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April 11, 2017


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (April 10, 2017) - New England Fights (NEF) presents its next mixed-martial-arts event "NEF 28: INVINCIBLE" on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced that "Shatterproof 2.0" Derek Shorey (4-8) would step in to face Rob "The Beast" Best (0-0) in a featherweight bout after Best's original opponent, Matt Probin (0-0), fell out due to medical reasons.

For Shorey, the opportunity to fight came at the perfect time.  The head of the Dexter, Maine-based Shatterproof Combat Club had planned to take an extended leave from competition after a loss to Josh Parker (5-8) last fall at "NEF 26."  Fate intervened recently, however, when tragedy beset Shorey's family.  Last week, four of his children and their mother were left homeless after a two-alarm fire in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

"I wasn't planning on fighting this soon," said Shorey, "but when something like this happens, we do what we can. I asked Matt (Peterson, NEF matchmaker) for a fight to try and get some money to help rebuild after the fire and as fate would have it, a spot opened up. Rob Best is a grinder, nothing but respect for him.  This would be a tough fight for me even with a full camp, but I believe everything happens for a reason, and I still have a lot of fight left in me - especially when my heart gets involved."

NEF further announced that the promotion would be raising funds at the "NEF 28" event to help assist Shorey's family.

A Gofundme campaign has been established for the family at

New England Fights returns to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine with its next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 28: INVINCIBLE," on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Tickets are on sale now at the Colisee box office 207-783-2009 x 525 and online at

For more information on the event and fight card updates, please visit the promotion's website at  In addition, you can watch NEF videos at, follow the promotion on Twitter and Instagram @nefights, and join the official Facebook group "New England Fights."