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July 3, 2015


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (July 2, 2015) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, will hold its nineteenth mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF XIX," on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  Earlier today, the promotion announced the first amateur bout on the fight card.  Fred Lear (3-1) is scheduled to meet Henry Clark (2-1) at a catchweight of 140-pounds.

Lear made his amateur debut with NEF in the summer of 2013.  He has accumulated a perfect record of 3-0 in the NEF cage, his only amateur loss coming outside the promotion on a fight card in New Hampshire this past spring.  Two of Lear's three victories in NEF have come by strikes while in mount position.  He has exhibited one of the most effective ground-and-pound offenses of any amateur currently on the NEF roster.  Lear is a member of Young's MMA in Bangor, Maine.

"In preparation for Clark, we will be looking to get 1% better every day," said Lear of his fight camp at Young's.  "As per usual, this will be a team effort and I recognize and respect the challenge ahead of us.  Henry is dangerous and versatile."

July 2, 2015


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (July 1, 2015) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, will hold its nineteenth mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF XIX," on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  Earlier today, the promotion announced the addition of a professional lightweight bout to the fight card.  Matt "Ken Doll" Denning (1-0) will return after a lengthy absence to face Zenon "Kabar" Herrera (0-1) at a fight weight of 155-pounds.

Denning last appeared for NEF in November 2014.  After a 4-1 career in NEF as an amateur, Denning debuted in the professional ranks that evening against Derek Shorey (2-2).  He would win the fight by first-round submission.  Denning will make the move up to 155-pounds from 145-pounds for this fight.  He is a member of Lewiston's Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ).

"After taking some time off, it feels good to be back for NEF," said Denning.  "It's going to be a tough fight-Zenon has had over ten ammy fights and made his pro debut against my coach, who is a really tough opponent. The only loss I've had for NEF was at 155 and it's going to be a test for me to come back and see how I do. I'm a small 155er and I'm ready to show skills win over size. This will probably be the longest dog fight I've had, but I'm ready for it."

Zenon Herrera is hungry for a win after dropping his last two fights in a row.  Herrera made his professional debut at "NEF XVIII" last month in a losing effort to CMBJJ coach Jesse Erickson (5-4).  He is an independent fighter out of Skowhegan, Maine.  Herrera is a veteran of both the United States Army and Marine Corps, having served a combined nine years between the two military branches.

July 1, 2015

Plethora of Northeastern Talent Completes “Bellator: Lima vs. Koreshkov” Undercard

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 1, 2015) – Four preliminary bouts featuring prime east coast fighters have been added to complete the full card of “Bellator: Lima vs. Koreshkov,” which takes place July 17 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

The additional bouts include a featherweight faceoff between Waylon Lowe (15-6, 1 NC) and Ryan Quinn (10-5,1 NC), Billy “Wolverine” Giovanella (8-3), who faces Rodrigo “The Young Lion” Almeida (12-2) at bantamweight, Kaline “The Dark Angel” Medeiros (4-4), who fights Sarah “Soulja” Payant (1-0) in a women's strawweight scrap, and lightweights Dean “The Hammer” Hancock (1-0) versus Alex Dunworth (2-1,1 NC).

Bellator 140 features five world-class welterweight bouts including World Champion Douglas Lima (26-5) and Andrey Koreshkov (17-1),Chris Honeycutt (6-0) vs. Paul Bradley (22-6), Michael “Venom” Page (7-0) taking on Rudy Bears (16-13), Brennan “The Irish Bad Boy” Ward (10-3) scrapping with Gavin “War Horse” Sterritt (6-1), and knockout artist Paul “Semtex” Daley (36-13-2) challengingDennis Olson (14-8). The event also boasts several additional previously announced preliminary contests featuring more top prospects from the Northeastern United States.
The main card airs live and free on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while the announced preliminary bouts stream on at 7 p.m. ET.

Tickets for "Bellator MMA: Lima vs. Koreshkov," which start at just $25, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office or

Bellingham, MA’s Billy Giovanella is 4-1 in his last five fights heading into his bantamweight bout. His last four victories include three submissions and a knockout en route to his Uncasville bout. Giovanella’s challenger Remo Cardarelli of Framingham, MA will look to rely on his record-proven submission talent to win. Expect both fighters to relentlessly compete to break from recent losses on their record.

Danbury, CT’s Dean Hancock wowed fans with a first round submission victory at Bellator’s “British Invasion” event. Hancock will look to repeat his entertaining performance by defeating challenger Dunworth of Bridgewater, MA, who makes his Bellator debut riding a two-fight winning streak.

Another Danbury, CT fighter Ryan Quinn, who trains with American Top Team in Connecticut has found great success in the Bellator cage, emerging perfect in all six of his appearances. He now faces an established veteran of the sport in Philadelphia’s Waylon Lowe, who fights under the Bellator promotion for the first time since 2009, when he scored a win in his promotional debut.

Kaline Medeiros of Fall River, MA, has taken three unanimous decision victories in her last four bouts, and scored an impressive knockout just seven seconds into a fight. She takes on Sarah Payant from West Springfield, MA, who makes her Bellator debut following up her first professional bout this past March, where she scored a triangle choke submission victory.

