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February 21, 2017

LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE TOURNAMENT FINALE A LOCK FOR NEF 28

[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (February 21, 2017) - New England Fights (NEF) presents its next mixed-martial-arts event "NEF 28: INVINCIBLE" on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  The main event, officially signed earlier today, will feature "The" Ryan Sanders (13-8) and Jon Lemke (6-7) in the finals of a tournament to crown a new professional lightweight champion.  The title was vacated after previous champion Devin Powell (8-2) signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) last year.

The bout will be the second meeting for Lemke and Sanders in a six-month period.  The pair faced off in the main event of "NEF 26" last November.  That fight was stopped in the third-and-final round when Lemke suffered a deep cut on his head following a takedown by Sanders.  Per the Unified Rules of MMA, the judges' scorecards were called upon and Sanders was awarded a unanimous technical decision.  Fans and MMA pundits alike called for an immediate rematch in the aftermath of the decision.  Many predicted a rematch in the finals when both athletes were announced as entrants into the lightweight title tournament in the days following "NEF 26."

February 17, 2017

MMA WEEKEND--Bellator 172 | UFC Fight Night 105

Bellator 172

Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione
Saturday 02.18.2017 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Spike TV | Prelims: Spike.com
Fedor Emelianenko  vs.  Matt Mitrione 265 lbs
Josh Thomson  vs.  Patricky Freire 155 lbs
Cheick Kongo  vs.  Oli Thompson 265 lbs
Josh Koscheck  vs.  Mauricio Alonso 170 lbs
Brooke Mayo  vs.  Veta Arteaga 125 lbs
Nikko Jackson  vs.  Cesar Gonzalez 155 lbs
John Cardenas  vs.  Luis Vargas 145 lbs
Anthony Do  vs.  Bobby Escalante 125 lbs
Matthew Ramirez  vs.  Jeremy Murphy 125 lbs
Justin Tenedora  vs.  Roque Reyes 135 lbs
Anatoly Tokov  vs.  Francisco France 185 lbs
Martin Sano  vs.  Diego Herzog 185 lbs
James Terry  vs.  JC Llamas 170 lbs
Abner Perez  vs.  Gaston Bolanos 145 lbs
Zach Andrews  vs.  JJ Okanovich 155 lbs
Rick Reger  vs.  C. Rocha 170 lbs
Dominic Sumner  vs.  Abraham Vaesau 170 lbs

UFC Fight Night 105

UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne
Sunday 02.19.2017 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass
Travis Browne  vs.  Derrick Lewis 265 lbs
Hector Lombard  vs.  Johny Hendricks 185 lbs
Sam Sicilia  vs.  Gavin Tucker 145 lbs
Elias Theodorou  vs.  Cezar Ferreira 185 lbs
Sara McMann  vs.  Gina Mazany 135 lbs
Paul Felder  vs.  Alex Ricci 155 lbs
Nordine Taleb  vs.  S. Ponzinibbio 170 lbs
Carla Esparza  vs.  Randa Markos 115 lbs
Aiemann Zahabi  vs.  Reginaldo Vieira 135 lbs
Jack Marshman  vs.  Thiago Santos 185 lbs
Ryan Janes  vs.  G. Meerschaert 185 lbs

February 16, 2017

MAROTTE DEFENDS FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE vs. COSTANTINO



[CZ MMA Press Release]

SALEM, NH (February 16, 2017)— Brendan Marotte will make his first Amateur Featherweight title defense when he climbs into the cage with Taylor Costantino in the main event of Combat Zone 61 as New England’s longest running MMA promotion returns with a superb card of pro and amateur action on Saturday, April 15.

Combat Zone 61, which was postponed from February 18 due to renovations at the Downtown Radisson in Manchester, will rock the venue that became its new home for the promotion’s last show. Combat Zone 60, which was held at the hotel for the first time since the early days of the promotion, was a smashing success and saw Lewis Corapi survive an intense war of attrition that ended with a razor thin unanimous 29-28 decision over Vovka “KGB” Clay in the main event.
Hampstead, NH native Marotte (5-1) took the belt away from the highly-regarded Danny Abad, who fights for powerhouse Jackson Wink in New Mexico, with a unanimous decision victory in Combat Zone 59 in August.  Costantino (3-2), representing Team Irish in Maine, faces the toughest test of his career.

