Hard-hitting De Castro, Gotti III ready to put on a show next month at CES 65

CES MMA 65 at the Providence Career and Technical Academy is just two weeks away with several major additions upgrading an already stacked lineup on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

Fall River, MA, heavyweight Yorgan De Castro (6-3, 5 KOs) headlines in a highly-anticipated showdown against Danyelle Williams (8-6, 6 KOs) of Minnesota as CES MMA returns to Providence with a special 4 pm ET start time on Sunday, November 7.

Tickets for the event are available online at CESFights.com. The FIGHT PASS stream begins live at 5 with play-by-play announcer Michael Parente (@MichaelParente) and color commentator and 27-time UFC veteran Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon).

Also fighting at CES 65, welterweight John Gotti III (5-1, 4 KOs) of Oyster Bay, NY, makes his long-awaited return to the cage against Aaron Hedrick (10-10, 1 KO) of Oklahoma and PFL and World Series of Fighting vet Andre Harrison (21-2, 3 KOs) of Long Island makes his CES MMA debut against Brazilian Mauro Chaulet (14-7, 5 KOs).

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Queens bantamweight Ashiek Ajim (4-1, 3 KOs) battles Carlos Espinosa (5-4, 2 KOs) of Tampa, hometown favorite John Douma (5-2, 2 KOs) of Providence faces bantamweight Tristan Lindi (2-2, 2 KOs) of Ohio, and middleweight Pat McCrohan (4-3, 3 KOs) of Berkley, MA, returns from a two-year layoff against Hugh McKenna (3-4) of Long Island.

Fresh off a big knockout win at CES 64 in September, lightweight Nate Ghareeb of Southampton, MA, battles David Bollea (5-2) of Las Vegas while flyweight Matt Almy (4-4, 1 KO) of Binghamton, NY, faces Springfield’s Tim Flores (2-1). The preliminary card features a bantamweight showdown between pro debut Ryan Pompey of Providence and Dru Davis-Henry (0-2) of Hawaii in addition to Providence featherweight Tyrime Da Silva making his professional debut against Josh Hardy (0-1) of Vermont. Fall River fighters Aaron Hughes (1-1, 1 KO) and pro debut Kideby Gordon will compete in separate bouts in the featherweight and bantamweight divisions, respectively.

With the past year and a half wreaking havoc on the combat sports world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CES MMA continues to rededicate its focus to bringing its fans top-quality entertainment and evenly-matched bouts in new venues.

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Seven months after breaking ground in Florida, the long-running promotion returns to the capital city for the first time since 2012 when WWE legend Dave Bautista fought his first and only professional MMA bout at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on pay per view.

De Castro, who was born in Cape Verde and lived in Portugal as a teenager before moving to the United States, returns to CES MMA, where he went 3-0 between 2017 and 2019 before earning a spot on Dana White’s Contender Series. With a knockout win over Sanford Alton Meeks, De Castro advanced to UFC 243 and proceeded to knock out Justin Tafa in the opening round, extending his record to 6-0. De Castro’s ensuing two-year stretch with the UFC included a high-profile showdown with ex-NFL standout Greg Hardy at UFC 249 and a back-and-forth battle with Brazilian heavyweight Carlos Felipe at UFC on ESPN in October of 2020.

The November 7 headliner against Williams will be De Castro’s first appearance with CES MMA since CES 54 in 2019 when, coincidentally, he made his heavyweight debut after fighting primarily at light heavyweight with a unanimous decision win over Carlton Little.

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All eyes November 7 will also be on Gotti, who returns to the cage for the first time in more than a year. The rising welterweight prospect raced out to a 5-0 record under the guidance of CES MMA before suffering his first career loss at CES 61 against Nick Alley. Gotti boasts four wins by knockout, all coming in the first round.

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