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Demise of UFC 176 adds depth to Bangor card

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The card for UFC Fight Night 47 has been built up to nine bouts, in part due to the demise of that mixed martial arts organization’s next scheduled pay-per-view event.

UFC 176, originally set for Aug. 2 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, was scrapped after world featherweight champion Jose Aldo was injured during training and had to drop out of his title defense against No. 1 contender Chad Mendes.

That left the other fights from that show to be rescheduled, and three potential main-card bouts from UFC 176 have been shifted to the Fight Night 47 show slated for Aug. 16 at the Cross Insurance Center — making the UFC’s initial foray into Maine what Case Keefer of the Las Vegas Sun said “might be (Fox Sports 1’s) strongest offering” since that cable television channel debuted its coverage of the sport last summer.

Fox Sports 1’s live coverage of Fight Night 47’s main card — headlined by a light heavyweight clash of top-10 contenders Ryan Bader and Ovince Saint Preux as well as a homecoming bout for 14th-ranked middleweight Tim Boetsch of Lincolnville — is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m., preceded by coverage of several preliminary card fights.

The bouts switched from UFC 176 to Fight Night 47 include a lightweight clash between 11th-ranked Gray “The Bully” Maynard and Brazilian Fabricio “Morango” Camoes.

Maynard (12-4-1, 1 no contest) is a former world title challenger, having lost to Frankie Edgar in their battle for the UFC lightweight crown in October 2011. That bout came after Edgar and Maynard had battled to a draw earlier that year.

Camoes (14-8, 1 NC) is coming off a loss to seventh-ranked Jim Miller at UFC 168 last December that ended his 17-month absence from competition.

Two other bouts previously shifted from UFC 176 to Fight Night 47 are a flyweight matchup between Jussier Formiga (16-3) and Zach Makovsky (17-4) and a lightweight battle pitting Abel “Killa” Trujillo (12-5, 1 NC) against Ross Pearson (17-7, 1 NC).

Pearson, a former winner on “The Ultimate Fighter” television series, is a recent replacement for 13th-ranked Bobby Green, who was shifted to a matchup against No. 3 Josh Thomson on the UFC on Fox 12 card set for Saturday in San Jose, California.

Two other fights also have been added to the Fight Night 47 show.

Louisiana welterweight Alan “Brahma” Jouban (9-2) will make his UFC debut against Seth “Polish Pistola” Baczynski (18-9). Jouban has won eight of his last nine fights while Baczynski — a veteran of nine UFC battles — is coming off a Fight of the Night unanimous-decision loss to former world title challenger Thiago Alves in April.

Meanwhile Brazilian Thiago Tavares (22-5, 1 NC) will drop from lightweight to featherweight when he takes on Robbie “Problems” Peralta (18-4, 1 NC).

Topsham wrestler wins NEF scholarship

Jett Gould, a 13-year-old student at Mount Ararat Middle School in Topsham, has been named the recipient of the first New England Fights MMA scholarship award.

The scholarship will pay tuition for Gould to attend the 2014 Brawlin’ Lobsta Wrestling Camp that runs Tuesday through Friday at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

“Jett represents everything we want our gym to be at a very young age,” said Gould’s mixed martial arts coach, John Raio of Raio’s First Class Fitness and MMA gym in Brunswick. “Many of the younger children at our school look up to him and aspire to be more like him.”

Wrestling has served as a valuable training ground for numerous MMA standouts from Maine, among them current UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch, one-time WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown and current NEF MMA competitors Jesse Peterson and Raio, all former state high school wrestling champions.

“The Maine wrestling scene has produced so many great MMA fighters. Who knows what the future holds?” said NEF MMA co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson. “The next Mike Brown could very well be in the system right now. We’ll never know until we find him or her.”

NEF XIV, NEF MMA’s next event, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. The main event will match former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia (31-9) against fellow UFC veteran Christian Morecraft (8-3) for the NEF Maine super heavyweight title.

Featherweight champion Ray “All Business” Wood (4-0) is set to return from a yearlong hiatus due to a knee injury to battle Brazil’s Gabriel Baino (6-1), while state bantamweight titlist Paul Gorman (10-8) will defend his belt against Tim “The Terror” Goodwin (8-4) and Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington (6-7) will face Jesse “The Viking” Erickson (3-2) for the promotion’s lightweight crown and “The” Ryan Sanders (6-5) will battle Ryan Quinn (10-4-1) in a welterweight clash.


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