Mixed Martial Arts

 
Conor McGregor (blue gloves) celebrates with his two championship belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden.

McGregor makes history with victory in UFC 205

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on Nov. 13, 2016, at 9:27 a.m.
Maine native Tim Boetsch (top) fights Rafael Natal during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night. The 35-year-old Boetsch scored a first-round TKO.

Boetsch scores first-round TKO at UFC 205

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 12, 2016, at 9:21 p.m.
Tim Boetsch reacts after his fight against Josh Samman (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, July 13, 2016.

Maine UFC fighter in New York state of mind for historic night

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 11, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
Tim Boetsch was in Manhattan this week making final preparations to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first promotion at historic Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Boyington, Wood set for national cards

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 01, 2016, at 1:40 p.m.
“There are a lot of athletes out there but very few get to say ‘I’ve competed at Madison Square Garden in New York.’”
Devin Powell (right) fights Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy's Jon Lemke during their catchweight 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.

Bangor-area veterans to highlight NEF 26

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 14, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
Two former teammates will clash in the main event of New England Fights’ Nov. 19 mixed martial arts card at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.
Derek Shorey of Dover-Foxcroft celebrates after beating Pete Rogers Jr. in a Sept. 23 featherweight fight at the CES MMA 38 show in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Dover-Foxcroft native scores first-round CES victory

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
“The reason I still fight now is honestly because it’s something I’m good at, and I’m starting to realize I could make a future for myself with it.”
Tim Boetsch (right) fights against Josh Samman during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center, July 13, 2016.

Boetsch to fight on UFC card that features McGregor

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 27, 2016, at 8:16 a.m.
When the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion invades the world’s most famous arena for the first time on Nov. 12, Tim Boetsch will be there.

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Referee Kevin MacDonald raises Josh Harvey's arm after his victory over Matt Denning (left) at the New England Fights NEF 22 mixed martial arts and boxing event last April at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Lewiston fight card to receive big-time TV exposure

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 14, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
“We’ve had close to two dozen guys over the last three years who have gone from CES to the UFC, and that’s a pretty cool thing.”
Aaron Lacey defeats Cory Trial (not pictured) in a 145 lbs bout during New England Fights 25 on Saturday at The Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Bangor-area fighters score mixed martial arts victories

on Sept. 11, 2016, at 2:12 p.m.
Aaron Lacey of Brewer and Young’s MMA improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 3-0.
Rachael Joyce, 24, of Veazie, stands with custom-built skis at Volition Ski Co., which she helps run with her fiance and the company's founder, Christopher Bagley.

Veazie woman finally lands rare MMA fight after one-year hiatus

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 08, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.
For Rachael Joyce of Veazie and Jessica Borga of Lakeland, Florida, patience has paid off. Each will end a nearly one-year break from competition when they face off Saturday night as part of NEF 25 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.
Johnny Crafts (left,) attempts to contain Henry Clark during NEF XXI at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston earlier this year.

Amateur title fights to highlight NEF 25 card in Lewiston

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6:28 p.m.
NEF 25 will be the promotion’s second show in a month after a sold-out crowd of 1,200 turned out to watch NEF Presents “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight.”
Referee Kevin MacDonald declares Derek Shorey the winner of an amateur mixed martial arts bout over Nate Fenech at the Biddeford Arena on April 14, 2012.

Dover-Foxcroft fighter set for CES 38 encore

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 26, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
Shorey will face Connecticut native Pete Rogers Jr. in a three-round featherweight mixed martial arts bout.
Brandon Berry (right) battles Eric Palmer for the Northeast Junior Welterweight title on Oct. 11 in Lewiston. Berry won by unanimous decision.

West Forks boxer sidelined with labrum tear

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:14 a.m.
Brandon “The Cannon” Berry will be sidelined indefinitely after re-tearing his left labrum in his most recent fight.
Conor McGregor reacts after winning a majority decision in his rematch against Nate Diaz during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

McGregor beats Diaz in majority decision at UFC 202

By Brian Martin, Daily News on Aug. 21, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
McGregor came out fighting smarter this time, attacking Diaz’s lead right leg and patiently teeing off on Diaz.

Maine’s Boyington loses decision in MMA main event in Russia

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 21, 2016, at 9:40 a.m.
Bruce Boyington’s mixed martial arts foray into Russia ran head first into a veteran wrestler Saturday.
Windham native Jamie Harrison (right) reaches for a takedown attempt against Bruce Boyington of Brewer 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.

Maine fighter ready for main event in Russia

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 18, 2016, at 7:52 a.m.
Bruce Boyington’s mixed martial career will take an international twist Saturday as he fights in the main event of ACB 43 at the Diesel Arena in Penza, Russia.
Windham native Jamie Harrison (right) reaches for a takedown attempt against Bruce Boyington of Brewer during their NEF XVII mixed martial arts main event at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston in this April 2015 file photo.

Bruce Boyington agrees to four-fight deal with World Series of Fighting

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 10, 2016, at 3:53 p.m.
Young's MMA's Josh Harvey (right) lands a kick to the face of Zenon Herrera during their featherweight bout as part of the reality program "Dana White: Lookin' For A Fight" event on Friday in the grand ballroom at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Five Bangor-area fighters were on the card.

UFC’s Dana White watches Maine fighters turn in strong efforts

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 05, 2016, at 9:55 p.m.
New England Fights brought its promotion to the Queen City for the first time in three years and was greeted by a boisterous, sold-out crowd of 1,200.