New England Fight returns with their third installment to the Androscoggin Collisee in Lewiston Maine on June 16th 2012. The card is packed with 18 fights and many big names if you haven't heard by now. There are three heavyweight fights on the card which are my favorites and even NEF's first female fight!! There are 8 pro fights and 10 ammy fights which will make for an excellent night of fights. Nick DiSalvo and Matt Peterson have done a great job once again and Mr. Pete Cyzmbor has done an excellent job with the media side. Tickets start at just $25 and go up to $75 for the event and you can get them by clicking here. $25 dollars for 18 fights and you get to see Tim Sylvia take on Randy Smith along with Travis Bartlett fight Tyler King! It doesn't get much better than that. You are in for a real treat MMAniacs! I want to let everyone know that there is a parking fee, nothing they can do it is particular with the venue so carpool and save $$!!
First bout of the evening will be a heavyweight amateur fight between Charlie Hodge and Matt Mahon. Both of these fighters will be making their amateur debut. Charlie trains with Wai Nei and Mahon trains with Team Bombsquad out of New York. Many of the states come out and support the Maine MMA! Not a whole lot can be said about this fight except its a heavyweight fight so don't blink! It should be a great way to kickoff the evening. Second fight is between Brent Dillingham and Crowsneck Boutin. This fight is in the 205lb ammy weight. Crowsneck is an independent fighter and was supposed to fight on the last Maine card but was a late scratch. Well he is back and ready for battle. His opponent Brent comes into this fight with a 2-0 ammy record and trains with MMA Athletix. He has won both of his fights via submission, the guillotine and rear naked choke. I would expect this fight to a ground battle with Brent being very confident on the ground but we will find out soon enough!
Next we have Allan Josselyn taking Matt Benner at a catchweight of 195lbs. Allan is from Team Kaze which is in New Hampshire. Allan had his first amateur fight for Combat Zone back in April which resulted in a loss due to ref stoppage to punches in Round 3. His opponent, Matt trains with CNYMMA which is located in Cortland New York. He will be making his amateur debut and being from CNYMMA I am sure he will be ready wherever the fight goes. Then there is Buck Pineau fighting Tim Tucker in the 185lb division. Buck trains with Choi's MMA and has a record of 3-1 according to Sherdog. . This is his third time fighting for New England Fights and he has two knockout and one submission victories. His loss came back in February where he lost to Dan Burke via submission in Round 1. His opponent Tim is an independent fighter and will be making his amateur debut.
Josh Thornton will be facing Matt Marshall at 155lbs. Josh is from CMBJJ which stands for Central Maine BJJ and he will be making his amateur debut. Matt trains with Maniac MMA according to Sherdog.com and has a record of 2-4. His two wins came via split decision and submission anaconda which is not easy to do by any means. In his four losses he fought some tough opponents. His losses were to Billy Giovanella, Jared Sarno, Anthony Carmenatti and Tom Benjamin. His last fight was to Josh Bourque which he won the split decision back in May 2011 for a GFL. I expect this to be a real good fight and can't wait. Next fight is Jesse Erickson against Tollison Lewis for 160lbs. Jesse trains with CMBJJ out of Maine and comes into this fight with a record of 1-1. He is no stranger to NEF as his only two fights were for them. He lost a decision to Shane Manley and his last fight he won via submission via armbar in round 1. His opponent Tollison trains with Wai Nei and comes into this fight with a record of 0-1. He also has fought for NEF before and lost via submission in round 1 in February. It is tough to predict how this fight is going to go but I would think Tollison would want to keep this fight standing and it may come down to whether he can keep it standing or not. Either way this should make for a great fight as its very closely matched.
John Raio is set to face Derek Shorey in the 145lb range. This fight has potential to be up for fight of the night. John trains with MMA Athletix and has a record of 2-0. I did not get the luxury of seeing his first fight but my buddy Old School has told me it was very much like his second fight that I did witness. He brings a huge crowd and loves to stand and bang all three rounds. He did gas a little but that is understandable and I am sure he has been working on his cardio. If he can keep that pace the entire three rounds and keep his power, Derek might have his work cut out for him. Derek trains with Bill Jones' Shop and comes into this fight with a 2-3 record. Derek is a very tough kid and his three losses came via submission. He won his last fight via submission in Round 1 and won his other fight via tko from a knee injury and his opponent couldn't answer the bell. Derek can stand and bang with John, of this I am sure. If he sees an opening or later in the rounds, he may want to take it to the ground and try to test John there. I am wicked pumped for this fight.
Nick Spencer will be fighting Matt Almy in the 135lb division. Nick trains with Choi's MMA and comes into this fight with a 0-1 record. His only fight he has had he lost in the second round via submission back in February in Fight Night I. His opponent Matt trains with Bombsquad out of New York and has a record of 4-5. He has three decision and one submission victories in his career. He lost three decision and one submission loss. Obviously looking at the records Almy is the more experienced fighter but Nick is up for the challenge and I am sure is looking to pull the upset! Then we have the female bout which is a first for NEF. It is between Maria Rios from Academy MMA against Kylie Christine from CNYMMA at 130lbs. Maria has a record of 1-0 where she defeated Heather Lambert at a GFL via ref stoppage to punches in round 1. Her opponent Kylie is making her amateur debut but being from CNYMMA I am sure she will have some pretty decent standup. I expect this to be stand and bang fight and it may not last too long. We will all find out this Saturday. For the last amateur fight of the night we have Dave Brown taking on Logan Trombley. This fight is in the 125lb division which I am excited about. The 125lb division is new in UFC and all over and I am a huge fan of the intensity and the quickness this division provides the fans. Dave trains with Andover Fight Club. His only fight he lost to Jordan Smith via submission at a CFX late in round 1. His opponent Logan trains with Kaze and will be making his amateur debut. Both fighters are very new to the sport and should make for an entertaining fight. Now onto the pro fights.
