Gorman and Toussaint to Scrap for NEF Maine State MMA 135-pound Title on November 17

Oct 1, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Lewiston, Maine (September 28, 2012) – New England Fights! (NEF) is proud to announce the addition of a mixed martial arts 135-pound title bout to its November 17, 2012 FIGHT NIGHT V event in Lewiston, ME. That night, Paul Gorman (9-9) and Adam Toussaint (5-4) will face-off for the first time to determine the inaugural Maine State MMA Bantamweight Champion.

“The buildup for our ‘Night of Champions’ year-end event continues with the announcement of Gorman-Toussaint,” stated NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. “There are no other two bantamweight Maine fighters more deserving of vying for this title than Paul and Adam. Gorman’s record speaks for itself—he’s faced high-level competition all around the country above his natural weight class for years. Toussaint is undefeated in NEF and 2-0 for the year with wins over quality opponents. Fans can expect to watch two fight-educated individuals with each a lot to prove play out their talents in this sure-to-be-exciting bout.”

Paul Gorman, who had been scheduled to appear at Fight Night IV, is anxious to return to action after his June opponent decided to pull out of the bout only hours before weigh-ins the day before the fight due to his inability to make weight.

“As a matchmaker, I’ve never received a communication about such an important fight like the call I got from Pedro Gonzalez two and a half hours before the weigh-ins for Fight Night IV,” stated NEF co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson. “Gonzalez called me at 1 PM when weigh-ins were scheduled to commence at 3:30 PM and told me he was 142 pounds and wouldn’t be able to get any lower than 140 pounds in a best-case scenario. He said he would pay (Gorman) $200 to $250 maximum to meet him at 140-pounds, otherwise it wasn’t financially worth it to him to bother driving up to Maine to weigh-in and make the fight at their contractually agreed upon weight of 135-pounds. For someone with as many professional fights as Pedro Gonzalez to pull such a move so close to weigh-ins was shocking for me to see as a matchmaker—and set me up to have to make a terrible call to Paul Gorman and his coaches to tell them that their opponent wasn’t going to make weight as originally agreed. Gorman has taken some lumps that were out of his control in his career and is wholly deserving of this title shot on November 17th.”

“It’s been a rough few months with a couple of fights falling apart for me, but I feel good about this one and am more motivated than ever to get in there with Toussaint in November,” stated Gorman. “It’s an honor to have a chance to fight for Maine’s first bantamweight championship and what better way than to have two Mainers battle it out in front of a hometown crowd.”

Gorman’s opponent, Adam Toussaint, is no stranger to adversity either. The self-taught, self-trained professional painter from North Berwick, ME began his career, like his opponent, above his natural fighting weight at 145 pounds. Facing bigger, stronger opponents, Toussaint struggled to win consistently early on in his career. However, since settling in at his appropriate fight weight of 135-pounds, Toussaint has gone undefeated in 2012 by first beating the rugged wrestler Chris Rowley (3-6) at Fight Night I back in February and most recently by stopping South Shore Sport Fighting’s Johnny Campbell (3-4) back in July in a match that Toussaint was perceived as the underdog going into.

“I’m honored to be fighting for the first ever Maine State Bantamweight Championship,” stated Toussaint when reached for comment. “Years of sacrifice and hard work have gotten me to this point. I look forward to fighting a skilled veteran in Paul Gorman.”

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.

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