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November 19, 2016


We arrived at the event and and found our spots cage side.  NEF had a professional media company trying out their new equipment at the event.  They have a huge 4K screen to watch the fights on for this event.  The sound system and lights are upgraded, very nice.  The sound system is as loud as I have ever heard at a local show as my seat is vibrating from it.  I should have no problem hearing the time from Pete Czymbor tonight.  The Vayo twins just sang the nation anthem and the fights are about to start.  The dynamic duo are back together with the two refs being Steve Rita and Kevin MacDonald. Please follow along as I recap the night.

155 AM Chad Pierce 0-0 (Academy) vs Lyman Curtis 0-0 (Shatterproof)

They rush in and Chad gets the takedown.  He moves to full mount and is looking to drop bombs.  Lyman turns gives up his back.  Chad is looking for the rear naked choke.  Lyman turns out and now Chad is on top in full mount.  Lyman bucks him off and turns as the round ends.  He gets in a punch or two from the side as the round ends.

Pierce 10-9

Rd 2:  They clinch and Lyman gets in a right.  They clinch again Chad yanks him to the ground.  They bounce right back up and Chad gets the takedown and Lyman ends up on top.  Chad is doing a good job at defending from the bottom and not being on the receiving end of any damage.  Chad had his legs up high looking for a triangle as the round ends.

Curtis 10-9

Rd 3:  Both fighters punch at the same time and sweat flies.  They both punch again and Lyman stumbles back.  Chad rushes in and goes into guard.  Lyman sweeps and is on top briefly.  Chad grabs hold of his leg and pushes his back to the mat.  He has the side and passes to full mount.  He is getting in some hammerfists.  Chad has a cut on the top of his head and Rita has the doctor check it with 10 seconds left in the round.

Pierce 10-9

Chad Pierce defeats Lyman Curtis via unanimous decision.

135 AM Brianne Genschel 0-0 (Foundry) vs Jessica Borga 3-2 (Champions)

They come out swinging.  Bri connects and Jessica goes high with a kick.  Bri is pressing Jessica up against the cage looking for the takedown.  Jessica gets the underhooks and spins out.  Bri rushes in and Jessica catches her with a combo.  Bri goes for a takedown and Jessica sprawls nicely.  They are back to their feet and Bri's left eye is bleeding right above it.

Borga 10-9

Rd 2:  Jessica is connecting with most of her punches.  Brianne takes Jessica's back from standing and Jessica spins her and is out back to the center.  Jessica gets in a few more punches as the round ends.

Borga 10-9

Rd 3:  Brianne rushes in and connects with a combo that sends Jessica back.  She is bleeding above her eye again.  They are both swinging away but both of them are starting to show tiredness.

Borga 10-9

Jessica Borga defeats Brianne Genschel via unanimous decision.

145 AM Alex Clark 3-1 (Young’s) vs Shawn Lunghi 1-0 (S. Tampa Jiu Jitsu)

Clark rushes in and they fall to the mat.  Shawn is trying hard for a guillotine but can't get it.  Alex stands up and gets the takedown.  Shawn works his way standing and Alex is looking for another takedown.  Shawn reverses and  pulls him down to the mat.  He turns and is now on top in half guard.  They both punch as the round ends.

Lunghi 10-9

Rd 2:  Shawn is looking for the takedown.  He picks him up and slams him to the mat.  He takes his back and is getting some punches in.  He softens him up with some hard shots and hooks the arm under for the tap.

Shawn Lunghi defeats Alex Clark via tapout to rear naked choke at 2:24 in Rd 2.

145 AM Hannah Sparrell 1-1 (First Class) vs Fernanda Araujo 4-4-2 (D. Edge)

Hannah is using her reach and working some kicks.  Fernanda closes the distance and connects with a right.  Fernanda rips her to the mat and goes for the arm.  She is trying to rip it free and Hannah does not let it go and spins her to the mat.  Fernanda is looking for an armbar again and Hannah fights it and makes her pay with some hammerfists.

