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February 21, 2018

BOUCHER & SHEA LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM LOSSES AT NEF 33

[NEF PRESS RELEASE]

Portland, Maine (February 8, 2018) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to Aura in Portland on April 14, 2018 with the fight promotion's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 33: Riptide."  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of an amateur catchweight bout to the card.  Nate Boucher (2-2) will face Walt Shea (2-1) at a fight weight of 130-pounds.

 Nate Boucher will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses in the NEF cage.  The former wrestler from Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Maine lost very close split decisions at both "NEF 31" and "NEF 32" recently.  The first was an amateur flyweight title fight against Justin Witham (4-4) in Portland.  Last weekend, Boucher dropped his second split decision in as many events to Ryan Burgess (3-2) in a number-one-contender's fight.  Prior to those two losses, Boucher had been undefeated in the NEF cage.  He currently trains with Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ) in Lewiston, Maine.

 “I’m coming off of two close back-to-back losses, but I’m still committed to my goal of one day winning the NEF championship belt," said Boucher. "Rather than sit on the sidelines, I’m getting right back in there in April. Walt Shea is coming off of his title fight loss to Fred Lear last August, so I know he will be motivated to get back in the win column too. Two motivated guys that are hungry to get back to their winning ways are the ingredients for an awesome battle. I can’t wait!”

February 17, 2018

COMBAT ZONE 65 LIVE PLAY BY PLAY 2/17/2018

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Last minute dropout and Warchild and I stepped up to head out to Manchester New Hampshire.  It was a nice short drive compared to our last trip to Maine.  Calvin Kattar and company have put together a 10 fight card and 2 out of the 10 are kickboxing.  I gotta give a shoutout to Calvin who works double in mma as a fighter training for UFC and running a promotion.  Huge props to you bro!  It was nice seeing all our New Hampshire MMA fans.  The judges tonight are Mike Cordeiro, Nick Mahmood, and Shawn Flanagan.   The host is the one and only John Vena and the refs are John English, Alan Lau, Kevin MacDonald, and Will Kerr.  Poor Alan Lau had to work on his birthday!!!  Kelly MacDonald is the head photographer from Crossface Productions.  Please follow along as I recap the night.

February 16, 2018

Bellator 194 Live Play By Play 2/16/2018

Bellator 194: Live Review; Heavyweight Grand Prix Edition
Travis Lizotte  

  


Official Fight Card Below (Fight order subject to change):
Weights in parenthesis are official weigh-in results:
Undercard 6:30pm:


Tyler Hamilton 1-0 (154.5) v. Pat Casey Debut (155.5)
Lightweight
Round 1: Both fighters come out looking to strike and Hamilton is the first to attempt the takedown but is stuffed. Casey come forward with his head down looking for land some over hands. Hamilton connects with some jabs and Casey rolls out and these guys are looking to throw bombs. Casey catches a kick and looks to dump Hamilton but Hamilton stays on his feet. Both fighters are happy to stay on their feet and trade as both men looks to hit combinations throughout the first round. Hamilton goes for a takedown and is stuffed again and Casey follows with some heavy strikes on the ground. Casey finishes the round with more combinations. 10-9 Casey.
Round 2: Round two starts with a little more respect by both fighters but Casey is getting in some strikes from the outside. Casey is doing a great job using leg kicks to keep the dstanance as he continues to chop down that front leg . Tyler is looking for kicks to the body but Casey is catching those kicks and pressuring him off the exchange. Hamilton lands a kick that dumps Casey and Casey gets up and returns fire putting Tyler on the mat. Casey tries to hope on for the finish but Tyler survives and they return to their feet where then end the round. 10-9 Casey.
Round 3: Casey starts off the third with a right hand that connects and follows with a low leg kick. Casey is getting the better of the stand up exchange yet again and the crowd is into this bout of local New England guys! Casey connects with a right that sends Tyler back to the cage and Casey follows with bombs but can’t finish the tough Hamilton. Tyler gets through with a left that makes Casey put his hands back up. Hamilton is bleeding out of his right eye late in the third, as he tries a few last ditch efforts to touch Casey’s chin but to no avail. 10-9 Casey
Decision: Pat Casey defeats Tyler Hamilton by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)



COMBAT ZONE 65 2/17/2018 TEASER


Combat Zone returns this Saturday on February 17th to the Radisson Hotel in Manchester NH for their 65th show!  This one is going to be a hybrid event of mixed martial arts and kickboxing bouts for the evening.  There are a total of 8 mma battles and 2 kickboxing fights including one of the mma being a professional one.  There are some great Combat Zone favorite studs on the card that will be sure to please the eager fight fans.  The doors will be opening up at 5:30pm and the first fight is set to start at 7pm.  We will have the one and only Todd Selva in attendance covering the event for us all.  Please follow along as I break down the fight card for you all but as usual I will skip the kickboxing portion.