February 12, 2017

NEF 27 Resurgence; The Fallout!


NEF 27 Resurgence; The Fallout!

Travis Lizotte:

                New England Fights embarked on its 2017 slate Saturday night in the midst of sub-freezing temperatures and driving snow in Lewiston, Maine at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. It wasn’t a fit night out for man nor beast, but MMA fans packed into the arena and beasts took center stage as NEF rolled out a packed card including 18 total fights, six of which were professional bouts. Nearly 3000 people braved the winter storm, including two men who had a particular interest in how the night would unfold, Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington and Devin Powell both former NEF Lightweight Champions, were in the house to witness the semi-finals of a tournament that will crown the next NEF Lightweight title holder. Powell, who now fights for the UFC, not only had interest in the impending Lightweight tournament but was there to corner his Nostos MMA teammate Ross Dannar as he entered the cage for the second time securing his first MMA win.  Boyington, who is now fighting under the World Series of Fighting banner, could be seen cage side for the evening, enjoying the action and shouting words of encouragement to his Young’s MMA teammates as they fought to an impressive 6-0 on the evening. A Light-Heavyweight Amateur Title fight between champion Ryan Glover (3-2) and challenger Victor Irwin (3-0) saw the belt change hands as Irwin was able to overpower the former champion earning himself a first round Rear Naked Choke Submission to capture the belt. In addition to the Lightweight headliners and Amateur Title Fight, NEF matchmakers stacked the card with up and coming prospects including the likes of; Josh Harvey, Elias Leland and Ras Hylton.
Matt Denning and Bruce Boyington

February 11, 2017

NEF 27 2/11/2017 LIVE REVIEW

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We arrived fashionably late thanks to the lovely mother nature making the ground slick.  We navigated our way through the parking lot and found our way in.  The Maine fight fans didn't mind the weather as the arena is packed with fight fans.  The refs are John English and Steve Rita.  Pete Czymbor is the voice of the evening and the 2 ring girls are Katharine and Cassandra. There are a total of 18 fights on the night as Aaron Lacey's opponent's plane was grounded and he was unable to make weigh ins.  It sucks as both fighters were ready to battle but as we all know these unfortunate things happen.  Please follow along with us as we recap the night.

125 AM Angela Young (Youngs) 1-2 vs Christine Brothwell 0-2 (Bucket Brigade)

Angela Young defeats Christine Brothwell via unanimous decision 29-28

155 AM Ross Dannar 0-1 (Nostos) vs Phil Chason 0-0 (The Academy)

Ross Dannar defeats Phil Chason via unanimous decision.







February 10, 2017

NEF 27 2/11/2017 TEASER

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NEF returns with their first show of the year with an action packed card.  This will be their 27th show to date and it will take place this Saturday at The Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  They have a total of 19 fights which include 7 pro fights and 1 amateur title fight.  The meat of the card, the pro portion has many of the big name NEF fighters one would expect to be on a card.  Tickets are still available starting at just $35 at the link here.  Another big thing to note is this is the semi-final for the Lightweight Tournament and the winners will fight for the finals at an upcoming NEF card.  Our fellow writer Travis Lizotte did a great breakdown of it at the link here.  The last event they had was a bloody war of a night and I can't wait to see how this one unfolds.  The doors will be opening at 6pm and the first fight is set to start at 7pm.  Please follow along as I break down the fight card in its entirety.

MMA WEEKEND-UFC 208 Holm vs. de Randamie


UFC 208
UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie
Saturday 02.11.2017 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: Fox Sports 1

Holly Holm  vs.  G. de Randamie 145 lbs
Anderson Silva  vs.  Derek Brunson 185 lbs
Ronaldo Souza  vs.  Tim Boetsch 185 lbs
Glover Teixeira  vs.  Jared Cannonier 205 lbs
Jim Miller  vs.  Dustin Poirier 155 lbs
Belal Muhammad  vs.  Randy Brown 170 lbs
Wilson Reis  vs.  Yuta Sasaki 125 lbs
Islam Makhachev  vs.  Nik Lentz 155 lbs
Ian McCall  vs.  Jarred Brooks 125 lbs
Marcin Tybura  vs.  Justin Willis 265 lbs
Roan Carneiro  vs.  Ryan LaFlare 170 lbs
Phillipe Nover  vs.  Rick Glenn 145 lbs

February 9, 2017

Ryan Glover Ready to Rock at NEF February 11th

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[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (February 9, 2017) – Championships have played a defining role in Ryan Glover’s young life.

