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June 28, 2016

It's time to refresh MMA: We follow the changing tide in the MMA Sport from July to August 2016 leading up to the Assoc of Boxing Commissions annual conference


The annual conference of the Association of Boxing Commissions is fast approaching.  This year it's going to be on the Vegas Strip.  I've never been and I am pretty excited.  I've reviewed the agenda and I think we are in for some great changes to our sport as a whole thanks in large part to the efforts of the ABC's newly elected Executive board where one of my long time acquaintances, Mike Mazzulli, presides over the organization.  Mazzulli is joined by other determined commissioners from across the country who share his passion for combat sports and finding the right balance between entertaining events and fighter safety.  Their focus is clearly on fighter Safety though as we can see by the shear number of agenda items related to medical topics and rules evaluation.  In the area where fighter safety overlaps events perceived entertainment value there will be presentations on keeping the playing field as level as possible with increasing knowledge on PED use and Dehydration risks.  As if that weren't enough to greatly impact the fight scene we move through today there will be legal experts speaking to the membership about what types of litigation might arise from the increase in regulation of those same issues and other issues that have cropped up in the last decade as a result of widespread adoption of regulations on a state to state level.

GLOVER VACATES; A NEW LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION TO BE CROWNED AT NEF 25

[NEF Press Release]

 Lewiston, Maine (June 27, 2016) – It was a bitterly cold night in Lewiston last February when Ryan Glover (3-1) won the New England Fights (NEF) mixed-martial-arts (MMA) amateur light-heavyweight title.  The months to come would see Glover accept a new job that would take him up and down the East Coast.  With little time to train to defend the title, and in the interest of doing right by the division, Glover recently made the difficult decision to relinquish the championship.

NEF executives were quick to act.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced that Victor Irwin (2-0) would meet Nick Shea (2-0) to fill the vacancy.  The two undefeated athletes are scheduled to face-off to determine a new light-heavyweight champion at "NEF 25: HEROES & VILLAINS" on September 10, 2016 in Lewiston.

Irwin was a standout wrestler at Brewer High School in Brewer, Maine at 195-pounds where he was a Class-A state champion.  His love for the sport is so strong that when Irwin attended Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) and learned the school did not have a wrestling program, he created one himself.  As a college freshman in 2014 Irwin went to Nationals and achieved All-American status.  He currently trains out of Young's MMA in Bangor, Maine.

June 25, 2016

BLOCKBUSTER MMA 6/25/2016 LIVE REVIEW


We arrived and walked into the Rox Stadium for Blockbuster MMA's first show of their existence.  They started with a 9 fights and now are down to 6 for today.  However, out of the 6 they have 4 pro fights.  The event is taking place outside and thankfully the weather is absolutely gorgeous today.  Blockbuster MMA has the mayor of Brockton hosting the main event, yes the Mayor Bill Carpenter who has an excellent director of communications, Pete Czymbor.  True story, one time Pete used the official WesternMassMMA.com laptop for posting a snow delay update to the Brockton's fanpage.  King Mo was walking around with Ryan Quinn which of course Big City was starstruck.  Before the show they opened up the doors at 6pm and had some bands perform such as a Bon Jovi cover band, Living on a Bad Name.  BCapp performed two songs and the national anthem has sung.  The refs are Paul Asimar and Gary Ebelin.  The fights are about to begin so follow along with us as we recap the night.













June 24, 2016

‪#‎CES37‬: THREE WORLD TITLE FIGHTS, THREE MAIN EVENTS




[CES Press Release]

For the first time in ‪#‎CESMMA‬ history, three belts will be on the line as the Bantamweight, Featherweight and Heavyweight Championships are up for grabs under the bright lights at Twin River Casino in ‪#‎Lincoln‬, R.I., on August 12, live on AXS TV FIGHTS at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PST.