February 15, 2018

Bellator 194 Preview: Heavyweight Grand Prix Edition

Bellator 194: Mitrione vs. Nelson 2; The Preview


Travis Lizotte




Bellator MMA returns to the Mohegan Sun arena Friday night February 16th as two storied Heavyweights take center stage when former Ultimate Fighter 16 finalists; Matt “Meathead” Mitrione (12-5) and Roy “Big Country” Nelson (23-14) square off for the second time in their careers, this time with the second round of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament in their sights. Bellator ‘s Heavyweight tournament will eventually crown a new Heavyweight World Champion, a tournament which kicks off with Mitrione as the odds on favorite to win Bellator Gold, despite Mitrione’s first round knockout loss, in his first meeting with Roy Nelson nearly five years ago. Matt Mitrione is now a nearly 2-1 favorite to claim redemption against the hard hitting Nelson and advance to the second round of the tournament. Roy Nelson however, likes to let his hands do the talking and would love to repeat his first performance against Mitrione and walk away with yet another knockout of the former professional football player. As always when two powerful Heavyweights take to the cage, anything could happen and happen in a hurry and these two guys are out for blood as well as their shot at the Bellator Heavyweight Crown!

February 14, 2018

NEF FIGHT VIDEOS: David Hart vs. Garry Carr | Phil Pearson vs. Mohammad al Kinani


AMATEUR GOLD WILL BE UP FOR GRABS AT NEF 33 IN PORTLAND

[NEF Press Release]

 Portland, Maine (February 7, 2018) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to Aura in Portland on April 14, 2018 with the fight promotion's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 33: Riptide."  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of an amateur featherweight title bout to the card.  Taylor Costantino (3-3) will meet Shawn Lunghi (4-0) for the vacant 145-pound championship.

 Taylor Costantino is a native of Long Island, New York where he began his MMA career in 2011 after being crowned a USA and Pan American Sambo champion.  After moving to Maine, Costantino continued training and made his NEF debut in early 2016 with a 25-second TKO victory over Frank Johanson (2-2).  Currently, he is a member of Evolution Athletix based in Saco.

 "I'm very excited to fight in Portland against a tough opponent," said Costantino. "I've never taken an easy opponent, and this fight is no different. I have a lot to prove to my coaches, my teammates and myself - and a man with something to prove is a dangerous man."

February 9, 2018

STRIKERS WILL BE THROWING BOMBS AT NEF 33 IN PORTLAND


[NEF Press Release]

 Portland, Maine (February 6, 2018) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to Aura in Portland on April 14, 2018 with the fight promotion's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 33: Riptide."  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of a professional bantamweight bout to the card.  Carl Langston (0-0) is scheduled to make his professional debut against Ernesto Ornelas (2-7) at a fight weight of 135-pounds.

 Carl Langston is one of the longest-active members of the NEF roster, having made his debut with the promotion as an amateur in the fall of 2013.  Langston brought an extensive background in Taekwondo with him to the cage, resulting in many exciting striking battles over the years.  Langston finished his amateur career with a record of 7-9 and a win over Ornelas' Choi Institute teammate Henry Clark (3-4) at "NEF 31" in Portland last fall.  Langston is currently a member of Young's MMA in Bangor, Maine.

February 8, 2018

MMA WEEKEND--UFC 221 ROMERO VS ROCKHOLD

UFC 221

UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold

Saturday 02.10.2018 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: Fox Sports 1

Luke Rockhold  vs.  Yoel Romero 185 lbs
Mark Hunt  vs.  Curtis Blaydes 265 lbs
Tai Tuivasa  vs.  Cyril Asker 265 lbs
Jake Matthews  vs.  Jingliang Li 170 lbs
Tyson Pedro  vs.  Saparbek Safarov 205 lbs
Damien Brown  vs.  Dong Hyun Kim 155 lbs
Rob Wilkinson  vs.  Israel Adesanya 185 lbs
A. Volkanovski  vs.  Jeremy Kennedy 145 lbs
Ben Nguyen  vs.  Jussier Formiga 125 lbs
Ross Pearson  vs.  Mizuto Hirota 155 lbs
Teruto Ishihara  vs.  J. QuiƱones 135 lbs
Luke Jumeau  vs.  Daichi Abe 170 lbs