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July 16, 2018

LIVE STREAM OF MSAC MEETING 7/16/2018


[Special Thanks to Joe Leonard for videoing this]

Open meeting at 1000 Washington St., Boston, MA
Room 1D
NOTICE OF MEETING
In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A § 20, notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission will be held on Monday July 16, 2018 at 11:00AM at 1000 Washington Street, Boston.
It is anticipated that the following topics will be discussed at the aforementioned meeting:
1. Roll Call
2. Approval of Minutes from May 21, 2018 and May 25, 2018
3. Application for Promoter –Yvonne Grealish
4. Application for Judge –Ernest Forte
5. Application for Referee – Daniel J. Miragliotta III
6. Approval of “Amateur Unarmed Combatant Medical Waiver/Informed Consent” Form
7. Fee schedule for alternate Ringside Physician at weigh-in
8. Review of MSAC Applications
9. Upcoming MSAC Event Schedule/2018 MSAC Board Meetings
10. Matters not reasonably anticipated 48 hours in advance of meeting
11. Closed Session pursuant to G.L. c. 112 §65C

EWER AND HALL ON COLLISION COURSE FOR NEF 35 IN BANGOR

CJ. Ewer
[NEF PRESS RELEASE]

 Bangor, Maine (July 13, 2018) – New England Fights (NEF) will hold its next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 35: Wicked Season," on September 8 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of a professional lightweight bout to the fight card.  CJ Ewer (3-1) is scheduled to face Caleb Hall (1-0) at a fight weight of 155-pounds.

 Ewer headlined the previous NEF card in Bangor with a win over Mike Hansen (5-9) last August to claim the professional middleweight title of the promotion.  Earlier this year, he tried to become the first multi-division champion in NEF history when he met Kemran Lachinov (5-2) for the welterweight strap.  It was not to be, however, as Ewer suffered his first professional loss that February evening at "NEF 32."  A member of Bangor's Young's MMA who proudly serves his country with the United States Air Force security forces, Ewer will look to rebound from that loss against Hall this September.

 "Caleb has improved exponentially every single fight, and he looked amazing his last fight," said Ewer of his opponent. "Caleb will go very far in this sport, but I am going to make sure he doesn’t do it at my expense. It’s going to be a very tough, very exciting fight for sure."

July 13, 2018

MMA WEEKEND: Bellator 202 | Bellator 203 | UFC FIGHT NIGHT 123

Bellator 202

Bellator 202: Budd vs. Nogueira

Friday 07.13.2018 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Paramount Network

Julia Budd  vs.  Talita Nogueira 145 lbs
Eduardo Dantas  vs.  Michael McDonald 135 lbs
Chris Honeycutt  vs.  Leo Leite 185 lbs
V. Moldavsky  vs.  Ernest James 265 lbs
Emily Ducote  vs.  Veta Arteaga 125 lbs
Gerald Harris  vs.  Yaroslav Amosov 170 lbs
Will Morris  vs.  Charles Williams 155 lbs
Nation Gibrick  vs.  Luis Erives 155 lbs
Aaron Webb  vs.  Daniel Carey 145 lbs
Steve Kozola  vs.  Ryan Walker 155 lbs
Jon Hill  vs.  Rudy Schaffroth 265 lbs
F. Trevino  vs.  Tyler Ingram 170 lbs

Bellator 203

Bellator 203: Pitbull vs. Weichel 2

Saturday 07.14.2018 at 04:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Paramount Network

Patricio Freire  vs.  Daniel Weichel 145 lbs
Alessio Sakara  vs.  Jamie Sloane 205 lbs
Andrey Koreshkov  vs.  Vaso Bakočević 170 lbs
S. La Preziosa  vs.  Maxim Radu 154 lbs
M. Martignoni  vs.  Simone D'Anna 134 lbs
Will Fleury  vs.  Alen Amedovski 185 lbs

