CES 48’s Tim Caron Ready to Show Why He’s One of New England’s Finest

Middleweight Tim Caron (8-1) planted his hands on the mat to push himself up and regain himself on his stool.  When he situated himself on the blue-colored wood below him, a feeling sunk in that Caron had never experienced in his professional MMA career– the feeling of defeat.

It was Bellator 178 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, and the then 29-year-old had been defeated for the first time, suffering a first round submission loss to fellow undefeated prospect Jordan Young.  Jordan Young, like Tim Caron, was very highly-touted entering the bout, and since that time, Young has gone on to become one of the top pound-for-pound prospects in the promotion.

While this loss back in early 2016 was disappointing for the New Englander, he believes it ultimately made him a better fighter.  “I learned a lot actually,” says Caron, now 30 years old.  “I had weaknesses I had to go back and work on.  It was also a good thing, because I learned losing was alright.  I had that ‘0’ on my shoulders, and I didn’t want to disappoint anybody.  Now that it’s happened, it’s a weight off our shoulders.”

Before the fight saying hi to the camera 😀

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Often times, fighters in mixed martial arts have intricate stories as to how they became one with the sport that has engulfed their life.  This isn’t the case for the unassuming New Hampshire native.  His love for competing in the sport blossomed from his love of watching it.  “I honestly just started watching the UFC on TV,” says Caron.  “It made me just want to get into the gym and learn the moves.  I didn’t really expect to be a fighter, but once I started, the competition in me got there– and I find out I was pretty good at it!”

Following the loss to Young, Caron made his return to the cage for UFC featherweight Calvin Kattar’s New Hampshire based promotion, Combat Zone.  Tim Caron submitted 50-fight veteran Mitch Whitesel in the open minutes of the bout.  Caron feels the bout went exactly according to plan.  “I knew he wasn’t going to like the stand up,” explains Caron.  “People put me on the cage and that’s where I end up finishing most people.  They don’t know what to do.”

This Friday night at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island, Tim Caron will make his promotional debut for CES MMA, the top promotion New England has to offer.  “I’m pumped.  This is the biggest stage in New England that I could be on,” says Caron excitedly.  “I’m pumped to see what all the hype is about!  I’ve only heard good things.”

The bout on Friday night signifies another first for the fighter they call “The Bear.”  It will be Caron’s first bout on a nationally televised broadcast.  This means even more to Caron, being a veteran of the United States Armed Forces in the United States Air Force.  “I’m super excited,” says Caron, enthusiastically.  “I have a whole lot of people from all over the world, especially in the military, who have all been wanting to watch it. Here’s their chance.”

Standing across from Caron will be experienced regional veteran, Timothy Woods (7-5).  “From what I can tell, he’s a muay thai guy,” says Caron, of Woods.  “His kicks look hard, and that’s what I like-to get in there and start kickboxing.  I don’t mind putting him on his back if things get a little hairy.  I’m good at stand up, but usually when I put people on their backs, they don’t get up.”

Not overlooking the difficult task in front of him this Saturday night, Caron has also set some longer term goals for 2018.  “The UFC is the aspiration– to get to the big one.  But, if I have to go through Contender Series, I’d love to.  I’d love to get in front of them and get that chance to perform like I always do.”

When all is said and done on Friday night, Caron believes the bout will have played out in a particular fashion.  “I predict, I’m going to put him on his back and he’s going to either get TKO’d or choked out.”


“I’d like to thank Club ManchVegas.  They’re my main sponsor and have stuck with me every single fight (even amateurs).  DJS Printing– they do all my printing.  Team Burgess and PMA Derry, too.”- Tim “The Bear” Caron


To learn more about Tim Caron, follow him on social media:

Instagram: @tim.thebear.caron
Facebook: Tim Caron


CES 48 takes place Friday February, February 2nd at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island.  The card is currently scheduled to feature a main event title bout between heavyweights Greg “Ribz” Rebello and Travis Wiuff.  The six-fight main card airs at 9pm, live on AXS TV in the United States.  Caron vs. Woods is expected to be the fourth bout on the main card.




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