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August 29, 2015

CAGE TITANS XXV LIVE PLAY BY PLAY 8/29/15

170lb AM Scott Sullivan (1-1, MAXX) vs Bobby Gasdia (2-0, SSSF)
145lb AM Max Barrett (5-4-1, GFMMA) vs David Espino (3-2, Trifecta)
185lb AM Jon Ciampa (0-0, Connors MMA) vs Kris Silck (0-0, Hard Knocks)
125lb AM Jose Lugo (1-0, RAC) vs Miguel Trinadad (1-0, TriForce)
155lb AM Harry Beard (0-0, Connors MMA) vs Chris Mehu (2-1, Gate City MMA)
Hvy AM Gravin Guillen (2-3, Indy) vs Jay Phillips (0-0, SSSF)
125lb AM Mike Brown (3-4, Boston Combat) vs Ryan Kane (3-2, GFMMA)
145lb AM Arslan Otciyev (2-1-1, KDojo) vs Billy Keenan (5-2, Redline)
Hvy AM Phil Kelly (2-1, Redline) vs Brendan Battles (0-0, GFMMA)
Hvy AM Jerrie Hall (0-0, Team Link NH) vs Jeff Soivilien (2-2, SSSF)
170lb AM Tommy Arrington (0-0, Speed School) vs Steve Young (1-0, FightZone)
155 AM Title Don Shainis (4-0 Redline/Victory) vs. Devin Carrier (3-2 Lauzon MMA)
115 AM Title Sarah Click (4-2 GFMMA) vs. Devon Estes (2-1 Martinez BJJ)
145 AM Title Fight Jeff Perez ( 6-2 SBG East) vs. Kris Moutinho (5-2 Rivera Athletics)
170 PRO Myles Reid (0-0 Dungeon MMA) vs. Carlos Correia ( 0-0 DCNU)
170 PRO Louis Torres (1-3 Iron House BJJ)  vs.  Bobby Flynn (3-3 ProElite)
185 PRO Ralph Johnson (FAF 9-14) vs. Cheyenne Vazquez (3-0 Sityodtong)
145 PRO Steve McCabe (7-16 Martinez BJJ) vs. Peter Barrett (3-0 GFMMA)

August 28, 2015

FOX SIGNS DEVELOPMENTAL DEAL WITH NEW ENGLAND FIGHTS


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (August 27, 2015) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, is proud to announce the signing of "Sleepy" Norman Fox (4-2) to an NEF developmental deal.  The deal will see Fox make his professional debut with the promotion in the flyweight division in early 2016.

"I've had a pretty successful run as an amateur with NEF, but it's time to take things to the next level," said Fox.  "No one has seen what I'm fully capable of, but they will soon enough.  The flyweight division is mine."

A member of MMA Athletix in Bath, Maine, Fox debuted with NEF as an amateur in the summer of 2013.  He won his first four fights in NEF all via stoppage.  Fox is considered a rising star in a very thin, but burgeoning, regional flyweight division.

51-YEAR-OLD WRESTLING COACH RETURNS TO MMA CAGE

[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (August 26, 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 an amateur catchweight bout to the fight card.  Pat Kelly (3-0) is scheduled to meet Ken Dunn (0-1) at a fight weight of 160-pounds.

Kelly is the 51-year-old coach of the Camden Hills Regional High School wrestling team in Rockport, Maine, where he has led the team to three state championships.  He also teaches at the school.  Kelly is a 2007 inductee of the Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame.  He won a state title wrestling for Camden-Rockport High School in the early 1980s.  He later wrestled for the University of Maine, winning the New England Championship and competing in the NCAA championships in 1986.  Kelly made his MMA debut in the fall of 2014 at the age of 50 as a member of Bangor, Maine's Young's MMA.  Earlier this year, he was the subject of international headlines after defeating the father-son duo of 46-year-old Dr. Steve Bang (0-1) and Steve Bang, Jr. (3-3) at separate NEF events.

August 27, 2015

MMA WEEKEND--Bellator 141

Bellator 141: Guillard vs. Girtz
August 28, 2015 | Pechanga Resort & Casino | Temecula, California
MAIN CARD
Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET
Melvin Guillard vs. Brandon Girtz
Saad Awad vs. Patricky Freire
Josh Burns vs. Justin Wren
Raphael Butler vs. Lorenzo Hood
PRELIMINARY CARD
MMAjunkie, 7:45 p.m. ET
A.J. Matthews vs. Emiliano Sordi
Derek Anderson vs. Brent Primus
Arlene Blencowe vs. Marloes Coenen
Steven Ciaccio vs. Curtis Millender
Johnny Cisneros vs. Gabriel Miglioli
Luc Bondole vs. Ray Sloan
Adrienna Jenkins vs. Lissette Neri
Josh Barnes vs. A.J. McKee
Ilima MacFarlane vs. Maria Rios

CAGE TITANS XXV TEASER 8/29/15


Cage Titans returns to Plymouth Memorial Hall this Saturday August 29th for their 25th event.  Mr. Polvere and company have once again put together a stellar card that will be sure to get the crowd on their feet.  There are 3 amateur title fights and 4 pro that will make up the main card.  Not to mention there are also 11 amateur fights making up the undercard.  Get your tickets early before they sell out.  First fight starts around 7:05pm and doors open at 6:00PM.  There are too many good fights to mention so we will as always break down every one for you.  Please follow along with me.

