CES MMA returns this weekend for CES 45, which goes down Friday at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.
The main event features a heavyweight title bout between current champion Ashley Gooch and challenger Juliano Coutinho.
Following a seven-fight winning streak which all ended inside the distance, Gooch earned a heavyweight title shot against Greg Rebello at CES 37. Gooch would go onto win with a third round KO and earn the vacant title. Since the win, Gooch fought Shawn Jordan at WSOF 33 where he suffered a first-round knockout loss. He will return to CES MMA to defend his title against Coutinho at CES 45.
Following a split decision win over Chaz Morgan at CES 33, Coutinho also went to fight under the WSOF banner. He dropped a second round TKO loss to Justin Willis at WSOF 31 and now returns to CES looking for gold.
The co-main event features a top-ranked lightweight contest between Nate Andrews and Bruce Boyington.
Following a unanimous decision loss to Gemiyale Adkins at CES 25, Andrews has been on a tear under the CES promotional banner. KO wins over Jay Bakanowski and Julian Lane were followed most recently by back-to-back third round submission wins over Manny Muro and George Sheppard.
Boyington is the more experienced fighter in this bout, however, is he coming off back-to-back losses. A unanimous decision loss to Musa Khamanaev and ACB 43 was followed most recently by a first-round submission loss to Andre Harrison at WSOF 34.
The second title bout on the card features an interim featherweight title bout between Saul Almeida and Pedro Gonzalez.
With current champion Matt Bessette on the sidelines following his bout on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Almeida and Gonzalez will battle it out for the interim title with the hopes of unifying the gold when “The Mangler” returns.
Check out the full fight card below along with a video preview of the event:
Main Card (AXS TV)
Ashley Gooch (c) vs. Juliano Coutinho for the CES MMA Heavyweight Championship
Nate Andrews vs. Bruce Boyington
Saul Almeida vs. Pedro Gonzalez for the CES MMA Interim Featherweight Championship
Nick Alley vs. Gary Balletto Jr.
Kris Moutinho vs. Brandon Seyler
Miguel Restrepo vs. Richie Santiago
Preliminary Card (Untelevised)
Leon Davis vs. Andrew Osborne
John Douma vs. Jason Rine
Ahsan Abdullah vs. Dylan Lockard