Thursday is the final weigh-in and press conference for “CES MMA 49,” scheduled for Friday night at the Twin River Event Center. Preliminary bouts begin at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the seven-fight main card at 9 on AXS TV Fights. Thursday’s weigh-in is open to the public.
Tickets for “CES MMA 49” are priced at $47.00, $57.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com, www.cagetix.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
East Providence, R.I., native Nate Andrews (12-1, 5 KOs) faces Chris Padilla (9-3, 4 KOs) of Gardena, Calif., for the vacant CES MMA World Lightweight Title in one of two five-round world title bouts on the “CES MMA 49” main card. Reigning CES MMA World Welterweight Champion Chris Curtis (17-5, 6 KOs) of Ohio also returns to Twin River to defend his title against Lawton, Okla., veteran Jason Norwood (18-4, 5 KOs).
The AXS TV main card also features the return of UFC vet Sean Soriano (10-5, 5 KOs) of Woonsocket, R.I., red-hot welterweight Gary Balletto Jr. (5-1, 2 KOs) of nearby Cranston, and fan-favorite Kaline Medeiros (8-6, 2 KOs) of Fall River, Mass.
Balletto Jr., a winner in his last five bouts, returns to face Philadelphia native Jeremiah Wells (3-1-1, 1 KO). Soriano makes his third consecutive appearance with CES MMA in a featherweight bout against Jonathan Gary (13-9, 7 KOs) of Oklahoma City while Medeiros, a four-time Invicta Fighting Championships and two-time CES MMA vet, battles Brooklyn’s Jenna Serio (3-2, 1 KO).
Unbeaten flyweight Richie Santiago (6-0, 1 KO) of Milford, Mass., puts his perfect record on the line on the main card in a showdown against Binghamton, N.Y., native Matt Almy (3-1, 1 KO).
Providence, R.I., bantamweight Marquis Brewster (4-0, 1 KO) highlights the six-fight preliminary card in his toughest test to date against Tashawn Mack (6-4, 1 KO) of Lansing, Mich., who makes his second appearance with CES MMA. Unbeaten Providence bantamweight John Douma (2-0, 1 KO) returns for the third time to face Cortland, N.Y., vet Zachary Burhans (3-1) and Jose Lugo (1-0) of Woonsocket makes his second appearance with the promotion in a flyweight bout against Bronx debut Carlos Rodriguez Jr.
Also on the preliminary card, Springfield, Mass., lightweight Pat Casey debuts against Ryan Castro of Patchogue, N.Y., while light heavyweights Terrance Jean-Jacques of Haverhill, Mass., and Mark Glover of Elmira, N.Y., make their professional debuts against one another in a three-round bout.
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