Mixed Martial Arts

 
UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch prepares to strike a shield held by coach Marcus Davis on April 9 at Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy in Brewer. Boetsch is training for an upcoming fight.

Maine fighter’s UFC bout gains main-event status

By Ernie Clark on May 11, 2015, at 11:09 a.m.
Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch’s mixed martial arts career has featured its share of notable achievements. There was the come-from-behind victory over Yushin Okami in Tokyo that elevated the Lincolnville native to a top-five ranking in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight division. Then there was his homecoming fight last August at …

Toe2Toe Fights plans Saturday MMA show in Portland

By Ernie Clark on May 04, 2015, at 12:11 p.m.
The southern Maine-based Toe2Toe Fights promotion is scheduled to hold its second mixed martial arts show Saturday at the Portland Exposition Building. The card, set to start at 6 p.m., will feature four professional bouts and eight amateur contests. Headlining the card will be a featherweight rematch between Vovka Clay …

TV, radio schedule for April 25-26, 2015

on April 24, 2015, at 4:48 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, Sprint Cup Series: Toyota Owners 400, 7 p.m., FOX-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM), WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio BASEBALL, COLLEGE MAINE at UMBC (double header), 1 p.m., WGUY Veazie (94.1 FM, 1240 AM); UMaine Internet (GoBlackBears.com) TEXAS A&M at LSU, 2 p.m., ESPN-TV FLORIDA …

Maine mixed martial arts promotion to begin crowning amateur champions

By Ernie Clark on April 23, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
The large majority of bouts during New England Fights’ three-plus years of staging mixed martial arts shows in Maine have involved amateurs getting their start in a sport still new to the Pine Tree State. During the promotion’s most recent event, NEF XVII held April 11, 13 of the 19 …
Emily Peters-Kagan

Ultramarathon an attraction between bouts for Bangor UFC competitor

By Ernie Clark on April 17, 2015, at 4:08 p.m.
Some mixed martial arts practitioners rest between fights. Emily Peters-Kagan runs ultramarathons. Kagan, the Bangor native competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s strawweight division, is preparing to compete May 2 in the inaugural Cactus to Cloud Trail Run, a 50-kilometer trek from the Chihuahuan Desert to the mountain community …

UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch readies for fight

By Ashley Conti on April 15, 2015, at 12:57 p.m.
UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch prepares for his upcoming fight by training close to home with coach Marcus Davis at Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy in Brewer.
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UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch listens to instructions before a ground work training session at Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy in Brewer Thursday. Boetsch is training for an upcoming fight.

MMA training camp: Lincolnville’s fighter prepares for next UFC challenge

By Ernie Clark on April 15, 2015, at 11:28 a.m.
BREWER | Break time at Tim Boetsch’s mixed martial arts training camp came only after the world-ranked UFC middleweight finished throwing more than 1,000 strikes in barely a half-hour on a recent Thursday night. It was a pace impressive as much for the power evident in the last of …

New England Fights mixed martial arts results

on April 12, 2015, at 4:29 p.m.
NEF XVII At Lewiston PROFESSIONAL CATCH-Jamie Harrison def. Bruce Boyington via rear-naked choke, round 1; 170-Dennis Olson def. Jarod Lawton via split decision; CATCH-Kaline Medeiros def. Calie Cutler via unanimous decision; 150-Derek Shorey def. John Raio via TKO, round 1; CATCH-Jesse Erickson def. Mark Deford via KO, round 1; CATCH-Jay …
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  night. Harrison won the non-title fight via first-round tapout.

Windham native takes down champ in New England Fights bout

By Ernie Clark on April 12, 2015, at 11:45 a.m.
LEWISTON | Jamie Harrison was 1.3 pounds from becoming the New England Fights lightweight champion Saturday night. Harrison, who lives and trains in Jacksonville, Florida, missed the 155-pound limit by that much at Friday’s weigh-in, so his main-event battle with champion Bruce Boyington at NEF XVII on Saturday night …
Brewer's Randi Beth Knowles lands a right-hand strike around the defense of Alex Walker of Lancaster, New Hampshire, during their women's strawweight mixed martial arts bout at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday. Knowles won her debut amateur bout by unanimous decision.

