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May 22, 2018

NEF RELEASES FIGHT CARD FOR RETURN TO PORTLAND ON JUNE 16



Portland, Maine (May 18, 2018) –Earlier today, New England Fights (NEF) released the official card for its upcoming return to Aura in Portland, Maine.  The mixed-martial-arts event, entitled "NEF 34: Home of the Brave," is scheduled to take place on Saturday night, June 16, 2018 with a bell-time of 7:00 pm EDT.

 The main event will feature two rising East Coast prospects when Bangor, Maine's own Aaron "Relentless" Lacey (5-1) meets Fayetteville, North Carolina's Da'Mon "The Diamond" Blackshear (4-1) in a featherweight bout.  Lacey is coming off a dominant win over veteran Josh Parker (6-9) earlier this year, while Blackshear looks to rebound from the first loss of his professional career last August.

 Lacey's Young's MMA teammate "The" Ryan Sanders (15-9) will see action in the co-main event against Tampa, Florida's Vince McGuiness (5-7).  Sanders is the reigning NEF MMA Pro Lightweight Champion.  The fight with McGuiness will be a non-title affair.

May 18, 2018

MMA WEEKEND--UFC FIGHT NIGHT 129 MAIA VS. USMAN

UFC Fight Night 129

UFC Fight Night 129: Maia vs. Usman

Saturday 05.19.2018 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Kamaru Usman  vs.  Demian Maia 170 lbs
Alexa Grasso  vs.  Tatiana Suarez 115 lbs
Jared Cannonier  vs.  Dominick Reyes 205 lbs
Guido Cannetti  vs.  Diego Rivas 135 lbs
Andrea Lee  vs.  Veronica Macedo 125 lbs
Vicente Luque  vs.  Chad Laprise 170 lbs
Michel Prazeres  vs.  Zak Cummings 170 lbs
Brandon Moreno  vs.  Alexandre Pantoja 125 lbs
Poliana Botelho  vs.  Syuri Kondo 115 lbs
Humberto Bandenay  vs.  Gabriel Benitez 145 lbs
Enrique Barzola  vs.  Brandon Davis 145 lbs
Enrique Briones  vs.  Frankie Saenz 135 lbs
Felipe Silva  vs.  Claudio Puelles 155 lbs

May 11, 2018

CAGE TITANS FIGHT VIDEOS: Chris Sniger vs. Chris O'Brien | John Clarke vs. Ryan Dunn


MMA WEEKEND--Bellator 199 | UFC 224

Bellator 199

Bellator 199: Bader vs. King Mo

Saturday 05.12.2018 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Paramount Network

Ryan Bader  vs.  Muhammed Lawal 265 lbs
Jon Fitch  vs.  Paul Daley 170 lbs
Cheick Kongo  vs.  Javy Ayala 265 lbs
Aaron Pico  vs.  Lee Morrison 145 lbs
Carrington Banks  vs.  Adam Piccolotti 155 lbs
James Terry  vs.  Don Mohammed 170 lbs
Mark Climaco  vs.  Daniel Oseguera 125 lbs
Elias Anderson  vs.  Hyder Amil 155 lbs
Josh San Diego  vs.  Nohelin Hernandez 135 lbs
Dominic Sumner  vs.  T. Ponce de Leon 170 lbs
Khai Wu  vs.  Cass Bell 135 lbs
Josh Paiva  vs.  Adam Antolin 125 lbs
Gaston Bolanos  vs.  Malcolm Hill 155 lbs
Amber Leibrock  vs.  Janay Harding 145 lbs
Ahmed White  vs.  Deron Winn 185 lbs
Brandon Hester  vs.  Jordan Williams 185 lbs
JJ Okanovich  vs.  Hugo Lujan 155 lbs
Ignacio Ortiz  vs.  Matt Aragoni 145 lbs
Justin Tenedora  vs.  David Rivera 135 lbs

UFC 224

UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington

Saturday 05.12.2018 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: FX

Amanda Nunes  vs.  Raquel Pennington 135 lbs
Ronaldo Souza  vs.  Kelvin Gastelum 185 lbs
Mackenzie Dern  vs.  Amanda Cooper 115 lbs
John Lineker  vs.  Brian Kelleher 135 lbs
Lyoto Machida  vs.  Vitor Belfort 185 lbs
Cezar Ferreira  vs.  Karl Roberson 185 lbs
Alexey Oleinik  vs.  JĂșnior Albini 265 lbs
Davi Ramos  vs.  Nick Hein 155 lbs
Elizeu Zaleski  vs.  Sean Strickland 170 lbs
Warlley Alves  vs.  Sultan Aliev 170 lbs
Thales Leites  vs.  Jack Hermansson 185 lbs
Alberto Mina  vs.  Ramazan Emeev 170 lbs
Markus Perez  vs.  James Bochnovic185 lbs

May 10, 2018

THE FAMILY THAT BLEEDS TOGETHER...



