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June 20, 2013

NEW ENGLAND FIGHTS! Announces Card for July 12 Event in Bangor, Maine

[NEF Press Release]

 Bangor, Maine (June 20, 2013) – New England Fights! (NEF) today announced the fight card for its July 12 outdoor event at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor.  Entitled "Nations Collide: Canadian Invasion," the patriotic show will feature several bouts pitting American mixed-martial artists against their Canadian counterparts.

The main event for the July 12 card, already announced earlier this month, will feature undefeated top-prospect, and Bucksport resident, Ray "All Business" Wood (3-0) of local gym Young's MMA battling Lenny Wheeler to determine the first-ever Maine State MMA Featherweight Champion.  Wheeler, a native of Prince Edward Island, represents respected Canadian team Wulfrun MMA.  Sporting an impressive 6-2 record as a professional fighter, Wheeler has not lost a fight in more than two years.

In the co-main event of the evening, Team Irish's Jon Lemke (3-0) will meet fellow undefeated pro Matt DesRoches (4-0) also of Wulfrun MMA in Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Lemke, a Bellator veteran, is coming off a win last month at NEF VII in Lewiston, Maine.  DesRoches, whose four victories as a pro have all come by way of either first or second round stoppages, will be Lemke's toughest test to date.

The full fight card for July 12 in Bangor (subject to change):

145*TITLE Ray Wood 3-0 (Young's MMA) vs Lenny Wheeler 6-2 (Wulfrun MMA; P.E.I)
160 Jon Lemke 3-0 (Team Irish) vs Matt DesRoches 4-0 (Wulfrun MMA; P.E.I)
170 Ryan Sanders 4-4 (Young's MMA) vs Emmanuel Walo 3-1 (AllStar MMA Team)
175 Andrew Hughes 0-0 (Team Irish) vs Joe Palazio 1-0 (Team Rukus)
185 Mike Laliberte 6-2-1 (Team Irish) vs TBD
170 Coel Peach 1-1 (Titans) vs John Davis 2-0 (F2 Arena)
145 Josh Parker 4-6 (Independent) vs Christian Rivera 5-15 (Fisherman's Den)
145 Bruce Boyington 2-5 (Young's MMA) vs Asa Zorn 0-2 (Hard Knocks MMA)
145 John Raio 0-3 (First Class Fitness MA) vs Damon Owens 0-0 (Young's MMA)
125 Dwayne Dural 0-0 (Tristar Montreal) vs Jimmy Alexander 0-5 (F2 Arena)

190 Crowsneck Boutin 3-3 (Choi's) vs Branden Gibbs 1-0 (CMBJJ)
185 Ramon Saintville 1-0 (CMBJJ) vs Jacob Cameron 0-2 (Independent)
170 Jarrod Tyler 0-1 (Team Irish) vs Derek Luker 0-0 (Independent)
170 Steve Earland 2-1 (Team Irish) vs Justin Francisco 1-3 (AllStar MMA)
170 Sebastian O'Malley 0-0 (Titans) vs Joel Adams 0-0 (Team Irish)
165 C.J. Ewer 0-0 (Young’s MMA) vs TBD
155 Jeremy Tyler 0-1 (Team Irish) vs Tollison Lewis 3-7 (Balanced Ground MMA)
145 Caleb Hall 2-0 (Moontide MMA) vs Zackary Adams 0-1 (Young’s MMA)
145 Charlie Stambach 0-0 (Team Irish) vs Derek Shorey 2-6 (The Shop/Team Kaos)
135 Kim Russell 0-0 (Balanced Ground MMA) vs TBD
135 Tara Mitchell 0-0 (Wes Littlefield’s Hardcore Gym) vs Adrianna Gomez 0-0 (Team Irish)
130 Stephen Desjardins 2-2 (Team Irish) vs Trevor Hebert 0-1 (Frosty's First Class Fight)

"Nations Collide: Canadian Invasion," will take place on July 12 at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine.  Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 800.745.3000.  For more information on the event, visit You can watch NEF videos at, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”