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September 29, 2016


[NEF Press Release]

 Lewiston, Maine (September 28, 2016) - He is the reigning NEF Amateur MMA Flyweight Champion, and on Friday, November 4, Ryan Burgess (2-1) will make his return to the cage following his first taste of defeat.

Burgess will compete at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on the "CES vs. NEF: Supremacy" MMA super-show.  The televised portion of the fight card, "CES 39," will air live on AXS TV.  Burgess will appear on the non-televised portion of the card, "NEF 26," where he will take on Tim Flores (3-2).

Burgess, a three-time Maine State wrestling champion for Mountain Valley High School, won the flyweight title last November from Dustin Veinott (5-4) in a split-decision.  The two met in a rematch in June.  Veinott would miss weight, resulting in the bout becoming a non-title affair.  Veinott went on to submit Burgess in the second round.  Burgess is confident that his coaches at Berserkers MMA will have him prepared to bounce back from the loss.

"Flores seems like a tough dude and I'm expecting a gritty opponent," said Burgess. "Coming off a loss, I am eager to jump back in the cage for NEF and capture another victory. With new coaches in my corner, I will be a new fighter come November 4th, and he will be in for a rough night."

Tim Flores may be a newcomer to the NEF cage, but he is certainly no stranger to the New England MMA community.  The Connecticut native was a fixture on Massachusetts fight cards from 2012 to 2014.  In the fall of 2013, Flores sent shockwaves through the region with a vicious 18-second knockout of Dan Krall (1-3).  Like Burgess, Flores will be looking to rebound from a loss in his last fight, but in doing so he will have to shake off some ring rust as Flores has not competed since the spring of 2014.  He now represents Fighting Arts Academy (FAA) of Springfield, Massachusetts.

"I have been out of competition for some time, but have been working while gone," Flores stated. "I'm looking forward to testing my new skills and bettering myself as a fighter."

"He is a great athlete with explosive power for a flyweight," remarked Flores' coach Nick Newell.  "His skills have gone to the next level since joining FAA."

Tickets for "CES vs. NEF: Supremacy" start at $25 and are available now  at or by calling the Colisee box office at 207.783.2009, extension 525.

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