CES 53 goes down live from Twin River Resort and Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The 11 fight card includes fighters hailing from a wide spread of states. 9 of the 22 fighters set to compete come from outside the reach of New England. New York brings four fighters while Virginia and North Carolina bring two of their own.
Unfortunately, the CES 53 card will not continue as originally constructed. At Thursday’s ceremonial weigh-ins, promotion officials announced Dinis Paiva withdrew from the night’s main event and bantamweight title fight. Since the bout was for the vacated title, Paiva’s opponent, Tony Gravely, received a new challenger. Kody Nordby bumped from the co-main event into the headlining slot.
Before Thursday, an anticipated match between USMMA’s Hilarie Rose and Jenna Serio fell from the card. Serio withdrew due to an injury and matchmakers failed to find a replacement for Rose.
As a result of the unfortunate events that altered the main event, Richie Santiago vs. Billy Giovanella became the nights co-feature. Santiago also befell misfortune as the flyweight missed weight on Thursday for the first time in his professional career. Despite missing on the scales, the fight continues.
CES 53 Live Results
CES 53 Main Card AXS TV (9 pm ET)
Tony Gravely def. Kody Nordby via KO (Slam and Strikes) at 0:36 of round 1
Richie Santiago def. Billy Giovanella via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:13 of round 1
Andy Aiello def. Zachary Burnhans via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kris Moutinho def. James Quigg via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
John Lopez def. Josh Ricci via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dylan Lockard def. Anthony Wright via TKO (strikes) at 2:35 of round 2
Keith Bell def. Parker Porter via DQ (Strikes to the back of the Head) at 2:30 of round 1
CES 53 Preliminary Card (7 pm ET)
John Gotti III def. Josh Zuckerman via TKO/KO (strikes) at 0:28 of round 1
Fabio Cherant def. Ron Marshall via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:41 of round 2
Tommy Davis def. Hugh McKenna via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Justin Valentin def. Jessie Pires via submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:44 of round 1
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