Dinis Paiva vs. Tony Gravely Bantamweight Title Set to Headline CES 53; Full Fight Card

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Dinis Paiva earns a crack at the CES bantamweight title. Photo by Will Paul, courtesy of CES MMA.

CES announced Monday night that Dinis Paiva (11-7 MMA, 11-7 CES)) will fight Tony Gravely (14-5 MMA, 0-0 CES) for the bantamweight title. The bout will headline CES 53.


Paiva had a four-fight winning streak snapped in June when he was submitted by UFC Fight Night 137‘s Andre Ewell for the CES bantamweight strap. Ewell has since vacated the title in order to fight former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao this Saturday.

“Sweet Bread” Paiva holds wins over Kevin Barberena, Branden Seyler Sr. and Jordan Espinosa. The Rhode Island star has fought exclusively for CES as a professional thus far. The bout will mark Paiva’s second CES title shot.


This fight marks Gravely’s CES debut. Unlike Paiva, who has fought for one promotion his whole career, Gravely enters as someone who’s fought in several different shows: LFA, CFFC, Ring of Combat, KOTC, Cage Titans, and more.

Gravely’s title shot comes off a two-fight winning streak. He bounced Bruno Ferreira from the ranks of the unbeaten in his last bout. Gravely also holds victories over Jerrell Hodge, Jordan Morales and Keith Richardson.

Rest of the Card

135: Tony Gravely (14-5) vs. Dinis Paiva (11-7)– for vacant CES bantamweight title
125: Billy Giovanella (9-8) vs. Richie Santiago (6-1)
125: Kris Moutinho (6-2) vs. James Quigg (4-2)
145: Dylan Lockard (4-1) vs. Anthony Wright (3-0)
125: Johnny Lopez (9-4) vs. Josh Ricci (4-0)
130: Zach Burhans (3-2) vs. Kody Nordby (9-4)
265: Keith Bell (9-9-1) vs. Parker Porter (8-4)
115: Hilarie Rose (2-1) vs. Jenna Serio (3-3)

*Bout order is to be determined and the card is yet to be finalized, per CES.

CES 53 will take place on November 2 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI. The action can be caught live on AXS TV.


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