On Friday, Jan. 30, CES MMA hosted its 27th from the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The night’s main card aired live on AXS TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

The event featured two title tilts in the welterweight and lightweight divisions.

Welterweight champion Chuck O’Neil put his belt on the line against Emmanuel Walo. A veteran of The Ultimate Fighter 13, O’Neil had gone 6-2 since his UFC release. The Massachusetts fighter had won five of his six appearances in the CES cage, including three straight. The 29-year-old had finished 10 of his 14 career wins. Walo, meanwhile, entered his second CES bout riding an eight-fight unbeaten streak. The 28-year-old had tasted defeat just once in his career, his professional debut in 2011.


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Another TUF veteran put his belt on the line at the event as Julian “Let Me Bang Bro” Lane took on Lucas Cruz in a lightweight affair. Lane had reeled off three straight wins to move his record to 8-3-1. Cruz looked to play spoiler having stopped six of his seven career victories before the final bell including a first-round submission win over Jeff Anderson in June.

FULL RESULTS
Chuck O’Neil def. Emmanuel Walo by knockout (punch). Round 1, 0:11 – for welterweight title
Julian Lane def. Lucas Cruz by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) – for lightweight title
Jon Manley def. Brett Oteri by submission (Americana). Round 2, 3:13
Luis Felix def. D’juan Owens by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Dinis Paiva def. Matt Doherty by knockout (punch). Round 1, 0:10
Kyle Bochniak def. Thomas English by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-27)
Rico DiSciullo def. Mak Kelleher by unanimous decision
Robert Sullivan def. James Murrin by unanimous decision
Eric Spicely def. Kevin Haley by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 2:26
Andres Jeudi def. Jeff Anderson by knockout. Round 1, 2:03
Chris Cole def. Dan Cormier by unanimous decision