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CES 62: Orlando The Preview


Travis Lizotte “Full Contact Writer”


Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports vacations to “The Sunshine State” this Friday night as CES MMA 62 marks the first CES event on the 2021 calendar as well as their promotional debut in the State of Florida. With competitive Mixed Martial Arts still not at the top of the agenda at the Rhode Island State House, CES was forced to take the show, as well as some of their top fighters, on the road with them to the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida. The CES MMA 62 main card will once again be broadcast live beginning at 8 pm Eastern time, world wide on UFC Fight Pass.


Looking to bounce back off the first defeat of his already heralded professional career; John Gotti III (5-1) hopes to put a decision loss to Nick Alley in the headliner at CES 61 in his rearview mirror as he takes on Michigan native Jared Chauvin (3-2) at 170 pounds. The Pride of Cranston, Rhode Island; Gary “Batman” Balletto Jr. (5-2) makes his return to the CES cage following a three year absence from competitive MMA as he welcomes Pensacola, Florida’s Dahlan Wilson (3-3) to the CES cage for the very first time. CES MMA fan favorite, East Providence, Rhode Island’s Dinis “Sweetbread” Paiva (13-8) returns off a decision loss, up a weight class last September on the Contender Series to Featherweight beast Kyle Driscoll (12-3). Paiva hopes that a successful CES Bantamweight title run could ultimately land him right back in the good graces of the UFC. That title run begins Friday night for Paiva, as he returns to Bantamweight to host the promotional debut of American Top Team’s Joshua Smith (9-6).

Fayetteville, North Carolina’s Da’Mon “The Diamond” Blackshear (8-4) will make his third walk to the CES cage at CES 62 looking for his second promotional win and looking to prove that he is one of the East’s best unsigned Bantamweights. Blackshear will aim to spoil the promotional debut of Orlando, Florida’s own Joe “The Party” Penafiel (6-2) right in Penafiel’s own backyard. Hidden gem and rising New England Light-Heavyweight prospect; Yuri “The Russian Polar Bear” Panferov will make his highly anticipated professional debut, in five fights as an Amateur, Panferov’s opponents never saw the third round as he finished all five including two Knockouts and three submissions. Panferov will showcase his well rounded MMA game, groomed under the tutelage of Andrew Calandrelli, as he squares off with North Carolina’s Gregory Smith (0-1). Panferov spoke with our Steve Domenico on The Room Podcast last week to discuss what it's like to be making his pro debut on a huge card for CES live on UFC Fight Pass.


In the Main Event another pair of CES Bantamweight title hopefuls lock horns as American Top Team’s Andrew “The Beast” Whitney (16-8) returns to the Bantamweight division after suffering back to back losses to Steve Garcia (11-4, 0-1 UFC) and Jason Soares (14-0) in his run at Featherweight. Whitney will clash with Fusion Xcel product Diego Silva (12-6), New England fans will remember the name Diego Silva from his clash with Cage Titans Bantamweight Champion; Jay “The Joker” Perrin (9-4) at Cage Titans 47 in January of 2020 which resulted in Silva’s sixth professional defeat. Both of these Bantamweights are in need of a win and will look to relish their opportunity to do so in the Man Event at CES 62. Opening bell sounds from the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida at 8 pm Local time and CES MMA 62 can