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CES 47: Rebello Knocks Out Brown; Andrews, Santiago Propel Themselves Onto UFC Doorstep

Local bred fighters shine in a night of fights that did not see the second round.

On Friday night, the top regional promotion in New England was back with their forty seventh night of mixed martial arts competition.  CES 47 took place from the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island and featured eight fights between some of the region’s finest fighters.

Main Event: Greg Rebello vs. Derrick Brown

In the main event, hometown favorite Greg Rebello (23-8) took on outsider Derrick “The Silver Back” Brown (7-5) in a heavyweight slug fest.  Rebello entered the bout as a near three to one favorite against the South Carolinian, Brown.  “Ribz” had not competed inside the cage since this past summer when he was featured on the hit UFC Fight Pass series, “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series“.  Hopefully viewers didn’t blink during this one, as Rebello made quick work of Derrick Brown, cranking the big man with a brutal punch just a minute into the fight.  Brown attempted to recover, but was met by several more shots from Rhode Islander.  Brown’s corner protested the stoppage, but after seeing the replay, it was evident that things were most likely not going to get any better.  Post-fight, Rebello said that he’s planning a January return at CES’s first event of 2018.

Co-Main Event: Nate Andrews vs. Tyler Combs

While Rebello and Brown received top billing on the card, the night’s co-main event may have had more eyes on it.  This of course, was due to the fact that the bout featured surging lightweight finisher Nate Andrews (12-1), who was seeking his fifth straight victory.  Fighting a veteran of over 25 fights, Andrews knew that he’d have to bring his A-game if he wanted to keep his streak alive.  Despite being nearly an eight to one underdog, Andrews’s opponent, Tyler Combs (14-14) came in ready to prove the MMA world wrong.

Unfortunately for Combs, the oddsmakers were proven correct as Andrews secured yet another finish.  After a few brief exchanges, Andrews was able to get Combs to the mat.  From there, “The Snake” displayed once again why he has the nickname he does, locking in a rear-naked choke.  Combs put on a vintage display of heart while trying to fight out of the choke, but there was no way he could escape and he was subsequently forced to tap out.

Following the bout, Andrews made a plea to the UFC asking them to sign him for UFC 220 on January 2oth at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  “There’s already a few local guys on the card, why not have one more?” Andrews petitioned UFC President Dana White.  Andrews certainly has made the case to be the next CES fighter to make it to the big show, but if the UFC has other plans, Andrews said he’d be more than open to fighting for the vacant CES Lightweight Championship next year.


Richie Santiago vs. Tashawn Mack

In what was arguably the best (and most evenly matched) bout of the evening, undefeated Richie Santiago (6-0) faced off against Lansing, Michigan import Tashawn Mack (6-2).  Richie Santiago became must-see TV following his “comeback of the year” candidate performance in his last fight against Miguel Restrepo earlier this year.  For the second straight fight, Santiago found himself in trouble early.  Just minutes into the first round, the fight hit the ground.  Mack appeared to have a tight triangle all but locked in, but in classic Richie Santiago fashion, “The Milford Mauler” was able to turn a negative into a positive.  Santiago escaped the choke landed in mount where rained down a dozen heavy shots on Mack.  Mack made the quick decision to take a risk en route to an attempt to escape.  The gamble did not pay off, as Mack tried to twist out of Santiago’s grasp, but exposed his neck in the process.  Santiago being the smart fighter he is, locked in a tight rear-naked choke, tapping Mack in the first round.


John Douma vs. Mark Trader

The New England homecoming continued at CES 47, as Providence, Rhode Island’s John Douma (2-0) took on “Marky” Mark Trader (2-1).  Both men entered the night with undefeated records and the willingness to stand and bang.  The two combatants exchanged from the opening bell, both landing heavy shots on one another.  After a few dangerous, back-and-forth exchanges, it became evident that it wouldn’t be too long before someone got stunned.  Unfortunately for Mark Trader, he was the victim of a vicious Douma hook that sent him staggering backwards.  Knowing that his opponent was hurt and not wanting to let him off the hook, Douma unleashed a savage flurry of punches on the conscious Trader.  Trader showed an impressive chin, remaining on his feet for the duration of the burst of strikes, but gave referee Kevin Mulhall no other option than to stop the fight.