That tradition dates back to his junior year at Mountain Valley High School, when Glover achieved the rare double of a team state championship in football and an individual heavyweight wrestling title in the space of three months.

He has continued that tradition as a mixed martial artist, winning the New England Fights light heavyweight amateur strap in only his fourth career foray into the cage.

Growing up in blue-collar Rumford and Mexico also taught Glover that sports aren’t everything, however. That is why his initial title defense against Victor Irwin at “NEF 27: Resurgence” will be his first appearance in the hexagon in 53 weeks.
Glover-Irwin will headline the amateur segment of an ambitious card Saturday, February 11 at Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

“I was on the road in Florida and Virginia a lot for work all summer and didn’t have time to train with the guys I usually train with,” Glover said. “You have to pay the bills before you can go do this stuff. This is just for fun. I hope (Irwin) knows I’ll be prepared for this one.”

February 4, 2017

PREMIER FC ADDS TITLE FIGHT BETWEEN DISONELL AND MAROTTE

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Premier FC is scheduled to return on March 11th and the card is shaping up to be their best one yet.  Just earlier today they announced another amateur title fight between PFC champion Chris Disonell and Combat Zone champion Brendan Marotte.  Chris trains out of Renzo Gracie Latham out of New York and comes into this fight with a 5-2 record.  He is fresh of 3 straight wins and won the PFC strap at their last show when he defeated Shelton Sales by ko/tko in Rd 3.  Now Brendan Marotte trains out of New Hampshire with PMA and comes into this fight with a 5-1 record.  He is riding a 5 fight win streak and in his last fight defeated Danny Abad by decision to with the Combat Zone strap.  This fight here is worth the price of admission!  Make sure you visit here and get your tickets that start at just $40.  To see how the rest of the fight card is shaping up check below.  

February 3, 2017

NEF 27: Lightweight Tournament for the Title!






NEF Deploys Four Man Tournament for Vacant Lightweight Title.




Travis Lizotte:








New England Fights kicks off its 2017 schedule Saturday February 11th at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. Although a New Year typically means a new beginning, the NEF Promotion finds themselves in a very similar situation as they have dealt with before; in search of a new Lightweight Champion. In 2013 at NEF 7 Florida’s Des “The Predator” Green knocked out Henry Martinez for the promotion’s then vacant Lightweight title, but his reign was short lived when Des signed a contract with Bellator MMA and never returned to the promotion leaving the belt up for grabs once again. In 2014 Bruce Boyington defeated Jesse Erickson to earn himself the title of NEF Lightweight king. Boyington would defend his title against Jesse Erickson again just two months later, but in 2015 Boyington would step away from the title to chase a multi-fight deal with the World Series of Fighting. In 2016 NEF called once again on Jesse Erickson, this time to fight Devin Powell for their Lightweight strap, Powell would dispatch Erickson in the first round to become champion. Powell, like Boyington, then received a call from the World Series of Fighting and debuted with the organization earning a decision win over Tommy Marcellino, unlike Boyington, Powell returned to CES later in 2016 when Dana White, Matt Serra and Din Thomas came to town “Looking for a Fight.” Powell, who replaced an injured Jesse Erickson on short notice, would battle Jon Lemke at a non-title Catchweight of 160 pounds. Powell overcame early adversity, in the form of a badly broken and displaced nose, to knockout Lemke in the first round and inevitably earning himself a contract with UFC boss Dana White. Having signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC, Powell, like Green and Boyington, would vacate his title in order to chase the dream of fighting on the sport’s biggest stage. Every promotion enjoys seeing their fighters succeed but the success the NEF Lightweight Champions have earned is somewhat unprecedented, and on February 11th four men take to the cage with intentions of becoming the next successful NEF Lightweight Champion.