CES MMA 53 results: Tony Gravely claims vacant belt with 36-second slam KO of Kody Nordby

Tony Gravely (16-5) had to deal with an opponent change in the final 24 hours before his bid at the CES MMA bantamweight title, but he handled the challenge in incredible fashion, needing just 36 seconds to finish Kody Nordby (9-5).

The battle for the promotion’s vacant belt served as the headlining contest of Friday’s CES MMA 53 event, which aired on AXS TV from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

Nordby came out swinging heavy leather to start, but Gravely avoided the big shots and drug his opponent to the floor. Nordby showed skill from his back, locking in an armbar with a beautiful transition. Gravely countered by trying to slam out of the hold. The first attempt didn’t work, but the second saw Nordby’s head slam to the canvas, leaving him unconscious.

Santiago impresses in co-feature

In the night’s co-feature, flyweight Richie Santiago (6-1) dealt with some early trouble from opponent Billy Giovanella (9-8) before swinging the momentum firmly in his favor and scoring a submission win at the 3:13 mark of the first round.

The fight hit the floor in the early going, with Giovanella latching on to a guillotine after falling to his back. However, Santiago cleared the trouble with relative ease and started to work from top position, where he advanced through his options. A vicious barrage of punches from mount threatened to end the contest, though Giovanella turned to escape. However, Santiago quickly locked in his hooks on the back, immediately getting the rear-naked choke in place and squeezing for the tap.

The night’s main card opened in odd fashion, with heavyweight Parker Porter (6-5) seemingly on his way to a first-round victory via ground-and-pound blows over Keith Bell (9-9-1). However, referee Kevin MacDonald warned him several times about punching to the back of the head and eventually called for time at the 2:30 mark of the first round. When Bell was deemed unfit to continue, he was awarded the win via disqualification.

Complete CES MMA 53 results include:

MAIN CARD

  • Tony Gravely def. Kody Nordby via knockout (slam) – Round 1, 0:36 – to claim vacant bantamweight title
  • Richie Santiago def. Billy Giovanella via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:13
  • Andy Aiello def. Zachary Burhans via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kris Moutinho def. James Quigg via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Johnny Lopez def. Josh Ricci via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – Round 3, 5:00
  • Dylan Lockard def. Anthony Wright via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:35
  • Keith Bell def. Parker Porter via disqualification (punches to the back of the head) – Round 1, 2:30

PRELIMINARY CARD

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