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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!