CES MMA 48 gets new headliner: Travis Wiuff vs. Greg Rebello for heavyweight title

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.

Travis Wiuff

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.

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Matt Bessette defends featherweight belt vs. Jamall Emmers at CES MMA 48

The featherweight title will be on the line when CES MMA returns in the new year.

Champion Matt Bessette (22-7) will put his 145-pound title up for grabs against Jamall Emmers (12-3) in the CES MMA 48 main event in February, the promotion today announced. It will be Bessette’s promotional record third title defense.

CES MMA 48 will take place Feb. 2 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The main card will air live on on AXS TV.

Bessette won the CES MMA featherweight title in August 2016 with a second-round submission of Joe Pingitore. He defended the belt twice earlier this year with TKOs of Kevin Croom and Rey Trujillo.

That got him some notice from the UFC, and he was given a shot on the first installment of Dana White’s Contender Series. Against UFC and Strikeforce vet Kurt Holobaugh, he suffered his first loss in nearly two years – a first-round knockout. But that setback was wiped from his record as a no-contest after Holobaugh was found to have run afoul of the NSAC with an illegal IV use before the fight.

That gives Bessette seven straight wins, even though it’s on a no-contest technicality. Bessette, who will turn 33 next week, also is an eight-fight Bellator veteran with a 6-2 record for that promotion.

“I’m always training and always trying to improve, but it’s much more motivating when you’ve got a date – it all makes sense after that,” Bessette stated. “Now all I’ve gotta do is train and focus.”

California’s Emmers has won three straight fights, including a pair of victories on AXS TV for RFA and LFA. In February, he took a unanimous decision from Cory Sandhagen at LFA 5 in his first action in about seven months. And in November, he took a decision from UFC and WSOF veteran Chris Avila at Global Knockout 11 in California.

“He’s a really tough veteran who’s been running through a lot of his opponents,” Emmers stated. “I’m impressed by what he’s done, but I’m going to get that ‘W.’ Winning this belt will show everyone how good I am, and it’s going to help me get my hands on a UFC contract in 2018.”

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