Mixed Martial Arts

 
Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club.

Area experts find Mayweather-McGregor clash a battle of intrigue

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 22, 2017, at 1:58 p.m.
“There’s a likely chance that some head butts are going to happen whether Mayweather tries to avoid it or not, because with the way an MMA fighter fights I think dirty boxing’s going to play a big role.”
Bruce Boyington (left) is kicked by Nate Andrews.

Boyington stopped in second round of nationally televised MMA bout

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 12, 2017, at 1:41 p.m.
The loss was the third straight after five consecutive wins for Bruce Boyington, who drops to 14-11.

Long training camp produces championship effort for CJ Ewer

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 06, 2017, at 11:41 a.m.
C.J. Ewer walked out of the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday night as the New England Fights’ MMA professional middleweight champion, capping off a training camp that had its roots overseas.
Maine/New England mixed martial arts fighter Ryan Sanders.

Sanders hopes winning ways leads to upper MMA mobility

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 04, 2017, at 10:46 a.m.
Fighters typically are not rewarded early in their careers for merely taking on the toughest challenges — they must emerge victorious.
Derrick Kenington (left) tries to submit current lightweight champion Ryan Sanders during a bout as part of the reality program "Dana White: Lookin' For A Fight" in August 2016.

Local show boosts training camp for area combatants

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 03, 2017, at 2:36 p.m.
“We’ve been averaging eight or 10 or 12 guys on the mat at any given time, which has been great because you want to get the best from everybody.”

Local fighters to highlight Bangor card

By Ernie Clark on July 21, 2017, at 2:39 p.m.
The next New England Fights mixed martial show not only will be held in Bangor, it will feature a distinctly Queen City-area flavor.
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Jayda Bailey trains at Young’s MMA on Sylvan Road in Bangor. Bailey, who will be a senior at Hermon High School in the fall, plans to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico, after graduating to train full time at Jackson Wink MMA Academy. When she turns 18 in October, she can legally compete in mixed martial arts in Maine with an eye toward making her amateur debut in November.

A ‘burning fire’ stokes Hermon teen’s UFC dream

By Ernie Clark on July 03, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Jayda Bailey has never been in an official mixed martial arts fight, but the Hermon teenager already has felt the power of a former Ultimate Fighting Championship title holder.
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Maine teen focuses on her future in mixed martial arts

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on July 03, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Mixed Martial Arts fighter Bruce Boyington of Brewer (left) gets his hands taped by teammate Ray Wood prior to a 2014 fight in Massachusetts.

Brewer’s Boyington returning to cage in nationally televised bout

By Ernie Clark on June 30, 2017, at 11:28 a.m.
The lightweight (155-pound) bout will be televised live as part of the AXS-TV Fights series.
Tim Boetsch (right) fights Johny Hendricks on Saturday during UFC Fight Night at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Boetsch won with a second-round TKO.
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Maine fighter earns $50K bonus with TKO of former UFC champ

By Ernie Clark on June 26, 2017, at 11:45 a.m.
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.