The wait for the CES 54 main event is over. One of the best pound for pound fighters in New England returns to the CES cage for the second defense of his lightweight title. Nate Andrews puts his title on the line when he faces Bryce Logan.
With this bout, CES adds a second title fight to the stacked CES 54 card. On Monday, the organization announced Tony Gravely vs. Kris Moutinho as the events co-headlining bout. Gravely returns to action with virtually no time spent on the shelf. He defends his title for the first time against one of the top bantamweight prospects in New England, Kris Moutinho.
Also set for the upcoming CES card, UFC veteran Eric Spicely returns to the organization when he takes on Stephen Regman. Another former UFC fighter, Tateki Matsuda, steps into the CES cage when he faces Josh Ricci. One more official fight includes New England light heavyweight prospect William Knight as he looks to continue his undefeated run as a pro when he takes on Kevin Haley.
Andrews is not only the defending CES lightweight champion but one of the most dominant fighters in the recent history of the New England region. The champion holds a record of 14-1. Each of his 14 victories came by way of stoppage. Exactly half of his stoppages came inside the first round. His wins came over fighters such as Julian Lane, Bruce Boyington (CES featherweight champion), and most recently D’Juan Owens.
As such a highly respected fighter in the New England region, Andrews has shown more than enough to elicit a contract with a major organization. With the depth of the lightweight division in both the Bellator and UFC organizations, it seems to be a waiting game. Another emphatic win can’t do anything but raise his stock.
The Challenger, Bryce Logan, comes in as one of the top prospects from the Mid-West (USA) region. He holds an impressive record of his own at 9-3. Although his most recent contest ended in a close split decision loss, Logan accumulated 6 consecutive victories ahead of the loss. Since 2015, Logan is 8-2.
Coupled with his record is a good portion of fight experience. Logan’s last appearance, while it ended in a loss, came on a big stage at Bellator 204. Before competing for Bellator, the South Dakota fighter fought for LFA/RFA 4 times. In his four bouts with the organization, Logan went 3-1, losing only his debut with the promotion to current UFC fighter, Te Edwards.