Matt Bessette will now defend his CES MMA World Featherweight Championship versus former Legacy FC champ Rey Trujillo in the main event of CES 44 on May 12 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., LIVE on AXS TV Fights.
The switch-up comes after challenger Jeremy Spoon was forced to withdraw from the fight due to injury.
Trujillo is currently the Fury Fighting Championship featherweight champion. Last time out, Trujillo moved up a weight class to fight for the Fury Fighting Championship lightweight title, however, he lost to Kolton Englund via fourth round submission. Trujillo is a 40-fight MMA veteran who has also fought for Bellator and Legacy FC.
None of that matters to the red-hot Bessette, who on May 12 will fight to become the first man to successfully defend his CES MMA belt twice.
“It’s frustrating when we were so close to making this fight happen. But thankfully CES found a man to step up and fight,” says Bessette, a winner of six straight, all via stoppage. “Rey Trujillo likes to fight, not pretend he likes to fight. Those are the best scraps that get me amped.”
A proud product of “The Lone Star State,” Trujillo is equally pumped to square off with Bessette. He says he’s coming to New England to put a Texas-sized beating on the region’s hottest fighter.
“It’s going to feel great to bring that title home,” Trujillo says with a smile. “I love coming into hostile territory and getting that win. I can’t wait to have that belt wrapped around my waist; there’s no better feeling in the world.”
CES MMA 44
May 12 | Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. | AXS TV Fights
(c) Matt Bessette vs. Rey Trujillo
for the CES MMA World Featherweight Championship
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