❗CES MMA makes long-awaited return October 14

CES photo by Will Paul

UNBEATEN WELTERWEIGHT JOHN Gotti III (above left) is one of several CES MMA veterans highlighting the promotion’s long-awaited return to live action on October 14, 2020. CES MMA 61 is scheduled at “The Tent” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI, and will stream live on UFC FIGHT PASS® with no fans in attendance. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, CES MMA has not promoted a live event since January.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
CES MMA embraces ‘new normal’ in long-awaited return to live action

PROVIDENCE, RI (October 1, 2020) – A comeback more than six months in the making is about to launch at an arena near you live on UFC FIGHT PASS ®.

CES MMA, the No. 1 mixed martial arts promotion in the northeast, returns for the first time since January with its official debut at “The Tent” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI, on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm ET.

There will be no fans in attendance, but CES MMA 61 will stream live on FIGHT PASS, the industry’s preeminent streaming service for combat sports. Visit FIGHT PASS for more information on subscription packages and how to access the service live on fight night.

“CES is excited to get back to work showcasing some of the most talented fighters in the region to a worldwide audience on UFC FIGHT PASS,” said CES COO Jimmy Burchfield Jr. “Expect fireworks in October when these fighters return to the CES cage.”

CES 61 will be the promotion’s first live event – and the first of any kind in Rhode Island since the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancelation of all live events in March – since January 24 when UFC vet Matt Bessette of Connecticut captured the vacant CES MMA Featherweight World Championship with a third-round knockout win over Charles Cheeks III in the main event. The event is also the promotion’s first at the Crowne Plaza and will be held outdoors under the venue’s 10,400-square-foot climate-controlled tent.

“The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick is thrilled to host Rhode Island’s first combat sports event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Crowne Plaza General Manager Lynne Oscarson. “We are fully open and operating with newly-renovated guest rooms, and public space. In addition, we’ve also put up our popular 10,000-square-foot Garden Pavilion to safely accommodate RI’s ‘Take it Outside’ initiative for all gatherings. We are the best option for any event, meeting, or social event due to our strict safety protocols.”

CES 61 features the return of unbeaten welterweight sensation John Gotti III (5-0, 3 KOs) of Oyster Bay, NY, who makes his sixth appearance with the promotion; hard-hitting bantamweight and 11-time CES MMA vet Kris Moutinho (7-4, 2 KOs) of Milford, MA; 3-0 bantamweight and fellow New Yorker Ashiek Ajim; and the CES MMA debut of undefeated Fall River, MA, bantamweight Mitch Raposo (4-0, 1 KO); and others. Full fight details will be available soon.

Gotti’s return to the cage adds instant star power to CES MMA’s long-awaited return. The 27-year-old rising prospect last fought at CES 60 in his toughest test to date against, where he earned a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over the dangerous Marcos Lloreda in his FIGHT PASS debut. The always-exciting Ajim also appeared on the CES 60 undercard, scoring a knockout win over previously-unbeaten Andres Rodriguez 3 minutes, 14 seconds into the third and final round.

The broadcast duo of CES MMA publicist and play-by-play announcer Michael Parente (@MichaelParente) and 27-time UFC vet and color commentator Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) bring you the action live on FIGHT PASS.

Visit CESMMA.com for more information, and follow CES MMA on FacebookInstagram and Twitter at @CESMMA.  


CES MMA is a mixed martial arts promotional firm based out of Providence, R.I., founded by legendary boxing promoter Jimmy Burchfield Sr. It promoted the first sanctioned professional mixed martial event in the state of Rhode Island on Sept. 17, 2010 at Twin River Casino Hotel. Since its inception, CES MMA has promoted and developed the careers of several current and former UFC contenders, including Andre Soukhamthath, Tom Egan, Charles Rosa, Rob Font, Dominique Steele, Charles Rosa, Calvin Kattar and Mike Rodriguez, among others. Other UFC veterans to appear on CES MMA cards include David Loiseau and Drew Fickett. In October of 2012, CES MMA promoted its first pay-per-view event at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, featuring the professional MMA debut of former WWE superstar Dave Bautista before signing a multi-year broadcast deal with AXS TV.

UFC FIGHT PASS® is the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports. Since launching in 2013, FIGHT PASS is now available in more than 200 countries and territories. FIGHT PASS provides its members with unlimited access to live UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims; live mixed martial arts and combat sports from around the world; original series and historical programming; special features; behind-the-scenes content; in-depth interviews; and up-to-the minute reports on the world of combat sports. FIGHT PASS subscribers also have 24/7 access to the world’s largest fight library, featuring more than 17,000 bouts from dozens of combat sports organizations, as well as every fight in UFC history. Fight fans can access FIGHT PASS on personal computers, iOS and Android mobile devices, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, and Sony TVs with Android TV.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Providence-Warwick is the first choice of those seeking the best in accommodations, convenience, service and sophistication in Rhode Island. A nine-time winner of the Intercontinental Hotel Group’s Torchbearer Award, one of the most prestigious accolades in the hotel industry, the Crowne Plaza Hotel has 266 guestrooms and 45,000 square feet of meeting space. Whether you’re a business traveler seeking respite from a long flight, a family on vacation visiting nearby Newport, a trade association holding its annual convention, or a young couple planning a wedding, the Crowne Plaza is ready to satisfy your every need. Located 10 minutes from downtown Providence and two miles from T.F. Green Airport on a spacious landscaped 17-acre site featuring abundant, free parking, the Crowne Plaza Hotel is prepared to treat you like royalty.


Michael Parente, CES Boxing, 401-263-4990 or michael@teamces.com.