October 22, 2014

RYAN SANDERS LOOKS TO REBOUND AFTER BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES

[NEF Press Release]

 Lewiston, Maine (October 21, 2014) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, today announced the addition of a professional catchweight bout to the company's fifteenth mixed martial arts (MMA) event, "NEF XV."  The bout will feature "The" Ryan Sanders (6-6) facing Florida's Mark DeFord (0-2) at a weight of 160-pounds.  "NEF XV" is scheduled to originate from the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine on November 15, 2014 with a bell time of 7:00 pm.

Sanders got off to a great start in 2014, scoring a victory over his former coach, and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran, Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis (22-11) in what was the biggest fight of Sanders' career to date.  Three months later, Sanders would drop a decision to NEF Welterweight Champion Gil de Freitas (16-5).  Last month, Sanders lost his second decision in a row to Ryan Quinn (10-4-1).   Now, the product of Young's MMA in Bangor, Maine will look to finish the year the way he started it - with his hand raised in victory in the NEF cage.  Sanders will have that opportunity when he meets DeFord on November 15 at "NEF XV."

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JOHN ORTOLANI RETURNS TO FACE JOHN HEALEY AT NEF XV



[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (October 16, 2014) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, today announced the addition of a professional welterweight bout to the company's fifteenth mixed martial arts (MMA) event, "NEF XV."  The bout will feature John Ortolani (7-9) taking on "Little" John Healey (0-1) at a weight of 170-pounds.  "NEF XV" is scheduled to originate from the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine on November 15, 2014 with a bell time of 7:00 pm.

It will be more than nine months since John Ortolani last competed in the NEF MMA cage.  Ortolani was on the receiving end of a Jarod Lawton (4-1) knockout punch that cold night in February 2014.  The months that followed would see the two-sport athlete take to the Major League Lacrosse field with his team the Rochester Rattlers.  With the lacrosse season over, Ortolani made the transition back to MMA earlier this fall with Team Triumph Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Nashua, New Hampshire.  Ortolani will look to get back on the winning track on November 15 when he steps into the cage opposite John Healey.

"I'm really excited to get back in the cage," said Ortolani.  "Healey is a tough kid from a good team.  It should be an exciting fight to watch.  I haven't been in a boring fight yet and I don't plan on starting now.  I've been improving every day at Triumph and it will show on the 15th."

October 16, 2014

WRESTLERS HEADLINE AMATEUR PORTION OF NEF XV CARD

[NEF Press Release]

 Lewiston, Maine (October 15, 2014) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, today announced the addition of an amateur catchweight bout to the company's fifteenth mixed martial arts (MMA) event, "NEF XV."  The bout will feature Caleb Hall (4-1) and "Dangerous" Dom "Hands of Stone" Cofone (5-4) meeting at a weight of 150-pounds.  The bout will be the main event of the amateur portion of the fight card scheduled for November 15, 2014 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.

"This is a fight we've wanted to make for a while now," stated NEF co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson.  "We had originally planned on other opponents for both guys.  We lost both of their respective opponents around the same time, and it just made sense to try to put them together.  What a fight this is going to be!"

October 15, 2014