Mixed Martial Arts

Maine/New England mixed martial arts fighter Ryan Sanders (top) trains with Aaron Lacey at Young's MMA in Bangor in March 2014.

Sanders wins, Shorey falls on nationally televised MMA card

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 09, 2016, at 9:15 a.m.
The show was televised live on AXS-TV.
Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington of Brewer (right) deflects blows from Josh Parker during a previous mixed martial arts fight. Boyington will defend his NEF professional lightweight title in a five-round bout against Jon Lemke of Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy in Brewer in the main event of NEF 21.

Bangor-area fighters to battle for NEF pro lightweight crown

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 07, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
LEWISTON | Two area Marine Corps veterans will headline a Feb. 6 New England Fights mixed martial arts show at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in what has been billed the “Battle for Bangor.” Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington of Young’s MMA and Boyington’s Taekwondo Academy in Bangor will defend his …
Derek Shorey of Dover-Foxcroft lands a kick against John "First Class" Raio of Topsham during their 150-pound mixed martial arts bout as part of the NEF XVII show at Lewiston's Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Shorey won by a first-round technical knockout.

Bangor, Dover-Foxcroft fighters get bouts on nationally televised card

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 04, 2016, at 11:20 a.m.
The path toward upward mobility in the mixed martial arts world usually is rooted in success at the developmental levels. But there are occasions when opportunity knocks suddenly. “The” Ryan Sanders of Bangor and Derek “Shatterproof” Shorey of Dover-Foxcroft both answered their cellphones this week and learned they will be …

Lawler earns split-decision victory over Condit

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on Jan. 03, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The UFC welterweight title fight between champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Carlos Condit was billed as a fans’ dream fight, two fearless competitors willing to give everything in the quest for victory. That was no hype. Lawler (27-10, 1 no-contest), of Coconut Creek, Florida, and Condit …

TV radio sports schedule for Dec. 28, 2015

on Dec. 18, 2015, at 5:04 p.m.
BASKETBALL, BOYS FOXCROFT ACADEMY at HOULTON, 5:30 p.m., WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), video stream: whou.com BASKETBALL, GIRLS FOXCROFT ACADEMY at HOULTON, 2:30 p.m., WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), video stream: whou.com MOUNTAIN VALLEY at MADISON, 6:30 p.m., WOXO Norway (100.7 FM) radio BASKETBALL, MEN PENNSYLVANIA at VILLANOVA, 7 p.m., FS1-TV IUPUI …

TV, radio schedule for Dec. 18, 2015

on Dec. 17, 2015, at 5 p.m.
BASKETBALL, BOYS EAST GRAND at HODGDON, 5 p.m., WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM) radio; WHOU Internet video (whoufm.com) WINSLOW at BELFAST, 6:15 p.m., WBYA Islesboro (105.5 FM), WBYA Internet (1055frank.com) PORTLAND at LEWISTON, 6:30 p.m., WEZR Lewiston (1240 AM) radio ASHLAND at CENTRAL AROOSTOOK, 7 p.m., WHOU Internet video (whoufm.com) HOULTON …
Conor McGregor moves in to land punches and win via technical knockout against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

McGregor knocks out Aldo to win UFC featherweight title

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 13, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
LAS VEGAS — The most polarizing figure in combat sports today did his biggest talking in the ring. Brash Conor McGregor (19-2) of Dublin, Ireland, who became a superstar by trash talking his opponents outside the Octagon and getting the job done inside, saved his best moment for last, as …
Kailin Curran lands a punch against Emily Kagan during UFC Fight Night at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan on Thursday.

Bangor native falls in second round of Las Vegas UFC bout

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 10, 2015, at 8:34 p.m.
Emily Kagan, making her first appearance in the octagon in nearly a year, fell to 3-3 overall.
Bangor native Emily Peters Kagan

Bangor native to fight on UFC card in Las Vegas

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 08, 2015, at 2:12 p.m.
Bangor native Emily Kagan returns to the UFC octagon for the first time in nearly a year Thursday night when she faces Kailin Curran.
UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch prepares to strike a shield held by coach Marcus Davis on April 9, 2015, at Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy in Brewer.

UFC’s Boetsch prepares for light heavyweight bout

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 23, 2015, at 7:09 a.m.
The chance to fight close to home has prompted Lincolnville native Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch to compete as a light heavyweight for the first time in five years in his next mixed martial arts bout.

