Orlando, FL – FightBook MMA has your CES MMA 62: Paivia vs Smith results. The event will take place on Friday, April 30 with CES MMA 62, live on UFC FIGHT PASS® from the Caribe Royal Orlando.
The bantamweight world title bout set for the end of 2021 is about to go down a lot sooner than expected.
With weight issues forcing the cancellation of one of the two scheduled bantamweight title eliminators at CES MMA 62, contenders Dinis Paiva (13-8, 7 KOs) and Joshua Smith (9-6, 5 KOs) will instead compete for the vacant world title tonight at the Caribe Royale Orlando live on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
Paiva and Smith were originally supposed to face another in a three-round eliminator as half of tonight’s double main event with the two winners fighting one another later in the year, but with the Andrew Whitney-Diego Silva eliminator scrapped at Thursday’s weigh-in, Paiva and Smith will now step to the plate in a five-round bout with the title on the line, a major turn of events in the 11th hour.
Tonight’s preliminary card begins at 7:30 pm ET with the main card starting at 8. To sign up for UFC FIGHT PASS, visit ufcfightpass.com, or download the UFC app.
For Paiva, the East Providence, RI, native and 21-time CES MMA veteran, this will be his second shot at the vacant CES MMA Bantamweight World Title. He lost to current UFC contender Andre Ewell for the then-vacant title at CES 50 in 2018. Smith, a Pensacola native and winner of three of his last four bouts, fights in a scheduled five-round bout for the first time in his career.
With the bantamweight title comes the possibility of a fast track to the UFC; all three of the promotion’s title-holders – Ewell, Andre Soukhamthath, and Tony Gravely – have gone on to compete for the UFC.
CES MMA 62 results: Paivia vs Smith:
Joshua Smith def. Dinis Paiva to win vacant bantamweight title by submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2, 4:01
Gary Balletto Jr. def. Dahlen Wilson by submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2, 2:26
Adriano Capitulino def. Hugh McKenna by submission (triangle choke) in Round 3, 2:56
Da’Mon Blackshear def. Joe Penafiel by submission (guillotine choke) in Round 3, 3:27
Carlos Espinosa def. Leonardo Carvalho Muller by unanimous decision
Yuri Panferov def. Greg Smith by submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 4:24
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