Soriano, Kattar, Rodriguez headline televised portion of stacked CES MMA 38 card at Foxwoods

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WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND bantamweight Kody Nordby returns to the cage Friday on the main card of “CES MMA 38” at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut for the first time since losing his CES MMA title bout to Andre Soukhamthath in March. Nordby faces Brandon Seyler of Pennsylvania in one of six bouts televised on the AXS TV broadcast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET.

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (Sept. 22nd, 2016) — The star-studded network television lineup is set for Friday night as CES MMA prepares for its 38th professional mixed martial arts fight card and 12th televised event as part of AXS TV Fights.

“CES MMA 38” is less than 48 hours away with the televised main card airing live on AXS from Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The final press conference and weigh-in is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at the casino’s Great Cedar Exhibition Hall. This event is open to the public.

Tickets for “CES MMA 38” are priced at $40.00, $60.00, $100.00 and $150.00 and can be purchased at, or, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or 800-200-2882 or at The Fox Theater Box Office. All bouts are subject to change.

The event is headlined by a featherweight showdown between two former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) contenders, Levan Makashvili (8-2-1, 3 KOs) of Oceanside, N.Y., and Sean Soriano (9-4, 4 KOs) of Miami, originally born in Providence, R.I. Methuen, Mass., featherweight Calvin Kattar (15-2, 6 KOs) battles Middletown, Conn., vet Chris Foster (9-4, 5 KOs) in the co-main event.

With Connecticut’s Carlos Candelario forced to withdraw from the card due to an injury, the three-round middleweight bout between Quincy, Mass., native Mike Rodriguez (4-1, 2 KOs) and Wisconsin’s John Poppie (7-3, 2 KOs) has been added to the main card. Rodriguez suffered his first career loss at “CES MMA 32” in January, but rebounded with wins over Buck Pineau and Stephond Ewins.

The televised main card also includes the return of Peabody, Mass., bantamweight Rico DiSciullo (6-0, 3 KOs), who aims for his fourth consecutive win under the CES MMA banner and fifth overall when he faces Illinois’ David Garcia (3-1-1, 2 KOs), who has won three of his last four, including two by knockout. The popular DiSciullo last fought in April at “CES MMA 35” when he knocked out Jake Constant with a body slam in the opening round.

Also fighting on the main card, former CES MMA title challenger and submission specialist Kody Nordby (6-4) of Woonsocket, R.I., hopes to rebound from his loss to Andre Soukhamthath in March when he faces Brandon Seyler (5-3-1, 1 KO) of Frisco, Tex. Rounding out the main card, Peabody, Mass., heavyweight Pat Walsh (7-2, 2 KOs) faces Carlos Zevallos (3-3, 1 KO) of Florida.

The preliminary card features five exciting bouts, starting with Norwich, Conn., featherweight Pete Rogers Jr. (2-3, 2 KOs) battling Maine’s Derek Shorey (3-7, 2 KOs) and lightweight Lionel Young (7-15, 1 KO) of Brockton, Mass., facing Meredith, N.H., vet Wayne Alqhuist (1-3, 1 KO). In the bantamweight division, Kris Moutinho of Milford, Mass., and Matthew Maldonado of Brooklyn face one another in their professional debuts and Richie Santiago, also from Milford, debuts against Ovid, N.Y., vet Brandon Warne (2-1).