UFC Fight Night 133

UFC Fight Night 133: Dos Santos vs. Ivanov

Saturday 07.14.2018 at 07:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Junior dos Santos  vs.  Blagoi Ivanov 265 lbs
Dennis Bermudez  vs.  Rick Glenn 145 lbs
Sage Northcutt  vs.  Zak Ottow 170 lbs
Niko Price  vs.  Randy Brown 170 lbs
Chad Mendes  vs.  Myles Jury 145 lbs
Cat Zingano  vs.  Marion Reneau 135 lbs
Eddie Wineland  vs.  Alejandro Perez 135 lbs
Darren Elkins  vs.  A. Volkanovski 145 lbs
Justin Scoggins  vs.  Said Nurmagomedov 125 lbs
Kurt Holobaugh  vs.  Raoni Barcelos 145 lbs
Liz Carmouche  vs.  Jennifer Maia 125 lbs
Mark De La Rosa  vs.  Elias Garcia 135 lbs
Jessica Aguilar  vs.  Jodie Esquibel 115 lbs


July 12, 2018

BANGOR FAN FAVORITES WILL DO BATTLE ON NEF 35 FIGHT CARD


[NEF PRESS RELEASE]

Bangor, Maine (July 12, 2018) – New England Fights (NEF) will hold its next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 35: Wicked Season," on September 8 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of a professional lightweight bout to the fight card.  Jon Lemke (7-8) will meet Aaron "Relentless" Lacey (5-2) at a fight weight of 155-pounds.

 Lemke is an eleven-fight veteran of the NEF cage and a perennial top contender in the promotion's lightweight division.  A member of Titan Athletics based in neighboring Brewer, Maine, Lemke has developed a massive following out of the Bangor area.  He is a four-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  One of the highlights of Lemke's career was scoring a victory over Jesse Erickson (9-7) before a nationally televised audience on the NEF co-promoted Bellator 93 event in Lewiston, Maine.  He is coming off a unanimous decision win against Josh LaBerge (11-7) in Rhode Island last fall.

 "It is with great excitement and anticipation that I step back into the NEF cage to fight in front of my hometown friends and fans," said Lemke. "It is with equal enthusiasm that I fight Aaron Lacey, who is one of the best fighters in New England. This is going to be an absolute battle that fans will not want to miss."

July 6, 2018

MMA WEEKEND--The Ultimate Finale 27 Finale | UFC 226

The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale

The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale


Friday 07.06.2018 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Brad Tavares  vs.  Israel Adesanya 185 lbs
Mike Trizano  vs.  Joe Giannetti 155 lbs
Brad Katona  vs.  Jay Cucciniello 145 lbs
Alex Caceres  vs.  Martín Bravo 145 lbs
Roxanne Modafferi  vs.  Barb Honchak 125 lbs
Julian Marquez  vs.  A. Di Chirico 185 lbs
Rachael Ostovich  vs.  M. De La Rosa 125 lbs
Luis Pena  vs.  Richie Smullen 155 lbs
John Gunther  vs.  Allan Zuñiga 155 lbs
Tyler Diamond  vs.  Bryce Mitchell 145 lbs
Matt Bessette  vs.  Steven Peterson 145 lbs
Oskar Piechota  vs.  G. Meerschaert 185 lbs

UFC 226

UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier


Saturday 07.07.2018 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: Fox Sports 1

Stipe Miocic  vs.  Daniel Cormier 265 lbs
Francis N'Gannou  vs.  Derrick Lewis 265 lbs
Paul Felder  vs.  Mike Perry 170 lbs
Anthony Pettis  vs.  Mike Chiesa 155 lbs
Gökhan Saki  vs.  Khalil Rountree 205 lbs
Paulo Costa  vs.  Uriah Hall 185 lbs
Raphael Assunção  vs.  Rob Font 135 lbs
Lando Vannata  vs.  Drakkar Klose 155 lbs
Max Griffin  vs.  Curtis Millender 170 lbs
Gilbert Burns  vs.  Daniel Hooker 155 lbs
Emily Whitmire  vs.  Jamie Moyle 115 lbs

June 30, 2018

Cage Titans 39 Barrett vs. Barry Live Play by Play

Cage Titans 39 Live Play By Play 

Travis Lizotte



The Full Contact Writer Train has arrived here at Pinz in Kingston, Massachusetts we ran a solo mission down 95 South from Dover, New Hampshire on this "beautiful" 95 degree New England day to be here and there is no place I would rather be tonight than cage side here at Cage Titans 39. Fights are scheduled to start at 6:30 pm local time and we will have your up to the minute coverage as we see it here at Cage Titans 39. It is worth noting that one fight has changed from our Preview released yesterday; Welterweight Ryan Dunn had issues making weight yesterday and was forced to pull out of his Amateur bout with Xavier Cardona. In true fighter fashion Featherweight Aaron Hughes of Team Regiment Training Center stepped up just 2 hours before weigh ins and took the fight on just over 24 hours notice to help save this bout. Aaron Hughes deserves an immense amount of respect for taking this fight on such short notice and at two weight classes above his normal competition weight. Hats Off Aaron!
Fighters and fight fans follow this article throughout the night and share on all social media outlets, to get your live up to the minute results of eight great fights going down here from Pinz in Kingston!


