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FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS lightweight Josh LaBerge, right, is one of 14 fighters who’ll be featured on AXS TV as part of the network’s AXS TV Fights telecast of “CES MMA 42” Friday, March 31st, 2017 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. LaBerge faces Framingham, Mass., native Saul Almeida in one of seven televised bouts beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The official weigh-in and final press conference for “CES MMA 42” is scheduled for Thursday at Twin River’s Wicked Good Bar & Grill. Friday’s full fight card begins with preliminaries at 7.

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FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS FLYWEIGHT Maria Rivera makes her second appearance with CES MMA Friday night on the preliminary card of “CES MMA 42′ in a three-round bout against Arkansas’ Jessica Sotack.

LINCOLN, R.I. (Tue, March 28, 2017)– All of the participants for “CES MMA 42,” scheduled for Friday, March 31st, 2017 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and airing live on AXS TV’s AXS TV Fights beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Final weigh-in / press conference for “CES MMA 42.”

Thursday’s final press conference and weigh-in is the final media event prior to “CES MMA 42,” scheduled for Friday night with preliminary bouts beginning at 7 ET and the main card beginning at 9 on AXS TV. Thursday’s event is open to the public.

“CES MMA 42” is CES’ second event of 2017 and first of a two-fight, eight-day stretch culminating with “CES MMA 43” in Beverly, Mass., on Saturday, April 15th, 2017. The main event of “CES MMA 42” features the return of reigning CES MMA World Welterweight Champion Chris Curtis (14-5, 5 KOs) of Ohio in a five-round title defense against Lawrence, Mass., vet Wilfredo Santiago (7-3, 6 KOs).

Tickets for “CES MMA 42” are priced at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at,, or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Also starring on the televised main card, Fall River, Mass., ligthweight Josh LaBerge (11-5, 5 KOs) steps up to face longtime CES MMA vet Saul Almeida (18-8, 1 KO) of Framingham, Mass., and Woonsocket, R.I., flyweight Kody Nordby (8-4) aims for his third consecutive win in his ninth appearance with CES MMA when he faces Bellingham, Mass., native David Baxter (4-1, 1 KO), who recently earned his second win in a row by submitting Dan Cormier at “CES MMA 41” in January.

Fighting for the first time in 14 months, Providence, R.I., lightweight Luis Felix (14-9, 5 KOs) stars in a three-round bout against Arkansas’ Dawond Pickney (10-6, 7 KOs).

Johnston, R.I., featherweight Joe Pingitore (7-3, 2 KOs) also returns to the CES MMA cage in a featured bout against Cortland, N.Y., vet Kenny Foster (11-11, 1 KO). A former CES MMA world-title challenger, Pingitore made quick work of Spencer Higa at “CES MMA 40,” submitting his opponent at 4:54 of the opening round via guillotine. Foster last fought at “CES MMA 34” in a narrow, split-decision loss to Calvin Kattar.

Stoughton, Mass., cruiserweight and former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) vet Pat Walsh (10-2, 4 KOs) makes his sixth appearance with CES MMA in a showdown against Brazilian Dirlei Broenstrup (14-4, 5 KOs), a winner in eight of his last nine bouts. Walsh has won his last five, including back-to-back victories with CES MMA, most recently in January via submission against Kevin Haley.

Rounding out the main card, Milford, Mass., bantamweight Kris Moutinho (3-0, 1 KO) makes his network television debut in just his fourth fight with CES MMA when he battles Ontario’s Lloyd Reyes (4-3, 2 KOs). Moutinho fights for the fourth time since September, a run that includes his first knockout win at “CES MMA 41” via head kick against Jason Rine. The red-hot Reyes has won four of his last five — three by stoppage — after suffering losses in his first two professional bouts.

The return of Cranston, R.I., welterweight prospect Gary Balletto Jr. (2-1, 1 KO) and unbeaten Providence bantamweight Marquis Brewster (2-0) highlights the preliminary card. Balletto Jr. aims for his third consecutive win against Syracuse native Chris Torres (0-0) while Brewster battles newcomer Cody Hier of Philadelphia.

Fresh off her debut win at “CES MMA 41” female flyweight Maria Rivera (1-0) of Framingham, Mass., battles Hot Springs, Ark., newcomer Jessica Sotack and unbeaten bantamweight Richie Santiago (3-0) battles Winchendon, Mass., native Chad Kelly (3-3, 1 KO). Santiago is undefeated under the guidance of CES MMA with all three wins by submission.

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