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April 20, 2018

MMA WEEKEND--UFC Fight Night 128

UFC Fight Night 128

UFC Fight Night 128: Barboza vs. Lee

Saturday 04.21.2018 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Edson Barboza  vs.  Kevin Lee 155 lbs
Frankie Edgar  vs.  Cub Swanson 145 lbs
Justin Willis  vs.  Chase Sherman 265 lbs
Dave Branch  vs.  Thiago Santos 185 lbs
Brett Johns  vs.  Aljamain Sterling 135 lbs
Jim Miller  vs.  Daniel Hooker 155 lbs
Ryan LaFlare  vs.  Alex Garcia 170 lbs
Magomed Bibulatov  vs.  Yuta Sasaki 125 lbs
Siyar Bahadurzada  vs.  Luan Chagas 170 lbs
Patrick Cummins  vs.  Corey Anderson 205 lbs
Aspen Ladd  vs.  Leslie Smith 135 lbs
Ricky Simon  vs.  Merab Dvalishvili 135 lbs
Tony Martin  vs.  Keita Nakamura 170 lbs

April 19, 2018


[NEF Press Release]

 Portland, Maine (April 18, 2018) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to Aura in Portland, Maine with its next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 34: Home of the Brave," on Saturday night, June 16, 2018.  Earlier today, the fight promotion officially announced a professional featherweight bout for the card.  Aaron "Relentless" Lacey (5-1) is scheduled to face Da'Mon "The Diamond" Blackshear (4-1).

 After suffering the first loss of his professional career in late 2017 - a doctor stoppage due to a cut on his head during a bout in New Hampshire - Lacey bounced back this past February with a big victory at "NEF 32" in Lewiston, Maine.  He came out aggressive in the first round against veteran Josh Parker (6-10), forcing Parker to tap late in the first-round to a rear-naked choke.  And while it certainly was an impressive win for the 2016 NEF Fighter of the Year and product of Young's MMA, Lacey felt that he had more to showcase for his fans.  He will get the opportunity again on June 16 against Blackshear.

 “It’s time once again to do what I love in front of the fans that I love," said Lacey. "My last fight was really quick, and I didn’t get to showcase what I have been working on. Although I’m always going for the finish, I will be looking to put on an entertaining show that fans will not soon forget!”

 Based out of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Da'Mon Blackshear began his MMA career in the fall of 2014.  He put together a stellar amateur record of 7-1, capturing two championships in the southeastern region of the country.  Upon turning professional, Blackshear, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt, has taken three of his four pro victories by way of submission.  He has earned gold in numerous submission-only grappling events, regularly defeating black belts and larger opponents.  Blackshear serves as a coach of Team R.O.C. in Fayetteville.

 “I'm ready," exclaimed Blackshear when reached for comment.  "June 16th it's going down, so Aaron Lacey come prepared!"

 NEF's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 34: Home of the Brave," will take place at Aura in Portland, Maine on Saturday, June 16, 2018.  Tickets are on-sale now online at

April 14, 2018


165 AM Eddy George (0-1, FAA CT) vs Ismail Boutaleb (0-0, Florian BJJ)

Boutaleb wins split decision.

120 AM Sam Stewart (0-0, Savery BJJ) vs Sean Costello (0-1, SSSF)

Stewart via Rd 1 RNC 2:58.

150 AM Stavros Batsinelas (2-1, Redline) vs Aaron Hughes (1-3, Regiment Training)

Hughes 1sr round tko via ref stoppage upon doctor's recomendation.

160 AM John Clarke (0-0, BST MMA) vs Lukas Stavropoulos (1-2, Indy)

Clark unanimous decision.


Warchild and I quickly found our spots at Club Aura.  NEF is using their brand new cage which is a little smaller than their other cage they usually use due to the stage being smaller.  The crowd is starting to fill in now and the fights are about to start.  The first match of the night is grappling followed by the rest of the night with mixed martial arts action.  Peter Cyzmbor will be the host of the night and the refs are John English and Kevin MacDonald.  This venue is really nice with a huge screen for everyone to watch the action and the sound system is top notch.  Please follow along as I try my best to keep up with all the carnage in the cage.