August 26, 2015

BELLATOR, WSOF & CFFC VETERAN STEPS IN TO FACE HEYLIGER AT NEF XIX

[NEF Press Release]

 Lewiston, Maine (August 24, 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 that Sidney "Da Gun" Outlaw (4-1) had stepped in to replace Brandon Chagnon (5-4) in a professional welterweight bout against Darrius Heyliger (4-2).

Outlaw is a veteran of the national stage, having competed for Bellator, World Series of Fighting (WSOF) and Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) in the past.  He trains out of Dante Rivera BJJ.  Prior to going professional, Outlaw had a stellar amateur career of 7-1 and captured several regional titles across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

"This is an elite fight," said NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo.  "You have two athletes who are maybe one or two solid wins away from getting the call up permanently to the major leagues of the sport.  We always tell our fans to come see these guys now before you can see them on national TV and pay-per-view.  This fight definitely falls in that category."

August 24, 2015

HARVEY PREDICTS FIGHT TO THE FINISH WITH DIBARTOLOMEO

[NEF Press Release]

 Lewiston, Maine (August 21, 2015) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, will hold its nineteenth mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF XIX: HOMECOMING," on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine.  Headlining the amateur portion of the fight card will be Josh Harvey (4-1) defending the NEF MMA Amateur Lightweight Title against Ryan Dibartolomeo (4-3).  Recently, Harvey was the guest of NEF co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson on the NEF Podcast.

Harvey was introduced to the mats early in life.  He started wrestling in junior high school and continued through his high school years.  He began boxing at the age of 15 and trained in the ring for the next seven years.  It was not until he attended "NEF VIII: Nations Collide" in Bangor that Harvey realized he could have a future in the sport of MMA.

"When NEF came to Bangor and I watched Ray Wood capture the title, and I remembered him from high school wrestling, that was my cue to get in on this," said Harvey.  "I knew it was a true possibility to go somewhere in MMA.  After college, there's nowhere for wrestlers to go.  MMA, that's the outlet.  That's why you see wrestlers dominating in MMA all the way to the top."

August 21, 2015

DEXTER GETS SECOND CHANCE TO WIN GOLD IN A NEW WEIGHT CLASS

 [NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (August 19, 2015) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, will hold its nineteenth mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF XIX: HOMECOMING," on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine.  That night, Team Irish's Ricky Dexter (3-1) is scheduled to meet CJ Ewer (3-2) in an NEF MMA Amateur Welterweight Title eliminator.  Recently, Dexter was the guest on the NEF Podcast hosted by NEF co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Dexter joined Marcus Davis's Team Irish gym after moving home to Bangor, Maine at the conclusion of his military service.  Eventually, Dexter took over the fitness program at the gym, now known as "207 Athletes."  Dexter touched on his progression from joining the gym to becoming a trainer.

"I wanted to keep working out and keep in good shape," said Dexter of his return home to Maine from military service.  "I figured I'd go work out with the guys at Team Irish.  I started doing their workout regimen.  I dabbled a little bit with MMA training.  Slowly I got more into it over time.  It was a good workout.  As time went on, I got better at it.  I got more addicted with the more I learned, with Marcus's knowledge, I got addicted to it.  He hired me to run his fitness class.  After that, I figured I'd take a fight.  I was in pretty good shape."

August 20, 2015

MMA Weekend--UFC Fight Night 74: Holloway vs. Oliveira



UFC Fight Night 74: Holloway vs. Oliveira
August 23, 2015 | SaskTel Centre | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
MAIN CARD
FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET
Max Holloway vs. Charles Oliveira
Neil Magny vs. Erick Silva
Josh Burkman vs. Patrick Cote
Chad Laprise vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Tony Sims
Valerie Letourneau vs. Maryna Moroz
PRELIMINARY CARD
FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET
Misha Cirkunov vs. Daniel Jolly
Felipe Arantes vs. Yves Jabouin
Nikita Krylov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Frankie Perez vs. Sam Stout
PRELIMINARY CARD
UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET
Chris Beal vs. Chris Kelades
Shane Campbell vs. Elias Silverio