Nate “The Snake” Andrews defends his CES MMA Lightweight Championship for the first time against D’Juan “Dirty South” Owens in the main event of CES 51 on Aug. 3 at Twin River Casino, LIVE on AXS TV Fights.
Andrews enters the cage with an outstanding record of 13-1, with all of his wins coming via stoppage. He’s won seven straight in the CES cage, most recently taking out California’s Chris Padilla for the vacant 155-pound championship in April.
“I can’t wait to get back in there and defend my belt,” says Andrews, a product of Providence, R.I. “Fans should expect a very exciting fight. They should expect me bringing the fight and going for the finish, like I always do.
“I’m not sure how it’s going to end,” Andrew adds, “but I’m getting my hand raised and I’m adding another stoppage to my resume.”
Andrews is quick to point out Owens’ experience as a potential factor in their scrap — and for good reason. “Dirty South,” as he’s known to MMA fans, has nearly 30 bouts on his resume since his 2010 professional debut. The North Carolina product has fought in every weight class from featherweight to welterweight and went three hard, competitive rounds with former CES champ Luis “Rockstar” Felix at CES 27.
“That CES belt would mean a lot to me, ” says Owens, a former Marine. “I see this fight ending no later than the third round, with me submitting Nate after some ground-and-pound. We’re going to trade on the feet, I think I’m going to drop him, and I’m going to make him tap.”
This is the second title bout on the card, with Sean Soriano taking on Bruce Boyington for the vacant CES featherweight title in the co-main event. Andrews and Soriano both represent Rhode Island, while Owens (North Carolina) and Boyington (Maine) are from out of state.
Additionally, Lewis Corapi (8-3) meets Jacob Bohn (6-5) in lightweight action, also on AXS TV. In the non-televised preliminary card, Fabio Cherant (2-0) fights Buck Pineau (1-5) in light-heavyweight action. More fights should be announced in the next week.