April 13, 2018

NEF 33: Riptide Preview

NEF 33: Riptide
Travis Lizotte

As the harsh New England winter refuses to release it’s grasp on the Northeast, a Riptide is set to take its toll on Portland, Maine Saturday night as New England Fights returns for a second time to the Aura Nightclub in Portland’s Old Port. Fans were treated to this unique environment for MMA back in November when the New England Fights took over Aura for the first time at NEF 31: The Old Port, which saw a Main Event for the ages as Paul Gorman climbed to 11-9 with a close decision victory over Florida’s James Blair (5-2). New England Fights returns to the venue where they saw so much success this time toting a line up of twelve matches including three professional fights, eight amateur bouts as well as one women’s submissions grappling match all being headlined by a grudge match that has been many years in the making. Make no mistake about it, Bill Jones (12-11) and Matt Denning (5-7) carry a certain amount of destain for one another as this Lightweight fight, set to headline the action Saturday night, goes far beyond the cage as both men have been in a back and forth war of words on social media that has been entertaining to watch. Bill Jones, who fights out of Nostos MMA, has been around the New England fight scene since 2007 and has made his name fighting some of the toughest men in the Northeast, including; Matt Bessette (UFC), Brian Kelleher (UFC), Tateki Matsuda (UFC) leaving Jones as a highly respected pioneer of New England MMA. In the other corner; Matt “Ken Doll” Denning, Central Maine BJJ, has fought some of the top competitors at both Featherweight and Lightweight in his career on his way to earning appearances for both Bellator and the World Series of Fighting across his twelve fights as a pro. For Denning, he will be looking to add another big name to his already impressive resume of opponents in Bill Jones, for Jones, who has little left to prove in his career, he is just looking to wipe that confident smile off the face of Denning, as Jones plans to retire following the bout. With any luck the aspirations of both fighters will spill out into the NEF Hexagon when the bell rings and the cage door locks on these two men.


Cage Titans just posted up their fight card on their website and I wanted to share it with you all.  They have been working hard on it and have put together another great one.  The show will of course take place in their usual habitat, Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth Mass.  The show is happening this Saturday on April 14th and the doors will be opening at 5pm with the first fight set to start at 6pm.  Fighters are saying on facebook that the show is already sold out so if you are thinking of going to the door to buy you may be out of luck!  The card features 19 fights total with 4 of them being title contenders.  9 fights on the night will be professional ones with 10 amateur battles.  The main event will be Dan Dubuque taking on Jimmy Manning for the coveted 155 Cage Titans title.  The co main event will be Jay Ellis challenging Peter Barrett which is sure to be a stand up war.  Check out the entire fight card below and stay right here as we will be having the live updates for this awesome card.

