Mixed Martial Arts

Tim Boetsch (left) fights Dan Henderson during UFC Fight Night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on June 6, 2015.

Lincolnville’s Tim Boetsch faces another crossroads UFC bout

By Ernie Clark on July 11, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
The former four-time state wrestling champion from Camden-Rockport High School may need another dramatic victory to ensure that his MMA career will continue at the highest level.
UFC president Dana White sets up a photo with two fighters during the weigh-ins at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Aug. 15, 2014.

UFC reality show coming to Bangor

By Ernie Clark on July 01, 2016, at 7:59 p.m.
A taping of the reality program “Dana White: Lookin’ For A Fight” is scheduled to be held in the grand ballroom of the Cross Insurance Center on Friday, Aug. 5.
Victor Irwin

Former Brewer wrestler to fight for NEF amateur belt

By Ernie Clark on June 30, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
Victor Irwin was a two-time state champion while wrestling for Brewer High School and an All-American in the sport at Eastern Maine Community College. He’ll get a chance to add to that combat sports resume on Sept. 10 when he fights Nick Shea for the New England Fights MMA amateur …

Maine native earns second World Series of Fighting victory

By Ernie Clark on June 17, 2016, at 8:46 p.m.
Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington of Brewer scored his second straight win with the national-level World Series of Fighting mixed martial arts promotion Friday, earning a split decision over Boston’s Saul “The Spider” Almedia in their lightweight bout at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The fight was on the undercard …

Auburn father, sons to compete on MMA card on Father’s Day weekend

By Ernie Clark on June 17, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
Father’s Day weekend will include a unique homage of sorts for the Bang family of Auburn.
Ryan Sanders (left) of Brewer battles Gil de Freitas of Ludlow, Massachusetts, during a mixed martial arts title bout on the New England Fights XIII card at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, May 11, 2014.

Bangor-area MMA fighters drop in nationally televised bouts

By Ernie Clark on June 11, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
Two Bangor-area fighters lost their matches on the nationally televised CES 36 mixed martial arts card held at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island, on Friday night.
Etna native "The" Ryan Sanders (left) takes on Gil de Freitas in a 2014 fight. The representative of Young's MMA in Bangor will battle Levan "The Hornet" Makashvili on a nationally televised CES MMA 36 card being held in Rhode Island.

Maine fighter to face UFC veteran after injury sidelines original opponent

By Ernie Clark on June 08, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
“This is how careers are made, by taking these kind of big fights when they’re placed in front of you,” Ryan Sanders said. “I’m going to take this and run with it.”

Bisping rocks Rockhold with first-round KO to win UFC title

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on June 05, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
INGLEWOOD, California — Michael Bisping was supposed to just be happy to be there. The veteran from Manchester, England, got a short-notice shot at Luke Rockhold’s UFC middleweight title when former champion Chris Weidman bowed out because of injury two weeks ago. Few expected the 37-year-old to actually win, but …
Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington of Brewer (right) deflects blows from Josh Parker during a previous mixed martial arts fight.

Kickboxing exhibitions support area’s veterans community

By Ernie Clark on June 02, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
Twenty-eight mixed martial artists sacrificed part of their Memorial Day weekend to bring their sport back to the area for the first time in nearly two years and support the region’s veterans community.
Ed Herman (blue) punches Tim Boetsch (red) during a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night at the TD Garden in January. Herman won in the second round with a knockout.

Lincolnville fighter on UFC card in South Dakota

By Ernie Clark on May 25, 2016, at 7:05 p.m.
Tim Boetsch scored one of the most satisfying victories of his career two summers ago when he helped the Ultimate Fighting Championship bring the world’s top mixed martial arts promotion to Maine for the first time. The 35-year-old Lincolnville native will be seeking a similar result when he helps the …
Jimmy Jackson (left) of Young's MMA in Bangor and Colby Hakkila of the Choi Institute in Portland compete in a kickboxing bout during an amateur sparring event at the Factory One nightclub in Dexter, April 1, 2016. The event, a fundraiser for the Maine Veterans’ Fund, was believed to be the first of its kind in Maine.

Kickboxing sparring event in Brewer to raise funds for veterans

By Ernie Clark on May 17, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
More than 30 fighters from eight different gyms around central and southern Maine are expected to take part in the event.

Local sports results for May 16, 2016

on May 16, 2016, at 9:57 p.m.
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Bucksport native Ray "All Business" Wood (left), pictured fighting Brandon Phillips during a fight on April 30,  suffered a first-round loss to Adam Piccolotti on Saturday night on the main card of the Bellator 154 martial arts show at San Jose, California.

Bucksport native suffers first-round loss at Bellator mixed martial arts show

By Ernie Clark on May 14, 2016, at 9:35 p.m.
Bucksport High School graduate Ray “All Business” Wood had his three-fight winning streak snapped Saturday night as he lost by first-round submission to undefeated Adam Piccolotti on the main card of the Bellator 154 mixed martial arts show at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. The fight was broadcast …
Jon Lemke (left) of Bangor delivers a left to the face of Auburn's Jesse Erickson during their Bellator MMA fight at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston in this March 2013 file photo.

Maine fighter to get chance in CES MMA spotlight

By Ernie Clark on May 13, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
The number of Bangor-area mixed martial artists getting the chance to prove themselves on larger stages continues to grow.
Angela Young (left) softly kisses her son's, Kaden, 6, head as she cuddles him while watching a movie at their home in Brewer on Saturday.

Maine nurse balances medicine, motherhood, MMA

By Ernie Clark on May 12, 2016, at 8:52 a.m.
“Sometimes it gets very hectic.”
UFC President Dana White

UFC’s Dana White: ‘We’re not up for sale’

By Cindy Boren, Washington Post on May 11, 2016, at 7:01 p.m.
Although UFC President Dana White said again Wednesday that the mixed martial arts behemoth is not for sale, he left plenty of wiggle room. “We’re not up for sale,” White, a native of Hermon, Maine, said on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “We’re always working on deals and our expansion globally. …
Ray Wood (left) throws a kick at Brandon Phillips during an EFC III bout Saturday night in Mulvene, Kansas. Wood won by unanimous decision.

Wood to replace fighter killed after hit-and-run on Bellator card

By Ernie Clark on May 06, 2016, at 9:40 a.m.
“As a fellow mixed martial artist, you have that natural bond,” said Ray Wood, the 26-year-old Bucksport High School graduate who has been selected to replace Parsons on the Bellator 154 card.
Ryan Sanders (left) of Brewer battles Gil de Freitas of Ludlow, Massachusetts, during a mixed martial arts title bout on the New England Fights XIII card Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Local fighter to get title shot in Rhode Island rematch

By Ernie Clark on May 04, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
“My head’s in a great place, and that’s a key to fighting — that mental part,” fighter “The” Ryan Sanders said. “I feel unstoppable right now.”
Ray Wood is introduced before his fight against Lenny Wheeler at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on July 12, 2013.

Bucksport High graduate scores MMA victory in Kansas bout

By Ernie Clark on May 01, 2016, at 10:02 a.m.
Ray “All Business” Wood went into hostile territory Saturday night and delivered most of the hostility in defeating local favorite Brandon Phillips in the co-main event of the EFC III mixed-martial arts card held at the Kansas Star Arena.

UFC President White: I don’t know what’s next for McGregor

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times on April 29, 2016, at 7:06 a.m.
The fallout of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s decision to replace Conor McGregor’s canceled UFC 200 main event with the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier light-heavyweight title rematch is uncertainty for McGregor.