"We had a couple of last-minute pull-outs," stated NEF matchmaker and co-owner Matt Peterson. "Ken Foster was M.I.A. at weigh-ins, so his bantamweight fight with John Parker is off, unfortunately. In addition, I was informed last minute by Tim Tucker that he did not intend on coming to weigh-ins or fighting Tollison Lewis this weekend. Luckily, Andrew Tripp from Team Irish was willing to step in at the eleventh-hour and take the fight with Tollison. Tripp submitted Lewis the first time they met on an NEF card last February, but Tollison has come a long way in his training since then."
With those two amateur bouts changed, it was the possibility of losing a high-profile double pro debut featuring top-ranked amateur featherweights Ray Wood and John Raio that had everyone on edge.
"Ray came in at 146.6 pounds, six ounces over the one-pound allowance" said NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. "John Raio made weight. He accommodated Ray by agreeing to move forward with the fight at a catch weight, so that fight was saved thanks to John."
Fight Night V takes place today, November 17 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME with a special start time of 5:00 PM. 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. The box office will open at 10:00 AM today. Fans are urged to arrive early to buy tickets in order to avoid long lines. 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.”
The current fight card (subject to change):
135 Paul Gorman 9-9 (Academy) vs Adam Toussaint 5-4 (Havoc) [BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE]
170 Ryan Sanders 4-2 (Young’s MMA) vs Jarod Lawton 1-1 (IABJJ)
155 Bruce Boyington 3-4 (Young’s MMA) vs John Ortolani 6-6 (Triumph)
CATCH John Raio 0-0 (MMA Athletix) vs Ray Wood 0-0 (Young’s MMA)
150 Dez Green 5-0 (Bombsquad) vs Brandon Fleming 2-1 (SSSF)
135 Derek Shorey 2-5 (Bill Jones’ Shop) vs Cody Sargent 0-1 (Balanced Ground MMA)
135 Eric Austin 1-0 (CMBJJ) vs Steve Sobel 1-0 (Independent)
135 Elias Leland 1-1 (The Academy) vs Tommy Balzano 3-1 (Team Irish)
135 Nick Spencer 2-1 (Choi’s) vs Brandon Bushaw 2-2 (Fitness Edge MMA)
145 Shawn Goodrich 0-0 (Havoc) vs Edward Milville 0-0 (CMBJJ)
155 Jesse Erickson 2-1 (CMBJJ) vs Drew Waltz 1-1 (Young’s MMA)
155 Rob Vandastine 0-0 (IABJJ) vs Nate Charles 0-4 (Balanced Ground MMA)
155 Damon Owens 1-3 (Young’s MMA) vs Steven Bang 0-0 (CMBJJ)
170 Tollison Lewis 2-2 (Balanced Ground MMA) vs Andrew Tripp 2-0 (Team Irish)
195 Crowsneck Boutin 0-2 (Independent) vs Tony Wells 0-1 (CMBJJ)
205 Brent Dillingham 3-0 (MMA Athletix) vs Ben Raven 0-0 (Sipayik Boxing Club)
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.