155 PRO TITLE Dan Dubuque (5-2 Golden Falcon) vs. Jimmy Manning (5-0 SSSF)
155 PRO Jay Ellis (25-38 Knockout) vs. Peter Barrett (8-2 Sityodtong)
155 PRO Daniel Matos (1-3 Gracie Tampa) vs. Don Shainis (3-1 Redline)
135 PRO Seth Basler (3-7 SI Fight Club) vs. Johnny Campbell (15-9 SSSF)
115 PRO Mefi Monterosso (4-1 AKA) vs. Dan Cormier (6-8 Triforce)
145 PRO Stacy Anderson (0-3 Wild Card Boxing) vs. Jeff Perez (2-0 SBG East)
170 AM TITLE Marty Navis (3-2 Lauzon) vs. Trevor Gudde (4-0 Florian)
135 AM TITLE Will Smith (4-1 BST MMA) vs. Jacobo Apito (4-2 Redline)
125 AM TITLE John Lessard (3-2 Redline) vs. Mitch Raposo (4-0 Regiment)
170 PRO Montoyia Swilling (0-10, God’s Team) vs Zach DiSabatino (2-0, SSSF)
140 PRO Shawn Rall (2-1, Egular vs Jay Perrin (5-3, Sityodtong)
170 PRO Montoyia Swilling (0-10, God’s Team) vs Antoine Caparotta (0-0, SSSF)
155 AM Dion Rubio (1-0, TriForce) vs Jurrell Laronal (2-1, Trifecta)
190 AM Floran Kacaku (1-2, Redline) vs Brian Harrington (2-0, SSSF)
160 AM John Clarke (0-0, BST MMA) vs Lukas Stavropoulos (1-2, Indy)
125 AM Will Graustuck (2-1, Level Ground) vs Garrett Jackson (0-0, Xcel BJJ)
150 AM Stavros Batsinelas (2-1, Redline) vs Aaron Hughes (1-3, Regiment Training)
120 AM Sam Stewart (0-0, Savery BJJ) vs Sean Costello (0-1, SSSF)
165 AM Eddy George (0-1, FAA CT) vs Ismail Boutaleb (0-0, Florian BJJ)

MMA WEEKEND--Bellator 197 | UFC on Fox 29

Bellator 197

Bellator 197: Chandler vs. Girtz

Friday 04.13.2018 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Paramount Network

Michael Chandler  vs.  Brandon Girtz 155 lbs
AJ McKee Jr.  vs.  Justin Lawrence 145 lbs
K. Ferguson Jr.  vs.  Devon Brock 160 lbs
Logan Storley  vs.  Joaquin Buckley 170 lbs
Josh Sampo  vs.  Dominic Mazzotta 135 lbs
Rebecca Ruth  vs.  Juliana Velasquez 125 lbs
Jordan Dowdy  vs.  Jeff Crotty 170 lbs
Adam Cella  vs.  Dewayne Diggs 189 lbs
Joe Roye  vs.  Cort Wahle 151 lbs
Justin Robbins  vs.  AJ Siscoe 140 lbs
Jordan Howard  vs.  Eric Ellington 135 lbs
Derek Anderson  vs.  Zak Bucia 165 lbs

UFC on FOX 29

UFC on FOX 29: Poirier vs. Gaethje

Saturday 04.14.2018 at 08:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Justin Gaethje  vs.  Dustin Poirier 155 lbs
Carlos Condit  vs.  Alex Oliveira 170 lbs
Israel Adesanya  vs.  Marvin Vettori 185 lbs
Michelle Waterson  vs.  Cortney Casey 115 lbs
A. JĂșnior  vs.  Tim Boetsch 185 lbs
Muslim Salikhov  vs.  Ricky Rainey 170 lbs
John Moraga  vs.  Wilson Reis 125 lbs
Krzysztof Jotko  vs.  Brad Tavares 185 lbs
Gilbert Burns  vs.  Dan Moret 155 lbs
Shana Dobson  vs.  Lauren Mueller 125 lbs
Yushin Okami  vs.  Dhiego Lima 170 lbs
Arjan Bhullar  vs.  Adam Wieczorek 265 lbs
Alejandro Perez  vs.  Matthew Lopez 135 lbs
Luke Sanders  vs.  Patrick Williams 135 lbs

April 12, 2018

NEF 33 'RIPTIDE' TEASER 4/14/2018

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New England Fights returns this Saturday to Club Aura in Portland Maine.  The show will be taking place on April 14th, this Saturday with the doors opening at 6pm with the grappling match starting at 6:50pm.  Then at 7pm will be the start of the mma portion.  There are a total of 12 matches with 11 fights being mma and 1 fight being grappling.  Out of the 12 matches 3 of them are professional bouts.  This will be the second time that NEF is going to Club Aura and it is a smaller venue so make sure you don't wait until the last minute to get tickets as it could sell out.  Tickets will be available at the door. Please follow along as I break down the fight card for you all.  This will be the exact fight order of the night.