Breaking News: CES 71: George v. Alvarez Lightweight Title Bout Preview



Fighting Arts Academy’s Eddy George (5-0) gets his shot at CES gold when he takes on Angel Alvarez (5-1) at Twin River Casino on November 17th in Lincoln, RI in the CES 71 Main Event. This Lightweight Championship Main Event is just one of many awesome scraps involving New England talent on the card. George has had somewhat “touch and go” last couple weeks as his original opponent Ali Zebian injured his arm and was replaced by former CES Lightweight title challenger Chris “Taco” Padilla. News came down earlier today; that Padilla has since withdrawn from the bout and George will now face his third opponent in 3 weeks; Angel Alvarez under the bright lights at Bally’s Twin River Casino next Thursday night.


Eddy George, the undefeated fighter, holds a record of 5-0 with all his fights coming under the CES banner. He welcomes the Cuban born, Angel Alvarez (5-1, 3 Knockouts) to the CES cage for the very first time. Now residing in Miami, Florida Alvarez once held an unblemished 5-0 record, like his foe Eddy George, for top promotions; Titan FC and Combate Global before dropping his last bout this July against Enrique Gonzalez. Alvarez will look to get back in the win column at CES 71 in expense of George’s clean pro record.


Eddy comes off a decision win over the very tough and very game; Emiliano Calderon in April of 2022 at CES 67. The fight consisted of an absolute slugfest as both fighters stood toe to toe and swung HEAVY for the fences for the duration of their 15 minutes in the cage. The output levels and shots landed were truly impressive. However, the combinations, accuracy, and power of Eddy’s striking boosted him to 5-0 with a clean sweep of the judges' scorecards.


New England MMA's Dylan Napoleone, had the chance to catch up with Eddy before this title fight, and between opponents and when asked about the opportunity to fight for the CES Lightweight belt, Eddy explained that he feels more excited and ready than ever going into fight week. Eddy is very confident in the work he and his team have put in day in and day out, whether he’s at Fighting Arts Academy or training with the New England Cartel. Eddy added that he was Calvin Kattar’s main sparring partner for Calvin’s recent fight against Arnold Allen. Eddy spent some time with Calvin and other members of the Cartel at the beginning of this fight camp. George added that earlier in 2022, he spent some time in Arizona getting rounds in and training out there as well. Cross training is something very important to fighters like George, as they continue to evolve as athletes and they thrive on getting looks at all different styles in the gym.


Come fight night, Eddy looks to put on yet another great performance and back his own words; “I am the best 155'er in New England”. When asked about the opponent change, Eddy expressed that he was insanely fired up and ready to go dominate on November 17th. Obviously Eddy and his team were preparing for a slightly different matchup so during the last couple days of camp, the team will be making the slight tweaks and adjustments needed to go out there and put on a show. Most people know Eddy as a versatile fighter, always willing stand and bang, looking for the finish, but he will do the same on ground level as well. Eddy will look to use a variety of his tools and mix it up quite a bit in his attempt to remain undefeated and ultimately keep the CES crown at home; inside of New England.


Eddy explained that this particular venue, Twin River Casino, is where he made his professional debut 5 fights ago and now he’s fighting for the title, in the main event, live on UFC Fight Pass at the very same place. George described it as “nostalgic” and was overflowing with energy when discussing this fight. Come watch Eddy fight for gold November 17th at CES 71 or tune in live on UFC Fight Pass to see the entire Main Card streamed live Worldwide. This stacked card showcases plenty of up and coming New England talent and should produce fireworks from opening bell through this Lightweight Championship Main Event!


Stay tuned in the coming days for the full breakdown of the CES 71 card.


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