Mixed Martial Arts

Bangor native Emily Peters Kagan will have her first official UFC bout on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas.

Bangor native Kagan slated for Dec. 12 UFC bout

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 06, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
Bangor native Emily Peters Kagan will make her official Ultimate Fighting Championship debut Friday night on the undercard of The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 finale to be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. That card, most of which will be televised by Fox Sports …

TV radio sports schedule for Dec. 6-7, 2014

on Dec. 05, 2014, at 4:15 p.m.
SATURDAY BASKETBALL, BOYS HERMON at PRESQUE ISLE, 5:30 p.m., WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM) radio; WHOU Internet video (whoufm.com), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM) radio; WEGP Internet (wegp.net) MDI at OLD TOWN, 7 p.m., WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM) radio; WDEA Internet ( www.wdea.am), WZON Bangor (620 AM) radio; WZON Internet (zoneradio.com) …

Mixed martial arts fighter returning to Maine for title defense against Bellator, WEC veteran

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 24, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.
Undefeated Ray “All Business” Wood, who recently moved from the Bangor area to South Carolina, will return to the Pine Tree State on Feb. 7 to defend his New England Fights featherweight championship at NEF XVI, a mixed martial arts card to be held at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in …

TV, radio sports schedule for Nov. 22-23, 2014

on Nov. 21, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
SATURDAY FIGURE SKATING ISU Grand Prix France, 3 p.m., CBMT-TV FOOTBALL, COLLEGE NCAA Div. III Tourney: MIT at HUSSON, noon, WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 FM) radio, Internet (929theticket.com) MINNESOTA at NEBRASKA, noon, ESPN-TV PENN STATE at ILLINOIS, noon, ESPN2-TV KANSAS at OKLAHOMA, noon, FS1-TV YALE at HARVARD, 12:30 p.m., NBCSN-TV STANFORD …
Sheldon Bang of Auburn (right) takes a hit to the face from Henry Clark during the 145-pound matchup on Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Clark won his debut fight.

Brewer fighter retains NEF lightweight title with third-round victory

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 16, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington capped off a busy year in the cage by successfully defending his New England Fights lightweight championship during the main event of the NEF XV mixed martial arts card Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Boyington (9-7) scored a third-round victory by kimura …
Mixed Martial Arts fighter Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington of Brewer (left) gets his hands taped by teammate Ray Wood prior to his fight in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in this April 2014 file photo.

Brewer MMA fighter hopes to extend hot streak in the cage

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 14, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
Few fighters have been busier during the past 12 months than Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington. He’s fought five mixed martial arts matches — winning four with the only loss a controversial stoppage against John “First Class” Raio when Boyington said he made a hand signal suggesting he was OK to …
Matt Peterson of Rumford, co-owner and matchmaker for New England Fights, said he thinks it was coincidental that a mixed martial arts event in Lewiston and a boxing event in Portland were scheduled for the same night.

‘It’s a free market’: Coinciding MMA, boxing events may measure fan base of state’s combat sports

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 14, 2014, at 7:49 a.m.
Just a few years ago, the state’s professional fight scene was virtually nonexistent. A boxing world that brought Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston together in Lewiston for their famous “phantom punch” heavyweight title rematch on May 25, 1965, and later brought world championship bouts featuring favorite son Joey Gamache to …
Middleweight Tim Boetsch looks for an opening to land a shot on his opponent Brad Tavavres during the UFC fights at the Cross Center in Bangor in August.

Lincolnville native to train in Maine for UFC 183 card

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 31, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
Lincolnville native Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch will return to action Jan. 31, when he fights Brazilian Thales Leites in a battle of veteran middleweight contenders as part of the UFC 183 mixed martial arts card in Las Vegas. The bout was announced Wednesday and is expected to be part of …
Ray Wood is introduced before his fight against Lenny Wheeler at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on July 12, 2013.

Maine MMA fighter moves to South Carolina to pursue UFC dream

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 20, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
Ray Wood has the highest of aspirations for his mixed martial arts career. So the 25-year-old fighter known as “All Business” has opted to leave the Bangor area in part to chase that UFC dream. Wood, the undefeated New England Fights featherweight champion, and his girlfriend recently relocated to Gaffney, …

TV, radio schedule for October 11-12, 2014

on Oct. 10, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING Formula One, Russian Grand Prix, Qualifying, 7 a.m., NBCS-TV NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Bank of America 500, 7:30 p.m., ABC-TV; WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM), WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE American League Championship Series KANSAS CITY at BALTIMORE, Game Two, 4 p.m., TBS-TV; WEZQ …
Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington of Brewer (right) deflects blows from Josh Parker during a previous mixed martial arts fight.

