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September 22, 2017

MMA WEEKEND--UFC Fight Night 117 | Bellator 183

UFC Fight Night 117

UFC Fight Night 117: St. Preux vs. Okami
Friday 09.22.2017 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: FX | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Ovince St. Preux  vs.  Yushin Okami 205 lbs
Cláudia Gadelha  vs.  Jéssica Andrade 115 lbs
Takanori Gomi  vs.  Dong Hyun Kim 155 lbs
Gokhan Saki  vs.  L. Henrique da Silva 205 lbs
Teruto Ishihara  vs.  Rolando Dy 145 lbs
Keita Nakamura  vs.  Alex Morono 170 lbs
Jussier Formiga  vs.  Yuta Sasaki 125 lbs
Syuri Kondo  vs.  Chan Mi Jeon 115 lbs
Shinsho Anzai  vs.  Luke Jumeau 170 lbs
Daichi Abe  vs.  Hyun Gyu Lim 170 lbs

Bellator 183

Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull

Saturday 09.23.2017 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Spike TV | Prelims: Spike.com

Benson Henderson  vs.  Patricky Freire 155 lbs
Paul Daley  vs.  Lorenz Larkin 170 lbs
Roy Nelson  vs.  Javy Ayala 265 lbs
Adam Piccolotti  vs.  Goiti Yamauchi 155 lbs
Aaron Pico  vs.  Justin Linn 145 lbs
Brooke Mayo  vs.  Kaytlin Neil 125 lbs
Ricardo Vasquez  vs.  Justin Tenedora 135 lbs
Mike Ortega  vs.  Tony Johnson 205 lbs
Brandon Laroco  vs.  Gaston Bolanos 145 lbs
Corina Herrera  vs.  Jaymee Nievara 125 lbs
Alex Lopez  vs.  F. Trevino 170 lbs
Luis Jauregui  vs.  JJ Okanovich 155 lbs
Anthony Castrejon  vs.  Daniel Gonzalez 125 lbs

September 21, 2017

PILLA VS. LEAR MAIN EVENT OF COMBAT ZONE 63 "MAYHEM IN MANCHESTER"




[Combat Zone Press Release by Lynne Snierson]

MANCHESTER, NH- The vacant MMA Amateur Bantamweight title will be up for the taking when champions Jake "The Gorilla" Pilla and Fred Lear meet for the first time in the stellar main event of the stacked 17-fight Combat Zone 63 card "Mayhem in Manchester" on Friday, September 29 at the Downtown Radisson Hotel in the Queen City.

Lear (6-2) holds the NEF bantamweight crown and brings his three-fight win streak into the cage in what will be his final amateur appearance before turning pro no matter the outcome of this fight. The representative of Young's MMA in Maine said he wanted the toughest opponent he could get, and his wish has certainly come true. Pilla (5-2), a former Combat Zone Amateur Featherweight champion, is dropping down from 145 to 135 pounds for this title fight but the impost will not present a problem.

In his last outing, Pilla fought at 135 pounds for the first time in his career but needed a mere 37 seconds of the first round of Combat Zone 62 on June 30 to submit the very tough Jack Greene in front of what has become a hometown crowd for the Billerica, MA native,, who represents Team Flo/Spero's MMA in Plaistow, NH. Pilla, who is one of the Northeast's most dynamic and charismatic fighters, has developed a devoted and enormous following of fans known as "The Gorilla Crew" and they are sure to be out in force again as he goes for his second MMA belt in a different weight division.

