CES 64 Preview: Bessette vs. Dela Cruz Lightweight Title; Smith vs. Perrin Bantamweight Title

Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"

Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment and Sports (CES MMA) returns this Friday night from the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut with two World Title fights headlining a banger of a card at CES 64 featured on UFC Fight Pass. Friday night Hartford's own Matt "The Mangler" Bessette (24-10) will look to become the promotion's first two division champion, as the current CES Featherweight World Champion makes the jump to 155 pounds, to challenge Hawaii's Ryan Dela Cruz (12-7) for the vacant CES Lightweight World Title. In Friday evening's co-feature recently crowned CES Bantamweight World Champion; Josh "That Guy" Smith (10-6) looks to defend his CES belt for the first time against New England's #1 ranked Bantamweight; Jay "The Joker" Perrin (9-4).

CES Fan Favorite; Cranston, Rhode Island's Gary "Batman" Balletto Jr. (6-2) looks to continue his rise up the Welterweight ladder as he welcomes CES newcomer; Daniel "Tigano" Frunza (4-1). One of New England's toughest pound for pound female fighters Alexandra "The Great" Ballou (2-1) will make her anxiously awaited CES MMA debut Friday night against New York's Gabriella Gulfin (2-3). CES veteran Justin "The Fort" Sumter (7-4) returns to the CES cage where he is unbeaten in three previous trips, and welcomes the promotional debut of talented Armenian Albert Tadevosyan (7-1-1). West Haven's Eddy George (3-0) will look to keep his unblemished professional record in tact when he clashes with Bellator MMA veteran; Rodolfo "The Crocodile" Barcellos (1-1). Massachusetts' Nate Ghareeb (3-1) makes the quick turnaround following his knockout of DaJuan Robinson at CES 63 when he takes on Brazil's Eduardo Rodrigues (1-0). Connecticut's Harris Bonfiglio (2-1) will end a personal two year layoff as he awaits the professional debut of Tennessee's Kyle Linder (5-0 as an Amateur, Valor Amateur Flyweight Champion). Also; a teammate of Matt Bessette at Underdog MMA in Hartford; highly regarded Flyweight; David "Spider Monkey" Durao (5-2 as an Amateur) will make his first walk to the CES cage in his professional debut against Israel "El Huracan" Galvan (1-2).

CES MMA 64 streams live on UFC Fight Pass Friday night beginning at 8 pm from the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. CES will once again showcase the region's top up and comers on the biggest regional stage imaginable; streaming on UFC Fight Pass with the eyes of the MMA World watching. Stay tuned to NewEnglandMMA.org for all your CES 64 coverage and continue below for a detailed breakdown of all seven of Friday's matchups as we anticipate non stop action from CES 64!

Charra Phon (Debut) vs. Aaron Reese (0-2)


Charra Phon


Fighting out of: Massachusetts

Affiliation: Ultimate MMA

Record: Debut (1-1 as an Amateur)

Last Fight: Split decision victory over Devon Cristie at Premier FC 28.

Aaron "Jiggy" Reese


Fighting out of: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Affiliation: Jackson Wink

Record: 0-2 (2-0 as an Amateur)

Last Fight: First round Knockout (Punches) loss to Isa Dalipaj at CFFC 95.

Breakdown: One look at Aaron Reese will immediately have you wondering how the Jackson Wink product is still searching for his first professional victory. Reese looks every bit the part of a Bantamweight contender but following losses to Will Smith and Isa Dalipaj to open his professional campaign, Reese is in serious need of a win on a big stage, he gets that chance Friday night against the pro debuting Charra Phon. Charra Phon made two Amateur starts here on the New England scene going 1-1 in that span, finding himself on both sides of split judges decisions. Phon turns pro Friday night against a hungry Aaron Reese as these two Bantamweights hope to keep the verdict on this one out of the judges hands.

David Durao (Debut) vs. Israel Galvan (1-2)


David "Spider Monkey" Durao

Age: 31

Fighting out of: Hartford, Connecticut

Affiliation: Fighting Arts Academy/Underdog MMA

Record: Debut (5-2 as an Amateur)

Last Fight: Unanimous Decision victory over Kareem Askew at ECF 31: Warriors Challenge.

Israel "El Huracan" Galvan

Age: 21

Fighting out of: Los Angeles, California

Affiliation: KD MMA

Record: 1-2 (1 Submission)

Last Fight: Unanimous Decision loss to Cody Davis at Global Legion FC 17.

Breakdown: Underdog MMA's David Durao closed out his Amateur career in July at EFC in Jamaica Queens, New York by picking up his fourth consecutive victory with a decision over Kareem Askew. Perennially ranked amongst the top Flyweights in New England "Spider Monkey" is extremely eager to be making his Professional debut for CES MMA, in the town that he grew up in; Hartford, Connecticut. Durao explained to Steve Domenico on The Room Podcast last week how he comes into this fight "more prepared than ever" as he greets a talented young kid; the 21 year old Israel Galvan. Galvan comes to the East Coast as a highly regarded grappling prospect and will undoubtedly be a tough out for the hometown favorite David Durao. Durao promises "serious violence" in his pro debut on UFC Fight Pass Friday night, as he looks to be the first man to finish Israel Galvan inside three rounds.

Harris Bonfiglio (2-1) vs. Kyle Lindner (Debut)


Harris Bonfiglio

Age: 29

Fighting out of: Gilford, Connecticut

Affiliation: Ultimate MMA

Record: 2-1 (2 Submissions)

Last Fight: First round Knockout loss to Jornel Lugo at CES 58: De Jesus v. Lozano.

Kyle Lindner

Age: 24

Fighting out of: Knoxville, Tennessee

Affiliation: Shield Systems MMA

Record: Debut (5-0 as an Amateur)

Last Fight: First round Submission (Rear Naked Choke) over Shamar Perez at Valor Fighting Challenge 78.