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September 2, 2023

🏟 LIVE REVIEW--🏟 NEF 54--9/2/2023---MERRILL AUDITORIUM --[Start Time 5:00PM EST]






--THE LEAD-IN--

NEF is back tonight with their 54th show since its existence.  They went old school and put together a hybrid boxing/grappling and mma event stacked with 23 fights which is sure to please any fight fan.  The show is being held at the beautiful Merrill Auditorium in Portland Maine and the event is set to kick off at 5PM.  Please follow along as I try my best to keep up with all the action.  If you are unable to make it to the event and still want to watch live then the livestream link is below....

The entire card is streaming live beginning at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT on www.CombatSportsNow.com. The full event will be available for just $29.99 on a pay-per-view basis.

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HWT PRO BOXING Serhii Sheludko (Los Angeles, CA) vs. RJ Hayes (Oneonta, NY)

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 BOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Serhii Sheludko defeats RJ Hayes tko stoppage at 1:14 in Round 1.

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160 PRO BOXING Nate Balakin (Tyngsboro, MA) vs. Robert Bricks (New York, NY)

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 BOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Nate Balakin defeats Robert Bricks via tko stoppage at 2:39 in Round 3

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140 PRO BOXING Austin Keller (Middleton, MA) vs. Paul Walters (Tampa, FL)

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 BOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Austin Keller defeats Paul Walters via tko stoppage at 2:34 in Round 1.

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175 PRO BOXING Rico DePaolis (Watertown, MA) vs. Igor Pessoa (Boston, MA)

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 BOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Rico DePaolis defeats Igor Pessoa via unanimous decision.

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160 PRO BOXING Michael Bulger (Malden, MA) vs. Demetris Williams (Philadelphia, PA)

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 BOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Michael Bulger defeats Demetris Williams via tko stoppage at 2:59 in Round 2

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HWT PRO BOXING Andrii Novytskyi (Ukraine) vs. Diego Dominguez Gutierrez (Guadalajara, MX)

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 BOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Andrii Novystkyi defeats Diego Dominguez Gutierrez via tko stoppage at 2:57 in Round 3.

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150 PRO BOXING Nicky Tejada (Haverhill, MA) vs. Tymar Miles (Poughkeepsie, NY)

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 BOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Nicky Tejada defeats Tymar Miles via tko stoppage at 2:59 in Round 1.

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115 GRAPPLING Alyssa Taylor (Evolution Athletix) vs. Alecia Palmer (First Class/Choi’s)

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 GRAPPLING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Allysa Taylor and Alecia Palmer resulted in a draw.

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125 AM MMA Tyler Parent (CMBJJ) vs. Alex Morris (Nostos)

Rd 1:  Tyler gets the quick takedown and lands into half guard.  He is looking for the head and arm and choke but can't lock it up.  Alex has a guillotine from the bottom but can't get the finish.  Tyler now has the back and is dropping some ground and pound.  He gets the stoppage.

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Tyler Parent defeats Alex Morris via tko stoppage to strikes at 2:19 in Round 1.

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160 AM MMA Jon Rivera (Karasu Tengu Academy) vs. Zac Thompson (Ascension Athletics)

Rd 1:  Zac connects with an uppercut and drops Jon.  He gets in some more punches and gets the ref stoppage.  Stoppage seemed a little early to me as Jon was standing back up.

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Zac Thompson defeats Jon Rivera via tko stoppage to strikes at 18 seconds in Round 1.

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135 AM MMA Jarad Whitney (Titan Athletics) vs. Nick Eldridge (Nostos)

Rd 1:  Nick gets the takedown and he grabs the back.  He sinks in the rear naked choke and gets the tap.

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Nick Eldridge defeats Jarad Whitney via tapout to rear naked choke at 38 seconds in Round 1.

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140 AM MMA Connor Morrill (Karasu Tengu Academy) vs. Hannon Sanford (CMBJJ)

Rd 1:  Hannon scoops up Connor and slams him to the mat.  He stays the rest of the round on top.

Sanford 10-9

Rd 2:  Connor gets in a good right.  Both fighters seeming content to stand and trade.  Connor is throwing some good combos that are landing.  

Morrill 10-9

Rd 3:  They start out standing and Hannon slips to the mat.  He stands back up and they are striking again.  Nice head kick combo from Connor.  

Morrill 10-9  

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Connor Morrill defeats Hannon Sanford via unanimous decision.

