With Matt Bessette’s ascension to the big show this week at UFC 220, CES MMA was in need of a new headliner in February.
Now it has one. Greg Rebello (22-7) will fight Travis Wiuff (75-21) for the vacant heavyweight title at CES MMA 48, the promotion today announced. The main event had been set to be featherweight champ Bessette (22-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Jamall Emmers (12-3) until Bessette got the call from the UFC to take on Enrique Barzola (13-3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in Boston on Saturday.
The promotion’s heavyweight belt became available when champion Juliano Coutinho announced his retirement and vacated the title.
CES MMA 48 takes place Feb. 2 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The main card will air live on on AXS TV.
Wiuff will come into the bout approaching nearly 100 career professional fights. The Minnesota native will turn 40 in March and over a career spanning more than 61 years as a pro has fought for a who’s-who of fight promotions, including the UFC, Bellator, PRIDE, IFL, King of the Cage and just about every regional organization around, it seems.
He hasn’t been as busy in recent years, though. After six fights in 2014, he fought just once in 2015, twice in 2016 and was inactive in 2017. But he’s won seven of his past 10 and has four stoppages in that run to show for it.
Rebello has been around the block with CES MMA for years. In November, he got back on track with a knockout win over Derrick Brown in the CES MMA 47 main event. Prior to that, he had a shot at getting to the UFC, but was knocked out by Azunna Anyanwu at the first Dana White’s Contender Series event in Las Vegas, which snapped a two-fight winning streak.
In his career, Rebello has 15 fights under the CES MMA banner and an 11-4 record, as well as a pair of fights for Bellator. He has won seven of his past nine overall.
The CES MMA 48 lineup includes:
- Greg Rebello vs. Travis Wiuff
- Kevin Barberena vs. Dinis Paiva
- Tim Caron vs. Timothy Woods
- Dylan Lockard vs. Shane Manley
- Brian Marino vs. Jerome Mickle
- Yorgan De Castro vs. J.D. Tyrell
- Quentin Gaskins vs. Brendon Marotte
- Hilarie Rose vs. Linsey Williams
- Fabio Cherant vs. James Dysard
- Tommy Davis vs. Armus Guyton
Source: MMA Junkie