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June 29, 2017


[NEF Press Release]

Bangor, Maine (June 23, 2017) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to the Cross Insurance Center on Saturday night, August 5, 2017 with the fight promotion's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 30: Rumble in Bangor."  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of a professional featherweight bout to the fight card.  Aaron "Relentless" Lacey (4-0) will take on Bryan Goldsby (18-15) at a fight weight of 145-pounds.

Goldsby will be the most experienced fighter Bangor-area prospect Aaron Lacey has ever faced in the cage.  He has four Bellator bouts under his belt and has faced national stars such as Will Campuzano (14-6) and Jeff Curran (36-17-1).  Goldsby made his NEF debut earlier this month, not in the MMA cage but in the boxing ring.  The August 5th bout will represent his return to the cage after more than a three year absence.

Lacey put on a "fight of the night" performance last year in Bangor in a brutal back-and-forth war against John Santos (3-5).  It was the only fight of Lacey's pro career thus far to make it to the judges' scorecards.  He has finished all three of his other opponents via first-round submission.  The fight with Goldsby will be Lacey's first since last November.

"Fighting in Bangor last year was a dream come true, but it also showed me I have a lot to work on," said Lacey. "I have been nonstop since then and have made giant improvements. Goldsby is a seasoned opponent who has fought at some of the highest levels the sport has to offer. This will be a big test for me and I'm looking forward to showing everyone just how dangerous I can be!"

“NEF 30: Rumble in Bangor” will be held at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Tickets are on sale now at

June 27, 2017

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Santiago Battles Shawdee in Combat Zone MMA 62 “Legendary” Loaded Card Friday Night at The Radisson

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[Combat Zone Press Release]

Manchester, NH (June 26, 2017)- It will be all-out war when Wilfredo “The Brown Bomber” Santiago and Ray “Relentless” Shawdee, who are two titans of the New England professional MMA ranks and rising stars, climb into the cage for the co-main event of Combat Zone 62 “Legendary” on Friday night June 30 the Downtown Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.
Santiago (7-4), who hails from Lawrence, MA and trains with national and international stars of the UFC at the famed Jackson Wink Gym in Albuquerque, NM, returns to his regional roots to get back on the winning track when he and Shawdee meet at catch-weight of 174 pounds.
Santiago, who is rated as the No. 2 welterweight and the No. 3 middleweight in New England by the website, last time out saw his four-fight win streak snapped by No. 1 ranked welterweight Chris Curtis via a main event second round TKO in Curtis’ title defense for promoter CES.

Shawdee (5-2), a Lowell, MA native and the head coach and owner of New England Top Team in Windham, NH, has never lost in the Combat Zone cage in five career bouts and is riding a four-fight winning streak in both pro MMA and kickboxing.
In his last three fights- CZ 60, CZ 59, and CZ 54- Shawdee dispensed with respected opponents Crowsneck Boutin, Ricky Sylvester and Buck Pineau, in terrific kickboxing contests that showcased his considerable skills and trademark toughness.

June 26, 2017


[NEF Press Release]

Bangor, Maine (June 21, 2017) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to the Cross Insurance Center on Saturday night, August 5, 2017 with the fight promotion's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 30: Rumble in Bangor."  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of an amateur championship bantamweight contest to the fight card.  Fred Lear (5-2) is scheduled to meet Walt Shea (2-0) for the vacant NEF MMA Amateur 135-pound championship.

A member of Young's MMA based in Bangor, Lear is riding a two-fight win streak into the first hometown fight of his career.  In February of this year, Lear defeated Shea's First Class MMA teammate Michael Crespo (3-3) with a second-round technical knockout.  He is a finisher, with all but one of Lear's five victories coming by way of technical knockout or submission.  He is promising local fans a crowd-pleasing fight against Shea on August 5th.

June 24, 2017


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"The Review"

by Todd "Results" Selva

GRAPPLING Chris Manley (Chris Manley MMA & Self Defense) vs. Gabriel Souza (Casa of Jiu Jitsu)

Round 1:  Both men go back and forth battling for position and looking to finish the match by submission.  The match goes to the judges score cards.

