BIDDEFORD, Maine — Ashland Community High School graduate Buck “Knuckles” Pineau, now living in Portland, rallied from a difficult first round to grind out a three-round unanimous decision over Isaiah Queen in the main event of a New England Fights mixed martial arts card held before a crowd of approximately 1,000 at the Biddeford Arena on Saturday night.
Queen won the first round of the amateur middleweight (185-pound) bout as Pineau suffered a leg injury.
But Pineau battled back to win the final two rounds and improve his record to 7-2 while Queen of Rollinsford, N.H., fell to 2-2.
Among other fights on the 13-bout NEF IX card, Valerie Aspaas (5-0) defeated Portland’s Maria Rios (3-1) by unanimous decision in a battle of undefeated women flyweights (125 pounds), while Dominic Cofone (4-1) needed just 11 seconds to stop Kris Kramer via first-round technical knockout at a catch weight of 150 pounds.
Former John Bapst of Bangor football player and wrestler Fred Lear, now training at Young’s MMA in Bangor, made a successful amateur debut with a first-round TKO via strikes over Joshua Tucker at 140 pounds.
Other results are as follows: Matt Bordanaro def. Crowsneck Boutin via guillotine choke in first round; Brandon Bushaw def. Derek Shorey via rear naked choke in first round, C.J. Ewer def. Steven Fontaine via rear naked choke in second round; Alex Clark def. Mitch Dicenzo via unanimous decision; Kevin Smith def. Josh Parr via anaconda choke in second round; Jeremy Stevens def. John Gardner via TKO in second round; Matt Denning def. Nate Charles via guillotine choke in second round; Elias Leland def. Trevor Hebert via arm triangle in first round; and Norman Fox def. Dustin Veinott via TKO in first round.
New England Fights is scheduled to return to the cage with NEF X on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. That card will feature Maine state featherweight champion Ray “All Business” Wood (4-0) of Bucksport defending his title against Rhode Island’s Joe Pingitore (4-0-1).