Mixed Martial Arts

Anthony Morrison (right) connects with a punch to the jaw of Ray Wood during Saturday night's NEF XVI MMA fight at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Morrison beat Wood with a fifth-round submission.

Veteran fighter stops Maine native in final round to win New England Fights featherweight crown

on Feb. 08, 2015, at 10:38 a.m.
LEWISTON | Veteran Anthony “Cheesesteak” Morrison won the New England Fights featherweight championship with a fifth-round submission of previously undefeated title holder Ray “All Business” Wood on Saturday night. The promotion’s 145-pound title bout was the main event of NEF XVI, a 24-fight mixed martial arts card held before …
Ray Wood is introduced before his fight against Lenny Wheeler at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor in this July 2013 file photo.

Maine native hopes homecoming title defense next step forward on mixed martial arts career path

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 05, 2015, at 3:41 p.m.
Ray “All Business” Wood’s last mixed martial arts bout marked a comeback, his second-round TKO of Gabriel Baino in September evidence of a healthy return from knee surgery that had sidelined him for more than a year. Now comes a homecoming, as Wood returns to Maine for his first fight …
Thales Leites (red gloves) punches at Tim Boetsch (blue gloves) during their middleweight bout during UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Lincolnville’s Boetsch suffers second-round loss at UFC 183

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 01, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
Brazilian Thales Leites scored a second-round stoppage of Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch in their UFC 183 mixed arts bout held Saturday night before a crowd of 13,114 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Longtime former middleweight champion Anderson Silva won the UFC 183 main event, scoring …
Middleweight Tim Boetsch looks for an opening to land a shot on his opponent Brad Tavares during the UFC fights at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Aug. 17. Boetsch won the fight with a technical knockout in the second round.

Another crossroads bout awaits Lincolnville native Boetsch at UFC 183

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 30, 2015, at 1:25 p.m.
Tim Boetsch celebrated his 34th birthday Wednesday, but the birthday cake is on hold until after the mixed martial arts veteran from Lincolnville faces Brazilian Thales Leites on Saturday night’s UFC 183 main card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. But once the two world-ranked middleweights …
Ray Wood celebrates his first professional bout debut win over John Raio in November 2012 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

30 bouts slated for state’s first 2015 mixed martial arts card

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 26, 2015, at 12:40 p.m.
LEWISTON | New England Fights has announced a marathon 30-fight mixed martial arts card for its debut show of 2015. “NEF XIV,” set for Feb. 7 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, is scheduled to include seven professional bouts and 23 amateur contests. “This card might just be our most …

TV, radio schedule for January 17-18, 2015

on Jan. 16, 2015, at 4:56 p.m.
SATURDAY BASKETBALL, BOYS OLD TOWN at PRESQUE ISLE, 1:30 p.m., WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM) radio; WEGP Internet (wegp.net) WOODLAND at SOUTHERN AROOSTOOK, 2:30 p.m., WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM) radio; WHOU Internet video (whoufm.com) VAN BUREN at ASHLAND, 7 p.m., WHOU Internet video (whoufm.com) Hoophall Classic: PUTNAM (Mass.) vs. CORONA …
Tim Sylvia (left) delivers punch after punch to Randy Smith as he knocked him out in the first round of the main event of Fight Night III at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston in this June 2012 file photo.

Eastbrook native, former UFC champion retires from mixed martial arts

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 08, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
Eastbrook native Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia, an Ellsworth High School product who went on to become a two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight world title holder, has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts, according to multiple reports. The 40-year-old Sylvia, who has lived and trained for many years in Davenport, …
Jon Jones celebrates defending his title after defeating Daniel Cormier in their light heavyweight fight Saturday night at UFC 182 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 182: Jones defends title, hands Cormier first loss

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on Jan. 04, 2015, at 2:44 p.m.
LAS VEGAS — As often as not, fights with big hype end in letdowns. The UFC light heavyweight title showdown between champion Jon Jones and challenger Daniel Cormier, however, lived up to expectations. The duo engaged in a brutal showdown Saturday night in the main event of UFC 182 at …
Crowsneck Boutin (right) celebrates after winning a mixed martial arts bout during 2014. The Trescott native, who lives in Portland, has overcome a troubled past to become New England Fights' Mixed Martial Arts Fighter of the Year.