June 29, 2018

COMBAT ZONE 66 6/29/2018 LIVE REVIEW



We are here live at Combat Zone for their 66th show to date.  The card is a hybrid event with some mma, 1 grappling and 2 kickboxing fights for the night.  Ed and I found a good spot at the parking garage and found our way to the Armory at the Radisson Hotel.  John Vena is the host with the most and the judges are Mike Walls, Lars Borrsen, and Shawn Flanagan.  The refs are Kevin MacDonald, John English and Alan Lau.  I asked Calvin Kattar and he informed me that the bird ran away the next day so now he is no longer a celebrity.  Julie Fisher is singing the national anthem and we are about to start.  Follow along as I try my best to keep up with all the action.

Cage Titans 39 Preview: Barrett vs. Barry

Cage Titans 39: "Slippery Pete" vs. "Bare Knuckle" Barry


Travis Lizotte




With the New England temperatures rising the summer fight season heats up Saturday night June 30th as Cage Titans makes its first appearance at a new venue; Pinz in Kingston, Massachusetts will play host as Cage Titans 39 takes over the lanes for a night of New England MMA action. Cage Titans has drawn some serious interest over the last couple months as the promotion continues to be a launching point for New England fighters; former Cage Titans Bantamweight star Manny Bermudez took his undefeated record (11-0) to the UFC in February and remained undefeated with a second round submission victory over Albert Morales (7-4-1) in his UFC debut, putting both himself and the Plymouth, Massachusetts based promotion on the national radar. Another undefeated star in the Cage Titans promotion; Joe Joe Giannetti (6-0) used his unblemished record to earn a spot on Season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter, making the best of his opportunity, the man we know as “Skeletor” finished both of his fights on the show with slick first round submissions earning himself a spot in the finale on July 6th against Mike Trizano (6-0) for the title of “The Ultimate Fighter” and a UFC contract. And not to be overlooked former Middleweight Champion Sean Lally (8-3) made a move to Welterweight to put his talents on display in front of Dana White on the Tuesday Night Contender Series in June, Lally drew one of the best Welterweights in the country in Chris “Action Man” Curtis (18-5), Lally looked to be on his game before falling victim to the heavy striking of Curtis in the third round. Cage Titans is eager to show that it still has a solid stable of fighters ready for the world to see, and one of its biggest stars will take center stage in Saturday’s main event when fan favorite; Lightweight “Slippery” Pete Barrett (9-2) looks to be the next Cage Titans star to launch his name on to the nation stage when he faces off with tough veteran Connor “Bare Knuckle” Barry (4-2). Peter Barrett has become a staple in the cage for Cage Titans having fought for the promotion since his Amateur career and fighting exclusively for the promotion throughout his professional career. “Slippery” Pete’s success in the cage took somewhat of a back seat to his outgoing style and punk rock personality outside the cage, that quickly made him a fan favorite across the region. Pete bounced back off the first two losses of his career last time out with a quick first round finish of Jay Ellis as Cage Titans 38 and he will be looking to turn that win into a winning streak here against fellow 155 ponder; Connor Barry, who is coming off a win against Jay Ellis himself, at Cage Titans 37 in Barry’s promotional debut.

COMBAT ZONE 66 6/29/2018 TEASER

Combat Zone is back this Friday night on June 29th for their 66th event to date.  Calvin has been working hard putting this show together in between playing with his Robin and becoming a viral sensation.  Calvin does it all!!  The show will be taking place at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester New Hampshire which is their new home.  Tickets are still on sale so make sure you get them and come have a fun night.  The hotel is really nice and the sound system that they use in there is solid.  This event will be a mixed martial arts and kickboxing event.  There are a total of 10 matches on the night.  The doors will be opening at 5:30pm and the first fight is set to start at 7:00PM. Please follow along as I break down the fights.  Keep in mind that this is subject to change.