Bruce Boyington’s mixed martial career will take an international twist Saturday as he fights in the main event of ACB 43 at the Diesel Arena in Penza, Russia, a city of 500,000 residents located 390 miles south of Moscow.

Boyington, who recently agreed to a four-fight contract back home in America with the World Series of Fighting, will take on highly regarded Russian Musa Khamanaev as part of an 11-fight show being staged by one of that country’s larger MMA promotions, Absolute Championship Berkut.

Boyington, 37, who trains at Young’s MMA in Bangor, is 14-8 overall but has won his last five fights and eight of his last nine — including two WSOF contests, both by split decision.

“I feel great right now,” he said before leaving for the bout, which is scheduled for mid-afternoon Saturday. “Going to Russia will be a real good test for where I stand because this guy’s one of the best in the world, so if I can go there and put this guy away there’s no doubt in my mind that I can beat anyone else.”

Khamanaev, 28, whose early combat sports background was in freestyle wrestling, is 16-4 and has won eight of his last nine bouts.

A watch party for the Boyington-Khamanaev fight is scheduled at the Sea Dog Brewing Co. in Bangor.

Powell not UFC-bound — yet

Reports about South Berwick’s Devin Powell earning an Ultimate Fighting Championship contract after his first-round stoppage of Jon Lemke at New England Fights’ “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” show in Bangor earlier this month have not been confirmed.

According to the fighter, who suffered a broken nose just before completing his latest victory in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,200 in the grand ballroom at the Cross Insurance Center, such talk is at least premature.

“I absolutely appreciate everyone’s support since the fight,” said Powell in a recent Facebook post. “An article came out that I was signed to the UFC. Dana White liked me a lot. I am not supposed to talk about the TV show, but I did not sign a contract.”

The win over Lemke was the sixth straight for Powell, the reigning NEF pro lightweight champion. He holds an 8-1 record, with his lone defeat coming by unanimous decision to Boyington nearly three years ago.

“My fingers are still crossed,” Powell wrote. “Just trying to stay quiet as I was asked. Thank you all, I hope you all understand.”

The “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” internet reality series features the UFC president and part-time Levant resident with two of his friends traveling around the country sampling local culture and checking out local MMA promotions in search of talent.

White has signed four fighters to UFC contracts after the seven previous editions of the show. No release date has yet been announced for the Bangor episode, which will be available on YouTube and UFC Fight Pass.

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...