The CES MMA 46 main event pits a pair of grizzled New England-based cage veterans against each other, with former Bellator talent Roger "The Leprechaun" Carroll (16-14) stepping into deep waters to battle 14-time UFC vet John "Doomsday" Howard.
Both men made weight for the bout, as Carroll tipped the scales at 185 pounds and Howard was on the mark at 184. The CES 46 headliner is a mismatch on paper, but anything can happen once the cage door locks.
"The Leprechaun" looks to bounce back from a disappointing two-fight stint under the Bellator MMA banner that included back-to-back defeats at the hands of Neiman Gracie and Brennan Ward. He's hoping to snap a three-fight losing skid -- and he'll have to do it against one of the best middleweights in the world in Howard.
The 34-year-old "Doomsday" most recently competed under the World Series of Fighting banner, going 1-1 against top competition. He looks forward to returning to CES -- a promotion he called home in 2012 and 2013 -- and making an immediate mark in the stacked middleweight division. In his most recent run inside the world-famous Octagon, he upset Uriah Hall before falling short against the likes of Ryan LaFlare and Tim Means.
Elsewhere on the card, three-time Bellator veteran Rico DiSciullo makes his long-awaited return to the cage. He was originally supposed to fight Justin King, but Seth Basler stepped up to take the bout on short notice. CES MMA 46 airs live on AXS TV Fights, Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. in the east, from the historic Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island.