This match is a majority Draw

June 23, 2017

MMA WEEKEND--Bellator NYC | UFC Fight Night 112

Bellator NYC

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva

Saturday 06.24.2017 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: Spike TV

Chael Sonnen  vs.  Wanderlei Silva 205 lbs
Fedor Emelianenko  vs.  Matt Mitrione 265 lbs
Michael Chandler  vs.  Brent Primus 155 lbs
Aaron Pico  vs.  Zach Freeman 155 lbs
Douglas Lima  vs.  Lorenz Larkin 170 lbs
Phil Davis  vs.  Ryan Bader 205 lbs
James Gallagher  vs.  Chinzo Machida 145 lbs
Neiman Gracie  vs.  Dave Marfone 170 lbs
Heather Hardy  vs.  Alice Yauger 125 lbs
Ryan Couture  vs.  Haim Gozali 170 lbs
Jerome Mickle  vs.  Anthony Giacchina 155 lbs
John Salgado  vs.  Hugh McKenna 168 lbs
Matthew Rizzo  vs.  Sergio da Silva 130 lbs
Nate Grebb  vs.  Bradley Desir 155 lbs

UFC Fight Night 112

UFC Fight Night 112: Chiesa vs. Lee

Sunday 06.25.2017 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Mike Chiesa  vs.  Kevin Lee 155 lbs
Johny Hendricks  vs.  Tim Boetsch 185 lbs
Felice Herrig  vs.  Justine Kish 115 lbs
J. Christensen  vs.  Dominick Reyes 205 lbs
Tim Means  vs.  Alex Garcia 170 lbs
BJ Penn  vs.  Dennis Siver 145 lbs
Clay Guida  vs.  Erik Koch 155 lbs
Vitor Miranda  vs.  Marvin Vettori 185 lbs
Carla Esparza  vs.  Maryna Moroz 115 lbs
Devin Powell  vs.  Darrell Horcher 155 lbs
Jared Gordon  vs.  Michel Quinones 145 lbs
Johnny Case  vs.  Tony Martin 155 lbs
Josh Stansbury  vs.  Jeremy Kimball 205 lbs

June 22, 2017


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Ammo is back this Saturday for their 2nd show.  The show will take place on June 24th, 2017 at the Big E Mallary Arena in Springfield Mass.  The card is dubbed Dawn of War and the doors will be opening at 5pm with the first fight set to start around 6pm.  I went to the last event and it was a great night of fights.  Now that they have gotten their first show out of the way they know more of what to expect so I expect this one to be even better!  There are a total of 9 matches with 2 being grappling and 7 of them being mma.  One of the mma fights will be professional and the rest will be at the amateur level.  Bill Idol and company have worked hard on this one and with some injuries towards the end I think they did a solid job.   Let me break down the fight card for you all.  I believe this will be very close to the exact fight order and also I won't be breaking down the grappling matches but you can still see them in order below.

June 20, 2017


C.J. Ewer
[NEF Press Release]

Bangor, Maine (June 20, 2017) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to the Cross Insurance Center on Saturday night, August 5, 2017 with the fight promotion's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 30: Rumble in Bangor."  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of a professional championship middleweight contest to the fight card.  CJ Ewer (2-0) will take on Mike "The Mustache" Hansen (5-5) for the vacant NEF MMA Pro 185-pound championship.

CJ Ewer serves as a member of the United States Air Force security forces.  When not defending the nation overseas, Ewer trains at Young's MMA in Bangor.  He is an accomplished wrestler, with two Maine state high school championships and a New England district championship to his credit.  Ewer wrestled under legendary coach Ted Reese while attending the University of Southern Maine (USM).  Upon joining the MMA circuit, he put together a 5-2 record as an amateur prior to turning pro.  Ewer's last fight was one year ago to the day in Bangor at "NEF Presents Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight."  He dropped Ruben Redman (0-1) with a highlight reel knockout that brought White and his web series co-stars to their feet at ringside.

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