Lewiston, Maine (April 24, 2012) - When former two-time UFC World Heavyweight Champion Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia (30-7, 19 KO's, 4 submissions) fights in his home state for the first time, he will be faced with a tough challenge in Randy "The Wolf" Smith (14-10-1).
The Sylvia-Smith heavyweight battle has been officially signed to headline New England Fights' (NEF) Fight Night III on June 16th at The Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.
Smith, who trains out of CNYMMA in Cortland, NY, is no stranger to the New England MMA scene, having competed extensively throughout the region, capturing several local titles and making a name for himself as one of the top heavyweights in the territory.
"Randy Smith is ranked number five at heavyweight in the entire northeast right now," said NEF co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson. "We were approached by so many fighters and teams that wanted the June 16 bout with Sylvia, but it was Randy who really stood out as the best opponent in our minds."
NEF is expecting another huge crowd at the Colisee for the follow-up to their debut event at the arena back in February.
"Over 3200 people attended Fight Night I at the Colisee earlier this year," stated NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. "Now, with Sylvia fighting for the first time in his home state, we're already seeing a marked increase in ticket sales over the first show. I've had the pleasure of sitting cage-side for several of Randy Smith's fights in the past. This is going to be a great fight, and just another night of fights that Maine fans are not going to want to miss out on."
"It's an honor to fight Tim Sylvia, and it will be a huge win," said Smith when reached for comment. "He was a guy I used to watch before I started training. He has been at the highest level in the biggest show, and he is a guy I always dreamed of fighting. I match up well with him. Our styles are a lot alike. This is my Super Bowl. We will put on a fight that people will talk about for years."
For more information on this event, visit www.NewEnglandFights.com. You can watch NEF videos, including the Tim Sylvia interview, at www.youtube.com/NEFMMA, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group "Fight Night Mixed Martial Arts". Tickets for this event are on sale now at TheColisee.com or by calling the Colisee box office at 207-783-2009.