"This is a really exciting bout and we're overjoyed to have added it to an already-solid pro card," stated NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. "Bruce Boyington is one of the most popular of the NEF regulars. John Ortolani has a huge fan base that travels to every corner of New England to watch him fight. The crowd is going to be on fire when this fight goes off on November 17!"
Bruce Boyington, who trains out of Young's MMA in Brewer, Maine, rose to international stardom with a Taekwondo spin kick knockout of Keegan Hornstra on June 16 in Lewiston. That knockout subsequently aired on national cable television outlet AXS TV's "Inside MMA" show. Within days, videos of the knock-out had gone viral on social media. To date, it has over 200,000 views on the NEF and AXS TV Youtube pages.
""You don't see much Taekwondo in MMA," said NEF co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson. "So when Bruce scored with that kick, it was really something special. He's not a one-trick pony though. I know he wants to get back in the title picture in NEF. A win at Fight Night V would put him right back near the top of the ladder in the lightweight division."
That win, however, will not come easily if John Ortolani has his say. Ortolani, a professional lacrosse midfielder currently with the Rochester Rattlers and formerly the Boston Cannons with whom he won the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Championship, has faced a high level of MMA opponents throughout his career, most recently taking on undefeated Lucas Cruz (5-0), Don Carlo-Clauss (10-7) and "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 15's Mike Rio (8-1). Ortolani trains out of and instructs at Triumph BJJ in Nashua, NH.
"I am very excited to fight for NEF," stated Ortolani when reached for comment. "They put on a great show and I've heard they are a great group to work with. I am also excited for the fight with Bruce. He is a dangerous fighter with one of the best knockout kicks I have ever seen at any level. It should be an exciting fight and I know the fans won't be left in their seats when it's over."
Fight Night V is slated for November 17 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME with a special start time of 5:00 PM. For more information on this event, visit www.NewEnglandFights.com. You can watch NEF videos at www.youtube.com/NEFMMA, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.” Tickets for Fight Night V are on sale now at www.TheColisee.com or by calling The Colisee box office at 207.783.2009 x 525.
About New England Fights New England Fights! (“NEF!”)is a Mixed Martial Arts promotions company. NEF’s mission is to create the highest quality events for Maine’s fighters and fans alike. NEF!’s executive team has extensive experience in combat sports management, events production, media relations, marketing, legal and advertising.