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145 AM MMA Eddy PeΓ±a (VisionQuest Muay Thai) vs. Schuyler Vallaincourt (Nostos)

Rd 1:  Schuyler gets the takedown and takes the back.  Eddy is standing up and still has Schuyler on his back.  He slides off and Eddy gets in a few punches while Schulyer is down.  Schuyler misses with the throw and Eddy gets a body triangle.  He can't get the finish and Schuyler turns into it.  Eddy gets in a few more punches and tries for a guillotine as the round ends.

Pena 10-9

Rd 2:  Eddy gets in a right and Schuyler dives for a takedown but gets stuffed.  Schuyler tries for a single leg and Eddy stuffs it.  Eddy ends up on top and is getting in some ground and pound.  He flattens Schuyler out and gets the ref stoppage.

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Eddy Pena defeats Schuyler Vallaincourt via tko stoppage to strikes at 1:45 in Round 2.

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135 AM MMA Bry Power (The Academy) vs. Amanda Ferreira (Gorilla Crew)

Rd 1:  Bry fires off a right that connects.  Bry has Amanda pressed up against the cage.  Bry gets the single leg takedown and Bry has the side.  She gets in two knees to the body.  Bry takes the back and is hitting Amanda with some hard ground and pound.  She gets the stoppage.

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Bry Power defeats Amanda Ferreira via tko stoppage to strikes at 2:20 in Round 1.

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205 AM MMA Brandon Oldenburg (Titan Athletics) vs. Logan Bond (Ascension Athletics)

Rd 1:  Logan gets the takedown and controls from the side.  There is blood leaking everywhere.  Brandon works his way up and strings swinging for the fences.  Logan gets another takedown as the round ends.

Bond 10-9

Rd 2:  I'm shocked that the fight is still going on with the cut above the eye but here we are.  They are both swinging for the fences.  Brandon gets opened up again and blood is spewing everywhere.  Logan gets the takedown and gets to full mount.  He gets in some ground and pound for the stoppage.

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Logan Bond defeats Brandon Oldenburg via tko stoppage to strikes at 1:53 in Round 2.

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145 AM MMA William Lagasse (Team Alena) vs. Danny Buteau (Recon)

Rd 1:  Danny gets the takedown and William works his way up.  Danny gets the fight to the mat again and passes to full mount.  William slips back out and the fight is up.  Danny gets the takedown and gets in some heavy ground and pound as the round ends.

Buteau 10-9

Rd 2:  Danny gets in a right and slams William to the mat.  He lands in full mount looks for the head and arm choke and William taps.

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Danny Buteau defeats Wiliam Lagasse via tapout to head and arm choke at 42 seconds in Round 2.

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135 AM TITLE Teddy Politis (Evolution Athletix) vs. Marco Berreondo (Warriors Nation)

Rd 1:  Marco gets the quick takedown.  Teddy gets the reversal and takes the back.  Towards the end of the round Marco was on top getting in some ground and pound as the round ends.

Politis 10-9

Rd 2:  Marco dives for a takedown and Teddy sprawls.  Teddy takes the back and is trying for rear naked choke.  He softens him up with some punches.  With 30 seconds left in the round Teddy loses position and Marco is on top in guard.

Politis 10-9

Rd 3:   Teddy spins and Marco sinks the rear naked choke and pulls Teddy to the mat for the tap.  Wow!

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Marco Berreondo defeats Teddy Politis via tapout to rear naked choke at 43 seconds in Round 3.  Marco becomes the new NEF champ.

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185 AM MMA TITLE Lee McHugh (Team Savage) vs. Brett Martin (First Class/Choi’s)

Rd 1:  They both are working their clinch game up against the cage.  There is a cup shot as the ref breaks them up.  Lee seems to be getting the better of the stand up.  He gets a takedown as the round ends.

McHugh 10-9

Rd 2:  Lee is looking for the takedown and Lee gets it to the mat.  Lee controls the round.  Brett works his way up with 15 seconds left in the round.

McHugh 10-9

Rd 3:  Not much action until Lee tries for a takedown.  Brett stuffs it and is pressing Lee up against the cage.  Brett gets Lee to the mat and gets in a hammerfist.  Brett tries for a guillotine but can't get it tight enough.  He gets into full mount as the round ends.

Martin 10-9

Rd 4:  Brett controls the round and wins the better of the exchanges.

Martin 10-9

Rd 5:  Brett is winning the stand up.  He gets the takedown and controls the round.  Brett is bleeding which must have been from a punch.

