Mixed Martial Arts

 
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.”
Tim Boetsch (right) fights against Josh Samman during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center, July 13, 2016.

Boetsch to fight on UFC card that features McGregor

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 27, 2016, at 8:16 a.m.
When the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion invades the world’s most famous arena for the first time on Nov. 12, Tim Boetsch will be there.

TV, radio schedule for Sept 24-25, 2016

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 6:03 p.m.

TV radio sports schedule for Sept. 23, 2016

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 5:10 p.m.
Referee Kevin MacDonald raises Josh Harvey's arm after his victory over Matt Denning (left) at the New England Fights NEF 22 mixed martial arts and boxing event last April at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Lewiston fight card to receive big-time TV exposure

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 14, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
“We’ve had close to two dozen guys over the last three years who have gone from CES to the UFC, and that’s a pretty cool thing.”
Aaron Lacey defeats Cory Trial (not pictured) in a 145 lbs bout during New England Fights 25 on Saturday at The Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Bangor-area fighters score mixed martial arts victories

on Sept. 11, 2016, at 2:12 p.m.
Aaron Lacey of Brewer and Young’s MMA improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 3-0.
Rachael Joyce, 24, of Veazie, stands with custom-built skis at Volition Ski Co., which she helps run with her fiance and the company's founder, Christopher Bagley.

Veazie woman finally lands rare MMA fight after one-year hiatus

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 08, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.
For Rachael Joyce of Veazie and Jessica Borga of Lakeland, Florida, patience has paid off. Each will end a nearly one-year break from competition when they face off Saturday night as part of NEF 25 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.
Johnny Crafts (left,) attempts to contain Henry Clark during NEF XXI at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston earlier this year.

Amateur title fights to highlight NEF 25 card in Lewiston

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6:28 p.m.
NEF 25 will be the promotion’s second show in a month after a sold-out crowd of 1,200 turned out to watch NEF Presents “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight.”
Referee Kevin MacDonald declares Derek Shorey the winner of an amateur mixed martial arts bout over Nate Fenech at the Biddeford Arena on April 14, 2012.

Dover-Foxcroft fighter set for CES 38 encore

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 26, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
Shorey will face Connecticut native Pete Rogers Jr. in a three-round featherweight mixed martial arts bout.
Brandon Berry (right) battles Eric Palmer for the Northeast Junior Welterweight title on Oct. 11 in Lewiston. Berry won by unanimous decision.

West Forks boxer sidelined with labrum tear

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:14 a.m.
Brandon “The Cannon” Berry will be sidelined indefinitely after re-tearing his left labrum in his most recent fight.
 

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