Mixed Martial Arts

 
Ray Wood beats Lenny Wheeler via a submission at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on July 12, 2013, to win his first championship belt.

Bucksport native seeks to resume climbing MMA ranks after knee injury

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 05, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
BANGOR | New England Fights MMA pushed back its “NEF XIV” mixed martial arts card a month to accommodate the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s recent appearance in the Queen City. For Ray “All Business” Wood, the wait to get back in the cage has been much longer. The Bucksport native …

TV Radio schedule for September 5, 2014

on Sept. 04, 2014, at 5:57 p.m.
AUTO RACING Formula One Racing, Italian Grand Prix, Practice, 8 a.m., NBCSN-TV NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Federated Auto Parts 400, Practice, 1 p.m., Qualifying, 5:30 p.m., ESPN2-TV NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Virginia529 College Savings 250, Qualifying, 3:30 p.m., Race, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2-TV; WWNZ Veazie (1400 AM); WFZX Searsport (101.7 FM) radio BASEBALL, …
Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington of Brewer, pictured getting his hands taped by teammate Ray Wood prior to an April 12 fight, faces Jesse “The Viking” Erickson of Auburn for the New England Fights Maine lightweight title on Saturday night in Lewiston. Wood also is fighting on the card.

Boyington targets second championship belt in five months

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 03, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
BANGOR | Bruce Boyington has an opportunity unique within combat sports Saturday night — to win a second championship belt in less than five months. The mixed martial arts competitor out of Young’s MMA known as “Pretty Boy” will take on Jesse “The Viking” Erickson of Auburn for the …
Ryan Bader (red gloves) leaves the octagon after defeating Ovince Saint Preux (blue gloves not pictured) during light heavyweight bout at Cross Insurance Center.

Maine MMA supporters seek to build on UFC’s Bangor appearance

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 25, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
Matt Peterson watched the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s recent show at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor from multiple perspectives. He’s been attending UFC mixed martial arts cards around the country for more than a decade, and the Democratic state legislator from Rumford sponsored the legislation that led to the sport …

TV Radio schedule for August 23-24, 2014

on Aug. 23, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING Formula One, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying, 8 a.m., CNBC-TV Global RallyCross Series, Daytona, 2:30 p.m., NBC-TV NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Irwin Tools Night Race, 7:30 p.m., CBS-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM), WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio IndyCar, GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Qualifying, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN-TV …
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UFC President Dana White sets up a photo with two fighters during the weigh-ins on Friday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

UFC president says Bangor event an artistic success, but future shows in Maine uncertain

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 18, 2014, at 5:21 p.m.
Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White brought his mixed martial arts promotion to this small-market city knowing that its economic benefit to his company would be minimal — at best. But that was of secondary importance to the 1987 Hermon High School graduate, who had visited his …

Results for UFC Fight Night 47 in Bangor

on Aug. 17, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
At Cross Insurance Center Preliminary card Frankie Saenz, Scottsdale, Arizona def. Nolan Ticman, Huntington Beach, California, by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 Tom Watson, Southampton, England def. Sam Alvey, Temecula, California, by unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 No. 4 Sara McMann, Gaffney, North Carolina def. Lauren Murphy, Glendale, Arizona, by …
A bloody Tim Boetsch lands a punch on Brad Tavares and ends up knocking Tavares out Saturday night during the UFC Fights at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Saturday night.

Lincolnville native Boetsch rallies to knockout victory in UFC Bangor battle

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 17, 2014, at 1:29 a.m.
It took a while for “The Barbarian” to re-emerge, but when it did it may have saved Tim Boetsch’s career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Battered and bloodied after more than a round-and-a-half of absorbing punishment, the Lincolnville native nicknamed “The Barbarian” used a left hook and …
Lightweight fighter Ross Pearson (left) finishes off Gary Maynard during the UFC fights at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Saturday night.

Wrestling roots propel Bader past Saint Preux in Bangor UFC main event

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:19 p.m.
Fighters typically accumulate a myriad of fighting skills during the course of their mixed martial arts careers. But sometimes it pays to go back to what worked first. For Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight contender Ryan “Darth” Bader, that flashback Saturday night involved a reintroduction to his …

TV Radio schedule for August 16-17, 2014

on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series, Michigan, Qualifying, 9:30 a.m., race, 12:30 p.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Pure Michigan 400, Practice, 8:30 a.m., ESPN2-TV NASCAR Sprint Cup Happy Hour, Practice, 11 a.m., ESPN2-TV NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200, Qualifying, 9:30 a.m., ESPN2-TV; race, 2:45 p.m., ESPN-TV; …

Local sports results for August 15, 2014

on Aug. 16, 2014, at 8:48 a.m.
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UFC fighters Ryan Bader (left) and Ovince Saint Preux pose for a photo during the weigh-in at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Friday. Bader and Saint Preux will be the feature fight Saturday night.

