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August 21, 2017

NEF FLYWEIGHT TITLE WILL BE UP FOR GRABS IN PORTLAND



[NEF Press Release]

New England Fights (NEF) will make its 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 title bout to the card.  Nate Boucher (2-0) will face Justin Witham (3-4) with the winner to be crowned the new NEF MMA Amateur Flyweight Champion.  The 125-pound title currently sits vacant.

Nate Boucher brings a background in wrestling with him to the cage.  He competed for Mountain Valley High School (MVHS) in Rumford, Maine prior to training in MMA.  Boucher made his NEF debut in 2014, just months after his eighteenth birthday - the legal age limit for competing in MMA in Maine.  Earlier this month in Bangor, Boucher made his return to the NEF cage.  He was victorious by first-round submission over Jeremiah Barkac (0-1).  Boucher is currently a member of Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ).

August 15, 2017

RIP RONDEL CLARK


It is with heavy heart to write this but I wanted to inform you all of the passing of Rondel Clark, the brother of Terrell Clark.  Rondel fought this Saturday at Cage Titans and suffered a loss and ended up being taken out by a stretcher.  To me, it appeared to have been from extreme exhaustion.  I saw some facebook posts over the weekend to pray for Rondel and that he was still in trouble with his organs shutting down.  He was just a young 26 years old and a member of Integrated Martial arts team  will He will always be remembered in our tight-knit mma community.  WesternMassMMA.com would like to give our condolences to the Clark family.  No doubt, the mma community will learn from this as this is the first mma related death in New England that I can remember.  

In the meantime, let's all remember young Rondel in his amateur victory that took place at Combat Zone 62 against Jordan Boisvert in which he won by tko stoppage to strikes on June 30th, 2017.


 

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August 12, 2017

Cage Titans 35 Live Updates 8/12/2017


145 AM Kenny Champion (2-2, Golden Falcon) vs Antoine Caparotta (3-2, SSSF)

Caparotta wins via unanimous decision.

145 AM Stavros Batsinelas (1-1, Redline) vs Blaine Waterman (0-1, NEC)

Stavros wins via unanimous decision

170 AM Ryan Dunn (0-2, Independent) vs Rondel Clark (1-0, Integrated Martial Arts)

Dunn wins tko to strikes in Rd 3.

205 AM Ron Marshall (1-5, Nostos) vs Jideofor Ojukwu (0-0, Boston Combat)

Jideofor Ojukwu wins unanimous decision

130 AM John Lessard (2-2, Redline) vs Carlos Vespaziano (1-1, Juniko)

Lessard wins rear naked choke Rd 2.

150 AM Rich Szeligowski (0-1, Forge Martial Arts) vs Pat Gilbride (0-0, Lauzon MMA)

Gilbride wins armbar Round 1.

205 AM Rob Knight (0-0, Independent) vs Brian Harrington (0-0, SSSF)

Harrington wins tapout to rear naked choke Rd 1.

125 AM Nick Amendola (1-0, Golden Falcon) vs Mitch Raposo (1-0, Regiment)

Rapaso wins via unanimous decision

120 AM Taylor Thompson (0-0, Team BST) vs Stephanie McTighe (0-0, Sityodtong)

Taylor Thompson doctor stoppage eye.

155 AM Quentin Harris (1-1, Independent) vs Chris O’Brien (2-0, SSSF)

O’Brien wins arm triangle Round 1.

Amateur Awards
Thompson/McTighe  Fotn
Gilbride sub of the night
Ryan Dunn ko

HVY AM TITLE Rob Brown (Santos) 2-1 vs. Jeff Soivilien (SSSF) 4-3

Soivilien wins split decision.  Jeff sets up his next fight and wants a rematch with Rob Brown.  Jeff states “I am not winning this belt by split decision”

170 AM TITLE Angelo Richardson (Golden Falcon) 2-2 vs. Bobby Gasdia (SSSF) 4-1

Gasdia wins unanimous decision

155 PRO Fernando Perez (Redline) 7-15 vs. Jimmy Manning (SSSF) 4-0

Manning wins verbal submission (foot injury)

140 PRO Shawn Rall (Evolve) 1-0 vs. Jeff Perez (SBG East) 1-0

Perez wins by rear naked choke Round 1

120 PRO Brianna Smith (Champions) 0-0 vs. Danielle Hindley (SSSF) 0-0

Hindley wins side choke 15 seconds! New Cage Titans record!

125 PRO Dan Cormier (Triforce) 5-7 vs. Johnny Campbell (SSSF) 14-9

Campbell wins unanimous decision

155 PRO Keenan Raymond (Judo Club) 3-3 vs. Joe Giannetti (SSSF) 5-0

Giannetti wins by d’arce choke round 2

185 PRO Avery McPhatter (Shift MMA) 9-8 vs Sean Lally (Juniko) 6-2

Lally wins unanimous decision! Stunning decision as even Lally shakes his head that he didnt win.

