Mixed Martial Arts

 
Jon Lemke from Team Irish of Bangor connects with a left to Nate Oses of Wai Kru MMA Gym of Boston during New England Fights Fight Night IV at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Sept. 9, 2012.

Team Irish fighter gets new opponent for UFC reality show card

By Ernie Clark on July 19, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
Jon Lemke has a new opponent for the “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” mixed martial arts card scheduled for Aug. 5 at the Cross Insurance Center.
Tim Boetsch (right) fights against Josh Samman during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Tim Boetsch seizes opportunity to reinforce UFC presence with South Dakota victory

By Ernie Clark on July 14, 2016, at 1:37 p.m.
The sigh of relief could be heard from the Great Plains to the East Coast late Wednesday evening after Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch scored a second-round technical knockout of Josh Samman on the main card of UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Tim Boetsch reacts after defeating Josh Samman by TKO in the second round at UFC Fight Night 91 at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Wednesday night.

Lincolnville’s Tim Boetsch wins with 2nd-round TKO at UFC event

By Ernie Clark on July 13, 2016, at 11:24 p.m.
Boetsch became more dominant in the second of the scheduled three rounds and finally finished Samman off with a succession of strikes
Bruce Boyington of Brewer (right) deflects blows from Josh Parker during a mixed martial arts fight.

Fighter Bruce Boyington Russia-bound for next challenge

By Ernie Clark on July 13, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
The 37-year-old Boyington will travel to Russia to fight in the main event of ACB 42, a show being staged by one of that country’s largest MMA promotions, Absolut Championship Berkut.
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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, 2014.

Eight bouts set for UFC internet reality show in Bangor

By Ernie Clark on July 12, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
An eight-fight professional mixed martial arts card was announced Tuesday for the “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” internet reality show that will be taped in front of a live audience from the Cross Insurance Center’s grand ballroom on Aug. 5.
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Conor McGregor (left) is held back by UFC president Dana White on March 4 during weigh-ins for UFC 196 fight against Nate Diaz at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

UFC completes $4 billion sale to WME-IMG

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times on July 11, 2016, at 4:59 p.m.
UFC President Dana White, a 1987 graduate of Hermon High School who owns a home in Levant, will stay on with the new group.
Jimmy Jackson (left) of Young's MMA in Bangor and Colby Hakkila of the Choi Institute in Portland compete in a kickboxing bout during an amateur sparring event April 1 at the Factory One nightclub in Dexter.

Kickboxing event returning to Dexter

By Ernie Clark on July 11, 2016, at 4:51 p.m.
All-American Kickboxing will return to Factory One in Dexter on Saturday night, offering both veteran and aspiring practitioners of the sport a chance to test their skills in non-judged sparring events.
Tim Boetsch (left) fights Dan Henderson during UFC Fight Night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on June 6, 2015.

Lincolnville’s Tim Boetsch faces another crossroads UFC bout

By Ernie Clark on July 11, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
The former four-time state wrestling champion from Camden-Rockport High School may need another dramatic victory to ensure that his MMA career will continue at the highest level.
UFC president Dana White sets up a photo with two fighters during the weigh-ins at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Aug. 15, 2014.

UFC reality show coming to Bangor

By Ernie Clark on July 01, 2016, at 7:59 p.m.
A taping of the reality program “Dana White: Lookin’ For A Fight” is scheduled to be held in the grand ballroom of the Cross Insurance Center on Friday, Aug. 5.
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Former Brewer wrestler to fight for NEF amateur belt

By Ernie Clark on June 30, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
Victor Irwin was a two-time state champion while wrestling for Brewer High School and an All-American in the sport at Eastern Maine Community College. He’ll get a chance to add to that combat sports resume on Sept. 10 when he fights Nick Shea for the New England Fights MMA amateur …

Maine native earns second World Series of Fighting victory

By Ernie Clark on June 17, 2016, at 8:46 p.m.
Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington of Brewer scored his second straight win with the national-level World Series of Fighting mixed martial arts promotion Friday, earning a split decision over Boston’s Saul “The Spider” Almedia in their lightweight bout at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The fight was on the undercard …

Auburn father, sons to compete on MMA card on Father’s Day weekend

By Ernie Clark on June 17, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
Father’s Day weekend will include a unique homage of sorts for the Bang family of Auburn.
Ryan Sanders (left) of Brewer battles Gil de Freitas of Ludlow, Massachusetts, during a mixed martial arts title bout on the New England Fights XIII card at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, May 11, 2014.

Bangor-area MMA fighters drop in nationally televised bouts

By Ernie Clark on June 11, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
Two Bangor-area fighters lost their matches on the nationally televised CES 36 mixed martial arts card held at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island, on Friday night.
Etna native "The" Ryan Sanders (left) takes on Gil de Freitas in a 2014 fight. The representative of Young's MMA in Bangor will battle Levan "The Hornet" Makashvili on a nationally televised CES MMA 36 card being held in Rhode Island.

Maine fighter to face UFC veteran after injury sidelines original opponent

By Ernie Clark on June 08, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
“This is how careers are made, by taking these kind of big fights when they’re placed in front of you,” Ryan Sanders said. “I’m going to take this and run with it.”

Bisping rocks Rockhold with first-round KO to win UFC title

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on June 05, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
INGLEWOOD, California — Michael Bisping was supposed to just be happy to be there. The veteran from Manchester, England, got a short-notice shot at Luke Rockhold’s UFC middleweight title when former champion Chris Weidman bowed out because of injury two weeks ago. Few expected the 37-year-old to actually win, but …
Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington of Brewer (right) deflects blows from Josh Parker during a previous mixed martial arts fight.

Kickboxing exhibitions support area’s veterans community

By Ernie Clark on June 02, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
Twenty-eight mixed martial artists sacrificed part of their Memorial Day weekend to bring their sport back to the area for the first time in nearly two years and support the region’s veterans community.
Ed Herman (blue) punches Tim Boetsch (red) during a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night at the TD Garden in January. Herman won in the second round with a knockout.

Lincolnville fighter on UFC card in South Dakota

By Ernie Clark on May 25, 2016, at 7:05 p.m.
Tim Boetsch scored one of the most satisfying victories of his career two summers ago when he helped the Ultimate Fighting Championship bring the world’s top mixed martial arts promotion to Maine for the first time. The 35-year-old Lincolnville native will be seeking a similar result when he helps the …
Jimmy Jackson (left) of Young's MMA in Bangor and Colby Hakkila of the Choi Institute in Portland compete in a kickboxing bout during an amateur sparring event at the Factory One nightclub in Dexter, April 1, 2016. The event, a fundraiser for the Maine Veterans’ Fund, was believed to be the first of its kind in Maine.

Kickboxing sparring event in Brewer to raise funds for veterans

By Ernie Clark on May 17, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
More than 30 fighters from eight different gyms around central and southern Maine are expected to take part in the event.

Local sports results for May 16, 2016

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Bucksport native Ray "All Business" Wood (left), pictured fighting Brandon Phillips during a fight on April 30,  suffered a first-round loss to Adam Piccolotti on Saturday night on the main card of the Bellator 154 martial arts show at San Jose, California.

Bucksport native suffers first-round loss at Bellator mixed martial arts show

By Ernie Clark on May 14, 2016, at 9:35 p.m.
Bucksport High School graduate Ray “All Business” Wood had his three-fight winning streak snapped Saturday night as he lost by first-round submission to undefeated Adam Piccolotti on the main card of the Bellator 154 mixed martial arts show at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. The fight was broadcast …