July 30, 2014
Lewiston, Maine (July 29, 2014) – On September 6 in Lewiston at "NEF XIV," rising amateur middleweight Mike Vangelist (2-0) will face his toughest opponent to date in the form of the number-two ranked 185-pounder in the Northeast, Buck "Knuckles" Pineau (7-3). Vangelist burst onto the New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) scene late last year, defeating Pineau's teammate, tough veteran Crowsneck Boutin (5-6), via first-round submission in one of the biggest upsets in the fight promotion's history. The victory proved to be no fluke when Vangelist returned to the NEF MMA cage this past February and submitted Dan Connaughton (2-2). Vangelist's success, however, comes as no surprise to those who know him well. A product of Jay Jack's (12-7) The Academy of MMA (AMMA) in Portland, Maine, Vangelist currently holds a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). He recently took time out of his busy schedule from training and his day job with non-profit environmental organization Reverb (www.Reverb.org) to join NEF MMA co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson in the studio for the latest edition of the NEF Podcast.
July 29, 2014
I am posting this a little earlier than usual as I will be busy moving the rest of the week but no worries as you all get as promised the Warrior Nation Teaser! Warrior Nation is back at the Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee Mass this Saturday on August 2nd. The card is what we all expect from Jesse Camp and that is a well matched top quality event. There are 8 fights total in which one of them is a professional fight. Also on the card is a last minute addition and good friend of mine Joe Leonard or as we like to call him at WesternMassMMA.com headquarters, The Artist! Finally another special thing to note is on this fight card is WNXFA's very first female bout which will be sure to get the fans at the Hu Ke Lau roaring! Tickets are still available at the link here starting at $60. The doors will be opening at 5pm and the fights will be starting at approximately 6:30PM. Let me break down the entire fight card for you all.
Next Sunday, August 3rd Cage Titans will be hosting their Media Day/Medical Clinic and it is going to be held at South Shore Sportfighting in Norwell. As always, this is open to fighters, training partners, coaches, fans, etc. (Not just fighters that are fighting for Cage Titans on August 23rd)
1) Medical Clinic - Doctors will be there to take care of all medicals and blood work for your license. (Including CT scan referrals if needed) We can also do just blood or just EKG, etc)
Again, this is open to ALL FIGHTERS not just those fighting on August 23rd so feel free to bring your teammates to take advantage of it, especially if they plan on fighting in the future or have something scheduled upcoming for another promotion.
July 28, 2014
Lewiston, Maine (July 25, 2014) – Ray "All Business" Wood (4-0) was, arguably, the hottest star on the Northeast regional fight scene a little over a year ago. Having just claimed the New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) Maine State Featherweight Title, Wood seemed to be on the fast track to the big leagues of the sport. Then, a devastating knee injury cut that momentum short. After surgery and an extensive rehab period, Wood is scheduled to make his long-awaited return to the cage at NEF MMA's next event, "NEF XIV," on September 6 in Lewiston, Maine. Recently, Wood as a featured guest on the NEF Podcast hosted by NEF MMA matchmaker and co-owner Matt Peterson.
Growing up in Bucksport, Maine, Wood found his early calling competing in the sport of wrestling. While he was, admittedly, not a standout in the sport, Wood had a passion for competition, a passion that would not be satisfied at the collegiate level. His second calling would not come until he joined Young's MMA in Bangor, Maine.
July 25, 2014
Warrior Nation just shared with us the full fight card for their show that takes place at the Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee Mass next Saturday on August 2nd. The card is what we all expect from Jesse Camp and that is a well matched top quality event. There are 8 fights total in which one of them is a professional fight. Also on the card is a last minute addition and good friend of mine Joe Leonard or as we like to call him at WesternMassMMA.com headquarters, The Artist! Finally another special thing to note is on this fight card is WNXFA's very first female bout which will be sure to get the fans at the Hu Ke Lau roaring! Tickets are still available at the link here starting at $60. The full fight card is shown below and stay tuned as we break down every single fight on the card next week. Let us know what fight you are most excited for!
145lbs AM Curtis Watkins (CT United 1-1) vs. Joe Leonard (Ravenous 2-2)
130lbs AM Katlynn Szafarowicz (Strikezone 0-0) vs. Lina Soto (Wai Kru 0-0)
135lbs AM Joe Albani (CT United BJJ 0-0) vs. Will Smith (DCNU 0-0)
125lbs AM Matt Wheeler (Bushido/Metal Dog 0-0) vs. Nick Mancinone (FAA 2-2)
145lbs AM McLynn Cadiente (CT United 1-2) vs. Jose Salazar (BTT/ Wai Kru 1-0)
170lbs AM Sam McCue (Bushido/ Metal Dog 0-0) vs. Connor Barry (Independent 2-1)
HVY AM Ed Nook (CT United BJJ 1-0) vs. Dan Randall (FAA Spfld 1-0)
155lbs PRO Matthew Kinberger (Link 6-3) vs. Jimmy Davidson (Sityodtong 6-0)
July 26, 2014 | SAP Center | San Jose, California
FOX, 8 p.m. ET
Matt Brown vs. Robbie Lawler
Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Dennis Bermudez vs. Clay Guida
Bobby Green vs. Josh Thomson
FOX, 6 p.m. ET
Daron Cruickshank vs. Jorge Masvidal
Patrick Cummins vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Tim Means vs. Hernani Perpetuo
Mike De La Torre vs. Brian Ortega
UFC Fight Pass, 4:15 p.m. ET
Akbarh Arreola vs. Tiago dos Santos e Silva
Noad Lahat vs. Steven Siler
Gilbert Burns vs. Andreas Stahl
Juliana Carneiro Lima vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
July 24, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 24th, 2014) -- With Nick Gonzalez forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against featherweight Charles Rosa due to injury, Rosa has resorted to Plan B, preparing for a dangerous wrestler instead of a slick boxer.
The undefeated Rosa (8-0, 3 KOs) will now face Springfield, Ill., vet Jake Constant (5-4, 2 KOs) Friday, Aug. 8th, 2014 at Twin River Casino on the main card of "CES MMA XXV" live on AXS TV.
Constant brings an entirely different skill set to the table. A former high school All-American and Division II collegiate wrestler at McKendree University in Illinois, the 5-foot-7 Constant may be more inclined to take the fight to the canvas, unlike Gonzalez, a 30-fight veteran with additional experience as a professional boxer.
"Tough kid, but I don't think he's as skilled as Gonzalez," said Rosa, a Peabody, Mass., native now living and training in Delray Beach, Fla., at American Top Team. "Either way, I'll be ready for him. I'm training for this fight as if it were a [Ultimate Fighting Championships] fight. I'm ready for anybody."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 23rd, 2014) -- Chip Moraza-Pollard firmly believes he's the best striker in the northeast. Harley Beekman is offering him the opportunity to prove it.
Pollard and Beekman, the No. 1 and 2 ranked fighters in the region, respectively, among 185-pounders will face one another in a battle for the undisputed top slot Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 at Twin River Casino on the main card of "CES MMA XXV" live on AXS TV.
"Whether it's middleweight, welterweight, whatever, I feel I'm a better striker than everyone around here," Pollard said. "If I'm on my game, I don't feel like anyone can strike with me."
"His striking is okay," countered Beekman. "As a fighter, you're always going to try to amp yourself up. I could say that about myself, too, but I won't. He's certainly an upper-echelon striker, but I feel like I do okay against strikers, and I'm not too shabby myself."
Both fighters have a reason to be confident. They're both coming off wins, coincidentally against the same opponent, former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) vet Tom Egan, and are both at, or near, the top of the leaderboard among middleweights in the northeast.