A pair of Ohio fighters will return to compete on the East Coast for CES MMA in the coming months, as both Julian Lane (9-5-1) and Chris Curtis (13-4) will make their respective returns to the organization.
First up, Lane will travel to Lincoln, Rhode Island on March 11 to face Nate Andrews (7-1) as part of CES MMA 33. The Mansfield, Ohio native has competed for CES four times, picking up victories over Gemiayale Adkins, Luis Felix, and Lucas Cruz in title fights before dropping the lightweight title to Felix at CES MMA 30 last year.
Rhode Island’s Andrews has competed for much of his career under the CES banner, posting a 6-1 record for the promotion.
Curtis, the CES welterweight champion, will defend his title against UFC veteran Nah-Shon Burrell (12-6) at CES MMA 34 on April 1. The event takes place at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut and Curtis’ bout is expected to be the main event on AXS TV.
Cincinnati’s Curtis won the 170-pound title with a first round TKO over Gil de Freitas at CES MMA 32 in January to extend his winning streak to three in a row. Now, the “Action Man” looks to prove that he belongs in the UFC with a victory over a fighter who has been there in the past.
Burrell posted a 1-1 record in the UFC after a stint in Strikeforce, and was cut from the promotion in 2013. He’s had an up-and-down ride since, going 3-3 while fighting for Bellator and in regional competition.
Stay tuned to BluegrassMMA for more on Curtis, Lane, and CES MMA.