Matt Bessette (R) (Will Paul/CES MMA)

CES MMA 41 Results: Bessette Stops Croom To Retain Featherweight Title

On Friday, Jan. 27, CES MMA held its 41st event from the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

In the night’s main event, CES featherweight champion Matt Bessette defended his title against Bellator veteran Kevin Croom. Bessette extends his winning streak to six including four submissions and two knockouts. “The Mangler” has compiled an impressive seven wins inside the Bellator cage over the past four years. Croom had traded wins and losses after going on a tremendous 10-fight win streak during a nearly two year stretch from 2012 to 2014.

The event aired live at 9 p.m. ET on AXS TV. Video highlights of the event appear above (courtesy of AXS TV).


Matt Bessette def. Kevin Croom by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 0:32 – featherweight title
Patrick Walsh def. Kevin Haley by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2, 0:23
Dinis Paiva def. Jordan Espinosa by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Kody Nordby def. David Garcia by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2, 4:20
Keith Bell def. Tyler King by knockout (punch). Round 1, 1:38
Carlos Candelario def. Miguel Restrepo by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:11
Greg Rebello def. Danyelle Williams by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:59