There is only one big MMA event this weekend and it comes to us from the Classic Sports & Entertainment promotion. The event will be headlined by a pair of title bouts as Gil De Freitas defends the welterweight belt against Chris Curtis and Luis Felix defends the lightweight belt against Ryan Sanders.
When asked to step up on just two week’s notice and face reigning CES MMA Lightweight Champion Luis Felix on the nationally televised main card of “CES MMA XXXII,” Ryan Sanders didn’t even have to think twice.
“There was no second guess, no second thought,” said Sanders, a native of Bangor, Maine. “In this sport, you have an opportunity like this only once in a career and you have to jump at it.”
Sanders (9-7, 1 KO) will face Felix in a three-round non-title fight at a catch weight of 160 pounds on Friday night’s main card, which airs live on AXS TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET. The Sanders-Felix is one six televised bouts on the main card and a major step up for Sanders, who’s won two consecutive fights and three of his last four.
“I just think this fight just fell into my lap for a reason and I’m going to make the most of it. I have no pressure on me. All the pressure’s on Luis,” Sanders said. “He has to show up. It’s his hometown. It’s his backyard. All I have to do is just go in there and fight, so all the pressure’s on him. I’m just looking for a good fight, hoping to entertain the fans and put on a show and let CES know I’m here to fight, too.”
De Freitas will be making the first defense of his championship, which he won by defeating Chip Moraza-Pollard at CES MMA 31. Curtis will be making his CES MMA debut in this fight and he does so while on a two fight winning streak. De Freitas is actually a double champion as he also holds the New England Fights Welterweight Champion. De Freitas will be challenging for a title for the first time since turning pro and he previously fought UFC veteran Forrest Petz. De Freitas has an amazing ground game and he will use that to get the first round submission on Curtus to keep his championship.