Kris Moutinho vs. David Garcia

Many non-New Englanders that have entered the CES cage have found out the hard way that coming into enemy territory isn’t easy.  While many crumble under this pressure, a few are able to thrive under it.  David Garcia (5-3) is one of those fighters.  Coming in as a sizable underdog, Garcia silenced the Lincoln, Rhode Island crowd by submitting New England fan favorite Kris Moutinho (4-2) in the very first round.  Both fighters had their moments in the opening minutes, with Garcia seemingly getting the better of the exchanges.  After eating some solid shots, Moutinho shifted the momentum with a massive slam.  His success only lasted a handful of seconds however, as Garcia was able to lock in a tight guillotine from the bottom.  That was all she wrote, as Moutinho was forced to tap.


Jose Lugo vs. Michael Taylor

In the opening bout of the main card, two flyweight up-and-comers squared off as Woonsocket, Rhode Island’s Jose Lugo (1-0) faced Cortland, New York’s Michael Taylor (1-1).  While the arm reach between the combatants was nearly identical, Taylor had a staggering seven inch leg reach on Lugo.  Right off the bat, Lugo eliminated any disadvantage he may have had by grabbing double underhooks and scoring a nice takedown.  From that point on, it was all Lugo who sliced right through Taylor’s guard and gained the mount position.  After rolling out of Lugo’s first rear-naked choke attempt, Taylor found himself right back in a poor position.  Eating elbows on the bottom, Taylor gave up his back once again.  This time, he unfortunately wasn’t able to escape.  Lugo locked in the choke and got the tap, putting the exclamation point on his first career win.


Tyler Hamilton vs. Montoyia Swilling

The preliminary card headliner featured a bout between highly-touted Tyler “Tank” Hamilton (1-0), as he made his professional debut against Watertown, New York’s Montoyia Swilling (0-6).  Tyler Hamilton passed his first test with flying colors, dropping Montoyia Swilling in the second exchange after the opening bell.  Hamilton jumped right on his floored opponent, before locking in a tight d’arce choke.  Hamilton picked up his first professional win, while the tough luck continued for the “Champions in Christ” product Montoyia Swilling.


Yorgan Decastro vs. James Dysard

In the first bout of the night, two young light heavyweights looked to pick up their first career professional wins as debuting Fall River, Massachusetts native Yorgan Decastro (1-0) took on New York’s James “Collosus” Dysard (0-3).  This one did not take very long as Decastro blitzed “Collosus” getting his back against the cage.  From there Decastro began raining down a barrage of punches on Dysard, who had no choice but to hit the mat and attempt to defend himself.  Referee Kevin Mulhall gave Dysard all of the time in the world to recover, but unfortunately for the New Yorker, Decastro proved to be a bit too much.  The fight was waived off, and just thirty-nine seconds into his professional career, Decastro picked up his first career victory.


CES 47: Rebello vs. Brown RESULTS:

Greg Rebello def. Derrick Brown by knockout (punches) at 1:22 of Round 1

Nate Andrews def. Tyler Combs by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:25 of Round 1

Richie Santiago def. Tashawn Mack by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:05 of Round 1

John Douma def. Mark Trader by TKO (strikes) at 2:02 of Round 1

David Garcia def. Kris Moutinho by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:17 of Round 1

Jose Lugo def. Michael Taylor by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:33 of Round 1

Tyler Hamilton (1-0) def. Montoyia Swilling (0-6) by submission (d’arce choke) at 0:46 of Round 1

Yorgan Decastro (1-0) def. James Dysard (0-3) by TKO (strikes) at 0:39 of Round 1




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