This Friday, August 8th, Classic Entertainment and Sports will return to Twin River in Lincoln RI for another installment of CES MMA. This will be the 25th MMA event held by the promotion- the vast majority held at this venue.
It has been almost four years since CES made their first splash into the world of mixed martial arts with 'First Blood.' Since then, there has been no shortage of quality fighters and known UFC/WEC veterans featured on the cards. CES MMA 25 is no different, as the main event will feature Ultimate Fighter season 16 veteran Julian Lane vs. Luis Felix, a long-time veteran of CES.
This will be Lane's second fight under the CES banner. He's coming off a unanimous decision victory over Gemiyale Adkins at CES MMA 24.
Fans of The Ultimate Fighter might recognize Lane as being one of the more outspoken cast members of season 16. During an altercation on the show, Lane repeatedly pleaded with fellow cast members to "let me bang, bro" during an on-screen conflict. It has since become something of a catch-phrase among MMA fans.
The fight between Lane and Felix was originally scheduled for CES MMA 24, but Felix had to pull out with an unspecified rib injury. The postponement has caused some friction between the two fighters that has been echoed in some pre-fight comments.
“I don’t think he was really hurt,” Lane commented. “I think he just wanted to watch me fight before he fought me. He and his friends were sitting there trying to talk to me between rounds."
“I’m pissed off about that. I hope be brings his ‘A’ game because I’m going to be in there trying to knock his head off.”
To which Felix responded, “How do you even respond to that stupid nonsense? If that’s what he thinks, let him think that. I don’t even know how to respond to that shit."
“He can say whatever he wants. That’s cool. Come Aug. 8th we'll see who’s the better man.”
Tickets are available now via the CES MMA webstore.
Full card below.
Main Event- Julian Lane vs. Luis Felix
Charles Rosa vs. Jake Constant
Gil de Freitas vs. George Sheppard
Chip Moraza-Pollard vs. Harley Beekman
Tateki Matsuda vs. Robbie Leroux
Nuri Shakir vs. Eric Spicely
Keenan Raymond vs. Jay Bakanowski
Tom Venticinque vs. Wayne Ahlquist
Billy Giovanella vs. Andy Aiello
Raphael Correia vs. Terrell Clark
Nate Andrews vs. Gemiyale Adkins