What to Watch For: CES XXIX

CES XXIX LIVE on AXS TV Friday 9 ET | 6 PT

We’re back in Rhode Island this week and that can only mean one thing: more CES MMA on AXS TV! Seven great match-ups make up the CES XXIX broadcast card airing Friday, here’s what to watch for.

“Cold Steel” vs. Steele

It only took Chuck “Cold Steel” O’Neil (15-6) 11 seconds to defend his title back in January, when he knocked out Emmanuel Walo in the main event (see the KO above). The CES welterweight champ will be looking to dish out more hard times as he squares off with XFC alum Dominique Steele (12-5). With 12 first round finishes between them, this could be another quick title fight.

Matt Bessette: 1, Leukemia: 0

The co-main event of CES XXIX features featherweights Matt Bessette (14-6) and Khama Worthy (7-3). Bessette has been fighting practically his whole life. The Connecticut prospect was diagnosed with leukemia when he was only 3 and not given a great chance of survival. At age 11 he finally defeated illness and at age 23 he made his MMA debut. Bessette now has 20 pro fights under his belt, including seven in Bellator. He’ll face up-and comer Khama Worthy who comes into the fight with 5 finishes in his 7 wins.


What can we say, we like seeing the big guys go to war. New England titans Greg Rebello (18-6) and Tyler King (9-2) will battle it out in our fifth fight of the night. Last week at RFA 26, we got to see the power these big guys can possess and we should see it again as Rebello and King come in with a combined 12 TKO/KO victories.


Back at CES XXVII, Dinis “Sweetbread” Paiva (6-5) got his record above .500 with one of the fastest knockouts we’ve EVER seen on AXS TV. Paiva is back this week taking on Brazilian Bruno Marques (7-5). What will “Sweetbread” do for an encore?

Spicely vs. Beekman

The midway part of Friday’s CES XXIX features middleweights Harley Beekman (7-2) and Rhode Island’s Eric Spicely (6-0). Can Spicely keep his unblemished record intact in front of the hometown fans? For a behind the scenes look, check out the video above.

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