‘I love fighting in front of new crowds’: Major-league MMA hits Bangor on Saturday night

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 10:23 p.m.
When Marcus Davis helped spur the passage of legislation that legalized mixed martial arts in Maine in 2009, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship contender had no idea what the future would hold for the sport in the Pine Tree State. Just five years later, the major leagues …

Matchups for UFC Fight Night 47 in Bangor

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
At Cross Insurance Center Preliminary card, 8 p.m. Nolan Ticman, Huntington Beach, California (4-1) vs. Frankie Saenz, Scottsdale, Arizona (8-2), bantamweights Tom Watson, Southampton, England (16-7) vs. Sam Alvey, Temecula, California (23-5, 1NC), middleweights No. 4 Sara McMann, Gaffney, North Carolina (7-1) vs. Lauren Murphy, Glendale, Arizona (8-0), women’s bantamweights …
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Maine native Tim Boetsch laughs during open workouts at Hollywood Casino in Bangor on Thursday in preparation for UFC Fight Night.

Maine fighter Boetsch faces homecoming bout with sense of career urgency in UFC

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
BANGOR | Tim Boetsch has done some fishing and renewed old acquaintances during his most recent homecoming to Maine, but the trip mostly has been about finding his inner “Barbarian,” the aggression and nastiness that lifted the Lincolnville native toward the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division …
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Maine native Tim Boetsch (right) interacts with fans during open workouts at Hollywood Casino in Bangor Thursday in preparation for UFC Fight Night.

Senior League World Series final, UFC event bring fans, economic opportunity to Bangor

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 6 a.m.
Baseball and mixed martial arts are seemingly two vastly divergent sporting interests. Baseball is decidedly old-school, a traditional athletic rite of passage for youngsters spanning generations. Mixed martial arts is definitely new-age, a recently developed combative concept featuring a blend of fighting disciplines that continues to grow …
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Maine native Tim Boetsch answers questions from the media following open workouts at Hollywood Casino in Bangor on Thursday in preparation for UFC Fight Night.

Headliners Bader, Saint Preux motivated for Bangor UFC debut

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 5:42 a.m.
Neither Ryan “Darth” Bader nor Ovince Saint Preux had any reason to be familiar with the Queen City until two months ago, just after each scored his most recent mixed martial arts victory on the same Ultimate Fighting Championship card in Vancouver, British Columbia That’s when the …
Tim Sylvia, left, connects with a left to Randy Smith during the main event of Fight Night III, a MMA Cagefighting event presented by New England Fights at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on June 17, 2012.  Sylvia knocked Smith out in 12 seconds of the first round.

Injuries force cancellation of New England Fights XIV main MMA event

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 12, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
LEWISTON | Injuries can have a destabilizing effect on a mixed martial arts show. The Maine-based New England Fights promotion is experiencing that reality with its Sept. 6 show at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, as both fighters in its scheduled main event have had to back out due to …
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Ronda Rousey walks towards the octagon before defending her women's bantamweight title against Alexis Davis at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Women’s UFC bout at Cross Center reflects UFC’s increasingly inclusive ranks

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 11, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
BANGOR | Dana White wasn’t convinced women would ever become part of the competitive equation within the Ultimate Fighting Championship — until he came face-to-face with the ideal prospect. “I was one of those guys who said it would never happen, you’d never see women fighting in the UFC,” …
UFC president Dana White waves to the crowd during a weigh-in for UFC on FOX 11 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, on April 18.

Bangor card a personal project for UFC president Dana White

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 05, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
Dana White admits he had to do some major-league lobbying within his organization to bring the world’s top mixed martial arts promotion to Bangor. The Queen City will be one of the smallest markets ever to host one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s televised cards when UFC Fight Night 47 …
Professional boxer Brandon Berry of West Forks works out at Wyman's Boxing Club in Stockton Springs.

Berry to headline Lewiston professional boxing card in October

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 01, 2014, at 6:54 a.m.
Since the late 1800s, Lewiston has hosted professional boxing, a legacy that includes hosting Muhammad Ali’s controversial first-round “phantom punch” knockout of Sonny Liston on May 25, 1965. It also is the hometown of former world champion Joey Gamache Jr. But the pro boxing scene has been …
 
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