Friday night, I attended CES 36 at Twin River Casino to see the up-and-coming MMA fighters. Most of the fighters are local, hailing from NY, RI, and MA and representing the east coast by showcasing their talents live on AXS TV. PerSources Sports favorite local fighter, Matt Tullos, fought in his second professional bout, losing a decision to a strong Georgian fighting out of Long Island, Merab Dvalishvilli. No shame in defeat, and all Tullos’ fans know he will come back with a vengeance.
It was a great night of fights for MMA fans who made the trip to see some professional fighting at a high level. Twin River Casino provides a great venue for MMA fights of that caliber. Not a bad seat in the place, and there is the ability to pretty much walk around the place and get any angle of the fight that you want. The crowd was loud all night, and every fighter had their own group cheering them on. Tullos was one of the most noticeable fan bases, with the blue Tullos shirts easily spotted throughout.
The biggest and loudest fan base of the night would have to go to the fighter who stole the show with his TKO, Josh “The Problem” Laberge. With Joe Lauzon in his corner and a sea of Lauzon MMA shirts in the crowd going wild, “The Problem” brawled his way into the second round, bringing his opponent Jonathan Lemke into deep waters and rocking him with a big overhand right. Lemke was wobbled, but he showed great toughness, as Laberge rushed in throwing bombs and pressed Lemke against the cage and landed big shots that forced the ref to step in and stop the fight. Laberge’s crowd erupted, along with the rest of the Twin River Casino crowd. It was the most memorable and exciting moment of the night, bringing the whole crowd to their feet.
The main event was Nate “The Snake” Andrews vs. Luis Muro. The top fight of the night delivered, containing the excitement of the night ending with “The Snake” submitting Muro in the third round. I recommend more local and east coast MMA fans to attend more local MMA events and support local fighters.
This was the first MMA event PerSources Sports was represented at with media credentials. I was proud to represent the site and our founder TPR for CES 36, and we will continue to represent the site at more MMA events in the future. We will also continue to follow and support Matt “The Paperboy” Tullos in his bright future. He had a stumble along the way Friday night, but anyone that knows him knows he will overcome this defeat and go back to training and come back better than ever.