Mixed Martial Arts

 
Patrick Kelly of Rockport (right) sizes up Rafael Velado during their New England Fights amateur lightweight title fight on June 17 in Lewiston. The 52-year-old Kelly beat Velado to claim the belt.

Rockport fighter, a ‘man who knows no limits,’ wins MMA title at 52

By Ernie Clark on June 25, 2017, at 8:35 a.m.
“Pat Kelly is as fierce a competitor as they come,” NEF co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson said. “His dedication to health and fitness and his endless quest to challenge himself is inspiring.”
Devin Powell (right) kicks Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy's Jon Lemke in the leg during their catchweight bout as part of the reality program "Dana White: Lookin' For A Fight" event at the Cross Insurance Center in August 2016.

Wells fighter primed for second UFC bout on Sunday

By Ernie Clark on June 22, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.
“It’s the same as everywhere else, it’s just a bigger stage and brighter lights,” said Powell.

Wood falls in Maine return; NEF schedules August card in Bangor

By Ernie Clark on June 18, 2017, at 8:09 p.m.
Ray Wood (center) celebrates with his wife (left), Tiana, and friend Mark Heathcote, after winning an EFC III bout in Mulvene, Kansas.

Bucksport native set for return to Maine MMA roots

By Ernie Clark on June 14, 2017, at 12 p.m.
“All Busy” might be a better description for Ray “All Business” Wood’s life during the last year.
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.

MMA practitioner meets boxer: Boyington-Lamour bout headlines NEF card

By Ernie Clark on June 09, 2017, at 2:38 p.m.

Aldo-Holloway at UFC 212 marks new featherweight era

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on June 02, 2017, at 6:34 a.m.
Saturday should go down as the night the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight division closes the door on the Conor McGregor era.
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.

Bout pitting Maine’s top boxer against MMA standout slated in Lewiston

By Ernie Clark on May 23, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
A matchup of top Maine performers is set for June 17 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Miocic retains UFC heavyweight title

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on May 15, 2017, at 6:46 a.m.
Stipe Miocic didn’t waste much time avenging his most recent loss.

Sanders stops Lemke to win NEF lightweight title

By Ernie Clark on April 30, 2017, at 10:54 a.m.
Ryan Sanders of Young’s MMA captured the vacant New England Fights MMA pro lightweight title Saturday night, stopping fellow Bangor-area resident Jon Lemke in the second round of their scheduled five-round title bout.
Derek Shorey of Dover-Foxcroft celebrates after beating Pete Rogers Jr. in a Sept. 23, 2016 featherweight fight at the CES MMA 38 show in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Bangor fighters to highlight Saturday MMA card in Lewiston

By Ernie Clark on April 27, 2017, at 11:29 a.m.
Two fighters from Young’s MMA in Bangor will help headline a mixed martial arts show Saturday night in Lewiston.
Young's MMA's Aaron Lacy (right) tries to land a punch on John Santos during their featherweight 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.

Mixed martial arts gym, after being displaced, sets up shop in former Bangor roller rink

By Ernie Clark on April 26, 2017, at 8:36 a.m.
Young’s was forced out of its home of the last 2½ years after Penobscot County agreed to purchase the former Bangor YMCA for $825,000 this month.
Young’s MMA’s Josh Harvey (right) of Young’s MMA lands a kick to the face of Zenon Herrera during an August 2016 bout as part of the reality program “Dana White: Lookin’ For A Fight” event in Bangor. Young’s MMA studio has been displaced because of the sale of the Bangor YMCA building where it has been for the last 2 1/2 years.

‘It was really upsetting:’ Bangor mixed martial arts gym homeless after building sale

By Ernie Clark on April 17, 2017, at 1:49 p.m.
One of the most well-known mixed martial arts facilities in the Northeast is likely to be without a home as of Wednesday.
Dover-Foxcroft native Derek Shorey celebrates after a victory at CES MMA victory in Connecticut in September 2016. Shorey is fighting later this month to help raise money for his children, whose home and belongings were lost in a recent fire.

Fighting fire with his fists: Shorey returns to cage to help family

By Ernie Clark on April 14, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
The sudden urgency for his return to action came in the aftermath of a recent two-alarm fire that put four of his children and their mother out of their home.
Boston Celtics radio broadcaster Sean Grande,who talked with Bangor basketball fans on March 28, has expanded his professional resume during the last two years by taking on TV play by play for the expanding Bellator MMA promotion.

For Celtics voice Sean Grande, calling MMA is an ‘intellectual challenge’

By Ernie Clark on April 03, 2017, at 1:35 p.m.
Sean Grande — who has also done radio for the NCAA men’s hockey Frozen Four and fill-in duties for the Boston Red Sox — added MMA to his resume in 2015.
Jacare Souza (red gloves) fights Tim Boetsch (blue gloves) during UFC 208 at Barclays Center on Feb. 11.

Boetsch to face former champion in June 25 UFC bout

By Ernie Clark on March 27, 2017, at 11:04 a.m.
The “Barbarian” will be back in the Octagon after all.
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. Harrison won via first-round tapout with a rear-naked choke.

Opponent bails on Boyington’s scheduled WSOF bout

By Ernie Clark on March 17, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
The fight was scrapped when Rodrigo Almeida pulled out, citing a training injury.
Derrick Kenington (left) tries to submit Young's MMA's Ryan Sanders during a lightweight bout as part of the reality program "Dana White: Lookin' For A Fight" in August 2016

Rematch of Bangor-area fighters to determine lightweight champ

By Ernie Clark on March 08, 2017, at 2:09 p.m.
A rematch of rival Bangor-area fighters will produce a champion as mixed martial arts veterans “The” Ryan Sanders and Jon Lemke have agreed to square off on April 29.

Souza submits Boetsch in opening round

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 12, 2017, at 11:27 a.m.
Lincolnville native Tim Boetch had his two-fight winning streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship halted in decisive fashion Saturday night.

Sanders, Lemke win NEF lightweight semifinals

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 12, 2017, at 11:22 a.m.
Bangor-area fighters Ryan Sanders and Jon Lemke won their lightweight tournament semifinals in the main events of the NEF 27 mixed martial arts card held Saturday night before a reported 2,500 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Win streak earns Mainer top-five UFC challenge against Souza

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 09, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
The Lincolnville native, who recently celebrated his 36th birthday, will be at a different crossroads Saturday night as he seeks to extend a two-fight winning streak.