Araujo 10-9

Rd 2:  They clinch and Fernando Judo tosses her to the mat.  She has the side and hops over.  She looks for the armbar and rips it free.

Fernanda Araujo defeats Hannah Sparrell via tapout to armbar at 1:26 in Rd 2.

170 AM Darren Ducharme 0-0 (CMBJJ) vs Tom Burgess 2-0 (Berserkers)

Tom gets the first hit by kick.  They are swinging for the fences.  Tom connects and Darren goes down.  He is going for the finish but Darren weathers the storm.  Tom is hitting hard and connects with a few more rights.  Darren connects with an uppercut.  Tom is getting in some big shots that are hitting clean.  He connects with a solid right and drops Darren.  He finishes off with some ground and pound for the ref stoppage.

Tom Burgess defeats Darren Ducharme via technical knock out to strikes at 2:26 in Rd 1.

265 AM Kevin Smith 3-2 (Young’s) vs Ras Hylton 2-0 (First Class)

They both of course are swinging for the fences.  Kevin goes for a takedown and Ras stuffs it.  Kevin dives for a takedown and switches it to a single leg.  They are both exchanging knees to the body.  Kevin gets the takedown and is in guard.  He gets in a hammerfist and and moves to half guard as the round ends.

Smith 10-9

Rd 2:  Kevin gets in a kick to the body.  Ras connects with a right and blood is pouring from the bridge of the nose.  Kevin goes down and Ras is on top trying to get the finish.  He backs off and lets Kevin back to his feet.  Blood is pouring everywhere.  Kevin has seen enough as Kevin is wobbly and exhausted.

Ras Hylton defeats Kevin Smith via ref stoppage to strikes at 1:45 in Rd 2.

200 AM Mike Swan 0-0 (Choi) vs Mike Williams 1-1 (CMBJJ)

Mike looks for the takedown.  He is denied briefly and Williams connects with a right.  Mike ducks down and gets the takedown.  He has the side and isn't able to do much from there.  Williams bucks him off and sweeps.  He is on top and has Swan's back.  He is going for the finish with ground and pound.  He runs out of time.

Williams 10-9

Rd 2:  Swan dives for the takedown.  He can't get it and Williams takes his back.  He can't get the rear naked choke and is trying to finish him off with hammerfists.

Mike Williams defeats Mike Swan via ref stoppage to strikes at 2:40 in Rd 2.

135 AM Fred Lear 3-2 (Young’s) vs Robby Fraser 1-1 (S. Tampa Jiu Jitsu)

Both fighters are being cautious.  Robby gets in an inside leg kick.  They both connect with a right.  Robby connects with a right.  Fred gets in two inside leg kicks.  Robby dives for a takedown and Lear has the guillotine as the round ends.

Fraser 10-9

Rd 2:  Fred dives for the takedown.  He can't get it and Robby puts his head down.  Lear hooks his arm around and gets the guillotine from standing for the tap.

Fred Lear defeats Robby Fraser via tapout to guillotine at 26 seconds in Rd 2.

155 AM Ken Dunn 0-3 (Independent) vs Angelo Rizitello 0-1 (Shatterproof)

Angelo rushes in and wants the takedown.  Dunn is looking for the guillotine but can't get the tap.  Ken gets the takedown and takes the back.  They work their way up and are back to their feet.  Angelo connects with a right to the rib and he falls to the mat as the bell sounds.

Dunn 10-9

Angelo Ritzello defeats Kenn Dunn via doctor stoppage due to rib as he was unable to continue onto Rd 2.

185 AM Nash Roy 2-2 (Young’s) vs Chris Smith 1-0 (Berserkers)

They clinch and Nash gets in a knee to the body.  He yanks Chris to the mat and they bounce right up. Chris is bleeding and rushes in.  He gets the guillotine for the tap.

Chris Smith defeats Nash Roy via tapout to guillotine at 1:00 in Rd 1.

