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April 22, 2014

CES PRESS RELEASE--Bantamweight battle between Doherty, Matsuda could steal spotlight Friday night

[CES Press Release]

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 22nd, 2014) -- As far as big fights go, this is a "must-win" for Tateki Matsuda.

Matt Doherty isn't quite as desperate, but he will be once the bell rings Friday.

"It's do or die for him," Doherty said, "but that's the mentality I'm going with, too.

"I know he's hungry. I'll be hungrier."

Two fighters laying it all on the line inside the cage generally makes for an exciting fight, and the Doherty-Matsuda showdown will be no exception in what could be the Fight of the Night Friday, April 25th, 2014 at "CES MMA XXIII" at Twin River Casino.

Doherty (3-0, 2 KOs), a 25-year-old Salem, Mass., native, is one of the Northeast's rising stars in the bantamweight division looking for the signature victory that could take his career to the next level. Boston's Matsuda (8-5, 4 KOs), for years considered one of the toughest, most technically-sound bantamweights in the region, is coming off back-to-back, split decision losses in 2013 and needs a win Friday to get back on track.

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CES PRESS RELEASE--CES MMA and Revgear join forces: ‘When you go to war, you need the right armor!’

[CES Press Release]

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 21st, 2014) – CES MMA, the premier MMA organization in the Northeast, is excited to join forces with the top combat sports gear manufacturer by proudly announcing Revgear as the “Official Glove” of CES MMA.

On Friday, April 25, 2014 at “CES MMA XXIII” the combatants will be more “powerful and effective” when they step inside the cage wearing Revgear gloves.

CES MMA and Revgear is also developing a media partnership targeted at co-branding exposure through multiple marketing networks. This campaign kicks off with Revgear’s significant presence at “CES MMA XXIII” and continues with CES MMA’s exposure in the Revgear catalog.

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PERRY'S POINTS--False Conditioning

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Article written by Micheal Perry, owner of Skill of Strength

I hear this all the time and see it all over the interwebz. 

“My cardio is great! I never gas out! Sparring felt easy!”

What I’m thinking…great, grand, super, fantastic! (are you catching my sarcasm?)
 Guess what? You aren’t in that great of shape! Before you get yourself in a tizzy, let me explain.

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April 21, 2014

WNXFA FIGHT VIDEO: Shawn O'Dou vs. Nick Valentino

Awesome battle on this beautiful Patriot's Day Holiday.  This fight resulted in a draw between two locals fighting right out of Greenfield Mass.  This fight resulted in a rare draw.  Score it yourself at home and tell us if you agree.

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[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (April 21, 2014) – New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) is pleased to announce the signing of Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington (6-7) to a multi-fight promotional contract.  While the exact figures are unknown, NEF MMA officials have confirmed that the contract is significant, over the course of a number of years with extremely lucrative purses guaranteed.  As part of the contract, Boyington will compete for the Maine State Lightweight Championship at "NEF XIV" later this summer against an opponent to be determined based upon the results of May 10's "NEF XIII" event.

"Bruce is one of the most popular and exciting fighters in New England," said NEF MMA co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo.  "We're so proud and fortunate to have him on board with us for years to come.  The fans in Maine can relish in the fact that Bruce will remain a fixture on NEF cards for a long time.  Don't blink.  You don't want to miss the next Bruce Boyington highlight!"

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April 18, 2014

NEF PRESS RELEASE--Origin Becomes NEF MMA’s Official Apparel Partner

[NEF Press Release]

Rumford, Maine (April 18, 2014) – New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA), the Northeast’s premiere mixed martial arts promotion and Origin, America’s leading BJJ lifestyle brand, announced today a new relationship making Origin the “Official Apparel Partner” of NEF MMA.

On Saturday, May 10th, the alliance formally kicks off during NEF MMA’s “NEF XIII” at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. Origin will be strategically integrated throughout the NEF MMA live event experience. Origin will own highly visible inventory inside the NEF MMA cage and offer products for sale at various consumer touch points in-arena.  Origin will also be a category-exclusive sponsor of all NEF MMA events and the two Maine-based companies will cross-promotionally publicize and advertise their partnership through a multi-faceted activation plan and wide variety of traditional and new media marketing channels.

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CES PRESS RELEASE--Unafraid and unfiltered, Diekmann returns April 25

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 17th, 2014) -- There's no real science to Josh Diekmann's game plan.

"I go out there and try to hit the other guy hard and not let him hit me that hard," Diekmann said. "It's a lot simpler than people make it out to be."

And what if the other guy does hit as hard?

"Who gives a f***?" Diekmann said. "Sometimes you've got to walk into one in order to get one."

What you see is what you get with Diekmann -- unafraid, unfiltered, and always ready to let his hands go. When "The Freight Train" steps inside the cage, there's a strong chance (a 94 percent chance, to be exact) the fight won't go the distance, and that's precisely what Diekmann is hoping for again Friday, April 25th, 2014 when he faces veteran heavyweight Keith Bell (4-4-1, 3 KOs) of Newport News, Va., on the undercard of "CES MMA XXIII" at Twin River Casino.

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UFC on FOX 11: Werdum vs. Browne

April 19, 2014 | Amway Center | Orlando, Florida
FOX, 8 p.m. ET
Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum
Liz Carmouche vs. Miesha Tate
Edson Barboza vs. Donald Cerrone
Yoel Romero vs. Brad Tavares
FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Thiago Alves vs. Seth Baczynski
Pat Healy vs. Jorge Masvidal
Estevan Payan vs. Alex White
Caio Magalhaes vs. Luke Zachrich
Jordan Mein vs. Hernani Perpetuo
UFC Fight Pass, 3:30 p.m. ET
Ray Borg vs. Dustin Ortiz
Mirsad Bektic vs. Chas Skelly
Derrick Lewis vs. Jack May

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April 17, 2014

2 Locals Advance In The Ultimate Fighter as Tyler King Steps Away From MMA

The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 kicked off their season last night on Fox Sports 1.  The coaches for this season are Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn.  As usual, they had 32 fighters fight each other and 16 of them made the house.  Well actually oddly enough one fighter by the name of Cathal Pendred received a bye due to his opponent withdrew from the fight last minute.  This is the first time in TUF history that this has happened and is a huge advantage for Pendred.  Among the fighters were the local fighters I have seen before in the cage, Tyler King, Pat Walsh and Roger Zapata so of course I was rooting for them to all make it.

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April 16, 2014