150 PRO Jeff Anderson (B&F Boxing) 11-15 vs. Frank Sforza (SSSF) 7-0

Sforza wins tapout rear naked choke

135 PRO Bendy Casimir (Drysdale BJJ) 20-14 vs. Manny Bermudez (SSSF) 9-0

Bermudez wins triangle Round 1

FOTN: McPhatter and Lally
KO/TKO of the Night: Dunn 
SUB of the Night:  Hindley 

November 4 Cage Titans is back!!  Lally was a class act tonight in his victory.  Dana White, let’s get Manny Bermudez onto a Contender episode.  I had a fun time watching this on FloCombat.com.  Congrats to all the fighters as you all brought it. Awesome job Cage Titans and shoutout to the commentators on an excellent job.

August 11, 2017

CES 45: Coutinho v. Gooch Live Review


CES 45: Gooch v. Coutinho Live Review

Travis Lizotte

We pulled into the Casino parking lot at 5:30 local time with 30 minutes to spare before the doors open we grabbed a couple slices of pizza and we are waiting to grab our credentials currently. Show should kick off at 7:00 pm and we will be live with you shortly after. Continue to refresh this page throughout the night to stay up to date on all the happenings here at Twin River Casino at CES 45: Coutinho v. Gooch!



We have been informed that we are down two fights on the night, Lockard v. Abdullah and Allen v. Bedard have been scrapped. This is a little disappointing to me considering is spend about 8 hours on the phone yesterday trying to find an opponent for Dylan, I really wanted to see Lockard do his thing tonight but it wasn't in the cards. Also because of the undercard losing two fights looks like the fights will start closer to 8:00pm rather than 7:00pm stay tuned

CAGE TITANS 35 TEASER 8/12/17


Cage Titans is ready to host their 35th event this Saturday in Plymouth Memorial Hall.  They have a packed 20 fight fight card with 2 of them being amateur title fights.  8 of them will be professional fights and 12 of them will be amateur which will be an awesome night of mixed martial arts action.  The card is of course filled with the Cage Titan regulars as one would expect.  The doors will be opening at 5pm and the first fight is set to start at 6pm.  Please follow along as I break down each fight in its entirety.  Please keep in mind that some of these fights might drop off or the order might change.

August 9, 2017

CES MMA 45: Gooch vs. Coutinho


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CES 45: Gooch v. Coutinho

Travis Lizotte

                The atmosphere will be electric at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island Friday night as Heavyweights get set to headline a star studded card top to bottom, at CES 45: Gooch vs. Coutinho. Gooch who won the CES Heavyweight Crown when he knocked out fan favorite Greg Rebello in the third round of their title fight at CES 37, will be making his first defense of his belt as he welcomes Juliano Coutinho back to the CES cage. Both fighters will be looking to bounce back off losses in the World Series of Fighting as they return to Rhode Island, and the CES cage, with the ultimate bragging rights on the line; the CES Heavyweight Title. August 11th will mark the first time Heavyweights have headlined a CES card since Josh Hendricks submitted Josh Diekmann in the first round of their fight at CES 9: Extreme Measures in March of 2012. In the Co-Main event another CES belt will be on the line, perhaps the most highly touted title in the promotions history; the CES Featherweight Belt will reach interim status as current Champion Matt Bessette heals from a hand injury suffered in his fight on Dana White’s Contenders Series, and gives way to Pedro Gonzalez vs. Saul Almeida who will do battle for the 145 pound Crown.  In what should be a tremendous display of grappling and Jiu Jitsu Gonzalez and Almeida will battle it out for the right to fight Bessette upon his return and for the title of Interim Featherweight Champion, an honor both men have worked their entire careers to achieve. In what should also be considered the Co-Main event on the card, two of New England’s top Lightweights will meet in a matchup that has been a long time in the making on the local scene; Nate Andrews is widely regarded as the top Lightweight in all of New England but he will have his hands full when he squares off with perhaps the longest tenured ranked Lightweight in New England history; Bruce Boyintgon. Andrews is going to have to find a way to solve the flashy stand up game of Boyintgon if he hopes to survive the Lightweight veteran and further his case for a shot in the UFC.

                Also appearing on the Main Card that can be seen live on AXS TV; two of the most promising prospects in the promotion will look to keep their perfect 4-0 records clean as Bantamweight Kris Moutinho and Flyweight Richie Santiago both look for their fifth wins while remaining undefeated. The Dynamic Duo from BST MMA; Moutinho and Santiago will face off with Brendan Seyler and Miguel Restrepo respectively as they both look to further their climb up their respective divisions. Rounding out the Nationally Televised Main Card; surging Cranston, Rhode Island native Gary Balletto Jr. will attempt to run his winning streak to four fights when he draws one of the most highly anticipated Welterweight talents in New England; Team Link Hooksett’s, Nick Alley, who hopes to bounce back quickly after suffering his first career loss at Bellator 178 to Kastriot Xhema.

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