265 AM TITLE Nick Gulliver 3-0 (First Class) vs Yorgan DeCastro 2-2 (SSSF)

Yorgan connects with a right.  He connects with another combo that sends Nick to the mat.  He is trying hard for the finish but can't get it.  He denies Nick of a takedown and they are back to their feet.  Nick rushes in with a superman punch and eats a shot.  Yorgan is pressing Nick up against the cage and getting in some knees to the body.  Nick is firing back with shots to the body.

DeCastro 10-9

Rd 2:  Yorgan connects with a combo.  Nick spins and fires a combo of his own.  They break and Yorgan gets in a right.  Nick connects with a combo and Yorgan is hurt.  He goes for the finish but can't get the finish.

Gulliver 10-9

Rd 3:  They clinch at the cage and Nick pushes him to the mat.  He gets in some heavy shots and gets the ref stoppage.

Nick Gulliver defeats Yorgan DeCastro via ref stoppage to strikes at 1:09 in Rd 3 for the strap!!

145 PRO Aaron Lacey 3-0 (Young’s) vs Taylor Trahan 6-6 (Team Link)

They are both swinging.  Taylor gets the takedown.  Aaron works his way up and Taylor gets in a knee to the body.  Aaron gets in some strikes from the clinch.  Lacey with another good combo.  Taylor works a combo of his own.  Taylor falls to the mat in pain.  I am not sure if its was a knee or cramp.  Ref stops the fight.  Sucks to see the fight end that way!

Aaron Lacey defeats Taylor Trahan via verbal submission to injury at 3:14 in Rd 1.

145 PRO Josh Parker 4-8 (Ruthless) vs Derek Shorey 4-7 (Shatterproof)

Derek gets the takedown and moves to full mount.  He has the back and gets the body lock.  Derek falls off and Josh is now in guard.  He moves to the side.  Derek is looking to get up and gets caught in a guillotine for the tap.

Josh Parker defeats Derek Shorey via tapout to guillotine at 3:02 in Rd 1.

155 PRO Ryan Sanders 11-8 (Young’s) vs Jon Lemke 5-6 (Team Irish)

They are swinging and Ryan connects with a good knee from the clinch.  Ryan goes high with a kick.  Jon gets a right of his own.  Jon again with a right.  Jon connects with an uppercut.  Ryan is staying busy working his kicks.  They both exchange punches.  Jon with a kick to the body.  Ryan stays active and slips to the mat as the round ends.

Sanders 10-9

Rd 2:  Jon starts us off with 2 leg kicks.  Ryan fires back with a knee to the head.  Sanders with 2 high kicks.  Lemke with 2 over hand rights.  Sanders with a 1-2 combo.  Man this fight is awesome!  Ryan with another good combo.  Sanders gets a takedown at the end to seal the round in his favor.

Sanders 10-9

Rd 3:  At the start they both hug.  Great sportsmanship.  Ryan connects with a right.  Jon backs Ryan up against the cage with a combo.  Ryan spins out and they are back to the center.  Ryan gets the takedown and Jon gets a nasty cut.  Doctor checks him out and stops the fight.

Ryan Sanders defeats Jon Lemke via unanimous decision 20-18 after 2 rounds.  Rematch??

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT:  Sanders vs Lemke
SUB OF THE NIGHT:  Araujo and her slick armbar

NEF finishes up their last show of the year and it was another solid show.  The crowd was very pleased to see the old layout without the boxing ring and it was nice and loud in there.  This was one of the bloodiest shows I have been too in a while. There were only 3 decisions last night as almost all of the fighters finished their opponents!  The sound system was insane in there I can still feel the bass in my feet!  The huge screen to watch the fights was a nice treat.  The professional production crew was just testing out their equipment.  Maybe they will test it out again for NEF 27 as they return on February 11th, 2017!  Thanks for reading our live review and if you enjoyed it please share with all your friends.