Florida’s brightest ready to shine under the spotlight Friday at CES MMA 62

The best talent the Sunshine State has to offer is ready to trade leather in front of a new audience Friday night at the Caribe Royal Orlando.

CES MMA 62 streams live Friday, April 30 on UFC FIGHT PASS® beginning at 8 pm, marking the Florida debut of CES MMA, the northeast’s undisputed leader in mixed martial arts. The promotion breaks new ground this weekend with a lineup featuring several prominent in-state fighters, including three competing in a four-man bantamweight world championship eliminator tournament that will culminate with a title bout later this year.

To watch CES 62, download the UFC app or visit ufcfightpass.com. Showtime is 6 pm ET with the live FIGHT PASS stream beginning at 8. Limited tickets for CES 62 are also available online.

Eight Florida fighters are scheduled to appear on Friday’s eight-fight card, highlighting by the start of a four-man tournament to determine who will fight for the vacant CES MMA Bantamweight World Title in 2021.

One title eliminator is an intrastate showdown between Orlando bantamweight Diego Silva (12- 5, 2 KOs) and Coconut Creek veteran Andrew Whitney (18-6, 7 KOs), both making their CES MMA debut. In the other title eliminator, Dinis Paiva (13-8, 7 KOs) of East Providence, RI, a 20-time CES MMA veteran and former bantamweight title contender, faces off against Pensacola native Josh Smith (9-6, 5 KOs).

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Also fighting out of Florida this Friday, Pensacola’s Dahlen Wilson (4-3, 2 KOs) battles Gary Balletto III (5-2, 2 KOs) of Rhode Island, the son of iconic pro boxer and former The Contender reality television star Gary “Tiger” Balletto, in a three-round welterweight bout. Middleweight submission specialist Adriano Capitulino (7-4) battles Long Island’s Hugh McKenna (3-4), a three-time CES MMA veteran, and bantamweight Joe Penafil(5-2) of Orlando faces North Carolina’s Da’mon Blackshear (8-4, 1 KO). Also highlighting the main card is the second of two all-Florida showdowns between bantamweights Carlos Espinosa (5-4, 3 KOs) of Tampa and Coconut Creek veteran Leo Carvalho (3-4).

The bantamweight title eliminator is a potential life-changing opportunity for the fighters involved; all three fighters who’ve won the title since its inception in 2016 – Andre Soukhamthath, Andre Ewell, and Tony Gravely – have gone on to compete for the UFC.

Full fight card info for CES 62 is available at Tapology. Visit CESMMA.com for more information, and follow CES MMA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @CESMMA.

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CES MMA is a mixed martial arts promotional company based out of Providence, RI, founded by legendary boxing promoter Jimmy Burchfield Sr. It promoted the first sanctioned professional MMA event in the state of Rhode Island on Sept. 17, 2010 at Twin River Casino Hotel. Since its inception, CES MMA has been a gateway to the UFC developing the careers of UFC contenders Calvin Kattar, Rob Font, Charles Rosa, William Knight, Mike Rodriguez, Tony Gravely, Andre Soukhamthath and others. In October 2012, CES MMA promoted its first pay-per-view event at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, featuring the professional MMA debut of former WWE superstar Dave Bautista, and recently signed a two-year extension to broadcast exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

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