Custom Search

August 15, 2012

NEF Fighters Storm Rankings

[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (August 15, 2012) – New England Fights! (NEF) is proud to announce that several of the promotion's featured fighters were included in the most recent Top 10 Amateur Rankings released by

“The inclusion of so many NEF featured athletes in the latest rankings is further proof that the top talent in the Northeast is being showcased right here in Maine on a routine basis,” stated NEF co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson. “As an organization, we've committed the resources to develop and--when necessary--import the top mixed martial arts prospects in the Northeast and beyond. We want to grow the sport of mixed martial arts and the best way to do that is by building these amazing athletes by continuously challenging them against quality opposition—and that's what we'll continue to do.”

Five fighters that have been active in NEF in 2012 were ranked in the Top 10 including: Ray Wood (4-1 Young's MMA) #3 at 145; Shane Manley (4-1 Bombsquad) #3 at 155; Dan Burke (2-0 Burgess) #4 at 185; Buck Pineau (4-1 Choi Institute) #5 at 185; Brent Dillingham (3-0 MMAAthletix) #2 at 205.

Additionally, two other NEF fighters received Honorable Mention awards: John Raio (3-0 MMAAthletix) at 145 and Jason Skip Libby (3-2 Bill Jones' Shop) at 155.

“I want to congratulate everyone that was ranked,” stated NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo. “It's a privilege to work with such a wonderful group of motivated, focused individuals. It's our job to honor your commitment by providing you with the biggest stage possible to showcase your talent. Keep working with us and we'll keep working with you to push it to the next level! Further, fans should be looking toward September at Fight Night IV when we'll be featuring no less than seven ranked fighters that will be competing under the NEF umbrella for the first time. Come see all of these great athletes in action—you won't be disappointed!”

FIGHT NIGHT IV is slated for September 8 at the Androscoggin Bank ColisΓ©e in Lewiston, ME. The card will feature a headline fight between Jesse Peterson (6-2) and Cody Lightfoot (6-3) for the NEF Maine State MMA Middleweight Title, as well as a fight for the NEF Maine State MMA Welterweight Title between Ryan Sanders (4-1) and UFC veteran Ricardo Funch (8-4). Tickets are on sale and most of cage-side sold-out within minutes. For more information on this event, visit You can watch NEF videos at, follow them on twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights”. Tickets for Fight Night IV are on sale now at or by calling The Colisee box office at 207-783-2009.

About New England Fights!

New England Fights! (“NEF!”) is a Mixed Martial Arts promotions company. NEF!’s mission is to create the highest quality events for Maine’s fighters and fans alike. NEF!’s executive team has extensive experience in combat sports management, events production, media relations, marketing, legal and advertising.

If You Enjoyed This Article Please Comment. Support us by following our twitter and our facebook fan page. It is the best way to stay up to date on local MMA! Any news you would like us to share email us at Thanks!