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August 13, 2014


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (August 13, 2014) – New England Fights (NEF), the Northeast's premier fight promotion, today announced the full fight card for the company's "NEF XIV" mixed martial arts (MMA) event scheduled to take place on September 6, 2014 at the historic Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  In the main event of the evening, Ray "All Business" Wood (4-0) will defend the NEF MMA Maine State Featherweight Title against Brazil's Gabriel Baino (6-1).  Wood will make his first appearance in the MMA cage in over a year.  He suffered an ACL tear in June 2013 which required surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation period.

"We've once again put together a world-class fight card the likes of which only NEF can bring the fans," said NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo.  "It's only the best for our loyal fans, and we've kept the ticket prices low for almost three years now.  NEF is the measuring stick for regional fight promotions.  This card is us moving the bar up even higher than we've already set it."

In another title fight, Paul Gorman (10-8) defends the NEF MMA Maine State Bantamweight Championship against the challenge of South Carolina's Tim "The Terror" Goodwin (8-4).  Gorman has held the title for two years, and last successfully defended it against Tateki Matsuda (9-5) in late-2013 in what was voted the "Fight of the Year" by NEF fans.  In addition, Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington (6-7) and Jesse "The Viking" Erickson (3-2) will meet for the vacant NEF MMA Maine State Lightweight Title.  The title was left void when former champion Dez "The Predator" Green (12-3) left NEF to sign with the world's second largest MMA promotion Bellator.

In a rematch from their amateur days, "The" Ryan Sanders (6-5) and Ryan Quinn (10-4-1) face off in a catchweight bout.  Quinn is an amazing 6-0 competing in Bellator.  He won the first meeting over Sanders in 2008.  In another professional rematch of an amateur bout, John "First Class" Raio (2-5) takes on Derek Shorey (0-0).  The fight will be the popular Raio's last of his career as he has decided to hang up the MMA gloves after this event.  Raio was victorious over Shorey in June 2012.

On the amateur side of the card, Buck "Knuckles" Pineau (7-3) steps in the cage opposite the undefeated Mike Vangelist (2-0).  Pineau looks to rebound after a first-round loss to Zach Elkins (10-6) last May.  At 50 years young, Camden Hills wrestling coach, and Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame member, Pat Kelly (0-0) will make his MMA cage debut against veteran Nate Charles (1-7).  A women's fight is also scheduled featuring the returning Tara Mitchell (1-0), a 44 year-old veterinary technician from Oakland, Maine, taking on the debuting Hillary Coolidge (0-0).  Mitchell won a thrilling debut fight last summer in Bangor over Kim Russell (1-2) at the Bangor Waterfront.

The full fight card for NEF XIV (subject to change):


145*TITLE Ray Wood 4-0 (Young’s MMA) vs Gabriel Baino 6-1 (Team Link)
 135*TITLE Paul Gorman 10-8 (The Academy) vs Tim Goodwin 8-4 (Columbia Martial Arts/Murder Squad)
 155*TITLE Bruce Boyington 6-7 (Young’s MMA) vs Jesse Erickson 3-2 (Team NEU - CMBJJ)
 165 Ryan Sanders 6-5 (Young’s MMA) vs Ryan Quinn 10-4-1 (American Top Team)
 170 Jarod Lawton 4-1 (Team NEU—IABJJ) vs John Daniels 2-3 (Rock City MMA)
 165 Ryan Cowette 2-2 (MMA Athletix) vs John Healey 0-1 (Team Iron Jaw)
 155 Ricky Sylvester 1-0 (American Combat Club) vs Tollison Lewis 0-1 (Balanced Ground MMA)
 145 Jon Lemke 3-2 (Team Irish) vs Amos Collins 4-3 (Serra BJJ Myrtle Beach)
 145 John Raio 2-5 (First Class MMA) vs Derek Shorey 0-0 (Independent)
 135 Brandon Bushaw 0-0 (Serra BJJ Myrtle Beach) vs Elias Leland 0-0 (The Academy)


265 Josh Parr 0-1 (Independent) vs Bill Leahy 0-1 (Young’s MMA)
 185 Buck Pineau 7-3 (Choi’s) vs Mike Vangelist 2-0 (The Academy)
 200 Crowsneck Boutin 5-6 (Choi’s) vs Ramon Saintvill 2-1 (Team NEU - CMBJJ)
 180 Jacob Cameron 0-3 (Team Nitemare) vs John Gardner 0-2 (First Class MMA)
 175 Nash Roy 2-0 (Young’s MMA) vs Caleb Farrington 0-0 (Team NEU)
 170 Chad Jordan 1-0 (The Academy) vs Frank Dellasala 0-0 (Choi’s)
 165 CJ Ewer 3-1 (Young’s MMA) vs Reggie LaPorte 0-0 (Lysak’s MMA/Team Kore)
 160 Nate Charles 1-7 (Balanced Ground MMA) vs Pat Kelly 0-0 (Young’s MMA)
 155 Jarrod Tyler 2-1 (Team Irish) vs Mike Robinson 1-3 (MMA Athletix)
 145 Caleb Hall 3-1 (Choi’s) vs Phil Exner 0-1 (Wes Littlefield’s Hardcore Gym)
 145 Johnny Crafts 1-0 (New England United) vs Justin Witham 0-0 (Team Nitemare)
 145 Dom Cofone 4-4 (Balanced Ground MMA) vs Corey Hinkley 2-2 (Team NEU - CMBJJ)
 145 Jeremy Tyler 4-2 (Team Irish) vs Matt Denning 3-3 (Team NEU - CMBJJ)
 145 Josh Harvey 1-0 (Young’s MMA) vs Jason LaChance 0-1 (MMA Athletix)
 135 Steve Desjardins 3-3 (Team Irish) vs Erik Nelson 1-1 (Team NEU - CMBJJ)
 135 Nate Boucher 0-0 (Team NEU - CMBJJ) vs James Doughtery 0-1 (Choi’s)
 135 Carl Langston 3-4 (Balanced Ground MMA) vs Nick Spencer 2-3 (Choi’s)
 135 Trevor Hebert 1-4 (First Class MMA) vs Michael Crespo 1-0 (MMA Athletix)
 135 Hillary Cooledge 0-0 (First Class MMA) vs Tara Mitchell 1-0 (Wes Littlefield’s Hardcore Gym)

Tickets for "NEF XIV" start at just $25 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 videos at, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”