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March 20, 2019

REALITY FIGHTING FIGHT VIDEOS: John Beecher vs. Eric Marandino | Diogo Araujo vs. C. Ryan Quinn | Kirkor Papasian vs. Matt Bessette



UNDEFEATED TITLE CONTENDER TAYLOR THOMPSON NO STRANGER TO ADVERSITY


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Portland, Maine (March 12, 2019) – New England Fights (NEF) Bantamweight Title Contender Taylor Thompson (3-0) has experienced her share of trials and tribulations in her 28-years of life. The former swimmer turned mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor recently joined host Joel Rojas on the Beyond The Cage podcast to discuss growing up in Utah, a recent health scare, and her upcoming title fight with fellow undefeated contender Andrea Howland (2-0) at “NEF 38: Stormborn” on April 27th in Portland, Maine.

 “I was a competitive swimmer for the majority of my high school years,” Thompson explained to Rojas. “I had a shoulder injury right before I was hoping to swim in college, so that kind-of put a damper on my swimming career.”

 Thompson first discovered the sport of MMA through a course she enrolled in while she was an undergraduate student at the University of Utah.

“It was called ‘Introduction to Mixed Martial Arts,’” she stated. “I had no idea what it was. I thought it was going to be like a week of karate, and a week of Aikido, and just kind-of dabbling in all of the very traditional martial arts. I thought that would be a fun way to get some athletic credit done.”

March 19, 2019

MSAC BOARD MEETING 3/18/2019

HYLTON READY TO ‘MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN’ IN 2019


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Portland, Maine (March 11, 2019) – New England Fights (NEF) heavyweight ‘Rasquatch’ ‘The Jamaican Shamrock’ Ras Hylton (3-2) had a mixed bag of a mixed martial arts (MMA) run in 2018. Hylton recently joined host Jason Floyd on The MMA Report podcast to discuss the ups-and-downs of the last year and his goals for 2019.

 After losing a fight in New York last May, Hylton rebounded with a beautiful knockout victory over longtime MMA veteran Eric Bedard (6-8) in Rhode Island last August. The win put Hylton in the position to fight Yorgan De Castro for the inaugural NEF Cruiserweight title, a 225-pound division that Hylton has been championing for the widespread adoption of in MMA. De Castro and Hylton shared a wild two-and-a-half minutes in the cage before De Castro ultimately knocked out Hylton to win the title.

 “I was trying to change things up and, you know, it's kind of like playing with a chemistry set for the first time,” Hylton said in describing his 2018. “You get a bunch of ingredients, and elements, and chemicals in front of you and some you're familiar with and some you've got to learn and tinker with some before you can really hone down what it's going for.”

 A lifelong martial artist, Hylton credits his father for putting him on the path that lead to his eventual career choice as a professional fighter.

March 18, 2019

SMITH TO DEFEND WELTERWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST TEFFT AT NEF 38

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Portland, Maine (March 11, 2019) - New England Fights (NEF) will present its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF 38: STORMBORN," on April 27, 2019 at Aura in Portland.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of an amateur title fight to the card.  Duncan "The Highlander" Smith (4-3) will defend the NEF Amateur Welterweight Title against Jon Tefft (2-0).

 Duncan Smith captured the 170-pound championship last June when he submitted Carlton Charles in the fourth round at "NEF 34."  He has proven himself a skilled grappler with all three of his wins in 2018 coming by way of submission.  Smith will put the title on the line for the first time when he meets Tefft on April 27.  He currently represents Evolution Athletix based in Sacco, Maine.

 "I don't know anything about my opponent, but I know the gym," said Smith. "I will be ready for anything they have for me April 27th. It'll be my time to flow."

March 16, 2019

AMMO FIGHT LEAGUE 6 LIVE REVIEW 3/16/2019

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We are here at the Ammo 6 event and as we arrived there was a line out the door.  Warchild and I snuck in and quickly found our seats.  Inside the seating area was filling up rather quickly which is great.  I would say this is the biggest crowd Ammo has had to date.  There has been a few fights that have been scrapped.  The first fight that was on the card has been cancelled and also the Saul Almeida and Rob Fuller fight has been cancelled.  The refs are Steve Rita and some ref's name I will learn later.  The national anthem has been played and the fights are about to begin.  Please follow along as I try my best to keep up with all the action.