The New Partnership Officially Begins With ‘AXS TV FIGHTS: CES MMA’ Jan. 30, 2015

Los Angeles – Sept. 18, 2014 – AXS TV FIGHTS, cable’s premier destination for in-depth reporting and coverage of the world’s fastest growing sport, MMA, has signed an exclusive broadcast rights agreement with CES MMA, the East Coast’s principal MMA organization. The multi-year deal follows the success of AXS TV FIGHTS: CES MMA XXV held Aug. 8. The new partnership officially begins with AXS TV FIGHTS: CES MMA on Jan. 30, 2015, it was announced today by Andrew Simon, CEO of AXS TV FIGHTS.

CES MMA joins AXS TV FIGHTS’ prestigious Friday night line-up of regional and international combat sports promotions, which features Las Vegas-based Muay Thai organization LION FIGHT, Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship, Canadian MMA promotion Maximum Fighting Championship and Las Vegas’ Resurrection Fighting Alliance. CES MMA broadcasts will be called by AXS TV FIGHTS commentators UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich and award-winning sports journalist and renowned commentator “The Voice” Michael Schiavello.

Founded in 2010 as an expansion of the famed professional boxing promotion Classic Entertainment & Sports, CES MMA boasts an ever-growing roster of top MMA prospects to complement their stable of well-known fighters. Among the recognizable names topping the CES MMA fight cards are recently crowned lightweight champion and “The Ultimate Fighter 16” alum Julian Lane (8-3) and UFC veteran Ricardo Funch (8-4).

CES MMA has guided the careers of many fighters in their journey to achieve the next level, including Japanese fighter Tateki Matsuda (10-6), who, after appearing on AXS TV FIGHTS: CES MMA XXV, made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 50 against undefeated Chris Beal (10-0). Other success stories feature John “Doomsday” Howard (22-9), who went on a five fight KO streak under the direction of CES MMA before re-signing with the UFC in August 2013; Rob Font (11-1), the CES MMA featherweight champ, who went 6-0 in the CES cage before winning in his UFC debut at UFC 175 in July; and Brennan “the Irish Bad Boy” Ward (9-3), who went 3-0 in the CES cage before inking a Bellator contract and finding success in the Bellator middleweight tournament.

“We are excited to add an East Coast-based promotion to the AXS TV FIGHTS family,” said AXS TV Fights CEO Andrew Simon. “The new addition of CES MMA helps us continue to change the landscape of mixed martial arts and offer more live events from more promotions than any other U.S. television network.”

“CES MMA is excited to be entering into a long term partnership with AXS TV FIGHTS,” said CES MMA Vice President Jimmy Burchfield Jr. “The team at AXS TV FIGHTS and Inside MMA are some of the most talented people in the industry. Joining forces provides us innovative marketing and programming platforms to showcase our highly competitive, exciting fights to a national audience. We are proud of the reputation that CES MMA fighters are UFC ready and viewers will soon get to see why.”

Before returning live to AXS TV FIGHTS, CES MMA will host its final show of the year on Oct. 10 at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Undefeated heavyweight champion and famed Sityodtong coach “Big” John Johnson (6-0) will return to action against hard-hitting North Carolina native Keith Bell (5-5) in the main event and Chuck O’Neil (13-6) and Ricardo Funch (8-4) square off for the CES MMA welterweight championship in the co-main event.

(Note: A video clip is provided from the promotion’s AXS TV debut AXS TV FIGHTS: CES MMA XXV on Aug. 8:


AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with 36+ LIVE world-class fight cards each year. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world champion Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 10pE/7pP. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also carried in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.


CES MMA, the East Coast’s premier mixed martial arts organization, was established in 2010. Synonymous with the sport in this region, CES MMA has helped launch the careers of top level fighters. CES MMA is internationally televised live on AXS TV FIGHTS. To learn more, go to, like us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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