Brewer woman makes successful MMA debut

By Ernie Clark on April 11, 2015, at 10:21 p.m.
LEWISTON | The mixed martial arts cage can be the land of the great unknown for any fighter making a first attempt at the sport. Randi Beth Knowles experienced that mystery first hand Saturday night. “I didn’t really have any vision for how this was going to go,” said …
Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington of Brewer (right), pictured during a previous fight, will make his 2015 debut in the main event of NEF XVII scheduled for April 11 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

LIVE UPDATES: NEF XVII Mixed Martial Arts card in Lewiston

By Ernie Clark on April 11, 2015, at 6:45 p.m.
Keep checking here throughout the night for live updates from the New England Flights XVII Mixed Martial Arts card at Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

TV, radio sports schedule for Apr. 10, 2015

on April 09, 2015, at 4:29 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup, Duck Commander 500 practice, 11:30 a.m., final practice 2 p.m., qualifying 6:30 p.m., FS1-TV NASCAR XFINITY Series, O’Reilly Auto Parts 350, qualifying, 4:30 p.m., race 8:30 p.m., FS1-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BOSTON at N.Y. YANKEES, 7 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 …

TV, radio schedule for April 4-5, 2015

on April 03, 2015, at 4:58 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING FIA Formula E Championship: Long Beach, 6:30 p.m., FS1-TV BASEBALL, COLLEGE STONEY BROOK at MAINE (double header), 1 p.m., WGUY Veazie (94.1 FM, 1240 AM); UMaine Internet (GoBlackBears.com) BASEBALL, SPRING TRAINING BOSTON at MINNESOTA, 1 p.m., NESN-TV; WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WZON Bangor (620 AM) radio BASKETBALL, …
Maine/New England mixed martial arts fighter Ryan Sanders watches during training at Young's MMA in Bangor on March 13, 2014.

For Bangor fighter, finding bouts a big part of MMA challenge

By Ernie Clark on April 02, 2015, at 3:17 p.m.
“The” Ryan Sanders was willing to fight virtually anyone during the first few years of mixed martial arts competition in Maine. Now he’s having trouble finding anyone to fight. Sanders (7-7) has been idle since mid-December, a long dry spell for a fighter who had five bouts in both 2012 …
Bruce Boynington and his fiancee Randi Beth Knowles will both be on the New England Fights mixed martial arts card on April 11 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Soon-to-be married couple set to compete on same MMA card

By Ernie Clark on March 19, 2015, at 3 p.m.
Bruce Boyington will make the second defense of his New England Fights middleweight title against Jamie Harrison in the main event of “NEF XVII,” slated for April 11 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. But it won’t be the only fight that occupies his mind that night. Boyington’s longtime …
Thales Leites (red gloves) takes a punch from Tim Boetsch (blue gloves) during their middleweight bout during UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, in this January 2015 file photo.

Lincolnville native slated for UFC bout in New Orleans

By Ernie Clark on March 04, 2015, at 12:16 p.m.
Tim Boetsch will head to the Big Easy for his next big challenge in the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon. The Lincolnville native is set to fight veteran Dan Henderson of Temecula, California, in a middleweight bout on the main card of UFC Fight Night 68, scheduled for June 6 at …

TV radio sports schedule for Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2015

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 8:52 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, XFINITY Series: Hisense 250, Qualifying, 9 a.m.; Race, 2 p.m., FS1-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series: Kroger 250, Qualifying, 10:30 p.m., FS1-TV; WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio NASCAR Sprint Cup, Quick Trip 500, Final Practice, noon, FS1-TV NASCAR, Camping …

TV Radio schedule for February 21-22, 2015

on Feb. 20, 2015, at 10:40 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, Sprint Cup: Daytona 500, Final Practice, 10:30 a.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, XFINITY Series: Daytona, Qualifying, noon, FS1-TV NASCAR, XFINITY Series: Alert Today Florida 300, 3:30 p.m., FS1-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM); WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio BASEBALL, COLLEGE MAINE at CLEMSON, 1 p.m., WWNZ Veazie …
Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington of Brewer (right) deflects blows from Josh Parker during a previous mixed martial arts fight. Boyington will compete in a New England Fights match April 11 in Lewiston.

‘I’m feeling on top of the world’: Old Town native awaits MMA title defense

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 19, 2015, at 12:25 p.m.
Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington, the Old Town product who won two regional mixed martial arts championships in 2014, will make his 2015 debut in the main event of NEF XVII scheduled for April 11 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Boyington, 10-7 and the winner of five of his …

Mixed Martial Arts results from NEF XVI

on Feb. 08, 2015, at 3:08 p.m.
At Lewiston Professional 145-Anthony Morrison def. Ray Wood (c) via guillotine, round 5 (Morrison wins NEF featherweight title); 265-Tyler King (c) def. Terry Blackburn via Kimura, round 1 (King retains NEF heavyweight title); 185-Nah-Shon Burrell def. Ryan Hodge via TKO, round 1; 265-Mike Hansen def. Artie Mullen via TKO, round …
 
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