CES MMA Brought Five Finishes and Crowned Two New Champions at CES 45 on AXS TV!
In the main event, Ashley “Gio” Gooch defended his Heavyweight title against Juliano “Banana” Coutinho. Coutinho brought his BJJ skills into the cage and countered Gooch’s heavy hands with smooth takedowns and transitioning. The first round was a close battle, but late in the second round Coutinho got the takedown, flattened Gooch out, and pounded his way to the Heavyweight championship.
The interim Featherweight title was up for grabs in the co-main event as Saul “The Spider” Almeida took on Pedro Gonzalez. Almeida and Gonzalez used to be training partners which played into the way they were able to read each other throughout the fight. The battle went for all five rounds, but Gonzalez took control with his devastating leg kicks. The judges awarded Gonzalez with the unanimous decision victory, crowning him the interim champ and awarding him the fight with Matt Bessette for the Featherweight championship!
Here are the highlights:
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