he’s never been finished at all.
And while he may be the visiting party in Rhode Island, Spoon is no stranger to the spotlight. He’s main-evented a number of regional cards, collected a variety of regional championships along the way. He even has a Bellator win at lightweight, despite a height of only 5 ft 6 in. Spoon will not be intimidated by the CES MMA/AXS TV stage. In fact, he may be encouraged by it.
He can undoubtedly test Bessette’s jiu jitsu, but it’s the striking that holds the most interest for me. After all, every fight starts on the feet and it seems clear that Matt has the edge in that department. That said, Matt has been leaning on his grappling recently, finishing fights off his back with a pair of heel hooks, a guillotine and a triangle, all in the past year and a half.
At the end of the day, these is the fights we like to see. Not washed-up veterans or over-hyped, under-skilled “big names”. We want high level matchups between two determined and motivated fighters with dreams of much bigger fights in the future.
This is going to be a treat for all in attendance. Good on CES for delivering once again.