NEW ENGLAND FIGHTS
Lewiston, ME — One of the juggernauts of northeastern MMA, New England Fights , calls Maine its home. The state may be Vacationland to some, but to NEF’s ravenous fan base, it is a mixed martial arts hotbed, pitting its best fighters against one another inside a cage. The venue? None more fitting than Lewiston Maine’s Androscoggin bank Colisee, the venue to once feature the greatest fighter that ever lived: Muhammed Ali.
Ali fought Sonny Liston in a monumental bout that packed the great arena (then named the Central Maine Youth Center). Ali brought the house down, ending the contest with a thunderous blow, and standing over a lifeless Liston for a photo that even today reminds viewers of one of the best moments in sports history. On that day, “The Louisville Lip” Cassius Clay had shed his skin and, becoming “The Greatest,” Muhammed Ali.
New England Fights, and promoters Nick Disalvo and Matt Peterson, have brought new life to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Saturday, February 11th marks their five year anniversary, to the day. It is fitting that Ryan Sanders, who appeared in the main event of NEF 1, and is now three weight classes removed from middleweight, will headline NEF’s 27th event on the night of its first ever lightweight tournament.
52 years removed from the night Ali fought Liston under the lights of the Youth Center, NEF looks to further cement themselves in the fighting legacy of the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. New England’s top MMA promotion has developed a few of the northeast’s top fighters looking to take their talents to the UFC.
Former lightweight champion and current UFC veteran Devin Powell (8-1) is one example of the many NEF alumni to star on the big stage. Now adorning the Maine scene are the likes of Ryan Sanders, Josh Harvey, Aaron Lacey, and Jesse Erickson: just a few of today’s fighters now representing the history of the great Colisee.
NEF 27 is this Saturday, February 11, with a start time set for 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $25 and are available at www.TheColisee.com or by calling the Colisee box office at 207.783.2009, extension 525.
The “NEF 27” fight card (subject to change):
155 POUNDS: Ryan Sanders vs. John Ortolani
155 POUNDS: Jesse Erickson vs. Jon Lemke
145 POUNDS: Aaron Lacey vs. Chris Jacobs
235 POUNDS: Ras Hylton vs. Mike Hansen
160 POUNDS: Matt Denning vs. Ricky Dexter
145 POUNDS: Josh Harvey vs. Richie Collingham
135 POUNDS: Elias Leland vs. Nick Santos
205 POUND TITLE: Victor Irwin vs. Ryan Glover (c)
135 POUNDS: Walt Shea vs. Alan Bustamante
125 POUNDS: Justin Witham vs. Ryan Burgess
140 POUNDS: Alex Clark vs. Henry Clark
185 POUNDS: Sean Worcester vs. John Tefft
115 POUNDS: Sarah Ziehm vs. Nicole Burgess
135 POUNDS: Fred Lear vs. Michael Crespo
155 POUNDS: Devin Corson vs. Winston Cortez
205 POUNDS: Zeal McGrew vs. Pete Grinnel
145 POUNDS: Frank Johanson vs. Jacob Deppmeyer
155 POUNDS: Phil Chason vs. Ross Dannar
125 POUNDS: Angela Young vs. Christine Brothwell
For more information on the event and fight card updates, please visit the promotion’s website at www.NewEnglandFights.com. In addition, you can watch NEF videos at www.youtube.com/NEFMMA, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”
Event Preview and Predictions to follow
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