April 26, 2018
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Ranked contenders added to Bangor UFC card

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Two more bouts featuring ranked fighters have been added to the card for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Maine debut scheduled for Aug. 16 at the Cross Insurance Center.

A flyweight battle between sixth-ranked Jussier Formiga and No. 9 Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky and a lightweight match between No. 12 Bobby “King” Green and Abel “Killa” Trujillo join a UFC Fight Night 47 schedule headlined by a previously announced clash of top-10 light heavyweights Ryan “Darth” Bader and Ovince Saint Preux.

Also part of the card — to be televised live on Fox Sports 1 — will be a middleweight homecoming bout featuring 13th-ranked Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch of Lincolnville against Brad Tavares.

Formiga will bring a 16-3 record into his Bangor appearance, and the 29-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist already has been in the octagon with some of the toughest competitors in the 125-pound weight class.

His most recent fight was a first-round submission victory over Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen on a UFC Fight Night card held March 23 in Natal, Brazil.

Formiga has won just two of his last four fights — but the losses came against the top two-ranked contenders in the division, No. 1 John Dodson and No. 2 Joseph Benavidez.

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Markovsky is 17-4 overall and 2-0 in the UFC after scoring a unanimous decision victory over Josh Sampo at UFC 170 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 22. He is a former Bellator MMA bantamweight champion.

Green (22-5 overall, 3-0 in the UFC) has won seven consecutive fights to crack into the lightweight rankings. The Fontana, California, product scored a unanimous decision over Pat Healy in his most recent bout Dec. 14.

Trujillo, fighting out of Boca Raton, Florida, is 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the UFC and is coming off back-to-back second-round stoppages of Jamie Varner and Roger Bowling over the last eight months.

NEF MMA adds fourth title fight

A fourth New England Fights MMA championship fight has been added to the promotion’s Sept. 6 NEF XIV card at Lewiston’s Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Reigning Maine bantamweight champion Paul Gorman (10-8) will defend his 135-pound title against Tim “The Terror” Goodwin (8-4).

Gorman, who fights out of the Academy of MMA in Portland, has made one successful defense since winning the belt by defeating Adam Toussaint (5-5) in November 2012, edging Tateki Matsuda by split decision at NEF XI last fal in a contest that subsequently was voted 2013’s “Fight of the Year” by NEF MMA fans.

“It’s been difficult finding Paul opponents who actually show up to fight,” said NEF MMA co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. “It’s been a real tragedy. especially when we find these top-10 ranked guys and they pull out. I think a big part of that is that Paul is such a dangerous opponent and his challengers get cold feet.”

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Goodwin also has had difficulty finding opponents. The Bellator MMA veteran has won three of his last four bouts.

“I’ve been itching for a big fight opportunity and this is it,” said Goodwin “It’s been nothing but bad luck trying to find fights in the Southeast so it looks like I’ll be bringing my talents to New England.”

Other title fights on the card will match former UFC competitors Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia (31-9) and Christian Morecraft (8-3) for the Maine superheavyweight crown, Ray “All Business” Wood (4-0) defending his featherweight championship against Brazilian Gabriel Baino (6-1), and Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington (6-7) facing Jesse “The Viking” Erickson for the lightweight belt.


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