Mixed Martial Arts

 
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.
Derrick Kenington (left) tries to submit Young's MMA's Ryan Sanders during their lightweight 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.

Tourney time arrives for top NEF lightweights

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 07, 2017, at 11:47 a.m.
“Any one of these four fighters could advance to the finals and win the championship. That’s what’s so exciting about these matchups — anything can happen.”
Drakkar Klose (left) blocks against a kick from Devin Powell during UFC Fight Night at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday.

Southern Maine fighter loses in UFC debut

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 17, 2017, at 4:21 p.m.
Devin Powell’s debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship ended in defeat Sunday night.
Mark Hunt (red gloves) looks on in his bout against Frank Mir (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Australia in March 2016.

‘Cheaters deserve nothing’: Mark Hunt sues UFC, Dana White and Brock Lesnar

By Marissa Payne, Washington Post on Jan. 11, 2017, at 3:02 p.m.
Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch reacts after his fight against Josh Samman during UFC Fight Night at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Boetsch to fight UFC’s No. 3 middleweight contender

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 08, 2017, at 9:48 a.m.
Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch will take on Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in a three-round clash set for Feb. 11 as part of UFC 208 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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.

Brewer fighter suffers first-round defeat in NYC

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 31, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
Windham native Jamie Harrison attempts to apply a rear-naked choke against Brewer's Bruce Boyington during their NEF XVII mixed martial arts bout at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Harrison won the non-title fight via first-round tapout.

Bruce Boyington to fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 30, 2016, at 1:08 p.m.
Boyington, a Milford native now living in Brewer, is set to take on undefeated Andre Harrison on the preliminary card of the World Series of Fighting 36 show Saturday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Rousey carries low profile into main event vs. Nunes

By Dave Doyle, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 28, 2016, at 3:29 p.m.
Ronda Rousey returns to the Octagon for the first time in 13 months on Friday night, where she’ll meet current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes of Brazil in the main event of UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Aaron Lacey

NEF Fighter of the Year from Brewer goes undefeated, gets engaged

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 27, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
“I’d say 2016 was a good year for me.”
Tim Boetsch (left) fights Rafael Natal during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York in this November 2016 file photo.

Mainers impacted 2016 mixed martial arts scene at home, nationally

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 14, 2016, at 4:59 p.m.
It’s been a big year for mixed martial arts: The Ultimate Fighting Championship was sold for $4 billion, and New York became the final state to legalize professional MMA.

TV, radio schedule for Dec. 2, 2016

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
Bucksport High School graduate Ray Wood carries his 4-month-old son, Liem, on his shoulders during a recent shopping trip in San Antonio, Texas. Wood, who has been balancing his mixed martial arts pursuits and work with life as a new father, is preparing for the co-main event in Bellator 166 on Friday in Oklahoma.

Bucksport grad set to compete in pivotal MMA fight balances training, fatherhood

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 30, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
“Before, all you had to do was worry about yourself, and now I’m fighting for a lot more,” said fighter Ray Wood.
 

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