CES MMA 47 highlights: 6 main-card fights, 6 stoppages, 6 in 1st round

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If you like to keep the judges out of your MMA viewing, Friday’s CES MMA 47 event was the show for you.

The event, which aired on AXS TV from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., featured six main-card bouts. Six ended via stoppage – all in the first round.

For real.

In fact, the entire main card featured just 16 total minutes of fighting.

In the headliner, Greg Rebello (23-8) needed just 82 seconds to stop fellow heavyweight Derrick Brown (7-5) via TKO with punches. It marked his 11th victory under the CES MMA banner, where the 35-year-old Rhode Island native almost exclusively since 2012. After the win, which came via stiff combo, he called for a shot in the UFC.

In the co-main event, Nate Andrews (12-1) picked up his sixth straight victory and fifth consecutive submission win with a first-round rear-naked choke of Tyler Combs (15-17-1) in a 160-pound catchweight affair.

Check out all of the highlights above.

The full CES MMA 47 results included:

For more on CES MMA 47, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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'Fun' is operative word for tonight's CES MMA 47 headliners, Greg Rebello and Derrick Brown

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Greg Rebello and Derrick Brown may have very different pro records, but they share one thing: respect for each other’s skills.

Coming off a loss at Dana White’s Contender Series 1, 35-year-old Rebello (22-8) makes his 15th CES MMA appearance when he steps in the cage for tonight’s heavyweight headliner. Brown (7-4), in turn, finally makes the promotional debut he’d been longing for.

Considering that Rebello’s 30-fight record dates back to 2005 – with a brief retirement in between – and Brown’s 11-fight run started being built in 2014, it’s clear who has the experience edge.

Still, Rebello is not resting on that.

“Derrick is a young, athletic, elusive striker,” Rebello told AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale ahead of CES MMA 47, which takes place tonight at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. “He’s good. It’s going to be a tough challenge. He poses a lot of problems. Guys that are big and heavy, and they move around a lot and got good footwork – it’s always tough and difficult to figure them out.

“But I’m kind of one of those guys too. So it’s two of us going in there at the same time. It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be fun.”

“Fun,” by the way, is the operative word for the veteran.

“As soon as this sport stops being fun, I’ll stop doing it,” Rebello said. “I have a good time in training, and no matter what I’m doing, if I’m not having fun, I’m not going to do it. That’s kind of my motto.”

Brown, who had a three-fight winning streak snapped by a loss at CFFC 65 to Karl Roberson in May, acknowledges not only Rebello’s experience but his power – you know, the type that gave him four knockout wins among his five most recent victorious outings.

But as he prepares for a high-visibility headliner against a seasoned vet, Brown believes he’s got the recipe to keep things from becoming overwhelming.

“Just staying calm and being myself and not trying to do anything out of the ordinary or that I wouldn’t normally do,” Brown said. “But I definitely try to be creative with all of my strikes and all my techniques at the same time.”

Thankfully for the fans, Brown shares his opponent’s willingness to keep things exciting in the cage.

“As a fighter, just know I’m going to bring it,” Brown said. “It’s not going to be boring. I’m not going to just try to take somebody down, to hold them down for three rounds trying to get a decision.

“I don’t want to leave in the judges’ hands. I hate going to the decision. I just want to win, I want to compete, and I want to be fun to watch.”

To hear more from tonight’s headliners, check out the video above.

And for more on CES MMA 47, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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'Dana White's Contender Series' Week 1 results: Kurt Holobaugh KOs Matt Bessette in headliner

LAS VEGAS – Kurt Holobaugh was triumphant in the Week 1 main event of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” when he starched Matt Bessette for a first-round knockout.

The event, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, saw Holobraugh (18-4) come out on fire, putting on good striking work to Bessette’s (22-8) head and body. The assault continued as time wore on, and after a few minutes the result was imminent.

