Updated: May 14
We're out here at NEF 47: The Battle of L/A. No we are not out in Los Angeles. We are blessed to be in one of the Cities of the Androscoggin; Auburn. Just across the river is the hidden gem of Lewiston, and tonight two locals will be battling it out to see who is the real king of Lewiston-Auburn. Former coach and student will take center stage in the main event of the sold out show, as Jesse "The Viking" Erickson (10-8) and former student Matt "Ken Doll" Denning (5-12) will throw down in a 3 round catch weight bout at 165 pounds.
We also have a very intriguing matchup as the co-main event, as "The" Ryan Sanders (18-9) will make a triumphant return to the cage after a 3.5 year layoff from competition. Sanders is 8-1 in his last 9 fights dating back to 2016, but he's still only 34 years old and definitely still has some mileage left on those tires. Sanders will be taking on Mark "Pockets" Gardner (2-2) in a welterweight clash, although Gardner did miss weight by 1.5 pounds yesterday. Regardless, this is going to be a quick and violent fight to watch.
There are some other familiar names to the Maine fan base on the card as well. Mo Kinani, Glory Watson, Nate Grimard, and Nate Boucher all are just a few of the names who'll be competing on the all pro main card. In total there are 8 professional fights and 9 amateur bouts on the card - a good mix for a regional card here in New England.
The event sold out a few days ago, which is a very good sign for NEF as they venture to the Norway Savings Bank arena for the first time. We'll be cageside giving you live updates of the action, so make sure to follow along on this blog post as well as our social media pages throughout the night.
David Burke (0-0, Nostos MMA) vs. David McCarty (1-1, Titan Athletics)
Round 1: Burke with a monster slam right out of the gate. He's landing massive hammerfists to McCarty's head and knocks him out after about the 20th! Wow! What a performance by David Burke in his debut!
RESULT: David Burke defeats David McCarty via KO at :19 of the 1st round
Tyler Parent (1-1, CMBJJ) vs. Nate Dorr (0-0, Acadia BJJ)
Round 1: Both guys come out swinging, landing a few each. Big front kick from Dorr sends Parent stumbling back to the cage. Dorr gets a takedown and now has Parent's back with hooks in. Parent is fighting the hands well. Dorr gets his wrist under Parent's chin, but Parent is fighting the top hand well. Parent escapes and gets halfguard. Dorr is reigning down some solid punches from top position. Solid round for Dorr. 10-9 Dorr.
Round 2: Dorr lands a big league kick out of the gate. Dorr looks pretty comfortable in there for his debut. Parent starts landing some bug punches that rock Dorr. Parent scrambles to Dorr's back, but he shrimps to half guard. Parent backs away and lets him up. Dorr lands a big right cross that drops Parent! He lands some ground N pound, and the ref is about to stop it, but Parent stays active just enough for the fight to continue. Dorr gets Parent's back. Parent reverses and finishes on top as the round comes to an end. The round would have been Parent's if he didn't get dropped by Dorr later in the round. 10-9 Dorr
Round 3: Both guys start the third trading punches. Dorr seems to have more power in his hands, but Parent is landing as well. Dorr lands a head-kick flush with the foot, but Parent eats it well and waves Dorr into the pocket. They both continue to trade punches in the center of the cage. Dorr gets a clinch and a trip with 30 seconds left in the round. Dorr is postering up and landing some glancing blows as the round comes to an end. 10-9 Dorr
RESULT: Nate Dorr defeats Tyler Parent via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Joe Peters (0-1, KTA) vs. Bryant Wade (1-0, Titan Athletics)
Round 1: Bryant is doing a nice job of evading and landing counter left hooks. Wade wants to keep this standing and Peters is looking to close the distance. The southpaw stance of Wade seems to be bothering Peters on the feet. Peters lands a nice left that stuns Wade and he ends up getting a takedown. He's in sidemount, but Wade is defending well and works his way back to his feet. Wade gets another takedown as the round expires. Close round, but Wade was the more effective striker over the course of the 3 minutes. 10-9 Wade.
Round 2: Peters is able to get the clinch against the fence. He's got a body lock, but Wade does a good job of preventing the takedown. Peters grinding grappling style seems to be wearing down Wade. Peters is retaining top position while throwing punches and trying to advance. Peters is landing some nice ground n pound from halfguard and sidemount. Peters continues to deliver ground N pound as the round expires. 10-9 Peters.
