UFC veteran JOHN HOWARD returns to the CES steel cage

John “Doomsday” Howard (28-16-1) is ready to return to the CES cage to face Ozzie Alvarez (8-6) in professional MMA middleweight action August 6, 2021 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  John Howard is undefeated (6-0) competing on the CES platform and will be looking to for another big ‘W’ to add to an already decorated MMA career. 


JOHN “Doomsday” HOWARD was born and raised in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.  He played football and basketball in high school and is still a resident of the area to this day.  When asked how he got the nickname “Doomsday”, his answer “from the infamous villain who killed superman.”  The thirty-eight year old Howard became well known for his wrestling skills despite never having official training.  He fights out of Boston and is an accredited black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Howard made his professional MMA debut with a unanimous decision victory over Jason Dublin at Combat Zone 8 back in October of 2004.  In April of 2006 just a little over a year and a half later he won the vacant Combat Zone Pro welterweight championship title at Combat Zone 15 by way of a second round submission.   

A few years later John captured the Ring of Combat Pro welterweight championship title in September of 2008 at Ring of Combat 21 with a unanimous decision against Charlie Brenneman.  It was clear Doomsday had the stuff needed to climb the MMA mountain. 

On January 31, 2009 Howard debuted in the UFC with a hard fought split decision victory against Chris Wilson at UFC 94.  “Doomsday” marched forward winning his next three fights under the UFC banner, two by way of knockout.  Howard grabbed four wins in seven UFC appearances between January of 2009 and June of 2011. 

The UFC caliber Howard returned to the northeast and made his CES debut in April of 2012.  It was a fight for the CES Pro Middleweight Championship Title.  It was a fight Howard won in devastating style via a second round TKO finish of Todd Chattelle.  John “Doomsday” Howard went on to defend his CES middleweight championship title four times, finishing all four challengers by way of KO/TKO. 

Howard returned to the UFC in August of 2013, demonstrating his ability inside the steel cage could not be denied.  He returned with a split decision win at UFC Fight Night over Uriah Hall in his hometown of Boston.  John went on to have six more fights in the UFC between December of 2013 and December of 2015. 

John returned to the CES promotion in October of 2017 winning a unanimous decision over a tough Roger Carroll at CES MMA 46.  He went on to make six appearances with the Professional Fighters League (PFL)

John Howard has had 45 professional MMA bouts, 28 pro victories, 7 of those wins coming in the UFC.  His experience inside the octagon is enormous and his accomplishments in the sport of MMA are truly noteworthy and admirable.  John Howard is a strong name among the MMA community in New England and the northeast.  He is a standout among Boston combat sports athletes and Boston fight fans.  Do not miss the opportunity to watch this New England MMA legend in action as he returns to CES MMA to take center cage under the lights of the MassMutual Center MGM in Springfield, Massachusetts. Article by – Thomas Vickers (Combat Sports Journalist)

Other incredible fights included on the CES MMA 63 Fight Card
(subject to change)

CARLOS CANDELARIO (7-0) vs MIGUEL RESTREPO (5-5-1) 125lb / Flyweight
CHRIS DISONELL (5-4)     vs WILL SMITH (3-3)    135lb / Bantamweight
KODY ALLEN MURRAY (debut) vs MIGUEL CUEVAS (1-0) 135lb / Bantamweight
JOHN HOWARD (28-16-1)  vs OZZIE ALVAREZ (8-6) 185lb / Middleweight
ASHIEK AJIM (3-1)           vs CARLOS ESPINOSA (6-4) 135lb / Bantamweight
TOM PAGLIARULO (1-0)   vs JOSH HARDY (debut)     145lb / Featherweight
NICK FIORE(1-0)       vs JAY ELLIS  155lb / Lightweight
SAGE PHILIPPE (debut)    vs THAD JEAN (debut) 170lb / Welterweight
EDDY GEORGE (2-0)   vs KOBE BOWEN (debut) 155lb / Lightweight
KENNY CHAMPION (2-1)  vs FRANK MAZEPA (0-1)  155lb / Lightweight



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