Portland fighter scores split-decision win to retain NEF state bantamweight mixed martial arts crown
LEWISTON, Maine — Portland’s Paul Gorman retained his New England Fights Maine bantamweight championship with a split-decision victory over Tateki Matsuda in the main event of the NEF XI mixed martial arts card held before an estimated 2,000 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Saturday night.
Gorman (10-8) won the five-round bout 48-47 on two of the three judges’ cards, while the Boston-based Matsuda (8-5) won by the same score on the third judge’s card.
The Gorman-Matsuda match turned out to be the only title fight on the 15-bout card, as a scheduled Maine lightweight championship bout between John Ortolani and Tony Christodoulou fell through when both fighters weighed in Friday over the 155-pound limit.
Instead, Christodoulou (10-4) defeated Ortolani (7-8) by second-round technical knockout via strikes in a non-title bout.
In other pro bouts, Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington of Young’s MMA in Bangor scored a second-round victory by tapout over Josh Parker; heavyweight Ryan Hodge scored a one-punch, first-round knockout of Josh Watson; and Ryan Cowette defeated Jesse Erickson on a second-round tapout via a rear naked choke.
Among the 10 amateur bouts on the card, Aaron Lacey of Young’s MMA improved his record to 2-0 with a first-round victory via triangle choke over previously unbeaten Caleb Hall of Dixfield in their featherweight bout. Hall had entered the match with a 3-0 record.
Wayne Ahlquist knocked another fighter out of the unbeaten ranks with a second-round triangle choke victory over C.J. Ewer, who fell to 3-1.
Jeremy Tyler of Winterport and Team Irish in Brewer scored his third straight victory, forcing Tollison Lewis to tap out with a second-round rear naked choke.
In other amateur fights, Vovka Clay improved his record to 6-2 by forcing Dom Confone to tap out via Von Flue choke in the second round; Kevin Barrett defeated Trevor Hebert with a second-round armbar; Mike Pietersen topped Carl Langston via third-round tapout to a triangle choke; Mike Vangelist defeated Crowsneck Boutin via tapout to a rear naked choke in the first round; Norman Fox stopped Mike Brown via tapout to strikes in the second round; Caleb Costello defeated Jimmy Jackson via first-round knockout; Corey Hinkley defeated Nate Charles by unanimous decision.
New England Fights’ next show is scheduled for Feb. 8 at the Colisee. On that card, Maine middleweight champion Jesse Peterson (7-4) of Rumford is scheduled make his return to the cage after a nearly one-year absence.
Peterson has been idle since a first-round loss to Dave Vitkay at the Bellator MMA card held in Lewiston in late March.