Round 3: Walter Smith-Cotito and Joey Gomez have some encouraging words for Peters in the corner between rounds. And it works! Peters comes out and lands a serious flurry of punches to open the round that send Wade stumbling against the cage and stunned. Peters follows him to the mat and takes his back with hooks in. Peters transitions to mount and reigns down punches for about 20 seconds before Kevin MacDonald steps in to call a stop to the contest.
RESULT: Joe Peters defeats Bryant Wade via TKO at 1:17 of the 3rd round
Cassidy Bedard (0-0, CMBJJ) vs. Michelle MacDavid (0-0, Defensive Edge)
Amateur 140 lbs
Round 1: The first female fight of the night has two debuting fighters from New England. Both woman start the round by throwing punches and landing. The settle into a clinch against the cage, but separate pretty quickly and back to striking range. Bedard is pushing forward and throwing with more volume. She's starting to find her range as MacDavid is back-peddling. Michelle is looking to clinch, but Bedard is doing a good job of avoiding while also landing punches as MacDavid enters range. 10-9 Bedard
Round 2: Bedard picks up right where she left off; throwing and landing volume. Michelle pushes forward with a burst of energy and a flurry of punches, but Bedard fights fire with fire and gets the better of the chaotic exchange. McDavid grabs a fistful of hair and looks to land a knee. The ref stops it quickly and takes a point from MacDavid as it looked pretty deliberate. Bedard has a bloody nose and a swollen eye, and MacDavid is sporting a swollen left eye as well. Bedard definitely looks worse for wear, but she is far and away winning the striking battle and this fight so far. 10-8 Bedard (with the 1 point deduction)
Round 3: Both women are intent on keeping this fight a striking battle. Bedard continues to pressure forward as MacDavid back-peddles. The pace has slowed in this round. Bedard has a solid jab that is keeping MacDavid at distance. MacDavid catches a kick and gets a takedown against the cage. MacDavid lands in guard, and Bedard immedietly looks for a tri-angle choke. MacDavid is defending and the ref stepped in and stops the fight for some reason. It looks like MacDavid may have pulled Bedard's hair again. Ref Dale Hart consults with Kevin MacDonald cageside and the fight is waived off. MacDavid is claiming that Bedard bit her while on the mat. This is an interesting end to the fight. There was no fight-ending sequence. MacDavid is looking for someone to claim to and sh'es making a fool of herself.
RESULT: Cassidy Bedard defeats Michelle MacDavid via disqualification (eye-poke) at 2:19 of the 3rd round
Chris Strout (0-0, First Class MMA) vs. Julian Sirois (0-0, VQMT)
Amateur 140 lbs
Round 1: Julian Sirois comes out like a bat out of hell and gets a HUGE takedown. He's landing some hammerfists and is looking for and arm-triangle choke, but he doesn't have the position. He gives it up and they're back to their feet. Stout lands a few punches, but Sirois eventually ducks under after eating a few, and gets another double leg. At least his 4th takedown of the round. Solid first round. 10-9 Sirois.
Round 2: Sirois gets another takedown. Stout kicks him off and lands a nice upkick. Sirois eventually finds his way back into Strout's guard. Sirois continues to work in advancing his position while landing some short shots. A fairly uneventful round as it comes to a close. 10-9 Sirois.
Round 3: Sirois gets a bodylock against the cage, and eventually gets the fight back to the mat and where he wants it. Stour is giving out an audible, "heeya" as he throws punches from the bottom. It doesn't seem to be helping him though, as Sirois is firmly in the guard. Sirois looks tired and is looking to ride this one out on the ground. Strout gets to his feet for a second, but Sirois gets another double leg takedown. Strout lands a kick to Sirois' face as he was grounded. Primo Bellarosa goies crazy in Sirois' corner as ref John English calls a halt to the action and takes a point from Strout for the illegal kick to a grounded opponent. Sirois gets another takedown on the restart and the fight ends with him on top.
RESULT: Julian Sirois defeats Chris Strout via unanimous decision (30 - 26 x 3)
Curtis Ouellette (2-3) vs. George Demers (1-2)
Round 1: Curtis and George are exchanging in the middle of the cage. Demers lands some solid leg kicks. Curtis eventually gets a clinch and gets the fight to the mat. Demers works his way back to his feet as Curtis lands some knees to the mid-section. One of them catches Demers cup and the ref pauses the action due to the low blow. The action continues and Ouellette lands a few heavy shots that drop Demers and the ref steps in to stop the fight right before the bell to end the round and the place erupts for the hometown kid!
RESULT: Curtis Ouellette defeats George Demers via KO at 2:53 of round 1