Dover-Foxcroft’s Derek Shorey, who fights out of the Shatterproof Combat Club in Dexter, will return to the cage at CES 38 on Sept. 23 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Shorey will face Connecticut native Pete Rogers Jr. in a three-round featherweight mixed martial arts bout.

Shorey, a former wrestling state champion at Foxcroft Academy, is 3-7 in a professional MMA career in which nine of his bouts have been for New England Fights. This will mark his second fight for CES, following a submission loss to Kody Nordby at CES 32 in Lincoln, Rhode Island, on Jan. 8.

“I can’t even describe how excited I am for this fight,” said Shorey in a news release. “I’ve taken a lot of short-notice fights, yeah, but I haven’t shown anything close to what I’m capable of. A win isn’t just a win for me. To have a win over a veteran like Pete Rogers Jr., will prove that I belong here, and that I can put my faith in getting better. It’ll be a huge night for me.”

Rogers is 2-3 overall, 1-2 for Bellator MMA and 1-1 for CES. He is coming off a loss to Marius Enache at Bellator 144 last October at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

CES 38 also will include a lightweight battle between UFC veterans Levan Makashvili (11-2-1) and Sean Soriano (9-4). Makashvili is coming off a unanimous-decision victory over Bangor’s Ryan Sanders at CES 36 on June 10 in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...