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UFC veteran Marcus Davis falls to former student Ryan Sanders at NEF XII on Feb. 8 in Lewiston

In addition, Mike Zichelle was crowned new middleweight champion by stopping Jesse Peterson.

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Lewiston, Maine (February 8, 2014) - New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) hosted its most-recent cage fighting event, "NEF XII," at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee last night. A packed house of over 3,000 fight fans was on hand to witness the most anticipated MMA fight in state history between Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis (22-11) and his former student "The" Ryan Sanders (6-4). The bout was stopped after the first round by the ringside doctor when Davis lost his vision in one eye. Fans also witnessed the crowning of a new Middleweight Champion when Mike Zichelle (7-3) unseated Jesse Peterson (7-5).

In addition, NEF MMA announced that its next event, "NEF XIII," would see the fight promotion return to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on May 10, 2014. The night will feature Maine State MMA Bantamweight Champion Paul Gorman (10-8) defending the strap against the challenge of undefeated Kin "Kong" Moy (5-0) in a battle of the #2 and #3 ranked 135-pounders in the region.

The full fight card results for "NEF XII" are listed below:


CATCH: Ryan Sanders def. Marcus Davis via doctor stoppage, round 1
185 lbs.: Mike Zichelle def. Jesse Peterson via TKO, round 2 (Zichelle wins title)
CATCH: John Raio def. Bruce Boyington via rear-naked choke, round 1
170 lbs.: Jarod Lawton def. John Ortolani via TKO, round 2
155 lbs.: Jesse Erickson def. Tollison Lewis via triangle choke, round 1
170 lbs.: Ryan Cowette def. Dave Claroni via tap to strikes, round 1


155 lbs.: Jeremy Tyler def. Corey Hinkley via arm triangle, round 2
285 lbs.: Kevin Smith def. Devon Newell via guillotine choke, round 3
200 lbs.: Crowsneck Boutin def. Brandon Gibbs via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Charlie Stambach def. Carl Langston via split decision
145 lbs.: Aaron Lacey def. Joshua Greenlaw via TKO, round 1
CATCH: Stephen Desjardins def. Dustin Veinott via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Mike Vangelist def. Dan Connaughton via arm triangle choke, round 2
145 lbs.: Matt Denning def. Caleb Costello via triangle choke, round 2
120 lbs.: Jason Carpenter def. Dan Thayer via split decision
135 lbs.: John Crafts def. Ryan Daley via referee stoppage-armbar
150 lbs.: Alex Clark def. Trevor Hebert via unanimous decision

"NEF XIII" is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine with a bell time of 7:00 pm. Already announced, Maine State MMA Bantamweight Champion Paul Gorman (10-8) defends against undefeated Kin "Kong" Moy (5-0). Tickets for "NEF XIII" start at just $25 and are on sale now at or by calling The Colisee box office at 207.783.2009 x 525. For more information on the event and fight card updates, please visit the promotion's website at In addition, you can watch NEF MMA videos at, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group "New England Fights."

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