[NEF Press Release]
The bout will be the second meeting for Lemke and Sanders in a six-month period. The pair faced off in the main event of "NEF 26" last November. That fight was stopped in the third-and-final round when Lemke suffered a deep cut on his head following a takedown by Sanders. Per the Unified Rules of MMA, the judges' scorecards were called upon and Sanders was awarded a unanimous technical decision. Fans and MMA pundits alike called for an immediate rematch in the aftermath of the decision. Many predicted a rematch in the finals when both athletes were announced as entrants into the lightweight title tournament in the days following "NEF 26."