The Heavyweights Wage War on the East Coast at CES 45 | August 11th on AXS TV

Plus the Interim Featherweight Title is up for Grabs! 

We’re headed back to the Twin River Casino for the first CES MMA event since May! The Heavyweights showdown in the main event this Friday as the champ and #1 ranked Ashley “Gio” Gooch (10-5) takes on BJJ Black Belt Juliano “Banana” Coutinho (7-3). This will be Gooch’s first title defense after winning the title with a brutal KO back at CES 37. Coutinho has never been beaten inside the CES MMA cage and majority of his wins have come by way of TKO/KO. We’ve seen Gooch bulldoze 3 opponents on AXS TV, including Greg Rebello, but if Coutinho is able to get the fight on the ground, he may just have it in the bag!

With the Featherweight Champ Matt “The Mangler” Bessette on the mend, Pedro Gonzalez (12-5) and Saul “The Spider” Almeida (19-8) are set to go to war for the Interim Featherweight strap. Gonzalez is coming into this fight on a 5-fight win streak with the last 2 wins happening inside the CES MMA cage, but this will be his first MMA fight on AXS TV. Almeida was able to snap his 3-fight losing streak back at CES 42 and in the process, got his first finish in over 2 years. Neither of these guys have been finished often, so watch for a brutal 5-round battle for the interim belt!

Join Ron Kruck, UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich, and Cageside Reporter Phoenix Carnevale | FRIDAY 9/8c on AXS TV!

Full Broadcast Card:

  • Heavyweight Title – Juliano Coutinho (7-3) vs. (C) Ashley Gooch (10-5)
  • Interim Featherweight Title – Pedro Gonzalez (12-5) vs. Saul Almeida (19-8)
  • Lightweight – Bruce Boyington (14-10) vs. Nate Andrews (10-1)
  • Welterweight – Nick Alley (3-1) vs. Gary Balletto Jr. (3-1)
  • Bantamweight – Branden Seyler (6-5-1) vs. Kris Moutinho (4-0)
  • Bantamweight – Miguel Restrepo (4-3) vs. Richie Santiago (4-0)

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