The once-beaten Andrews choked Owens unconscious with a first-round triangle to retain his lightweight championship in the CES MMA 51 headliner on Friday at the Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Owens (15-12-1) went limp 94 seconds into Round 1.
Andrews (14-1) yielded a takedown after delivering a partially blocked head kick to his dreadlocked challenger. Owens set up shop in full guard but wandered into immediate danger. Andrews framed his triangle choke, locked it in place and squeezed until the job was done.
The 34-year-old Andrews has recorded eight consecutive victories, the last six by submission.
In the co-main event, Youngs MMA export Bruce Boyington submitted Sean Soriano with a second-round rear-naked choke to capture the vacant CES MMA featherweight championship. Soriano (11-5) conceded defeat 1:55 into Round 2, his modest two-fight winning streak a thing of the past.
Boyington (16-11) withstood a number of compromising situations in the first round, where he found himself mounted and defending under almost constant duress. Soriano threatened the taekwondo black belt with a rear-naked choke and an arm-triangle choke but never managed to crack the code. Early in the second, Boyington reversed position after being taken down, advanced to the back and cinched a standing rear-naked choke. Soriano collapsed and was left with no choice but to tap.
The 39-year-old Boyington has won seven of his last 10 bouts.
Meanwhile, BST MMA representative Kris Moutinho overcame considerable difficulty to pocket a unanimous decision over Da'Mon Blackshear in their three-round bantamweight showcase. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Moutinho (6-2).
Blackshear (3-2) controlled much of the first round, as he pieced together his punching combinations, fired off kicks to the body and legs, delivered punishing knees from the clinch and paired a late takedown with effective ground-and-pound. Moutinho persevered, drew his counterpart into deeper water and allowed his dogged determination to do the rest. He held his own on the feet over the final 10 minutes, won a majority of the scrambles and executed takedowns in each of the last two rounds to pull away on the scorecards.
Moutinho, 25, has rattled off back-to-back victories.
In other action, Dylan Lockard was awarded a unanimous decision over Brandon Seyler in a three-round bantamweight battle, drawing 29-28 marks across the board; Jacob Bohn submitted Lewis Corapi with a triangle choke 3:14 into the first round of their lightweight tussle; Blair Tugman took a unanimous decision from Shane Manley in a three-round catchweight affair at 150 pounds, earning 29-28 scores from all three cageside judges; Ras Hylton knocked out Eric Bedard with an elbow strike 1:10 into the second round of their heavyweight match; Hilarie Rose put away Ivana Coleman with punches 3:14 into the second round of their women’s flyweight tilt; Fabio Cherant submitted Buck Pineau with a rear-naked choke 2:43 into the first round of their encounter at 205 pounds; Marisa Messer-Belenchia tapped Kaiyana Rain with a rear-naked choke 61 seconds into the third round of their women’s atomweight confrontation; and Jeff Silva submitted Jesse Pires with a triangle choke 1:42 into the third round of their bantamweight pairing.