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Preview: CES MMA Totes Two Title Belts to Western Mass Friday Night for CES 70

Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"

New England's longest tenured UFC Fightpass affiliate; CES MMA heads to the far reaches of Western Massachusetts Friday night as the CES cage once again inhabits the MassMutual Center in Downtown Springfield, Massachusetts as Jimmy Burchfield presents CES 70. Two ruby crusted vacant CES Title belts will be on the line in the Co-Main and Main Events, which are due to cap off yet another stacked CES MMA fight card that comes to you live Friday night, with an opening bell of 7 pm. For those who cannot be in attendance, the CES 70 main card will be streamed live on UFC Fightpass beginning at 8 pm local time, and New England MMA will be in the house at the MassMutual Center providing live up to the minute updates of everything transpiring as the night unfolds.

In the Main Event, New England Featherweight super-prospect "Nasty" Nate Ghareeb (6-1) looks for his sixth straight win inside the CES cage, as he makes his first bid for a professional title when he meets former CES Featherweight Title Challenger Dan Dubuque (8-5) with the vacant 145 pound strap on the line. In Ghareeb's five trips to the CES cage, he's a perfect 5-0 with four first round knockouts. Nate has continued to force the hand of CES brass with his performances inside their cage, Friday night is the culmination of those efforts as Ghareeb lines up with the toughest foe of his career in Dan Dubuque with the strap up for grabs.

Dubuque has now been on the shelf for two and a half years following a three fight losing streak, all by decision, but finds himself picking up close to where he left off following a May 2019 Split-Decision loss to former Champion Bruce Boyington for the CES Featherweight title. Dubuque gets a "second chance at romance" Friday night when he stands in with Ghareeb for five Championship rounds for that coveted CES Featherweight World Title.

Another New England super-prospect; Flyweight "Killa" Mitch Raposo (6-1) gets his first shot at CES MMA gold Friday night, in a five round Flyweight Co-Main event against a tough Flyweight veteran in Israel Galvan (5-2) with the now Vacant CES Flyweight belt up for grabs. Regiment Training Center's Raposo bounced back off the first loss of his career (albie