Martin 10-9

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š Brett Martin defeats Lee McHugh via unanimous decision.   Fight of the night so far! 

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170 AM MMA TITLE Devin Corson (Titan Athletics) vs. David Burke (Nostos)

Rd 1:  They rush in and Burke ends up on top.  David is on top in full mount and Devin bucks him off.  David is looking for a kimura and Devin rolls out.  Devin controls the round and they work their way up as the round ends.

Corson 10-9

Rd 2:  Devin connects that rocks David.  He gets in another hard punch that stuns Burke.  Burke comes to and is looking for the takedown.  Devin gets the takedown and they work their way up.  There is a pause in the action due to a cup shot.  Devin gets the takedown  as the round ends.

Corson 10-9

Rd 3:  Devin controls the round and wins it in my eyes.

Corson 10-9

Before the round starts it looks like Burke broke his orbital.

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š Devin Corson defeats David Burke via doctor stoppage to injury before the start of Round 4.  Devin becomes the champ. 

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140 PRO MMA Chris Caterino (Caterino Combat Sports) vs. Felipe Gunter (First Class/Choi’s)

Rd 1:  Felipe gets in good strikes before he gets the takedown.  They are back to their feet striking.  Felipe ducks under a punch and gets the takedown.  

Gunter 10-9

Rd 2:  Chris gets in a good knee as Felipe rushes in.  Felipe gets the takedown and has the side.  He is trying for a guillotine but cant get it.  He gets a d'arce but his angle is off.  He gets in an elbow and Chris reverses.  Chris is getting in some elbows as the round ends.

Gunter 10-9

Rd 3:  Felipe is pressing Chris up against the cage.  Felipe gets in some big shots that drops Chris.  Felipe controls the round in guard.

Gunter 10-9  

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š Felipe Gunter defeats Chris Caterino via unanimous decision. 

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185 PRO MMA Jeff Reynolds (Karasu Tengu Academy) vs. Mike Murray (Davidson County BJJ)

Rd 1:  Jeff gets the takedown and is in guard.  Jeff controls the round and is getting in some heavy ground and pound.  Mike defends and holds on for a while.  Within 40 seconds left Mike gives up his back and Jeff gets the stoppage.

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Jeff Reynolds defeats Mike Murray via tko stoppage to strikes at 4:21 in Round 1.

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155 PRO MMA Matt Denning (Denning’s MMA) vs. Anthony Vasta (Defensive Edge)

Rd 1:  They both come out swinging.  Matt gets the takedown and gets in some elbows.  Matt is trying for a heel hook but can't get it.  Anthony drops some heavy elbows and gets the ref stoppage.

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Anthony Vasta defeats Matt Denning via tko stoppage to strikes at 2:27 in Round 1.

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125 PRO MMA Tyler Smythe (Evolution Athletix) vs. Casey Norton (Ascension Athletics)

Rd 1:  Tyler goes for the takedown.  Casey is defending it nicely.  Tyler tries for another takedown and Casey defends it.  Casey gets a takedown and gets in some punches to the side of Tyler's head.  Tyler works his way up.  He drops down for a double leg.  Casey stuffs the takedown and gets in a head kick.  Tyler is trying for another takedown.  They break and are throwing strikes!  Casey connects with a head kick that drops Tyler.

πŸ‘Š NEF 54 MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Casey Norton defeats Tyler Smythe via ko head kick at 4:57 in Round 1.

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πŸ†--WESTERNMASSMMA.COM AWARDS--πŸ†
--FIGHT OF THE NIGHT:  Brett Martin/Lee McHugh war
--KO/TKO OF THE NIGHT:  Norton headkick KO
--SUB OF THE NIGHT:  Berreondo rear naked choke

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--THE WRAP UP--

What a great night of combat sports action courtesy of NEF.  This card was very well matched and there wasn't an easy fight.  Well, I do think the boxing had a few mismatches but the MMA portion was stellar.  The production was very well done and the stream worked beautifully.  A few audio glitches and the announcer's audio could have been a little louder nothing but those are minor in the scheme of things.  One other highlight is there was almost a 24th fight in the cage between Ascension and Evolution Athletix at the end of the Smythe/Norton battle. NEF returns on November 11th to Bangor Maine at the Cross Insurance Center.  There hasn't been any official fight announcement yet but it is called Glory Days so maybe you can guess one rumored fighter!

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