NEF MMA 32 Results

BOYINGTON TRIUMPHANT IN RETURN, ERICKSON SETTLES A SCORE AT NEF 32

Two years of traveling the world in pursuit of mixed martial arts glory had not even a shred of negative impact on Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington’s mystique in the New England Fights cage.

Battered, bloodied Taylor Trahan somehow made it to the end of the second round at Androscoggin Bank Colisee, but a relentless Boyington punctuated a dominant performance with a rear naked choke at 1:08 of the third in the 150-pound main event at “NEF 32: Super Saturday.”

Boyington (15-11) had fought in such diverse locales as New York City and Moscow since his most recent NEF appearance. He extended his winning streak in the promotion to four fights at the expense of Trahan (7-9).

Four other professional bouts and 10 amateur affairs highlighted the busy evening.

C.J. Ewer’s bid to become the first simultaneous NEF champion in two different divisions fell short against Kemran Lachinov.

Lachinov (6-2), a Bellator veteran based out of Ludlow, Massachusetts, captured the vacant welterweight crown with a tapout to a kneebar at 3:01 of the first round.

Ewer was undefeated in three previous pro fights, including a submission victory over Mike Hansen for the middleweight strap six months ago.

Hansen also absorbed a choke-out loss on this card. Coming off a week of controversy about their agreed-upon catch weight, Jesse “The Viking” Erickson showed that his apparent size disadvantage was no issue.

After dominating the early exchanges, Erickson (10-7) applied a guillotine. With Hansen (5-9) appearing unresponsive, the referee stepped in and stopped the contest at 2:41 of the opening round.

Aaron Lacey rebounded from the first loss of his career, thoroughly dominating veteran Josh Parker in a 145-pound tangle. Lacey (5-1) controlled the lone round of the bout, dropping Parker (6-10) with a knee to the head. He maintained control with a vicious assault to the body, then sent Parker to dreamland via rear naked choke at 4:30.

Persistence paid off for independent mainstay Zenon Herrera, who picked up his first professional victory in his seventh try. Both Herrera and opponent Nate Charles have an extensive boxing background, but it was Herrera’s domination on the ground that paved the path to an unanimous decision.

In the headline amateur event, Ryan Burgess scored a narrow victory over Nate Boucher in a grueling, ground-and-pound flyweight fracas.

The bout between former Mountain Valley High School wrestling teammates was billed as a grudge match, fueled by a war of words on social media. Not surprisingly it ended in a lengthy embrace after the bell, with both men lying spent in the center of the cage.

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There was little to choose between the Rumford rivals. Burgess (3-2) pushed the attack in rounds two and three and may have gained the final 29-28 edge on two scorecards with a few well-placed knees to the midsection. Boucher (2-2) swept all three rounds in the other judge’s estimation.

With the victory, Burgess snapped a two-fight losing skid and earned a June title fight against Justin Witham. Burgess initially won the title back in 2015.

Kam Arnold (2-0) left an indelible impression on both the crowd and opponent Kyle Kenney in his first-round victory. After patiently finding a seam, Arnold slammed Kenney to the canvas early in the bout and gained the TKO with a barrage of strikes at the two-minute mark.

Former amateur light heavyweight champion Ryan Glover (4-2) made a triumphant return in his first appearance since losing the belt exactly one year ago. Glover ended a slugfest with newcomer Joe Berube by verbal submission to strikes in the opening seconds of the third round.

Mohammad Al-Kinani ran his amateur record to 3-0 with a first-round TKO of Isaac Therrien. It was Al-Kinani’s stand-up acumen against Therrien’s wrestling background, and Therrien gained the early advantage with three takedowns. He was unable to keep the action on the deck, however, and Al-Kinani’s fistic prowess proved too tough to overcome.

Likewise, Shawn Lunghi kept his record perfect through three fights with a first-round rear naked choke over previously unbeaten Devin Corson. The convincing, 68-second victory earned Lunghi an April shot at the amateur featherweight title against Taylor Costantino at NEF 33 in Portland.

Former University of Maine football standout Carlton Charles delivered the quickest knockout of the evening. Charles rebounded from his initial loss in November with a 12-second stoppage of Delmarkis Edwards, who was making his debut at 175 pounds.

Stacy Lupo picked up his first win in the cage over David Hart. Lupo used knees and kicks to gain the advantage before gaining the TKO via strikes at 1:10 of the opening round of the 155-pound scrap.

In a wildly entertaining women’s bout to christen the card, B.J. Garceau made a successful amateur debut with a split decision over Sarah Ziehm. All three judges offered a 29-28 verdict, but a strong start and authoritative finish gave Garceau the edge. Garceau dedicated her debut to awareness of diabetes, a disease she battles outside the cage.

Two other women’s bouts went the distance. Catie Denning won her debut by unanimous decision over Chelsea Elizabeth, while Amanda Gallo made her trip from Florida pay off with a clean sweep of the cards against 2017 NEF rookie of the year Jayda Bailey.

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NEF returns to Portland, Maine, at Aura on Saturday, April 14. To purchase tickets for “NEF 33: Riptide,” go to www.auramaine.com and use pre-sale code “NEF.”