NEF mixed martial arts, boxing results

on Nov. 22, 2015, at 11:46 a.m.
MMA/boxing NEF XX At Lewiston Pro MMA 155 (TITLE): Bruce Boyington (c) def. Jimmy Davidson, TKO, round 3; CATCH: Jon Lemke def. Matt Denning, TKO, round 1; 170: Matt Bordonaro def. Crowsneck Boutin, knee bar, round 1; CATCH: Matt Andrikut def. Jesse Baughman, TKO, round 1; 145: Damon Owens def. …
Boxer Brandon Berry of West Forks puts on his hand wrap before a workout in 2014 at Wyman's Boxing Club in Stockton Springs. Berry defeated Roberto Valenzuela by unanimous decision in a bout Saturday night in Lewiston.

West Forks boxer wins 10th pro bout

on Nov. 22, 2015, at 11:38 a.m.
LEWISTON | Brandon “The Cannon” Berry won the New England Welterweight title bout by unanimous decision, beating Roberto Valenzuela during a combination mixed martial arts-boxing show, NEF XX, Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Berry, a junior welterweight boxer from West Forks, overcame a cut early in the …

TV, radio schedule for Nov. 21-22, 2015

on Nov. 20, 2015, at 5:21 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING FIA World Endurance Championship, 7 a.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Ford EcoBoost 400, practice, 1 p.m., NBCSN-TV NASCAR, XFINITY, Ford EcoBoost 300, 3 p.m., NBC-TV BASKETBALL, MEN MAINE at WAGNER, 2 p.m., WGUY Veazie (94.1 FM, 1240 AM); UMaine Internet (GoBlackBears.com) FOOTBALL, COLLEGE MAINE at NEW HAMPSHIRE, …
Brandon Berry (right) battles Eric Palmer for the Northeast Junior Welterweight title on Oct. 11 in Lewiston. Berry won by unanimous decision and will fight in Lewiston again on Saturday against Roberto Valenzuela.

Boyington, Berry headline state’s first MMA-boxing show

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 20, 2015, at 3:57 p.m.
Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington and Brandon “The Cannon” Berry will headline the state’s first combination mixed martial arts-boxing show, NEF XX, at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday night. Boyington, coming off a successful debut with the national-level World Series of Fighting promotion, will defend his NEF MMA …
Anthony Morrison connects with a punch to the jaw of Ray Wood during the NEF XVI MMA fight at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Morrison beat Wood with a fifth-round submission.

Injury forces Bucksport native out of Bellator debut

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 18, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
One of the biggest challenges for a mixed martial arts fighter is surviving the rigors of training camp. The uncertainty makes for many a fight postponement, and former Bangor-area fighter Ray “All Business” Wood now has experienced both sides of that frustration within the last two weeks. First his scheduled …
Holly Holm (right) connects with a punch against Ronda Rousey during UFC 193 Sunday at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

Holm stuns Rousey with a second-round knockout to win UFC title

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times on Nov. 15, 2015, at 10:55 a.m.
Down Under, the expected outcome turned upside down at UFC 193 on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia. Holly Holm took away Ronda Rousey’s Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight belt, turning Rousey’s aggression against her, producing a stunning upset victory and a site to be seen. After belting Rousey with a left …

TV, radio schedule for Nov. 14-15, 2015

on Nov. 13, 2015, at 5:37 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING Formula One, Brazilian Grand Prix, qualifying, 11 a.m., CNBC-TV NASCAR Sprint Cup, practice, 11:30 a.m., NBCSN-TV NASCAR, XFINITY, The DAV 200, qualifying, 12:30 p.m., race, 4 p.m., NBCSN-TV CURLING Grand Slam of Curling: The National, noon, CBMT-TV FOOTBALL, COLLEGE ELON at UMAINE, 12:30 p.m., ABC-TV; WVOM Bangor …
Ray "All Business" Wood (left), a native of Bucksport pictured fighting Anthony Morrison on Feb. 8, has signed on to fight on a Bellator card next week in Oklahoma.

Bucksport fighter lands Nov. 20 Bellator bout

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 11, 2015, at 12:38 p.m.
Disappointment has turned into opportunity for Ray “All Business” Wood. The Bucksport High School graduate, whose mixed martial arts bout scheduled for Lewiston later this month fell through when his opponent experienced a medical condition, now will fight Nov. 20 as part of Bellator 146 in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The former …

MMA, boxing to share stage in Lewiston show

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 05, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
The venue will be familiar when New England Fights stages its 20th mixed martial arts promotion at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Nov. 21. But the look inside the arena will be different, with an MMA cage and a boxing ring set up side by side to …
Maine/New England mixed martial arts fighter Ryan Sanders (top) trains with Aaron Lacey at Young's MMA in Bangor in March 2014.

Bangor fighter hopes to join Young’s NEF title team

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 23, 2015, at 12:04 p.m.
There is no possible way I’m leaving that cage without that strap around my waist,” Aaron “Relentless” Lacey of Bangor said.