At the top of the card, Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath, the pride of ‪#‎Woonsocket‬, defends his CES MMA World Bantamweight Championship in a rematch versus the always-dangerous Kin “Kong” Moy.
Soukhamthath, who won the title with a flying-knee knockout that most are calling the Knockout of the Year, looks to avenge his prior loss to Moy.

“I’ve always been a good fighter, but I’ve improved so much since my first fight with Kin. I’m on a whole ‘nother level right now, mentally and physically, and it’s going to be really hard for anyone to stop me. There’s no way I’m leaving Twin River Casino without that belt around my waist,” predicted Soukhamthath.
Moy, the ‪#‎Boston‬ fighter with eight impressive wins to his credit, wasn’t interested in a rematch with Soukhamthath, who he beat by unanimous decision in 2014, until CES MMA gold was on the line. When offered the title shot, Moy jumped at the opportunity to go two-up on his old foe Soukhamthath.

MMA WEEKEND--Bellator 157: Dynamite 2

Bellator 157
Friday 06.24.2016 at 08:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Spike TV | Prelims: Spike.com
Quinton Jackson  vs.  Satoshi Ishii 225 lbs
Michael Chandler  vs.  Patricky Freire 155 lbs
Matt Mitrione  vs.  Carl Seumanutafa 265 lbs
Rebecca Ruth  vs.  I. Macfarlane 125 lbs
Kevin Ross  vs.  Justin Houghton 145 lbs
Denise Kielholtz  vs.  Gloria Peritore 125 lbs
Kevin Engel  vs.  Chel Erwin-Davis 170 lbs
Joaquin Buckley  vs.  Chris Heatherly 180 lbs
Michelle Royer  vs.  Katy Collins 130 lbs
Elmir Kulosman  vs.  Darryl Cobb 175 lbs
Tara Walker  vs.  Mimi Kutzin 125 lbs
Lee Burns  vs.  Byron Stevens 265 lbs
Mike Estus  vs.  Steven Mann 170 lbs
Brad Jones  vs.  Tyler Clausen 180 lbs
Rashard Lovelace  vs.  Garrett Mueller 145 lbs
Nicole Smith  vs.  Ashley Cummins 115 lbs
Jordan Dowdy  vs.  G. Vasconcelos 170 lbs
Justin Lawrence  vs.  Isao Kobayashi 145 lbs
Jason Christeson  vs.  Dewayne Diggs 185 lbs
Matt Murphy  vs.  Justin Robbins 135 lbs

June 18, 2016

Cage Titans XXIX: Plymouth Memorial Hall 6-18-2016

Tonight we've got a double header.  Travis "Big City" and "Warchild" are running up to Lewiston, ME for NEF 24 "Promised Land".  Keep 2 tabs open and see get the latest from both events.

Mike Polvere Has brought together another card rich with talent and done so on a beautiful day in June by the seashore.  Down the road sits one of our nation's most iconic symbols, The Plymouth Rock.  Inside the historic walls of Plymouth Memorial Hall there will be some of the youngest and boldest of New England's growing contingent of MMA fighters.  On the card we see 19 matches.  a middle weight title fight and a flyweight title fight both in the amateur class.

NEF 24 6/18/2016 LIVE REVIEW


We are here live at New England Fights for their 24th event and this one is taking place at the Colisee in Lewiston Maine.  It is a mixed martial arts and boxing event with 15 fights total with 5 fights being boxing.  There was an amateur title fight but that one is no longer a title fight as one of the fighters didn't make weight.  NEF has more Bang for your buck as there are 4 fighters from the Bang family fighting on the card tonight.  Pete Czymbor is the host of the evening and the two ring girls are wearing a beautiful red white and blue outfit.  NEF did an awesome tribute to Ali at the beginning of the show which was fun to watch.  The national anthem was sung by the Vayo twins and the show is about to start.  The refs are Steve Rita and John English. Follow along as we recap the night.





