'Fun' is operative word for tonight's CES MMA 47 headliners, Greg Rebello and Derrick Brown

Greg Rebello and Derrick Brown may have very different pro records, but they share one thing: respect for each other’s skills.Coming off a loss at Dana White’s Contender Series 1, 35-year-old Rebello (22-8) makes his 15th CES MMA appearance when he steps in the cage for tonight’s heavyweight headliner. Brown (7-4), in turn, finally makes the promotional debut he’d been longing for.
Considering that Rebello’s 30-fight record dates back to 2005 with a brief retirement in between and Brown’s 11-fight run started being built in 2014, it’s clear who has the experience edge.
Still, Rebello is not resting on that.
“Derrick is a young, athletic, elusive striker,” Rebello told AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale ahead of CES MMA 47, which takes place tonight at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. “He’s good. It’s going to be a tough challenge. He poses a lot of problems. Guys that are big and heavy, and they move around a lot and got good footwork it’s always tough and difficult to figure them out.
“But I’m kind of one of those guys too. So it’s two of us going in there at the same time. It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be fun.”
“Fun,” by the way, is the operative word for the veteran.
“As soon as this sport stops being fun, I’ll stop doing it,” Rebello said. “I have a good time in training, and no matter what I’m doing, if I’m not having fun, I’m not going to do it. That’s kind of my motto.”
Brown, who had a three-fight winning streak snapped by a loss at CFFC 65 to Karl Roberson in May,acknowledges not only Rebello’s experience but his power you know, the type that gave him four knockout wins among his five most recent victorious outings.
But as he prepares for a high-visibility headliner against a seasoned vet, Brown believes he’s got the recipe to keep things from becoming overwhelming.
“Just staying calm and being myself and not trying to do anything out of the ordinary or that I wouldn’t normally do,” Brown said. “But I definitely try to be creative with all of my strikes and all my techniques at the same time.”
Thankfully for the fans, Brown shares his opponent’s willingness to keep things exciting in the cage.
“As a fighter, just know I’m going to bring it,” Brown said. “It’s not going to be boring. I’m not going to just try to take somebody down, to hold them down for three rounds trying to get a decision.
“I don’t want to leave in the judges’ hands. I hate going to the decision. I just want to win, I want to compete, and I want to be fun to watch.”
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