September 15, 2017

MMA WEEKEND--UFC Fight Night 116

UFC Fight Night 116

UFC Fight Night 116: Rockhold vs. Branch
Saturday 09.16.2017 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Luke Rockhold  vs.  Dave Branch 185 lbs
Mike Perry  vs.  Alex Reyes 170 lbs
Hector Lombard  vs.  Anthony Smith 185 lbs
Gregor Gillespie  vs.  Jason Gonzalez 155 lbs
Kamaru Usman  vs.  Sérgio Moraes 170 lbs
Justin Ledet  vs.  Azunna Anyanwu 265 lbs
O. Aubin-Mercier  vs.  Tony Martin 155 lbs
Daniel Spitz  vs.  Anthony Hamilton 265 lbs
Krzysztof Jotko  vs.  Uriah Hall 185 lbs
Gilbert Burns  vs.  Jason Saggo 155 lbs

September 14, 2017

UFC STAR'S WIFE IN DOUBLE MMA DEBUT ON NOVEMBER 3RD IN PORTLAND


[NEF Press Release]

Portland, Maine (September 12, 2017) – New England Fights (NEF) will make its long-awaited debut in Portland on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Aura with "NEF 31: The Old Port."  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of an amateur mixed-martial-arts bout to the card.  Carol Linn Powell (0-0) is scheduled to take on Francesca Morabito (0-0) in a women's bantamweight contest.

Carol Linn is the wife of former NEF Lightweight Champion, and current UFC fighter, Devin Powell (8-3).  Devin earned a contract with the UFC after impressing the company's president, Dana White, on his web series Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight at an event promoted by NEF in Bangor, Maine last year.  Together, the Powells own and operate Nostos MMA & Conditioning Facility in Somersworth, New Hampshire.  Last month, they were awarded the "Best Martial Arts Gym" at the "2017 Best of the Seacoast" awards.

"Fighting has been something I've fantasized about for a few years and now that it is finally happening, I couldn't be more excited," said Carol Linn when reached for comment. "I was supposed to have my first fight in June and it ended up falling through, and I think this fight is a much better match up and is in one of my very favorite towns. Francesca and I have trained together a few times and we were really excited to be a part of each other's camps, but after realizing what a good matchup we are, we decided to put our friendship aside and both get in there for our first fights. We are very similar, and I'm excited to put a great show on for everyone."

"I am very excited for my wife to make her debut," noted Devin. "She's been around the sport for almost half a decade, but is just recently getting into hard training and the competitive aspect of it. I never told her to fight or said I thought she should. She was very independent in this choice and when somebody chooses to do something on their own and they commit all of themselves to it, I think that is a great equation for a successful person in anything they do. She is going to find out a lot about herself on the 3rd. Happy to have a cage-side seat for it."

September 12, 2017

COMBAT ZONE 63 FULL FIGHT CARD


We are just weeks away from the upcoming Combat Zone 63 event that will be taking place in Manchester New Hampshire at the Radisson Hotel.  The event will be taking place on September 29th 2017 and the doors will be opening at 5:30pm with the first fight kicking off at 7pm.  The card will be a mixed event with mma and kickboxing.  There will be 3 pro mma fights on the card and 1 amateur title fight.  Check out the full fight card below and stay right here as we will be covering the event and also releasing our teaser of the event.

135 AM KICK Devon Monty (0-0) Ind. vs. James Ploss (0-1) Kaze MMA
135 AM KICK Jack Greene (0-0) Cage Strikers vs. Michael Alfano (0-0) Lucky Devil FC
160 AM KICK Jose Atalies (0-0) BTT vs. Nick Quattrock (0-0) FAA
165 AM KICK Joe Siejkowski (0-0) Title Boxing vs. Isaih Ocasio (1-0) Ocasio's True Martial Arts
250 AM KICK Ed Carr (0-0) Team Link Hooksett vs. JA Dudley (0-0) Lucky Devil FC 
155 AM MMA Ramano Medina (2-0) Burgess vs. Eddie George (0-0) FAA
225 AM MMA Floran Kacaku (1-1) Sityodtong vs. Terrance Jean Jacques (1-0) Spero's MMA
170 AM MMA Josh Wesley (2-4) FAA vs. Mohammad Al Kinani (0-0) Evolution Athletix
195 AM MMA Caynen Wills (0-0) High Speed Defense vs. Ariel Nunez (0-0) 617 Fightsports
145 AM MMA Ali Zebian (5-3) FAA vs. Taylor Costantino (2-1) Evolution Athletix
135 AM MMA Fouad Shahin (1-0) F5 Fight Team vs. Mark Bordieri (0-1) Connors
155 AM MMA Brian Cosco (3-5) Sityodtong vs. Will McCall (1-2) Evolution Athletix
145 AM MMA John Tadesco (0-0) Connors vs. Tom Pagliarulo (0-0) Spero's MMA
135 PRO MMA Chris Cateino (1-1) Gate City vs. Jay Perrin (3-3) Triumph/SYT
130 PRO MMA Jeff Silva (2-3) PMA vs. Ken Murphy (0-2) Team Link Hooksett
170 PRO MMA Jesse McElligott (5-3) Connors vs. Phil Parrish (2-1) Ind
160 AM TITLE Jake Pilla (5-2) Team Flo/Spero's MMA vs. Fred Lear (6-2) Young's MMA

