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October 15, 2013


[NEF Press Release]

 Lewiston, Maine (October 15, 2013) – New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) today announced the full card for the fight promotion's November 9 event, "NEF XI," scheduled to take place at the historic Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.

Two Maine State title fights will headline the card, and will feature Paul Gorman (9-8) defending the Bantamweight Championship against the challenge of Tateki "Tech" Matsuda (8-4), as well as John Ortolani (7-7) meeting Tony Christodoulou (9-4) for the vacant Lightweight strap.  In addition, in a professional heavyweight contest, Josh "Stay Down" Watson (7-3) returns to the cage to face Ryan Hodge (5-8); professionals Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington (3-5) and Josh Parker (4-7) square off in a special "Grudge Match"; and Jesse "The Viking" Erickson (1-1) takes on Ryan Cowette (0-2) in a "Coach vs. Coach" bout at a catchweight of 160 pounds.  Popular Gardiner, Maine featherweight John "First Class" Raio (1-4) will also be in action on the pro card.

The amateur side of the fight card currently features 11 bouts, headlined by a 145-pound contest between top-ranked featherweight Vovka "KGB" Clay (5-2) and lightweight standout Dom Cofone (4-2).  A women's fight will also be featured, pitting Portland, Maine's Maria Rios (3-1) against Shannon Harney (2-2).

The full fight card (subject to change):


135 *Title Paul Gorman 9-8 (The Academy) vs Tateki Matsuda 8-4 (Sityodtong)
155 *Title John Ortolani 7-7 (Team Triumph) vs Tony Christodoulou 9-4 (Renzo Gracie)
230 Josh Watson 7-3 (Syndicate) vs Ryan Hodge 5-8 (F-2 Arena)
160 Jesse Erickson 1-1 (CMBJJ) vs Ryan Cowette 0-2 (MMA Athletix)
150 Bruce Boyington 3-5 (Young’s MMA) vs Josh Parker 4-7 (Independent)
145 John Raio 1-4 (First Class MMA) vs Josh Beauparlant 0-4 (Independent)


180 Jacob Cameron 0-3 (Independent) vs John Gardner 0-1 (First Class MMA)
165 Wayne Ahlquist 2-5 (Lakes Region Vale Tudo) vs CJ Ewer 3-0 (Young’s MMA)
155 Pat Reardon 4-1 (Young’s MMA) vs Jeremy Tyler 2-1 (Team Irish)
150 Nate Charles 1-6 (Balanced Ground MMA) vs Corey Hinkley 2-0 (CMBJJ)
145 Dom Cofone 4-2 (Balanced Ground MMA) vs Vovka Clay 5-2 (Team Triumph)
145 Caleb Hall 3-0 (Independent) vs Aaron Lacey 1-0 (Young’s MMA)
145 Jimmy Jackson 1-1 (Young’s MMA) vs Caleb Costello 0-2 (Team Irish)
145 Carl Langston 2-1 (Balanced Ground MMA) vs Mike Pietersen 0-0 (Young’s MMA)
125 Trevor Hebert 1-1 (First Class MMA) vs Kevin Barrett 1-2 (Young’s MMA)
125 Maria Rios 3-1 (AMMA) vs Shannon Harney 2-2 (Independent)
125 Mike Brown 2-0 (Independent) vs Norman Fox 1-0 (MMA Athletix)
185 Mike Vangelist 0-0 (AMMA) vs TBD
125 Jason Bell 0-1 (IABJJ) vs TBD
 135 Elias Leland 3-1 (AMMA) vs TBD

NEF MMA’s next event, “NEF XI,” is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  Maine State MMA Bantamweight Champion Paul Gorman (9-8) is scheduled to defend his title that night against Tateki Matsuda (8-4).  Tickets start at just $10 and are on sale now at or by calling The Colisee box office at 207.783.2009 x 525. For more information on the event and fight card updates, please visit the promotion’s website at  In addition, you can watch NEF MMA videos at, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”