CES MMA was back in their home state of Rhode Island for another card. The card had two last minute bout cancellations that were set to feature light champion, Luis Felix. The other bout was set to feature UFC veteran, Sean Soriano. The card was still highlighted by local favorites, Greg Rebello, Nate Andrews, and Richie Santiago.
The theme of the night was 1st round stoppages as mot a single fight went to the second round.
Greg Rebello vs Derrick Brown
Rebello is a longtime veteran of the New England fight scene. He is a veteran of the Ultimate Fighter show and Dana White’s Tuesday Night’s Contender. he faced off against South Carolina heavyweight, Derrick Brown.
Rebello sent the crowd on their feet! He lands a three punch combination. It was a hard straight left, followed by a right hook, and another left. Brown hit the floor and Rebello followed up with unanswered shots from on top until the referee pulled him off. Greg Rebello beats Derrick Brown by 1st round TKO.
Nate Andrews vs Tyler Combs
Nate “the Snake” Andrews came into the night as the biggest favorite on the card. He entered the contest with an impressive 11-1 record. Andrews a native of East Providence squared off against journeyman, Tyler Combs from Ohio.
Combs came charging at Andrews trying to get a takedown. Combs attempted a single leg, but Andrews high legged over Combs and landed on top of Combs. Andrews controlled on top with some ground and pound until Combs gave up his back. Andrews locked in a rear naked choke, forcing Combs to tapout. Nate Andrews beats Tyler Combs by 1st round submission (Rear Naked Choke).
Richie Santiago vs Tashawn Mack
Fan favorite Richie Santiago looked to remain perfect when he faced the toughest test of his career in Michigan’s Tashawn Mack. Santiago immediately took Mack down with a double leg takedown. Santiago controlled from top position until Mack locked in a triangle choke. The fight looked to be coming to a possible end until Santiago popped his head out and got the crowd cheering. Santiago used the momentum to get the mount and started to pepper Mack with shots. Mack gave up his back and Santiago locked in a rear-naked choke. Richard Santiago beats Tashawn Mack by 1st round submission (Rear Naked Choke).
Santiago was very animated and called for a flyweight title shot against Carlos Candelario, who is also undefeated. Candelario is known nationally for picking up a win on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender’s series.
John Douma vs Mark Trader
John Douma made his CES debut and it didn’t disappoint. He faced off against Mark Trader. Douma outclassed trader on the feet. Trader tried to pick his shots, but Douma countered by launching torpedos with his fist. Douma rocked Trader Trader with a left hand and followed it up with an explosive overhand right. Trader was badly hurt, while Douma unloaded a flurry of hard shots. Trader attempted to bob and weave out of the way of the shot,s but Douma continued to connect on every shot, until the referee had mercy on trader and stopped the contest. John Douma beat Mark Trader by 1st round TKO.
Kris Moutinho vs David Garcia
Kris Moutinho and David Garcia squared off in arguably the most anticipated fight of the night. Moutinho was looking to bounce back from his first professional loss when he was upset by Brendan Seyler.
Moutinho came out aggressive but it was Garcia that appeared to be quicker on the feet. He landed a combination and followed up with some nice ground and pound. Moutinho scrambled to his feet and was able to pick Garcia up with a double leg takedown. Moutinho walked Garcia over to his corner and slammed him to the mat. However, Garcia was able to get to his feet. While being lifted up again, Garcia locked in a guillotine choke, forcing Moutinho to tap out quickly. David Garcia beats Kris Moutinho by 1st round submission (Guillotine Choke).
Jose Lugo vs Michael Taylor
Two inexperienced fighters kicked off the televised portion of the card. Jose Lugo was making his professional debut, while Michael Taylor was looking to move to 2-0. Both fighters quickly got into the clinch. Taylor attempted a takedown but Lugo went for a guillotine choke. During a scramble, Lugo landed on top and quickly move to the mount. After some brief elbows. Taylor gave up his back and Lugo locked in a rear naked choke forcing Taylor to tap out. Jose Lugo beats Michael Taylor by 1st round submission (Rear Naked Choke).
Tyler Hamilton vs Montoyia Swilling
Tyler Hamilton made his professional debut taking on the winless, Montoyia Swilling. Both guys came out exchanging shots until Hamilton dropped Swilling with a right hand. As soon as Swilling fell to the mat, Hamilton dove in with a D’Arce choke causing Swilling to tap out. Tyler Hamilton beats Montoyia Swilling by 1st round submission (D’Arce choke).
Yorgan DeCastro vs James Dysard
Yorgan DeCastro made his professional debut against the winless James Dysard in the curtain jerker. DeCastro’s debut didn’t last long. Dysard shot in for a takedown but was sprawled out on by DeCastro. DeCastro started to land several heavy shots to the ears and head of Dysard. After dozens of unanswered shots, the referee pulled DeCastro off of Dysard in just 39 seconds into the fight. Yorgan DeCastro beats James Dysard by 1st round TKO.