[NEF Press Release]

Portland, Maine (May 9, 2018) – The family that bleeds together, stays together.

 It isn't exactly warm, fuzzy, wall-hanging material that you'll find overlooking somebody's mantle, but the statement applies to Tampa, Florida-based domestic partners Amanda Gallo and Michael Vizza.

 They'll travel to Maine for their second New England Fights card in four months – and the first featuring both their names on the docket – for “NEF 34: Home of the Brave.”

 Fight night is Saturday, June 16 at Aura in Portland.

 Gallo (1-1), who stunned the crowd with her victory over Jayda Bailey in February, is scheduled to face Brianne Genschell (0-1) in a bantamweight clash. Vizza (1-2) will be paired with NEF newcomer Christian Barrett.

May 8, 2018

FORMER MAINE STATE WRESTLING CHAMPION RETURNING TO THE CAGE FOR SECOND FIGHT

[NEF Press Release]

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 announced the addition of an amateur bantamweight bout to the card.  Killian Murphy (1-0) will meet Gabriel Diaz (0-1) at a fight weight of 135 pounds.

 Murphy made his cage debut last month at "NEF 33" in Portland with a first-round technical knockout of Krishna Scott (0-1).  He followed the footsteps of his older brother Connor Murphy (1-2) into the NEF amateur ranks.  Killian trains with Nostos MMA of Somersworth, New Hampshire under the tutelage of UFC signee, and former NEF Pro Lightweight Champion, Devin Powell (8-3).  Prior to joining Nostos, Murphy was a standout on the wrestling mats for Marshwood High School in Elliot, Maine where he won a Class A state championship in 2015.

 "I'm really excited for my second fight," said Murphy. "I've got an amazing coach and team behind me. As for the finish, I won't predict anything.  I'll let all my work in the cage speak for itself."

 Gabriel Diaz is a member of F2 Arena in Gainesville, Florida.  On June 16, he will not only be looking to avenge his own loss at "NEF 33" to Murphy's Nostos teammate Zac Richards (1-0), but Diaz will also have the opportunity to avenge his own F2 Arena teammate, Krishna Scott, who was defeated by Murphy at "NEF 33."

 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 www.AuraMaine.com.

May 7, 2018

VACANT BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE TO BE DECIDED AT NEF 34 IN PORTLAND

Kam Arnold
[NEF Press Release]

 Portland, Maine (May 1, 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 announced the addition of an amateur bantamweight championship bout to the card.  Kam Arnold (3-0) will meet Michael Crespo (3-3) for the vacant NEF amateur 135-pound title.  The championship was previously held by Fred Lear (6-2) who vacated when he turned professional.  The bout between Arnold and Crespo will make history as the first five-round amateur title fight in both NEF and Maine history.  All previous amateur championship fights had been scheduled for three rounds.

 Undefeated Kam Arnold has been on a hot streak since his debut in the summer of 2017.  The product of Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ) in Lewiston, Maine has cut through all three of his previous opponents with little resistance.  None have made it past the two-minute mark of the first round with Arnold.  It took him a mere 11-seconds to knock out David Thompson with a single punch at "NEF 33" last month in Portland.  Arnold considers the opportunity to fight for the bantamweight title the highlight of his fight career thus far.

May 5, 2018

Secor victorious in main event, but Gotti III steals the show with thrilling knockout win in Westbury

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[CES Press Release]

WESTBURY, N.Y. (May 4th, 2018) – CES MMA’s New York division, CES MMA NY, launched Friday at The Space at Westbury Theater in front of a sold-out crowd as nearby South Glens Falls native Matt Secor earned a much-needed win in the main event.

 A five-time Bellator vet and participant on Season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter reality series, Secor (10-5, 1 KO) scored his first win since August and first career victory by knockout, stopping Florida’s Adam Sepulveda (4-3) at 1 minute, 37 seconds of the opening round.

 Secor got the ball rolling with a quick takedown, then punished Sepulveda with unanswered strikes to the temple as his opponent cowered in the fetal position unable to defend himself.

 The showstopper Friday, however, was Oyster Bay welterweight John Gotti III (2-0, 1 KO), who brought the house down with a 32-second knockout win over Schenectady’s Eddie Haws (0-2) in his fight as a professional in his home state of New York.

 Gotti III opened by circling the cage with Haws, throwing a few leg kicks and feigns, before landing an overhand right that sent Haws crashing to the canvas. Gotti III immediately pounced and landed a series of hammerfists before the referee quickly stepped in and stopped the fight.