Andrews ready to shine Friday on AXS TV as headliner of CES MMA 36 at Twin River Casino
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 9th, 2016) – One of the hottest fighters in the northeast, Nate “The Snake” Andrews, will get the opportunity of a lifetime Friday at Twin River Casino.
An injury to teammate Luis Felix, who was scheduled to defend his CES MMA Lightweight Title, and a licensing issue regarding Brazilian challengerJairo Soares, forced CES MMA to reshuffle the deck Thursday, launching Andrews (8-1, 5 KOs) into main event status when he faces Oklahoma native Luis Muro (4-1, 1 KO) tomorrow at “CES MMA 36” live on AXS TV.
“I’m very excited,” said Andrews, who last fought in March when he stopped former CES MMA champion Julian Lane in his most impressive performance to date. “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. I’m just going to go in there and do what I do.”
Andrews has won back-to-back fights since suffering his first and only loss in August of 2014.
“I feel good. I’m a Native American, so we have no fear,” Muro said. “I’m taking care of business [Friday] for my people. I’ve come a long way.”
Also on the main card, lightweight Matt Bessette(18-7, 5 KOs) will now face 40-fight vet Ran Weathers of New Mexico after his original opponent, Soares, was unable to obtain a license from the Rhode Island Athletic Commission. Weathers last fought in April on the undercard of “CES MMA 35” in Massachusetts.
Bangor, Maine native Ryan Sanders (10-7, 1 KO) also deals with a change in opponent Friday; with Felix forced to withdraw due to injury earlier in the week, Sanders now faces former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) vet Levan Makashvili (10-2-1, 5 KOs) of Long Island.
“The game plan is the same, just go out and win,” Sanders said. “It’s going to be a fun fight.”
Tickets for “CES MMA 36” are priced at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesmma.com,www.twinriver.com, www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club.
Lane, meanwhile, is looking to start a new win streak at “CES MMA 36,” but will first have to get through Medford, Mass., lightweight Lewis Corapi(6-2, 3 KOs). Rounding out the main card, Fall River, Mass., native Josh LaBerge (10-5, 4 KOs) makes his third appearance with CES MMA in a lightweight bout against Maine’s Jonathan Lemke(5-3, 4 KOs); flyweight Carlos Candelario (3-0, 1 KO) battles Turtle Creek, Pa., native Roosevelt Archie (0-1); and Dedham, Mass., featherweightMatt Tullos (1-0) faces Merab Dvalishvilli (2-2, 1 KO) of Long Island.
Highlighting the stacked preliminary card is the professional debut of Providence bantamweightMarquise Brewster, who earned a promotional contract with CES MMA following a victory in his final amateur bout on the undercard of “CES MMA 35” last month in Beverly, Mass. Brewster facesVladimir Kazbekov (0-1) of Welland, Ontario.
Also on the preliminary card, featherweight James Grant Murrin (3-4, 2 KOs) looks to snap his two-fight losing streak when he takes on Long Island native and two-time CES MMA vet Thomas English(5-6, 2 KO), who last appeared at Twin River in January of 2015 against current UFC featherweightKyle Bochniak; and heavyweights Dan Randall of Granby, Mass., and Marquis Allen of Mansfield, Ohio, make their professional debuts against one another in a three-round bout.
Mashpee, Mass., welterweight Bobby Flynn (5-3, 1 KO) battles Queens native Kevin Horowitz (6-5); and Providence’s Kurtis Parisi makes his pro debut against 15-fight vet Hector Sanchez of Woonsocket, R.I., in a middleweight bout.
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