September 8, 2017

CHARLES LOOKS TO MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW TO START MMA CAREER

[NEF Press Release]

Portland, Maine (August 31, 2017) – New England Fights (NEF) will make its long-awaited debut in Portland on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Aura with "NEF 31: The Old Port."  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of an amateur mixed-martial-arts bout to the card.  Carlton Charles (1-0) will take on Nate Evans (0-0) at a catchweight of 175-pounds.

Carlton Charles shocked the Maine MMA community earlier this month with his stunning first-round technical knockout of Josh Jones (2-1) at "NEF 30" in Bangor.  Jones had looked indestructible to that point, only needing 24-seconds to finish his first two opponents combined.  In turn, it took Charles only 23-seconds to polish off Jones in his amateur debut.  It was, indeed, one of the most impressive debuts in NEF history.

Charles' athleticism comes as no surprise, however, to those who know him.  He excelled in football for Windham High School.  As an assistant coach, Charles later lead Windham to a Class A state championship.  He went on to play for the NCAA Division I University of Maine Black Bears.  Currently, Charles trains MMA with Charles Family Fighting alongside his older brother, and seven-fight NEF veteran, Nate Charles.

MMA WEEKEND--UFC 215

UFC 215

UFC 215: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2
Saturday 09.09.2017 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: Fox Sports 1

Amanda Nunes  vs.  V. Shevchenko 135 lbs
Neil Magny  vs.  Rafael dos Anjos 170 lbs
Ilir Latifi  vs.  Tyson Pedro 205 lbs
Jeremy Stephens  vs.  Gilbert Melendez 145 lbs
Sara McMann  vs.  Ketlen Vieira 135 lbs
Henry Cejudo  vs.  Wilson Reis 125 lbs
Sarah Moras  vs.  A. Evans-Smith 135 lbs
Gavin Tucker  vs.  Rick Glenn 145 lbs
Mitch Clarke  vs.  Alex White 155 lbs
Luis Henrique  vs.  Arjan Bhullar 265 lbs
Kajan Johnson  vs.  Adriano Martins 155 lbs

September 1, 2017

MMA WEEKEND--UFC Fight Night 115

UFC Fight Night 115

UFC Fight Night 115: Volkov vs. Struve
Saturday 09.02.2017 at 11:30 AM ET
U.S. Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass

Stefan Struve  vs.  Alexander Volkov 265 lbs
Siyar Bahadurzada  vs.  Rob Wilkinson 170 lbs
T. de Oliveira  vs.  Marion Reneau 135 lbs
Leon Edwards  vs.  Bryan Barberena 170 lbs
Darren Till  vs.  Bojan Velickovic 170 lbs
Mairbek Taisumov  vs.  Felipe Silva 155 lbs
Michel Prazeres  vs.  Mads Burnell 155 lbs
Rustam Khabilov  vs.  Des Green 155 lbs
Francimar Barroso  vs.  Aleksandar Rakić 205 lbs
Z. Magomedsharipov  vs.  Mike Santiago 145 lbs
Bojan Mihajlović  vs.  A. Edilov 205 lbs
Thibault Gouti  vs.  Andrew Holbrook 155 lbs