UFC vet John Howard headlines CES MMA 46 vs. Roger Carroll in Rhode Island

A former CES MMA champion is returning to the promotion to headline an event in Rhode Island next month.

John Howard (24-13), who went 7-7 over two separate seven-fight stints with the UFC, is returning to the promotion he once held a middleweight title for to take on Roger Carroll (16-14) in the CES MMA 46 main event. The show will take place Oct. 27 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The main card will air on AXS TV.

Roger Carroll

Howard will be fighting for the first time in more than a year. The Boston-based welterweight won the CES MMA 185-pound title in 2012 not long after his first UFC stint ended with a 3-4 record. He defended that belt four times and earned his way back to the UFC for a hometown fight in Boston against Uriah Hall, and won by split decision.

But Howard lost four of his final five fights in the UFC and after a knockout loss to Tim Means found himself looking for work elsewhere. That came for WSOF, where he went 1-1 in 2016. But now he’ll return in front of the fans not far from his home base.

“I had to take a step back from the sport for a little while, but now I’m back,” Howard stated. “I’ve got so many fans in New England, and I’ve got so much love for them. I can’t wait to get back in that CES cage and put on a show.”

Carroll has a pair of prior fights for CES MMA, but most recently he’s been inside Bellator’s cage, where he dropped a decision to Neiman Gracie and was knocked out by Brennan Ward. The North Carolinan also has been in fights against Dhiego Lima, Scott Holtzman and Uriah Hall.

“It’s an honor to fight an opponent like ‘Doomsday,’ but I’m coming to win,” Caroll stated. “I predict a lot of bombs being thrown, and a great fight for the fans.”

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Source: MMA Junkie