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Fight card for CES March 29 show

by Brian Woodman Jr. on 03/27/19

CES (Classic Entertainment Sports) will be putting on its next show on March 29 in Hartford, CT; the first time that an MMA show has been hold in Connecticut off of one of the Indian reservations. The Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Boulevard will host the event.

Although the sport became legal in Connecticut in 2013, it wasn't until two years ago that the statutes were modified to make insurance less daunting to promoters, according to certain sources.
Sources with CES released a card for the event, which will include a featherweight bout between Trenton, Jersey-based fighter Tim Dooling (7-4) and area favorite Matt Bessette (22-9) -- a UFC veteran who fights out of Stafford Springs. Bessette, who has also competed in Bellator and Reality Fighting, trains out of Underdog BJJ in Hartford.
The main event is a world championship welterweight bout between Renzo Gracie student Jeremiah Wells (6-1) and Vinicius De Jesus (7-2) of Team Link in a middleweight bout.
The other title fight on the card is a bantamweight bout between Tony Gravely (16-5) and Darren Mima (10-7).
Caio Magalhaes (10-6) of Bethel, CT will fight Eric Spicely (10-4). Magalhaes trains of Teixiera MMA.
Manchester's William Knight (4-0), who trains out of Thornoton MMA, will fight Carlton Little (7-6) in a light heavyweight bout.
Dan Dubuque (7-2) of Waterbury will fight Antonio Castillo (10-8) in a featherweight bout.
Two Meriden residents that also train at Underdog will be on the card; Justin Valentin (2-0), will fight Jason Huntley (5-8) in a flyweight bout; and Carlos Rivera (1-4), who will fight Mike Diorio (1-3) in a middleweight bout.
Another fighter that trains at Thornton, Gil Pinheiro (0-2) of Naugatuck, will fight debuting professional Tom Connolly in a lightweight bout.
Female fighters Hilarie Rose (2-1) and Rosa Acevedo (4-3) will compete in a strawweight bout.
The card also includes a middleweight bout between Fabio Cherant (3-0) and Marquis Allen (1-2).

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