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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:35

New England Fights to ‘Rumble in Bangor’

BANGOR – Let’s get ready to rumble in Bangor.

New England Fights (NEF), Maine’s premier MMA and boxing promotion, will present “NEF 30: Rumble in Bangor” at the Cross Insurance Center on Aug. 5 starting at 7 p.m.; the all-MMA fight card includes seven local fighters from Young’s MMA in Bangor. 

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:31

Friday night fights

MMA on the Bangor Waterfront

BANGOR Mixed martial arts is one of the fasting growing sports in the world today. Its spread is wide, and while many of us tend to think of big promotions such as UFC and Bellator when we hear MMA, that is far from the whole story. There's far more to MMA than just the televised shows and pay-per-views.

There are a number of regional promotions scattered all over this country, promotions built through the passion of their leadership and the talent of their fighters. One such regional promotion brought their act to Bangor recently, as New England Fights landed on the waterfront with their 'Nations Collide' event. The card featured 14 fights 9 amateur, 5 professional and a fired-up crowd relished the opportunity to see MMA fighters up close. Many of the fighters hailed from nearby towns and trained at nearby gyms local outfits such as Team Irish and Young's MMA were well represented.

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The UFC has been the king of mixed martial arts since its first event in the United States back in 1993. Former MMA promotions such as EliteXC, StrikeForce, Pride Fighting Championships and World Extreme Cagefighting all tried competing with the UFC, only to fall in the end. While all these companies ultimately failed, the UFC has been growing with large pay-per-view buys, record fan attendances, and a huge television deal with Fox. 

The UFC might be at the top of its game, but that hasn't stopped the founder and CEO of the second largest MMA promotion in the USA Bellator. Bjorn Rebney founded Bellator MMA in 2008 and has been pushing his company through the uniqueness it brings of being completely tournament-based. This means that every fighter must win a series of matches through a tournament to become eligible for a title shot. 

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:06

MMA's main man - An interview with Dana White

The UFC president offers some thoughts on the state of his sport

The sport of mixed martial arts had some rough beginnings. Its perception as a niche sport, its constantly shifting rules, its punching-bag status among politicians who didn't truly understand it all of these were obstacles that MMA needed to overcome.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been at the forefront with regards to bringing the sport into the mainstream. From humble beginnings, the UFC has been transformed into a sporting empire rife with sold-out arenas, superstar fighters and huge broadcast deals.

Published in Cover Story
Thursday, 15 September 2011 09:21

Ready to rumble?

Small gym is training good fighters
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