Brewer fighter headed from MMA cage to boxing ring — temporarily

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 06, 2014, at 8:16 a.m.
Bruce Boyington has been one of the busier combat sports practitioners in the state this year, an effort that has been rewarded with two different mixed martial arts championship belts. Now the U.S. Marine Corps veteran who trains out of Young’s MMA in Bangor is about to branch out competitively …

TV, radio schedule for October 4-5,2014

on Oct. 03, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Kansas Lottery 300, 3:30 p.m., ESPN-TV; WWNZ Veazie (1400 AM); WFZX Searsport (101.7 FM), WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Hollywood Casino 400, Practice, 11 a.m., FS1-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE POST SEASON National League Division Series SAN FRANCISCO at WASHINGTON, …

TV Radio schedule for October 3, 2014

on Oct. 02, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Kansas Lottery 300, Practice, noon, FS1-TV; 4 p.m., ESPN2-TV NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Hollywood Casino 400, Practice, 1 p.m., FS1-TV; Qualifying, 5:30 p.m., ESPN2-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE POST SEASON American League Division Series DETROIT at BALTIMORE, Game 2, noon, TBS-TV; WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 FM) radio KANSAS …
Boxer Brandon Berry of West Forks puts on his hand wrap before a workout in July at Wyman's Boxing Club in Stockton Springs.

West Forks boxer Berry facing challenge in New England Fights’ first pro boxing card

on Sept. 23, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
LEWISTON | West Forks boxer Brandon “The Cannon” Berry will face the toughest challenge of his young pro boxing career when he takes on Pittsburgh boxer Eric Palmer to headline New England Fights’ inaugural boxing event Saturday, Oct. 11. NEF announced its eight-bout card Monday slated for the Androscoggin …
Emily Peters Kagan

Bangor native edged in ‘Ultimate Fighter’ bout

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 18, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.
Bangor native Emily Peters Kagan’s bid to become the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first women’s strawweight champion ended in a first-round tournament loss to Joanne Calderwood. The bout, part of the 20th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” television series, was broadcast Wednesday night on the Fox Sports 1 cable network. The …
Patrick Kelly (bottom) battles Frank Dellasalla during New England Fights bout on Sept. 6 in Lewiston.

Age a number, MMA debut a ‘rush’ for 50-year-old Camden Hills wrestling coach

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 15, 2014, at 8:03 a.m.
LEWISTON | Patrick Kelly’s walk from the locker room to the cage wasn’t just to make a statement about age. Nor was it necessarily about winning, or solely the pursuit of a new challenge within a continuing quest for fitness. It was all of the above and more that …

TV Radio schedule for September 15, 2014

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 10:43 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE NEW YORK YANKEES at TAMPA BAY, 6:30 p.m., WTME Rumford (780 AM) radio BASKETBALL, WOMEN CANADA vs. US NATIONAL TEAM, 7 p.m., ESPN2-TV FOOTBALL, NFL PHILADELPHIA at INDIANAPOLIS, 8:15 p.m., ESPN-TV; WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 FM) radio, WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio SOCCER English Premier League …
Bangor native Emily Peters Kagan is competing on the 20th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."

Bangor woman in upcoming ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ series

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 08, 2014, at 7:35 a.m.
Emily Peters Kagan greeted the news that she had been selected to compete in Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality television series with a fair dose of Down East skepticism. “When [Ultimate Fighting Championship president and part-time Levant resident] Dana White called me, I really wasn’t sure whether to …
Steve Desjardins of Team Irish lands a punch to the face of Erik Nelson of CMBJJ-NEU during Saturday night's NEF XIV at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.  Desjardins won a split decision.

Young’s MMA teammates Wood, Boyington win New England Fights title bouts

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 07, 2014, at 11:29 a.m.
LEWISTON | Distance and timing were magic words for Ray “All Business” Wood and Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington on Saturday night. Both mixed martial artists from Young’s MMA in Bangor were at their competitive best when they stayed true to their definitions of those fighting words, using that discipline …

Saturday night’s New England Fights MMA results

on Sept. 07, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.
At Lewiston PROFESSIONAL 145 pounds: Ray Wood def. Gabriel Baino via TKO, round 2 (Wood retains NEF featherweight title); 135: Tim Goodwin def. Paul Gorman via unanimous decision (Goodwin wins NEF bantamweight title); 155: Bruce Boyington def. Jesse Erickson via TKO, round 2 (Boyington wins NEF lightweight title); 145: Jon …
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