CES MMA 67 FIGHT CARD PREVIEW
CES MMA 67 READY TO ROCK THE CONNECTICUT CONVENTION CENTER WITH PRO MMA ACTION
NORTH EAST MMA Media BREAKS DOWN CES MMA 67
By: Thomas Vickers (Combat Sports Journalist)
CES MMA 67 is set to deliver major league MMA action at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut April 1, 2022.
CES MMA 67 (Fight Card)
ERIC SPICELY vs JUSTIN SUMTER (185 LBS)
JOHNNY LOPEZ vs AZJAVKHLAM BAATAR (135 LBS)
PAT CASEY vs ARMUS GUYTON (170 LBS)
TRISTAN LINDI vs MIKE KIMBEL (135 LBS)
MUS’ALB BAIYINA vs YURI PANFEROV (205 LBS)
DAVID MICHAEL DURAO vs DANIEL MALDONADO (125 LBS)
CASEY NORTON vs PEDRO VILLA (125 LBS)
EDDY GEORGE vs EMILIANO CALDERON (155 LBS)
HARRIS BONFIGLIO vs JASON HUNTLEY (125 LBS)
MARKOS PAPPAS vs RJ HAYES (265 LBS)
MAIN EVENT – ERIC SPICELY vs JUSTIN SUMTER
CES MMA MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT
ERIC SPICELY fights out of Rhode Island and brings a (12-8) pro record into the CES cage. He is hungry to put an end to a four fight losing streak with a strong win over JUSTIN SUMTER at CES 67. Spicely made his professional debut under the CES promotion back in February of 2013. He is an outstanding (10-0) inside the CES cage with this being his eleventh time fighting under the CES promotion. In 2016 he earned a place on The Ultimate Fighter Season 23. He went on to make an appearance at UFC Fight Night 91 in July of 2016, UFC Fight Night 95 in September of 2016, UFC on FOX 23 in January of 2017, UFC 212 in June of 2017, The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale in December of 2017 and UFC Fight Night 130 in May of 2018. The thirty-five year old Spicely brings real UFC caliber talent into this CES main event. JUSTIN SUMTER fights out of Massachusetts and brings an (8-4) pro record into the title fight. Sumter made his pro debut with Bellator back In April of 2016. He is an undefeated (4-0) under the CES promotional banner finishing three of his victories in the first round. The thirty-two year old Sumter has appeared on the notable Dana White’s Contender Series 2018 in July of 2018 and the Contender Series 2019 in July of 2019.
These are two top level fighters ready to give the fight fans a quality main event. With the winner leaving the steel cage with the CES MMA Middleweight championship belt.
JOHNNY LOPEZ fights out of Connecticut and host a (12-5) professional record. He made his pro debut back in February of 2011. Lopez came up short in a very close split decision against a hard fighting Blaine Shutt for the vacant CES flyweight title in his last MMA outing back in January of 2020. He has stayed active sharpening his already sharp grappling skills with a win at Top Level Pro Grappling 1 in July of 2021 and another grappling win at Reality Fighting in January of 2022. He is a former Reality Fighting flyweight champion having won the title back in May of 2016. This will be his third time fighting under the prestigious CES banner. AZJAVKHLAM BAATAR brings a (7-6) pro record and extremely formidable wrestling into this bantamweight matchup. The twenty-nine year old fights out of Japan and is building steam with a three fight win streak behind him.
PAT CASEY fights out of Massachusetts and is ready to make war with ARMUS GUYTON at CES MMA 67. Casey is a captivating New England fighter with an (8-4) pro record inside the steel cage. He is a veteran of Bellator and always puts on an action packed show. Armus Guyton fights out of New York and has a (5-2) professional record. He made his pro debut back in February of 2018 at CES 48 with a first round knockout victory. Six fights later he is returning for more action inside the CES cage. This could end up being one of the best bouts on the card.
MIKE KIMBEL fights out of Connecticut and carries a (3-3) pro record into the cage. He is looking to turn around a two fight losing streak against TRISTAN LINDI come April 1, 2022 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. All six of Kimbel’s pro bouts have been with the Bellator promotion. This will be his CES debut. Lindi brings a (2-4) pro record into the bantamweight contest. He fights out of Oregon and is also looking to turn around a three fight losing streak of his own. This has the ingredients to deliver a scrappy fight.
YURI PANFEROV made his pro debut with a first round rear naked choke finish of Gregory Smith at CES 62 in April of 2021. As an amateur Panferov went (5-0) capturing three amateur title belts along the way; the Reality Fighting amateur light heavyweight title, the Gladius Fights amateur light heavyweight title, and the Ground Force Fights (230 LBS) amateur catch-weight title. He gained all five of his amateur victories via finish with three of them being in the first round. The twenty-five year old Panferov has serious potential and will be seeking to add another win to his young pro career. MUS’ALB BAIYINA fights out of New York and will be making his pro debut under the CES lights at CES MMA 67. The twenty-eight year old Baiyina went (4-2) as an amateur finishing his amateur career winning the Full Contact Promotions amateur light heavyweight title. He has produced a three fight winning streak and looking to make a big pro debut.
DAVID MICHAEL DURAO made his professional debut under the CES banner back in September of 2021 at CES 64. On April 1, 2022 he will be looking to gain his first win as a pro in front of his hometown fans in Hartford, Connecticut. Durado will be facing DANIEL MALDONADO in a flyweight matchup. Maldonado fights out of New York and brings a (0-4) pro record into the bout. Both pro fighters will be gunning for their first victory inside the cage as a professional. This should up the stakes a little and produce a good fight for the fans.
CASEY NORTON fights out of Connecticut. As an amateur he produced an undefeated (4-0) record as well as capturing the AMMO Fight League amateur flyweight title in October of 2021. On April 1, 2022 in Hartford, Connecticut he will make his professional MMA debut against PEDRO VILLA. Pedro Villa hails from New York and produced a solid (4-1) amateur career of his own. As an amateur he won the vacant Aggressive Combat Championships amateur flyweight title back in May of 2015. Villa will be making his pro debut as well. This looks to be an exciting and well matched flyweight bout.
EDDY GEORGE brings an undefeated (4-0) pro record into the CES cage to face EMILIANO CALDERON. George fights out of Connecticut and is riding serious momentum from an eight fight win streak. George has been impressive from the start. He made his professional MMA debut in January of 2020 and has finished all four of his pro opponents in the first round. Emiliano Calderon brings a (1-1) pro record into the bout. The twenty-eight year old Calderon is coming off a first round victory via strikes and is looking to play the spoiler.
HARRIS BONFIGLIO is set to square off against JASON HUNTLEY in flyweight action. Bonfiglio fights out of Connecticut and hosts a (3-1) pro record. All three of his wins have come by way of first round submission. Bonfiglio brings a very effective grappling game. Jason Huntley is (6-10) as a professional inside the cage. The forty-three year old Huntley fights out of Minnesota. He has competed under such promotions as LFA and KOTC and will be looking to leave his mark at CES.
MARKOS PAPPAS fights out of Connecticut and will be making his pro debut against RJ HAYES under the bright lights of the Connecticut Convention Center at CES 67. RJ HAYES fights out of New York and brings considerable experience with thirteen amateur MMA bouts behind him. This looks like a rock-em-sock-em heavyweight affair that will surely serve as a smashing opening card bout.
By: Thomas Vickers (Combat Sports Journalist)
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