Ernie Ornelas is set to fight Hassan Mahmood in the 135lb division. Ernie trains with Choi's MMA and has a record of 0-1. He lost back in February to Evan Valez via submission in round 1 at Fight Night I. He will be hungry for his first professional win. This will be no easy task against Bombsquad's Hassan. He is making his professional debut and I was able to find a couple of his amateur fights online. Most of us witnessed his big KO against Michael Johnson at a Warrior Nation. If you have not just look it up in our search bar on this website and you will find the video. He also has a split decision victory. He has lost three submission and one from ref stoppage to strikes in his ammy career. This is going to be a great fight to start off the night of pro fights. Bruce Boyington will be taking on Keegan Hornstra at 155lbs. Bruce trains with Young's MMA and has a record of 1-2-1. He has fought many of his fights for CFX and his sole win came via knockout early in Round 1. His two losses came via submission and tko to punches and that was to Rick Hawn. His opponent Keegan trains with Recluse MMA and has a record of 0-3. Keegan is still looking for his first professional win. He has lost twice via ref stoppage to strikes and one via submission. To win this fight Keegan will have to take control and use his wrestling and work his takedowns. I wouldn't try to exchange too long with Bruce if I were him.
In the 155lb division Josh Parker will be fighting Chris Ramos. Parker is from Littlefield's gym and comes into this fight with a 2-4 record. His two wins he won by submission and ref stoppage to punches. For his losses he lost by 2 decisions and two submissions. His opponent Chris trains with CNYMMA and has a record of 0-3. He is thirsty for his first pro win and lost his first 3 fights by sub and decisions. As you can see this is another very evenly matched fight. Then there is Jamie Harrison against Andrew Robertson in the 155lb division as well. Jamie trains with First Coast Full Contact and has a record of 2-1. He lost via ko to punches and won his last two fights via ref stoppage to punches. He is going for his third straight pro victory and looks like he has some nice ground and pound. His opponent Andrew comes into this fight with an 0-2 record. I wasn't able to find any info about him but he will be looking for his first pro win in a big way!
Ryan Sanders will be facing Ray Shawdee that night at 170lbs. Ryan is from Young's MMA and has a record of 3-1. All three of his victories were via submission. His last fight was against Ryan Winters at the last NEF show where he fought hard and lost a split decision. His opponent Ray is from BTT/Intenze and comes into this fight with a 3-1 record. He has two submission and one ko victory in his professional career. His only loss came to Chip Moraza-Pollard at a Reality back in 2009 where he lost a decision. I expect this fight to be great showing of wrestling and jiu jitsu skills from each fighters. Both fighters have proved they know how to finish fights and should make for a real treat for the fans. Then the third to last fight of the evening is between Ryan Cowette and Josh Bellows. This fight is in the 170lb division and both fighters will be making their professional debut. Ryan is from MMA Althetix who has a few fighters on this card for that evening and Josh is from Littlefield's Gym.
Now for the two big fights of the evening. They really don't need me to hype them, their names say it all but NEF will be finishing the night out with two great heavyweight fights. The first one is Travis Bartlett versus Tyler King. Travis is a Maine native and has an outstanding record of 8-2. He has 5 KO, 1 SUB and 2 DEC victories in his career. His opponent Tyler is a big up and comer from Connors MMA. He is an ex-NFL player and has been doing real well in his MMA career. His record is 4-1 and his only loss came in a big 5 round war against Randy Smith. He has 2 KO and 2 SUB victories in his career. His last fight was for CES where he dropped weight and fought a catchweight of 225 against Eric Bedard where he won via knockout from a knee. This is his toughest fight yet and I know Tyler is up for the challenge. I highly doubt this fight will go to a decision. A win for Tyler will be huge for him and will definitely move him up the heavyweight rankings.
The last superfight of the night is between another Maine native Tim Sylvia against Randy Smith. Yes, that Tim Sylvia. Tim has a stellar record of 30-7 and has fought for the UFC 12 times. He also fought for Affliction if you remember who they were and in his career has 19 KO, 4 SUB and 7 decision victories. He has lost twice via ko and been submitted four times. He also has lost one decision in his career. Tim is happy to fight in his hometown for the first time and is ready to put on a show. His opponent Randy Smith comes from New York and has a record of 14-10-1 from CNYMMA. Randy has fought for many organizations and has fought more recently for AFO. I believe he has fought for Bellator two times and is an all around tough fighter. He has 7 KO, 2 SUB and 5 decisions victories in his career. Out of his 10 losses he has lost 5 KO, 3 SUB and 2 DEC victories. Now let's be honest, obviously Tim Sylvia is the favorite here. Randy is more than up for the challenge and is looking to prove everybody wrong. This fight could really go any which way, standing or on the ground. Let us know your predictions fight fans! This is a rare treat for us fans to see Tim Sylvia fight around here and let's face it, a few more wins for him and he might get a call back to the UFC. A win for Randy and he may just steal Tim's spot in the UFC.
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