Main Card (9 P.M. EST)

Bellator Welterweight Title Fight: Douglas Lima (26-5) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (17-1)
Bellator Welterweight Feature Fight: Chris Honeycutt (6-0) vs. Paul Bradley (22-6)
Bellator Welterweight Feature Fight: Michael Page (7-0) vs. Rudy Bears (16-13)
Bellator Welterweight Feature Fight: Brennan Ward (10-3) vs. Gavin Sterritt (6-1)
Bellator Welterweight Feature Fight: Paul Daley (36-13-2) vs. Dennis Olson (14-8)

Preliminary Card (7 P.M. EST)

Bellator Welterweight Prelim Fight: Josh Neer (36-14) vs. Matt Secor (6-2)
Bellator Bantamweight Prelim Fight: Blair Tugman (7-5) vs. Rodrigo Almeida (12-2)
Bellator Welterweight Prelim Fight: Ilya Kotau (debut) vs. Nicolas Sergiacomi (1-0)
Bellator Heavyweight Prelim Fight: Parker Porter (5-4) vs. Eric Bedard (6-5)
Bellator Bantamweight Prelim Fight: Billy Giovanella (8-3) vs. Remo Cardarelli (4-2)
Bellator Lightweight Prelim Fight: Dean Hancock (1-0) vs. Alex Dunworth (2-1,1 NC)
Bellator Strawweight Prelim Fight: Kaline Medeiros (4-4) vs. Sarah Payant (1-0)
Bellator Featherweight Prelim Fight: Waylon Lowe (15-6, 1 NC) vs. Ryan Quinn (10-5, 1 NC)

About Bellator MMA
Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 400 million homes worldwide in over 120 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

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[NEF Press RElease]

New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, held its eighteenth mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF XVIII: MADE IN AMERICA," a little over two weeks ago at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  The event was the third held by the fight promotion at the venue in just a four-month stretch, and it capped the most successful half-year period in the promotion's history.

NEF is the brainchild of Massachusetts attorney Nick DiSalvo and Maine State Representative Matt Peterson (D-Rumford).  The pair met in the fall of 2011 and formed a business partnership with the intent of promoting MMA events.  Both being avid, lifelong fans of combat sports, DiSalvo and Peterson decided to setup shop in Lewiston, Maine, the famed home of the Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston world heavyweight championship rematch of 1965.  NEF's first event in Lewiston, held in February 2012, outdrew Ali-Liston II by more than 800 fans with over 3200 in attendance.

June 30, 2015


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (June 29, 2015) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, will hold its nineteenth mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF XIX," on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  Earlier today, the promotion announced the addition of a professional lightweight bout to the fight card.  Jesse "The Viking" Erickson (5-4) is scheduled to meet Ricky "Savage" Sylvester (2-1) at a fight weight of 155-pounds.

Erickson, after challenging unsuccessfully twice for the NEF MMA Professional Lightweight Championship last fall, is undefeated in 2015.  Erickson downed Mark DeFord (0-4) in April in under two minutes with an impressive knockout.  He followed up that performance with yet another first-round victory over Zenon Herrera (0-1).  Erickson will look to make it three victories in a row on September 12 in Lewiston.  He is a coach at Lewiston's Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ).

"I'm looking forward to the challenges Ricky presents," said Erickson of his opponent Ricky Sylvester.  "He is a talented athlete with power behind his strikes.  I have worked hard to develop my striking game and look forward to putting it on display against him in September.  Bring your A-game Ricky because I'll be ready for a war!"

Ricky Sylvester last appeared in the NEF cage in September 2014.  That night, he shocked the NEF universe with an arm bar submission win over promotion regular Tollison Lewis (0-4).  A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Sylvester relocated to Orlando, Florida where he put in time training with the world renown American Top Team (ATT). Back home in New England, Sylvester seeks to bounce back after a loss last November in New Hampshire in his previous bout.

June 29, 2015

June 26, 2015

MMA Weekend--Bellator 139: Kongo vs. Volkov | UFC Fight Night 70: Machida vs. Romero

Bellator 139: Kongo vs. Volkov
June 26, 2015 | Kansas Star Arena | Mulvane, Kansas
Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET
Cheick Kongo vs. Alexander Volkov
John Alessio vs. David Rickels
Pat Curran vs. Emmanuel Sanchez
Joe Schilling vs. Hisaki Kato
MMAjunkie, 6:45 p.m. ET
Bubba Jenkins vs. Joe Wilk
Aaron Ely vs. Jeimeson Saudino
Bobby Cooper vs. Pablo Villaseca
Daniel Gallemore vs. Augusto Sakai
Bryanna Fissori vs. Iony Razafiarison
Javy Ayala vs. Alex Huddleston
Gaston Reyno vs. Greg Scott
Derek Bohi vs. Frederick Brown
Cody Carrillo vs. Marcio Navarro

UFC Fight Night 70: Machida vs. Romero
June 27, 2015 | Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino | Hollywood, Florida
FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET
Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero
Lorenz Larkin vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Eddie Gordon vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Steve Bosse vs. Thiago "Marreta" Santos
Hacran Dias vs. Levan Makashvili
FOX Sports 2, 8 p.m. ET
Joe Merritt vs. Alex Oliveira
Sirwan Kakai vs. Danny Martinez
Lewis Gonzalez vs. Leandro Silva
Steve Montgomery vs. Tony Sims

June 24, 2015

Cage Titans 24: Main Event and Fight #9

115lbs Female Amateurs: Devon Estes (1-1 Martinez BJJ) Vs Hilarie Rose (1-0 USMMA)

 Main Event 145lbs Professionals: Steve McCabe (6-16 Martinez BJJ) Vs Fernando Perez (6-12 NSMT) 

NEF FIGHT VIDEO: Crowsneck Boutin vs. Ryan Cowette

June 23, 2015