A life behind bars: Down East fighter finds redemption in mixed martial arts

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 26, 2014, at 5:51 a.m.
PORTLAND | Crowsneck Boutin has been fighting virtually all of his life. For much of those 29 years he has been punished — even incarcerated — for it. More recently he found stability in it, and now Boutin is being honored as New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts Fighter …

McPhatter edges Sanders in mixed martial arts main event

on Dec. 14, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
PORTLAND | Avery McPhatter of Orlando, Florida, scored a split-decision victory over Ryan Sanders of Young’s MMA in Bangor in the main event of the inaugural Toe 2 Toe Fights mixed martial arts promotion held Saturday night at the Portland Exposition Building. McPhatter improved his record to 4-6 by …
Bangor native Emily Peters Kagan

Bangor’s Peters Kagan falls on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 20 finale undercard

on Dec. 13, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
Bangor native Emily Peters Kagan lost a unanimous decision to Angela Hill in their mutual official Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts debut in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday night. The three-round bout was on the undercard of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 20 finale to crown the inaugural UFC women’s …

TV Radio schedule for December 12, 2014

on Dec. 10, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
BASKETBALL, BOYS MT. VALLEY at MONMOUTH, 6:30 p.m., WTBM Mexico (100.7 FM) radio EDWARD LITTLE at BANGOR, 7 p.m., WZON Bangor (620 AM) radio; WZON Internet (zoneradio.com); WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 FM) radio, Internet (929theticket.com) MATTANAWCOOK ACADEMY at HOULTON, 7 p.m., WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM) radio; WHOU Internet video (whoufm.com) CENTRAL …
Johnny Hendricks (left) and Robbie Lawler battle during UFC 181 at Madalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Saturday night. Lawler won via unanimous decision.

Lawler claims UFC welterweight title

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 07, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
LAS VEGAS — More than a decade after being tagged a future champion, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler finally has an Ultimate Fighting Championship title belt around his waist. The 33-year-old St. Louis native posted a razor-thin split decision over Johny Hendricks to claim the welterweight title in the main event of …
Bangor native Emily Peters Kagan will have her first official UFC bout on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas.

Bangor native Kagan slated for Dec. 12 UFC bout

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 06, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
Bangor native Emily Peters Kagan will make her official Ultimate Fighting Championship debut Friday night on the undercard of The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 finale to be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. That card, most of which will be televised by Fox Sports …

TV radio sports schedule for Dec. 6-7, 2014

on Dec. 05, 2014, at 4:15 p.m.
SATURDAY BASKETBALL, BOYS HERMON at PRESQUE ISLE, 5:30 p.m., WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM) radio; WHOU Internet video (whoufm.com), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM) radio; WEGP Internet (wegp.net) MDI at OLD TOWN, 7 p.m., WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM) radio; WDEA Internet ( www.wdea.am), WZON Bangor (620 AM) radio; WZON Internet (zoneradio.com) …

Mixed martial arts fighter returning to Maine for title defense against Bellator, WEC veteran

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 24, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.
Undefeated Ray “All Business” Wood, who recently moved from the Bangor area to South Carolina, will return to the Pine Tree State on Feb. 7 to defend his New England Fights featherweight championship at NEF XVI, a mixed martial arts card to be held at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in …

TV, radio sports schedule for Nov. 22-23, 2014

on Nov. 21, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
SATURDAY FIGURE SKATING ISU Grand Prix France, 3 p.m., CBMT-TV FOOTBALL, COLLEGE NCAA Div. III Tourney: MIT at HUSSON, noon, WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 FM) radio, Internet (929theticket.com) MINNESOTA at NEBRASKA, noon, ESPN-TV PENN STATE at ILLINOIS, noon, ESPN2-TV KANSAS at OKLAHOMA, noon, FS1-TV YALE at HARVARD, 12:30 p.m., NBCSN-TV STANFORD …
Sheldon Bang of Auburn (right) takes a hit to the face from Henry Clark during the 145-pound matchup on Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Clark won his debut fight.

Brewer fighter retains NEF lightweight title with third-round victory

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 16, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington capped off a busy year in the cage by successfully defending his New England Fights lightweight championship during the main event of the NEF XV mixed martial arts card Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Boyington (9-7) scored a third-round victory by kimura …
Mixed Martial Arts fighter Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington of Brewer (left) gets his hands taped by teammate Ray Wood prior to his fight in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in this April 2014 file photo.

Brewer MMA fighter hopes to extend hot streak in the cage

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 14, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
Few fighters have been busier during the past 12 months than Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington. He’s fought five mixed martial arts matches — winning four with the only loss a controversial stoppage against John “First Class” Raio when Boyington said he made a hand signal suggesting he was OK to …
Matt Peterson of Rumford, co-owner and matchmaker for New England Fights, said he thinks it was coincidental that a mixed martial arts event in Lewiston and a boxing event in Portland were scheduled for the same night.

‘It’s a free market’: Coinciding MMA, boxing events may measure fan base of state’s combat sports

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 14, 2014, at 7:49 a.m.
Just a few years ago, the state’s professional fight scene was virtually nonexistent. A boxing world that brought Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston together in Lewiston for their famous “phantom punch” heavyweight title rematch on May 25, 1965, and later brought world championship bouts featuring favorite son Joey Gamache to …
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