Juliano Coutinho gave Ashley Gooch a rude return to CES MMA by taking the heavyweight title on the champion’s first defense. CES MMA 45 took place August 11th at the Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, RI with a main card broadcast on AXS TV.
Ashley Gooch managed to stop the takedowns while controlling the fight in the first round against challenger Juliano Coutinho but in the second Coutinho managed to get Gooch down where strikes from rear mount caused led to the TKO. With the win Coutinho improved to 8-3 with this fight being a bounce-back from a loss in WSOF. Gooch who was also coming off a loss in WSOF after winning CES MMA gold dropped to 10-6.
CES MMA featherweight champion Matt Bessette has his next opponent set as Pedro Gonzalez took the interim title with a unanimous decision over Saul Almeida. The entire fight was a kicking war with Gonzalez having the edge with lower legs kicks that chopped away at Almeida’s lead leg. Both fighters had trouble landing punches although many were thrown leaving the judges to score the fight for Gonzalez 48-47, 50-45, and 49-46. Gonzalez now stands 13-5 with six wins in a row, Almeida fell to 19-9 with one win in his past five fights.
Next up for AXS TV are four LFA shows in four weeks starting with LFA 19 on August 18th.
CES MMA 45 main card results
- Richie Santiago def. Miguel Restrepo 3:41 R2 by rear-naked choke
- Gary Balletto Jr. def. Nick Alley 0:58 R2 by TKO
- Brandon Seyler def. Kris Moutinho 3:08 R1 by guillotine choke
- Nate Andrews def. Bruce Boyington 2:14 R2 by triangle choke
- Interim FW title: Pedro Gonzalez def. Saul Almeida by unanimous decision
- HW title: Juliano Coutinho def. Ashley Gooch 4:18 R2 by TKO