CES MMA 66 kicks off new year with two world-title fights

CES MMA makes its long-awaited return to the newly-rebranded Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino Resort on Friday, March 4 live on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

Rising stars, reigning champions, and familiar faces will highlight CES MMA 66, the promotion’s first event at Ballys Twin River since the start of the pandemic.

The action under the bright lights remains as intense as ever; CES MMA 66 features two world-title fights, plus the highly-anticipated return of CES MMA icon Andre Soukhamthath, who makes his 14th appearance with the promotion and his first since 2016. Tickets can be purchased online at CESFights.com.

In the first of two world-title fights, Cranston, RI, native and CES MMA vet Gary Balletto III (7-2) battles Billy Goff (5-2) of Groton, CT, for the vacant welterweight title. Goff is on a three-fight win streak, including his first five-round title fight in November of 2021, while Balletto challenges for a world title nearly 19 years to the date his father, former pro boxer Gary “Tiger” Balletto, captured his first world title with a win over Johnny Walker for the vacant IBU lightweight crown in 2003.

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Newly-crowned CES MMA bantamweight champion Jay Perrin (10-4) of Hudson, NH, defends his title for the first time against rising prospect Ashiek Ajim (5-1) of New York. Perrin has won seven of his last eight, including a submission win over then champion Josh Smith at CES 64 in Connecticut. Ajim enters his first world-title fight fresh off back-to-back, first-round knockout wins in 2021, totaling 64 seconds. Ajim is 5-1 lifetime with CES MMA with his only loss coming to former world-title challenger Kris Moutinho.

Soukhamthath (14-9), a Woonsocket, RI, native and former UFC bantamweight contender, returns home to face Brazilian Diego Silva (13-6) in his first fight with the promotion since CES 37 when he defended his bantamweight title in a rematch against Kin Moy. Soukhamthath vacated the belt less than a year later and embarked on a seven-fight journey with the UFC with notable wins over Luke Sanders and Jonathan Martinez. He remains one of CES MMA’s longest-tenured fighters, second only to Dinis Paiva, and in 2016 earned the distinction as the promotion’s inaugural bantamweight champion with a win over hometown rival Kody Nordby.

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Full fight card details available soon. The official FIGHT PASS broadcast features play-by-play announcer Michael Parente (@MichaelParente), color commentator Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon), a 27-time UFC vet, and FUN 107 on-air personality and cageside correspondent Madelyn Levine (@maddieonair). Visit CESFights.com for more information and follow CES MMA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @CESMMA.


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