Ashley Gooch returns to CES MMA to defend the heavyweight belt against Juliano Coutinho. CES MMA 45 takes place August 11th at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI with a main card broadcast on AXS TV.
Ashley Gooch was doing well last year when he captured the CES MMA heavyweight title with a KO of Greg Rebello in August, a fight that extended Gooch’s win streak to eight in a row. Unfortunately Gooch’s next fight was a loss against Shawn Jordan, Gooch’s biggest fight so far as it took place at WSOF 33 in October. Now standing 10-5 Gooch also holds a win in RFA over Brandon Griffin from June 2015. 7-3 Juliano Coutinho is also coming off a loss in WSOF with his being to Justin Willis in June.
In the co-main event 10-1 Nathan Andrews faces 13-10 Bruce Boyington. Andrews enters this bout on a four-fight win streak but against foes like Julian Lane and George Sheppard with Sheppard being his most recent conquest. Boyington went 1-1 in WSOF with a win over Saul Almeida and a loss to still-undefeated former WSOF and Titan FC champion Andre Harrison. Boyington is actually coming off two losses in a row with the fight between the WSOF bouts being a unanimous decision loss to Musa Khamanaev at ACB 43.
CES MMA 45 main card
- Luis Felix vs. TBA
- Dinis Paiva Jr. vs. Ahsan Abdullah
- Jason Rine vs. John Douma
- Nathan Andrews vs. Bruce Boyington
- HW title: Ashley Gooch vs. Juliano Coutinho