Before we begin, a clarification regarding the AFC 156 show from Wednesday night: Cody Rice fought Uros Medic on the card, not Alonso Leisholmn.
The fight between Chad Kuam’o-Malama and Donovan Gailbreath was a catchweight main event.
CES MMA is back for 2020 on UFC Fight Pass, as the Friday night CES MMA 60 show begins a weekend tripleheader of mixed martial arts action.
Tickets for CES MMA 60 are available at CESMMA.com for as little as $44.
Note: CES MMA 60 is open to spectators of all ages.
Live coverage of CES MMA 60 begins on Fight Pass this Friday at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST from Lincoln, RI’s Twin River Casino, right after the undercard at 7 p.m. EST, 4 p.m. PST.
In total, CES MMA 60 will feature 11 MMA contests, highlighted by a championship tripleheader to close the show.
To begin the championship trifecta, the CES MMA Flyweight championship is at stake between Johnny Lopez (12-4) and Blaine Shutt (7-4).
That fight’s winner becomes the promotion’s initial Flyweight champion.
In the co-main event of CES MMA 60, the promotion’s Heavyweight title is on the line as incumbent champion Greg Rebello (25-9) will appear in his retirement fight against Contender Series alum Tebaris Gordon (3-1).
Finally, CES MMA 60 will be headlined by the championship fight for the promotion’s vacant Featherweight belt, matching Charles Cheeks (14-7) with Matt Bessette (23-9, one no-contest).
All three title fights are a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
CES MMA Flyweight Championship: Johnny Lopez (12-4) vs. Blaine Shutt (7-4):
Heading into the first fight of the championship tripleheader on Friday night, Blaine Shutt is the taller contestant, standing 5-foot-7, three inches taller than Johnny Lopez’s 5-foot-4 frame.
Lopez has posted a record of 4-1 in his last five fights and enters Friday’s title fight on a four-match winning streak.
Most recently, he scored a unanimous decision victory against Dan Cormier (no relation to UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier) in Bellator 232’s undercard on Oct. 26 on DAZN.
In the other corner, Blaine Shutt has gone 2-3 in his last five fights, losing last time out against Sean Santella in CFFC 78’s main event on Sept. 21 on UFC Fight Pass.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Johnny Lopez has a 66-inch reach heading into this fight, with no such information available for Blaine Shutt.
Prediction: Johnny Lopez by first-round knockout.
Co-main event: CES MMA Heavyweight Championship: Greg Rebello (25-9) vs. Tebaris Gordon (3-1):
Heading into the co-main event of the evening on Friday night, challenger Tebaris Gordon is the taller fighter, standing 6-foot-1, an inch taller than champion Greg Rebello at six feet even.
Champion Rebello has posted a 3-2 mark in his last five fights, defending his belt last time out with a first-round knockout victory against Kevin Haley in July during CES MMA 57’s main attraction on UFC Fight Pass.
As previously mentioned, Friday’s co-main event marks Rebello’s final fight in MMA, outcome notwithstanding.
In the other corner, dating back to his amateur MMA career, challenger Gordon has gone 4-1 in his last five contests, with his four-fight winning streak snapped last time out against current UFC heavyweight Greg Hardy (first-round knockout) in the Aug. 7, 2018 Contender Series broadcast on UFC Fight Pass.
Time of the knockout: 17 seconds into the fight.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Gordon holds a three-inch reach advantage (76 inches to 73 inches) heading into the co-main event.
Prediction: Greg Rebello by unanimous decision.
Main Event: CES MMA Featherweight Championship: Charles Cheeks (14-7) vs. Matt Bessette (23-9, one no-contest):
Heading into the main event on Friday, challenger Bessette is the taller contender at 5-foot-10, three inches taller than champion Cheeks’ 5-foot-7 frame.
Charles Cheeks has posted a record of 3-2 in his last five fights.
Last time out, he scored a unanimous decision victory against Josh Davis on Aug. 3 in Fury FC 34,
In the other corner, Matt Bessette has posted a 2-2 record with one no-contest in his last five fights, most recently winning against Tim Dooling in CES MMA 55 on UFC Fight Pass last March.
Bessette had been initially slated to fight Luis Luna on Friday, but the pairing had been postponed and the former was instead booked to fight Cheeks.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Cheeks has a half-inch reach advantage (71 inches to 70.5 inches) heading into the main event on Friday.
Prediction: Matt Bessette by unanimous decision.
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CES MMA 60 at a Glance:
Undercard: Friday, 7 p.m. EST, 4 p.m. PST
Main Card: Friday, 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass
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