Mixed Martial Arts

 
Drakkar Klose (left) blocks against a kick from Devin Powell during UFC Fight Night at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday.

Southern Maine fighter loses in UFC debut

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 17, 2017, at 4:21 p.m.
Devin Powell’s debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship ended in defeat Sunday night.
Mark Hunt (red gloves) looks on in his bout against Frank Mir (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Australia in March 2016.

‘Cheaters deserve nothing': Mark Hunt sues UFC, Dana White and Brock Lesnar

By Marissa Payne, Washington Post on Jan. 11, 2017, at 3:02 p.m.
Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch reacts after his fight against Josh Samman during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Boetsch to fight UFC’s No. 3 middleweight contender

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 08, 2017, at 9:48 a.m.
Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch will take on Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in a three-round clash set for Feb. 11 as part of UFC 208 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Windham native Jamie Harrison (right) reaches for a takedown attempt against Bruce Boyington during their NEF XVII mixed martial arts main event at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Harrison won via first-round tapout with a rear-naked choke.

Brewer fighter suffers first-round defeat in NYC

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 31, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
Windham native Jamie Harrison attempts to apply a rear-naked choke against Brewer's Bruce Boyington during their NEF XVII mixed martial arts bout at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Harrison won the non-title fight via first-round tapout.

Bruce Boyington to fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 30, 2016, at 1:08 p.m.
Boyington, a Milford native now living in Brewer, is set to take on undefeated Andre Harrison on the preliminary card of the World Series of Fighting 36 show Saturday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Rousey carries low profile into main event vs. Nunes

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 28, 2016, at 3:29 p.m.
Ronda Rousey returns to the Octagon for the first time in 13 months on Friday night, where she’ll meet current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes of Brazil in the main event of UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Aaron Lacey

NEF Fighter of the Year from Brewer goes undefeated, gets engaged

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 27, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
“I’d say 2016 was a good year for me.”
Tim Boetsch (left) fights Rafael Natal during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York in this November 2016 file photo.

Mainers impacted 2016 mixed martial arts scene at home, nationally

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 14, 2016, at 4:59 p.m.
It’s been a big year for mixed martial arts: The Ultimate Fighting Championship was sold for $4 billion, and New York became the final state to legalize professional MMA.

TV, radio schedule for Dec. 2, 2016

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
Bucksport High School graduate Ray Wood carries his 4-month-old son, Liem, on his shoulders during a recent shopping trip in San Antonio, Texas. Wood, who has been balancing his mixed martial arts pursuits and work with life as a new father, is preparing for the co-main event in Bellator 166 on Friday in Oklahoma.

Bucksport grad set to compete in pivotal MMA fight balances training, fatherhood

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 30, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
“Before, all you had to do was worry about yourself, and now I’m fighting for a lot more,” said fighter Ray Wood.
Windham native Jamie Harrison (right) reaches for a takedown attempt against Bruce Boyington during their NEF XVII mixed martial arts main event at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Bruce Boyington to face unbeaten foe in New York

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 29, 2016, at 6 p.m.
The 37-year-old Young’s MMA of Bangor product will face undefeated Andre Harrison.

Sanders stops Lemke in NEF 26 main event

on Nov. 20, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
The win was the fifth in the last six fights for Ryan Sanders, who is now 12-8.
Devin Powell (right) fights Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy's Jon Lemke during their catchweight bout as part of the reality program "Dana White: Lookin' For A Fight" event at the Cross Insurance Center grand ballroom in Bangor in this August 2016 file photo.

Bangor-area veteran fighters to headline NEF card

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 17, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
A lightweight bout matches Bangor-area fighters and former Team Irish teammates “The” Ryan Sanders (11-8) against Jon Lemke (5-6).
Devin Powell (right) looks to punch Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy's Jon Lemke during their catchweight bout as part of the reality program "Dana White: Lookin' For A Fight" event at the Cross Insurance Center grand ballroom in Bangor in this August 2016 file photo.

Bangor performance lands Maine fighter UFC contract

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 16, 2016, at 10:33 a.m.
Devin Powell, 28, has earned a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Conor McGregor (blue gloves) celebrates with his two championship belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden.

McGregor makes history with victory in UFC 205

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on Nov. 13, 2016, at 9:27 a.m.
Maine native Tim Boetsch (top) fights Rafael Natal during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night. The 35-year-old Boetsch scored a first-round TKO.

Boetsch scores first-round TKO at UFC 205

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 12, 2016, at 9:21 p.m.
Tim Boetsch reacts after his fight against Josh Samman (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, July 13, 2016.

Maine UFC fighter in New York state of mind for historic night

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 11, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
Tim Boetsch was in Manhattan this week making final preparations to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first promotion at historic Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Boyington, Wood set for national cards

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 01, 2016, at 1:40 p.m.
“There are a lot of athletes out there but very few get to say ‘I’ve competed at Madison Square Garden in New York.’”
Devin Powell (right) fights Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy's Jon Lemke during their catchweight bout as part of the reality program "Dana White: Lookin' For A Fight" event at the Cross Insurance Center grand ballroom in Bangor, Aug. 5, 2016.

Bangor-area veterans to highlight NEF 26

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 14, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
Two former teammates will clash in the main event of New England Fights’ Nov. 19 mixed martial arts card at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.
Derek Shorey of Dover-Foxcroft celebrates after beating Pete Rogers Jr. in a Sept. 23 featherweight fight at the CES MMA 38 show in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Dover-Foxcroft native scores first-round CES victory

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
“The reason I still fight now is honestly because it’s something I’m good at, and I’m starting to realize I could make a future for myself with it.”