Vinicius De Jesus
Photo credit: Will Paul/CES MMA

Vinicius De Jesus made sure fans would remember his name after CES MMA 58 Saturday night.

De Jesus stopped Chris Lozano in the third round of their main event live on UFC Fight Pass, defending his welterweight title from the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

De Jesus improved to 9-2, showing his strength by recovering from a knockdown suffered at the hands of Lozano in the first round. After battling back, De Jesus dropped Lozano (10-5), pouncing for the finish. Related: Greg Rebello Ready To Prove Himself

Vinicius De Jesus

Photo credit: Will Paul/CES MMA

“I appreciate him (Lozano) accepting this fight when others didn’t,” De Jesus said. “I respect him very much and hope he’s okay and back in the cage soon. I have a high fight IQ and he was difficult to hit. This is for my fans and family.

“My boxing paid off. My father coached me to box. Now, I’m looking for the big show, the lions in the UFC.”

In the co-main event of the night, Parker Porter earned a win over Dirlei Broenstrup, as the Hartford heavyweight finished the Brazilian.

“I knew I started to get tired in the third round,” Porter said. “I felt that I had won the first two rounds and my mentality was stay alive and don’t get taken out. I’d love to get a shot at the CES heavyweight strap in my next fight.”

CES MMA 59 Announced For October

The next CES MMA event will take place Friday, October 25 from the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Sean Soriano will headline the card, with John Gotti III and William Knight also set for bouts.

Soriano is a lightweight from Providence who is 12-6, while Gotti is an unbeaten welterweight and Knight is unbeaten at light heavyweight.

CES MMA 58 Results

Vinicius De Jesus, De Jesus MMA / Norwalk, CT by way of Brazil
WTKO3 (3:22)
Chris Lozano, Warehouse Warriors / Cleveland, OH
(De Jesus retained the CES MMA title)

Parker Porter, Underdog MMA / Hartford, CT
WKO3 (3:17)
Dirlei Broenstrup, Minu Fight Team / Rio Grande, Brazil

Reggie Merriweather, Aaron Thomas Jui Jitsu / Cincinnati, OH
WKO1 (2:37)
Jesse James Kosakowski, PSDTC / Waterbury, CT

Robbie Leroux, Regiment Training / Fall River, MA
WSUB (1:55)
Pete Rogers, Jr., Pete Rogers Karate / Norwich, CT

Jornel Lugo, Combat Club & DZ MMA / West Palm Beach, FL
WKO1 (3:27)
Harris Bonfilgio, Ultimate MMA / Gilford, CT

Adrian Haly, Brooklyn MMA / Brooklyn, NY
WDEC3 (29-28. 29-28, 28-29)
Justin Valentin, Underdog MMA / Meriden, CT

Nick Giuletti, Ultimate MMA / Wallingford, CT
WTKO1 (0:38)
Cody Schieve, Team Schieve / Jasper, IN

Dan Randall, FAA /Granby, MA
WSUB1 (2:33)
Jesse Baughman, Team Link North / Littleton, NH

Will Smith, Golden Falcon MMA & FAA / West Haven, CT
WDEC3 (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Aaron Reese, Jackson Wink MMA / Shaker Heights, OH

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