Preview: CES in Hartford, CT on May 31
by Brian Woodman Jr. on 05/29/19
CES featherweight champion Bruce Boyington (16-11) of Young's MMA in Maine will defend his belt against Waterbury's Dan Dubuque (8-2) during the five-round main event at CES 56 o Friday evening. Dubuque trains at Danilo Cherman Nova Uniao, according to information from CES.
The Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford will host the event, which will include regional favorites Nick Newell (14-2) in his debut fight with CES and Parker Porter (6-5).
Newell, a former Connecticut resident, currently fights out of the Fighting Arts Academy in Springfield, MA and is perhaps best known for his tenure with the now-defunct World Series of Fighting. Newell, who was born with no left upper arm, is also one of three Connecticut fighters to compete on Dana's White's Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Newell will fight Kalvin Hackney (17-5) in a lightweight bout.
Porter, who fights out of Underdog BJJ in Hartford, will compete against Kevin Sears (8-5) of Child's Play MMA in Colorado. Porter is currentlyReality Fighting's heavyweight title holder, according to information from that promotion's website.
Another Waterbury resident, Jessy Miele (7-3), will fight Elizabeth Phillips of Spokane, WA in a featherweight bout. Miele also fights out of Underdog BJJ.
Other Connecticut fighters on the card include; Waterbury's Jesse Kosakowski (3-0), who will fight Ryan Jett (4-4) of North Carolina in a welterweight bout; and New Haven's Marisa Messer-Belenchia (2-0), who fights out of Ultimate MMA and will fight Stephane Hernandez of Idaho in an atomweight bout -- Hernandez will make her professional debut that evening.
John Gotti III (3-0) of Oyster Bay, NY will fight David Espino (3-2) of Massachusetts in a welterweight bout.
Jornel Lugo of Miami will fight Joshua Oxendine of North Carolina in a bantamweight bout. Both fighters will make their professional debuts that evening.
Hugh McKenna of Syoset, NY will fight Rodolfo Rocha of New York City in a welterweight bout. Both fighters are currently 1-2.
Will Smith (1-0) , who also fights out of FAA, will compete against Ashiek Ajim of Long Island MMA in a bantamweight bout. Ajim will make his professional debut that evening.