PROVIDENCE, RI: In the most entertaining fight of the night – and perhaps the entire year – Dinis Paiva rewarded the loyalty of both his fans and his longtime promoter with a thrilling victory Friday in the main event of CES MMA 59 on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
Making his record 20thappearance with the east coast’s No. 1 promotion, Paiva (13-7) earned a unanimous decision win by scores of 29-28 across the board against the scrappy Timothy Dooling (8-6) of Trenton, NJ, to cap an exciting, nine-fight card at Twin River Casino Hotel.
Paiva, the East Providence, RI, native who’s fought his entire career at the same venue, came out swinging against the hard-charging Dooling, who also used every trick in the book, from leg kicks and body shots to Superman punches and uppercuts, to crack Paiva’s defense. The action was heavy from the opening bell with Paiva sustaining a nasty cut over his right eye that did little to slow his progress.
Paiva stuffed whatever takedown attempts Dooling had in his back pocket to keep the action in the center of the cage for the duration of the fight and closed in style in the third and final round with effective combinations anchored by a stiff left jab. Dooling never backed down, even egging on his opponent at various points throughout the fight, but Paiva landed the cleaner, crisper shots more consistently to piece together his second win of 2019.
The co-main event featured unbeaten light heavyweight William Knight (6-0, 6 KOs) of Stamford, CT, fresh off signing a development deal with the UFC, stepping up in class and in weight to face veteran heavyweight Jamelle Jones (9-6) of Washington, a late replacement for Marvin Skipper, who backed out 48 hours before the event.
Jones held a nearly 40-pound weight advantage over Knight and utilized it early, overpowering his opponent and slamming to the canvas to take control of the match. Knight eventually saw an opening when Jones tried to land a right hand from the mount position, rolling out of harm’s way and climbing back to his feet before bulldozing Jones into the cage. Having turned the tables, Knight gained full mount and landed a series of hard right hands, forcing Jones to tap to strikes at the 4:27 mark of the opening round. The up-and-comer Knight has now won all six of his bouts by knockout.
In other main card action, bantamweight Da’mon Blackshear (6-3) of Fayetteville, NC, submitted Kody Nordby (9-6) of Cumberland, RI, via arm triangle 3:17 into the second round while Whitesville, NY, flyweight Josh Ricci (5-2) snapped a two-fight losing streak with an arm triangle submission against Jose Lugo (4-2) of Woonsocket, RI, at the 2:40 mark of the second round.
Upstate New York’s Jacob Bohn (9-7), who put on a dazzling performance at CES NY 1, returned to Rhode Island and dominated Boston lightweight Andres Jeudi (7-7) with a rear-naked choke submission at 3:42 of the second round. Bohn has now won four of his last six. Also in the lightweight division, Detroit’s Darius Estell (6-2) made his CES MMA debut in style, overcoming the hard-charging Everett, MA, contender Moses Monteiro (2-5) to earn a 29-28 unanimous decision across the board. Miami welterweight Marcos Lloreda (7-5) opened the UFC FIGHT PASS® main card with a 29-28 win on all three scorecards over Boston’s Sanad Armouti (1-1).