265lbs Title : Jean Paul Garcon vs DJ Maximus
Garcon comes into this fight on a 5 fight win streak and is hoping to defend his heavyweight title for a third successive time. This is actually his third stint as the champion and his longest run thus far. His first time around he managed a single defence before losing it to Timur Rubin. Second time he was defeated in his first defence of the belt, again to Rubin. This time it is looking brighter. For a start, the fighter he actually won the title from was the very same fighter that had taken his crown from him on those previous occasions. So he must feel like he finally got over a massive hurdle in his way. The confidence he has gained from that is there for all to see. The streak that I previously mentioned has comprised of him finishing all his opponents by KO/TKO and one would imagine that is something he will be pushing to continue.
Maximus is still kind of an unknown for the CEC fans. He arrived from Aggressive Damage in the merger that happened recently with a 29-14 record and took just over 2 minutes of cage time to make it the big 30 when he demolished fellow newcomer Anthony Joseph in impressive style. Knocking his opponent down numerous times and cutting him open in the process makes him a very dangerous prospect for any fighter. In fact, all 30 of his wins have been by KO/TKO and Garcon has been stopped that way in 6 of his 9 career losses. The downside of the stats for him is that those 14 losses on his record have all been stoppages. The upside for us is that we are likely going to see two big guys throw down with one of them knocking the other out. But who is your money on? Id hate to have to choose.
145lbs : Euphegen Doubdtfire vs Gareth Keenan
The world is ready to crown a new pound for pound king when Doubdtfire and Keenan come face to face in the headlining bout at CEC 569. Actually, when this fight was agreed Doubdtfire was the number 1 fighter but just a few days ago Gareth Keenan sat and watched his stablemate, Saul Goodman, take a split decision victory to overtake the CEC 135 and 145 champion. Doubdtfire wants that spot back and Keenan, who sits at an all time high of 3rd in the world, also wants it but only one will prevail.
Doubdtfire has put together a 12 fight win streak that has seen him take down some of the top names in the sport, including 135lbs champions from GAMMA, Syn, Combate FC and of course here at CEC. He is the decision specialist that does not stop as he looks to outwork every opponent who steps in the cage with him. A slow start to his CEC career had him only pick up a single victory in his first five fights but since then his record has been a remarkable 19-2 and as I said before, a 12 fight unbeaten run. In his last outing we saw him submit the Aggressive Damage champion Sergei Panikov in a unification of the titles after our acquisition of the org earlier in the year.
Keenan is the GAMMA 145lbs champion and is on a 5 fight win streak of his own. His record of 20 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses shows that he deserves to be sitting where he currently is in the rankings. With the numero uno manager in tycoon standing firmly behind him he truly is a force to be reckoned with. He has been to CEC once before where he suffered only his second loss of his career at the hands of Serge Spectre. His only previous loss before that was to Victor Tsoi, a fighter managed by the same guy that has brought Doubdtfire to the very top of the MMA world, Aylib 2.0. Will that fight hold any bearing on this one? Will Keenan get some form of sweet revenge over both Aylib and CEC? Can David Brent come up with the game plan to give him the win and a 1-2 in the fighter rankings? We arent far away from these answers in what should prove to be the biggest fight in CEC since Donowitz vs Connemara.