June 17, 2016

NEF FIGHT VIDEO: Anthony Spires vs. Tommy Lee Davis

MMA WEEKEND--WSOF 31 | Bellator 156 | UFC Fight Night 89

WSOF 31

WSOF 31
Friday 06.17.2016 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: NBC Sports | Prelims: Internet Stream
Blagoi Ivanov  vs.  Josh Copeland 265 lbs
Jason High  vs.  Mike Ricci 155 lbs
John Howard  vs.  Michael Arrant 185 lbs
Luis Palomino  vs.  Sheymon Moraes 145 lbs
Phil Hawes  vs.  Joshua Key 185 lbs
Tommy Marcellino  vs.  Devin Powell 155 lbs
Juliano Coutinho  vs.  Justin Willis 265 lbs
Lorenzo Hood  vs.  Tyler King 265 lbs
Robert Fonseca  vs.  Sean Lally 170 lbs
Saul Almeida  vs.  Bruce Boyington 155 lbs
Christian Torres  vs.  Marcus Surin 155 lbs


Bellator 156

Bellator 156: Galvão vs. Dantas 2
Friday 06.17.2016 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Spike TV | Prelims: Spike.com

Marcos Galvão  vs.  Eduardo Dantas 135 lbs
Chidi Njokuani  vs.  Thiago Gonçalves 170 lbs
Brandon Halsey  vs.  John Salter 185 lbs
Chris Honeycutt  vs.  Mikkel Parlo 185 lbs
J. McDermott  vs.  Blake Watkins 205 lbs
Paul Ruiz  vs.  C. Buron-Navarro 140 lbs
Nick Bustamante  vs.  Antoine Smith 155 lbs
CJ Keith  vs.  Carrington Banks 155 lbs
AJ Matthews  vs.  Ben Reiter 185 lbs
John Paul Elias  vs.  Joey Cabezas 205 lbs
Luis Jauregui  vs.  Ryan Tobar 155 lbs
Javy Ayala  vs.  Roy Boughton 265 lbs
Chris Lewis  vs.  Myron Smith 265 lbs


UFC Fight Night 89

UFC Fight Night 89: MacDonald vs. Thompson

Saturday 06.18.2016 at 10:30 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass
Rory MacDonald  vs.  Stephen Thompson 170 lbs
Donald Cerrone  vs.  Patrick Cote 170 lbs
Steve Bossé  vs.  Sean O'Connell 205 lbs
O. Aubin-Mercier  vs.  Thibault Gouti 155 lbs
V. Létourneau  vs.  Joanne Calderwood 125 lbs
Jason Saggo  vs.  Leandro Silva 155 lbs
Misha Cirkunov  vs.  Ion Cutelaba 205 lbs
Tamdan McCrory  vs.  Krzysztof Jotko 185 lbs
Joe Soto  vs.  Chris Beal 135 lbs
Elias Theodorou  vs.  Sam Alvey 185 lbs
Randa Markos  vs.  J. Jones-Lybarger 115 lbs
Colby Covington  vs.  Jonathan Meunier 170 lbs
Ali Bagautinov  vs.  Geane Herrera 125 lbs

June 16, 2016

NEF 24 6/18/16 TEASER


New England Fights returns this Saturday with another mixed mma and boxing event.  There are a total of 16 fights including 3 that are pro mma and 5 that are pro boxing.  To save some time I am just going to breakdown the mma portion of the night but the pro boxing match ups are found below.  The doors will be opening at 6pm and the first fight is set to start at 7pm.  At 6:50pm NEF plans on showing of a very special tribute of the Ali-Liston fight. If that isn't enough to make it to the show then don't forget about the NEF ring girls who will be there and would love to take a photo with you all!  This NEF event will not be streamed to their Youtube it will be with their new contract with FloSports at flosports.tv.  In order to watch it you will have to sign up and view on the website.  Another cool thing I would like to note that for the first time that I can remember there are 4 members of the Bang family, the father and 3 sons.  Ah-mazing! Let me break down the fight card for you all.  This should be the final fight order.