Charles Rosa Clinches First MMA World Title, DeCastro Dominates CES MMA 77

In just 2 minutes and 45 seconds, Charles Rosa (17-8) choked out Josh Harvey (8-3-1) at the CES MMA 77 main event at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday night. Twelve years in the cage finally paid off for Rosa as he bagged his first world title.

The fight was part of a massive pro and amateur show streamed live on Triller TV.

“I’m the toughest, roughest bloke from Boston,” Rosa hollered after claiming the CES MMA Lightweight title. “My dad told me long ago: tough times don’t last, tough people do. I’ve had a rough ride in life, but it’s all worth it for this moment.”

Rosa has had a wild journey. He lost two brothers to drug overdoses in his teens but promised to set an example for his younger siblings. He earned a degree in culinary arts and nutrition from Johnson & Wales University, worked as a chef, and traveled the world fighting MMA.

Rosa fought 13 times for the UFC, earned 3 ‘Fight of the Night’ bonuses, and became a commentator, motivational speaker, and trainer. Yet, a world title eluded him—until now. He strutted around Foxwoods as the new CES MMA World Lightweight Champion, belt proudly wrapped around his waist.

Rosa knew Harvey couldn’t match his jiu-jitsu, and he wasted no time showing it. He took Harvey down and battered him with knees to the body before snaring him in a guillotine choke. Harvey tried to stand, but Rosa’s grip tightened, and Harvey had no choice but to tap out.

“This belt means the world to me,” said Rosa. “But my dad means more. Happy birthday, Dad. This one’s for you!”

Yorgan DeCastro Overwhelms ‘King’ Kevin Ray Sears Jr.

Charles Rosa wasn’t the only one to secure a belt that night. Yorgan DeCastro (10-5) took down ‘King’ Kevin Ray Sears Jr. (9-8) in a battle of giants to win the CES MMA World Heavyweight Championship in the co-main event.

DeCastro, a pro since 2017, showcased his superior grappling, headlocking Sears and raining down left hooks until the referee stopped the fight at 2:42 in the first round.

“I want to dedicate this moment to my opponent,” DeCastro said graciously. “He’s been through a lot after losing his father.”

Sears thanked his fans, but said, “I’m done in the cage. Time to focus on my family.”

Undercard Results

The pro undercard was packed with first-round finishes and submissions.

  • Saheeb Jackson (2-0) tapped Daniel Arriaga (0-4) out in 9 seconds with a rear naked choke.
  • Da’mani Burns (1-0) dominated Antwion McCullough (0-1) with a quick stoppage.
  • Geoffrey Then (2-2) pounded out John Medina after a 6-year hiatus.
  • Brian Torres (2-0) overpowered Jordyne Lopes Tavarez.
  • Nadir Safarov won his amateur debut by decision over Chris Vega (0-1).
  • Ryan Silva (1-2) beat Alex Graffagnino (1-2) by unanimous decision.
  • Isaiah Sanchez (2-1) took down Justin Alvarez (1-1) by decision.
  • Aaron Velasquez (2-1) submitted Michael Colon (1-2).
  • Lynn Nicholas (1-1) defeated Besjan Vako (0-1).

Grappling Results

  • Leon Davis won the CES Grappling Super Fight Championship by choking out Elvis Serrano.
  • Chris Samboy beat UFC vet John Howard by decision.