History will be made Friday night at Twin River Casino. Just how much history remains to be seen.
In addition to Kaline Medeiros (1-3, 1 KO) and Rachel Sazoff (0-0) battling in Rhode Island’s first professional female mixed martial arts’ bout, local fan favorites Todd “The Hulk” Chattelle (11-9, 8 KOs) and Andre Soukhamthath (5-1, 3 KOs) will each attempt to become the winningest fighter in Classic Entertainment & Sports’ history when CES MMA presents “Rise Or Fall,” live from Twin River Casino on Friday, Oct. 4th, 2013.
“What a dynamic card!” CES president Jimmy Burchfield said. “It’s a promoter’s dream.”
Chattelle and Soukhamthath, both from Rhode Island, are tied with five wins apiece since beginning their CES careers in 2011 and 2012, respectively. A victory in Friday’s main event against middleweight John Troyer (14-9, 5 KOs) of Kentucky would give Chattelle either a share or sole possession of at least three CES records; he already leads the promotion with eight total bouts and four first-round knockouts.
With a win over bantamweight Billy Vaughn (12-15, 3 KOs) of Columbus, Ohio, Soukhamthath (5-1, 3 KOs) would keep pace with “The Hulk” and extend his streak to six consecutive victories, adding to the CES record he set in June when he passed Chattelle’s four-fight win streak with his fifth consecutive win.
Aside from the personal achievements, the always-busy Chattelle is also looking to get back on track after suffering his third loss in four fights in a submission loss to Dennis Olson in April, a rematch of Chattelle’s pro debut in 2007, which also ended in a loss. “The Hulk” finished an unprecedented 4-0 in 2011 before hitting this most recent rough stretch, and the journey gets no easier Friday against Troyer, a three-time Bellator Fighting Championships veteran searching for his first win since November.
Medeiros and Sazoff will forever be linked as the first female fighters to face one another in Rhode Island, but only one will make history as the first to win a fight. Medeiros, a Fall River, Mass., resident born in Brazil, has four professional bouts under her belt. Last year, she earned her first win with a 7-second knockout over highly-decorated amateur Stephanie Eggink and, as a result, won the 2012 Knockout of the Year by the Women’s MMA Press Association.
Tickets for “Rise Or Fall” are $36.00, $56.00, $101.00 and $126.00 and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.
The undercard features the CES debut of heavyweight John Johnston (3-0, 3 KOs) of Melrose, Mass., who will battle veteran Chris Guillen (13-15, 1 KO) of St. George, Utah, and the return of lightweight Charles Rosa (4-0, 2 KOs), a resident of Delray Beach, Fla., who graduated from Rhode Island’s Johnson & Wales University and made his Twin River debut in August. Rosa will face Steve McCabe (6-13, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia.
Lightweight Marc Stevens (14-8, 6 KOs) of Lorraine, N.Y., will battle Philadelphia’s Andrew Osborne (7-6, 2 KOs) in a three-round bout and Meriden, Conn., lightweight Willie Brown Jr. (0-0) will search for his first win against Angelo Rodriguez (1-0, 1 KO) of Worcester, Mass. Welterweight Tommy Venticinque (0-0) of Warwick, R.I., will face Metheun, Mass., veteran Brandon Chagnon (3-4), and fellow welterweight Nick Drummond (4-0, 1 KO) of Boston will put his unbeaten record on the line against hard-hitting veteran Ralph Johnson (5-7) of nearby Worcester. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “Rise Or Fall.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance).