Peterson, de Freitas Capture Maine State Titles at Fight Night IV

Sep 18, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Lewiston, Maine (September 17, 2012) – On September 7, 2012, New England Fights! (NEF) crowned its first Maine State MMA Champions in Lewiston, ME at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. On that card, Jesse Peterson (7-2) defeated Cody Lightfoot (6-4) via second-round submission to win the Middleweight Title, while Gil de Freitas (13-5) from Team Link out of Ludlow, Massachusetts, took a unanimous decision over Ryan Sanders (4-2) to capture the Welterweight Title.

“It’s a great honor to become the first Maine State MMA Middleweight champion,” stated Peterson. “Winning a championship in front of my friends and family was a dream come true and I look forward to representing the title and NEF with the respect they both deserve.”

“It was a great experience for us from Team Link to be a part of NEF’s Fight Night IV,” stated Marco Alvan, Gil de Freitas’ and Team Link’s head coach. “The event was great in a great arena with awesome fans and was very well administered by the promoters. We are looking forward to Gil defending his title many times. It was a pleasure to be part of this event.”

In other action that night, Jamie Harrison (4-1) and Dez Green (4-0) both defeated their respective opponents to qualify for a Lightweight Title fight against one another when NEF returns to the Colisee on November 17. Jon Lemke (1-0) of Team Irish defeated Nate Oses (0-1) in a double pro debut. And Portland’s Maria Rios (3-0) was victorious over Fernanda Araujo (0-1) via second-round TKO.

“All-in-all, this was such a fantastic night of action before yet another packed house at the Colisee,” stated NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. “The crowd was hot the entire event. I really believe this event put NEF at the top of the promotional heap in New England.”

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 You can watch NEF videos at, follow them on twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.” Tickets for Fight Night V are on sale now at or by calling The Colisee box office at 207.783.2009 x 525.

The full results of Fight Night IV:


185 Jesse Peterson (CMBJJ/SSSF) def. Cody Lightfoot (The Shop) rear naked choke, round 2 [Peterson wins Middleweight Title]

170 Gil de Freitas (Team Link) def. Ryan Sanders (Young’s MMA) unanimous decision [de Freitas wins Welterweight Title]

155 Jamie Harrison (First Coast Full Contact) def. Josh Parker(Littlefield’s) rear naked choke, round 1

155 Dez Green (Bombsquad) def. Bruce Boyington (Young’s MMA) arm triangle, round 2

170 Darrius Heyliger (Bombsquad) def. Josh Bellows (Littlefield’s) ref stoppage – strikes, round 2

155 Jon Lemke (Team Irish) def. Nate Oses (Wai Kru) unanimous decision


130 Maria Rios (Academy) def. Fernanda Araujo (Defensive Edge MMA) ref stoppage – strikes, round 2

145 John Raio (MMA Athletix) def. Damon Owens (Young’s MMA) unanimous decision

135 Steve Sobel (Independent) def. Matt Marshall (The Shop) rear naked choke, round 1

170 Andrew Hughes (Team Irish) def. Tim Tucker (Independent) armbar, round 1

160 RJ Letendre (The Shop) def. Jesse Erickson (CMBJJ) TKO, round 1

125 Matt Almy (Bombsquad) def. Cecil Haney (Academy) guillotine, round 2

170 Greg Morse (Team Irish) def. Achelas Ankers (Moontide MMA) unanimous decision

185 Steve Kimball (The Shop) def. Crowsneck Boutin (Independent) rear naked choke, round 1

155 Will McCall (Team Irish) def. Erik Tainter (Kut Combat) rear naked choke, round 1

185 Allan Josselyn (Kaze) def. Buck Pineau (Choi’s) unanimous decision

135 Nicholas Spencer (Choi’s) def. Cody Sargent (Independent) ref stoppage – strikes, round 1

145 Caleb Hall (MV Wrestling Club) def. John Parker (Team Nitemare) rear naked choke, round 1

145 Kris Kramer (Team Irish) def. Ken Foster (Independent) rear naked choke, round 1

165 Tollison Lewis (Independent) def. Dustin Theriault (Oxford Hills) rear naked choke, round 2

135 Eric Austin (MV Wrestling Club) def. Noah Hall (Team Irish) unanimous decision

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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