PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: Temperatures in and out of the cage will continue to rise as many of the most talented and popular mixed-martial-arts fighters in the Northeast will be in action Friday night, July 26, at CES MMA 57, presented by Classic Sports and Entertainment (CES).
CES MMA heavyweight champion Greg “Ribz” Rebello is headlining CES MMA 57, which will be streamed on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, live from Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
The 6′ 0″, 248-pound Rebello, fighting out of Cranston, RI, takes on first-time title challenger Kevin “The North Woods” Haley), of Rollinsford, New Hampshire, in what is expected to be an explosive, highly entertaining main event.
Rebello, who will make his first title defense against Haley, captured the CES MMA heavyweight title on February 2, 2018, when he defeated UFC veteran Travis Wiuff by way of a first-round stoppage via punches.
Rebello vs. Haley will headline a stacked card to be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, in the latest installment under a recent agreement between CES MMA and FIGHT PASS to live-stream events worldwide.
“The fireworks continue at CES MMA 57 when the big guys throwdown – Rebello vs. Haley. Don’t blink!” said Jimmy Burchfield, Jr., CES MMA CEO. “Also returning to the CES cage is fan favorite Dinis “Sweet Bread” Paiva vs. the “Mexican Muscle”, Antonio Castillo, Jr. This stacked card is sure to be sold out, so get your tickets before it’s too late.”
Milford, MA bantamweight Kris Moutinho faces Johnny “Cupcakes” Campbell in the co-featured event.
Popular East Providence featherweight Dinis “Sweetbread” Paiva meets a foe from Ohio, Antonio “Mexican Muscle” Castillo, Jr. Paiva, whose family owns a Portuguese restaurant named O’Dinis, has dedicated the fight to his first MMA coach, recently deceased Keith Allen.
Boston featherweight Tateki “Tek” Matsuda tangles with Matt Almy, of Binghamton, NY. Japan native Matsuda is a former UFC fighter.
Veteran Brazil native Saul “The Spider” Almeida, fighting out of Framingham, MA, throws-down with Providence featherweight favorite Sean Soriano. Almeida has fought a virtual Who’s Who of New England MMA, in addition to having been a sparring partner for the great Anderson Silva, while Soriano was one of the first CES MMA fighters to go onto UFC.
Berkley, MA grappler Pat McCrohan, fighting out of Berkley, MA, fights Florida middleweight Andre “Rumble” Hall.
Scheduled to fight on the non-FIGHT PASS undercard is North Andover, MA lightweight Peter San Antonio vs. Brazilian Moises Monteiro in their CES MMA debuts, Sanad Armouti makes his pro debut vs. Brazilian opponent Rodolfo “Caicara” Rocha, blooming Norfolk, MA female strawweight prospect Hilarie Rose and her growing fanbase vs. Los Angeles strawweight Kaiyana Rain, and Salem, MA lightweight Billy Keenan vs. New Yorker Rob “The Beast” Best.
Keenan won a CES pro contract by winning the amateur portion of a Pro-Am card. Injuries have derailed his pro debut, however, Keenan is locked and loaded for July 26th
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets for “CES MMA 57” start at $47 and are available online at www.cesmma.com or by calling the CES box office at 401-724-2253/2254.
Twin River Event Center doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first fight scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET.
The main card will stream live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS. To start your 7-day free trial, please visit www.ufc.tv/page/fightpass.