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This Saturday night, New England Fights (NEF) returns to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine with the fight promotion’s next mixed-martial-arts event, “NEF 32: SUPER SATURDAY.” In keeping with the “Super Bowl weekend” theme, and in honor of the New England Patriots playing for their sixth championship the night following the event, not one but two former Patriots players will be conducting a meet-and-greet with ticketholders from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Colisee. Max Lane, who started in Super Bowl XXXI for the Patriots, and Ronnie Lippett who started for the Patriots in Super Bowl XX will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans prior to the start of the first fight this Saturday.

Nicknamed “Big Country,” Max Lane was drafted by the Patriots in1994 and played offensive tackle for the team through his retirement in 2000, a total of seven seasons. During his tenure, Lane played under coaches Bill Parcels, Pete Carroll, and Bill Belichick. He was named to the Patriots’ All Decade Team for the 1990s. Lane was a member of the AFC 1996-1997 championship team that went on to lose to the Green Bay Packers at Super Bowl XXXI. In more recent years, Lane has been an on-air personality on NBC Boston AM station 1510.

Like Lane, Ronnie Lippett played his entire NFL career for the New England Patriots. He was with the team for eight seasons from 1983 to 1991. Lippett was a starting cornerback for the team, remembered particularly for shutting down the passing attack of divisional rivals the Miami Dolphins. In fact, seven of Lippett’s 24 total career interceptions came against Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. He intercepted Marino twice in the same 1986 regular season game in Foxboro. Lippett was named to the Patriots’ All Decade Team for the 1980s. He was a member of the AFC 1985-1986 championship team that eventually lost to the Chicago Bears at Super Bowl XX.

NEF’s next mixed-martial-arts event, “NEF 32: Super Saturday,” will see the company make its return to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. The event is scheduled to take place this Saturday night with a bell time of 7 pm. Tickets are on-sale now online at www.TheColisee.com.

New England Fights (NEF) makes its return to Lewiston this Saturday night, February 3, 2018, with the fight promotion’s next mixed-martial-arts event, “NEF 32: Super Saturday.” Earlier today, NEF announced that the event weigh-ins will originate from Sapphire Nightclub & Event Center this Friday, February 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. EST. Sapphire is located at 150 Center Street, Auburn, Maine 04210.

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Weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Fans and press are encouraged to attend. All of the competitors on this Saturday’s card will be present. Fighters will be available for interviews and photo opportunities. For those unable to attend, the weigh-ins will stream live on the “New England Fights” Facebook page.

The full “NEF 32” fight card (subject to change):

PROFESSIONAL

150 POUNDS: Bruce Boyington vs. Taylor Trahan

179 POUNDS: Jesse Erickson vs. Mike Hansen

170 POUND*TITLE: CJ Ewer vs. Kemran Lachinov

155 POUNDS: Zenon Herrera vs. Nate Charles

145 POUNDS: Aaron Lacey vs. Josh Parker

AMATEUR

125 POUNDS: Nate Boucher vs. Ryan Burgess

135 POUNDS: Jayda Bailey vs. Amanda Gallo

135 POUNDS: Kam Arnold vs. Kyle Kenney

145 POUNDS: Devin Corson vs. Shawn Lunghi

205 POUNDS: Joe Berube vs. Ryan Glover

135 POUNDS: Catie Denning vs. Chelsea Elizabeth

175 POUNDS: Delmarkis Edwards vs. Carlton Charles

155 POUNDS: Stacy Lupo vs. David Hart

160 POUNDS: Muhammad Al Kinani vs. Isaac Therrien

120 POUNDS: BJ Garceau vs. Sarah Ziehm

THE WEIGHTS FROM LEWISTON, MAINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewiston, Maine (February 2, 2018) – New England Fights (NEF) makes its return to Lewiston tomorrow night, February 3, 2018, with the fight promotion’s next mixed-martial-arts event, “NEF 32: Super Saturday.” Earlier today, NEF held the event weigh-in at Sapphire Nightclub & Event Center.

The weights from Lewiston, Maine:

PROFESSIONAL

Bruce Boyington (152.9) vs. Taylor Trahan (151.1)

Jesse Erickson (177.6) vs. Mike Hansen (186.6)

CJ Ewer (169.2) vs. Kemran Lachinov (169.8)

Zenon Herrera (156.5) vs. Nate Charles (154.0)

Aaron Lacey (147.7) vs. Josh Parker (146.3)

AMATEUR

Nate Boucher (125.4) vs. Ryan Burgess (122.3)

Jayda Bailey (135.9) vs. Amanda Gallo (134.9)

Kam Arnold (135.6) vs. Kyle Kenney (134.4)

Devin Corson (147.0) vs. Shawn Lunghi (144.6)

Joe Berube (200.6) vs. Ryan Glover (202.8)

Catie Denning (134.8) vs. Chelsea Elizabeth (133.5)

Delmarkis Edwards (162.0) vs. Carlton Charles (172.5)

Stacy Lupo (155.0) vs. David Hart (159.0)

Muhammad Al Kinani (160.1) vs. Isaac Therrien (160.3)

BJ Garceau (119.5) vs. Sarah Ziehm (119.2)

NEF’s next mixed-martial-arts event, “NEF 32: Super Saturday,” will see the company make its return to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. The event is scheduled to take place this Saturday night with a bell time of 7 pm. Tickets are on-sale now online at www.TheColisee.com.


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