Updated: Aug 6, 2021
Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"
Kody Murray (Debut) vs. Miguel Cuevas (1-0)
Fighting out of: Bristol, Vermont
Record: Debut (5-3 as an Amateur)
Last fight: First round Submission (Rear Naked Choke) loss to Danny Ramirez at Aggressive Combat 20. (06/01/19)
“The Skinny”: Another amateur veteran of the local Vermont scene; Kody Murray leaves the comforts of the Green Mountain State Friday night as he makes his professional debut under the bright lights at CES 63 in Springfield, Mass. As an Amateur Kody scored finishes in four of his five victories including three wins by submission, however he has not tasted victory since a Rear Naked Choke of Jason Showers at Gladius Fights 27 in August of 2017. The task will not get any easier this time out as Murray makes his professional debut against hometown favorite Miguel Cuevas at CES 63 Friday night.
Fighting out of: Springfield, Massachusetts
Affiliation: Team Link/ 318 Boxing
Record: 1-0 (1 Knockout)
Last fight: First round Knockout of Timmy Tyler at Reality Fighting (01/04/20)
“The Skinny”: Former Reality Fighting Amateur Featherweight Champion; Miguel Cuevas has claimed victory in seven of his eight career bouts and is riding a current four fight win streak. In those seven career wins, Miguel is equally impressive; finishing all seven fights inside the distance, including 4 submissions and 3 knockouts in that span. Although Miguel possesses some of the highest level submission grappling in New England’s Featherweight division, Cuevas entered the professional ranks in January of 2020 with a first round Knockout of Timmy Tyler before Covid shelved the promising Team Link product for 20 months. That layoff comes to an end Friday night at CES 63 when Miggy welcomes the professional debut of Kody Allen in what will be the CES promotional debuts for both fighters.
Breakdown: To speak with him outside the cage, one may be surprised that Miguel Cuevas is an MMA fighter, it may be even harder to believe that once that cage door locks, there is a switch inside Cuevas that turns him into an absolute monster. Miggy has finished all seven of his career victories spanning his amateur and professional careers, and aside from a flash knockout suffered at the hands of Malek Mahmoud at Premier FC 27, nearly four years ago, Cuevas has been essentially flawless. Friday night at CES 63 Kody Allen has the unenvious task of dealing with the “Switch Flipped” Cuevas as he makes his professional and promotional debut after a 5-3 run as an amateur.
The Springifeld, Mass based Cuevas was a no brainer pick up for CES as they promote Friday’s event from Miguel’s backyard at the MassMutual Center where Cuevas has a tremendous following. This fight should end up being somewhat of an eye opener for fans who are not already familiar with Cuevas’ line of work. Cuevas introduces himself to the World Friday night on UFC Fight Pass in what I fully expect to be another dominant performance for the 31 year old Team Linker. I see Cuevas adding to his already impressive streak of finishes and serving Allen an unwelcome introduction to the professional ranks at CES 63. Another dominant win here could very well parlay into another high leverage opportunity in the near future, as Cuevas looks to put New England’s Featherweight division on notice, while increasing his stock at the expense of anyone standing in his way.