Holobraugh caught Bessette with a perfect counter right hand, which immediately sent his opponent crashing face-first to the canvas, causing referee John McCarthy to step in halt the action at the 2:59 mark of Round 1.

Anyanwu scores big KO, confronts Dana White

The heavyweights delivered a violent finish when Azunna Anyanwu ended Greg Rebello’s night with a nasty series of punches for the second-round knockout.

After touching each other up on the feet with hard shots over the opening round, the action spilled over into the second but started to sway in Anyanwu’s favor. Finally a left hand connected flush on Rebello’s chin, and Anyanwu swarmed with follow-up shots for the stoppage at 3:04 of Round 2.

Immediately after the fight, Anyanwu went to the side of the octagon where UFC President Dana White was seated and pleaded for him to offer an official UFC contract.

Salmon’s superior striking gets it done

Boston Salmon (5-1) didn’t get the finish, but he put in a largely dominant performance against Ricky Turcios (8-1) to earn a unanimous decision by scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Salmon’s striking was the key to victory in the lightweight bout. He kept his opponent at his desired range and picked his shots in a convincing manner over the course of 15 minutes to hand Turcios his first career loss.

Byrd earns scary submission of Pickett

Charles Byrd (8-4) choked out Jamie Pickett (6-3) in frightening fashion in the opening round of their middleweight bout to earn his fourth victory in his past five fights.

Byrd found his way into top position late in the first round and locked in an arm-triangle choke, which put Pickett unconscious and caused him to convulse on the canvas for several seconds after the referee halted the action at the 4:55 mark.

Fortunately, Byrd returned to his feet and left the octagon under his own power.

Sanchez rallies for decision nod

Joby Sanchez (10-2) earned the first victory in the history of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” when he rallied to defeat Manny Vazquez (9-3) in their flyweight bout.

After getting dropped and nearly submitted in the first round, Sanchez turned up the heat with his grappling in the second frame. He carried that momentum into the third to get the nod on all the judges’ scorecards.

Complete Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1 results included:

  • Kurt Holobraugh def. Matt Bessette via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:59
  • Azunna Anyanwu def. Greg Rebello via knockout (puches) – Round 2, 3:04
  • Boston Salmon def. Ricky Turcios via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Charles Byrd def. Jamie Pickett via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:55
  • Joby Sanchez def. Manny Vazquez via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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5-fight lineup revealed for 'Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series' premiere

The fight card is set for the premiere of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” and it features a mix of former UFC fighters, journeyman and hot prospects.

In the first episode, which airs July 11 on UFC Fight Pass, three UFC veterans – Joby Sanchez, Justin Jones and Kurt Holobaugh – are among those vying for a chance to get back with the industry leader.

Holobaugh (17-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), whose lone appearance with the promotion came in a 2013 loss at UFC 159, will face CES MMA champion Matt Bessette (22-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout. Bessette enters on a seven-fight winning streak, with five in CES and two in Bellator. Holobaugh comes in on a three-fight winning streak, all with Titan FC. Both men scored TKO wins in their most recent fights in May.

Sanchez (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) faces 23-year-old Manny Vasquez (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a flyweight bout between prospects. Sanchez, 25, has back-to-back wins since parting from the UFC following a 2015 loss to Geanne Herrera. Vasquez is hoping to make a strong impression after a successful Bellator debut in March at Bellator 175, where he beat Nate Williams via unanimous decision.

A heavyweight bout between a pair of 35-year-olds is also on the card, with Greg Rebello vs. Azunna Anyanwu. Rebello (22-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has won six of last seven, including two straight this year by submission and TKO. Anyanwu (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is riding the wave of a four-fight winning streak, with his most recent victory coming by way of TKO in February.

The fights on the show will take place at The Ultimate Fighter gym in Las Vegas. But unlike the fights on the “TUF” reality series that take place in the gym, these fights will be fully regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission – meaning all the fights count toward the fighters’ records.

The full card includes:

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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