Earlier this week, CES MMA revealed its main event match-up between former The Ultimate Fighter contestant Chuck “Cold Steel” O’Neil and Keith “Sonic Boom” Jeffrey for its Dec. 7 card in Lincoln, RI.
On Thursday, the promotion announced some of the fighters who would be joining these gentlemen at the Twin River Casino next month, revealing how the card looks so far to my friend’s over at WesternMassMMA.com. After looking at the list, I can tell you that CES MMA didn’t pull any punches with its end of the year show as a host of New England’s local stars will be joining O’Neil and Jeffrey in the Ocean State.
Tri-Force MMA middleweight Todd “The Hulk” Chattelle will look to stop a two-fight losing skid when he takes on the recently surging Robby “Wartime” Roberts from Fight Factory MMA. “Wartime” has been on a rampage of late, finishing five of his last seven opponents after going just 2-13 to start off his career.
Chattelle, on the other hand, is coming off of back-to-back defeats under the CES MMA banner, recently suffering a brutal technical knockout loss in the first round against Wai Kru’s Chandler Holderness at CES MMA: Real Pain in October. I was there live at the event and, boy, was that fight a quick one. Holderness hit “The Hulk” with a flying knee to the midsection that buckled the Rhode Island native just seconds into the round before finishing him with elbows at the 27 second mark.
Despite the tough loss, I expect Chattelle to rebound nicely as his last victory came over local stand-out Brett Oteri who, coincidentally, will be fighting for the Reality Fighting welterweight title against UFC veteran Ricardo Funch in January.
Heavyweights Tyler King of Connors MMA and Team Bombsquad’s Randy Smith will also be on the card in a rematch of their 2011 AFO battle. Smith took home the unanimous decision victory when they faced off in a title match-up at AFO: Summer Brawl 2.
King has put together a nice two-fight win streak since the loss so expect him to come out strong against Smith.
One fight that really intrugies me on the card is a battle between budding stars as Matt Doherty takes on 19-year-old Terin Swanson.
I actually used to train with Swanson when he trained at Renzo Gracie CT in West Haven, CT and man is that kid slick on the ground.
Four words: beware of his guard.
Swanson suffered a tough loss in his pro-debut last year for Reality Fighting, nearly finishing Strikezone’s John Naples with a gogoplata before unfortunately getting knocked out via a huge slam in the first round. The young Connecticut native rebounded impressively, however, taking out the Factory’ Patrick Early at Premier FC 9 earlier this year.
Check out Swanson’s first pro win in the video below: