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May 24, 2013


[NEF Press Release]

Bangor, Maine (May 23, 2013) – Today New England Fights! (NEF) officially kicked off the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion’s “Summer Vacationland Fight Tour” event schedule by announcing “Nations Collide: Canadian Invasion” on Friday, July 12th, at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. The show will mark the first of its kind ever to be held in Bangor.

“We’ve combed the northeast of the United States and all of Canada to secure some of the top talent available for this show,” stated NEF promoter and co-owner Nick DiSalvo. “We launched one of our most serious scouting expeditions to date to assemble these fiercely skilled and patriotic athletes that are determined to represent their respective nations with courage, ferocity and honor on July 12th. There’s nothing more American than an outdoor summer show in Maine around the 4th of July – come out and see what all the buzz is about.”

“Since it’s inception, we’ve promised to bring NEF’s brand of MMA to every corner of the state so that every Mainer has the opportunity to experience the world’s fastest-growing and most exciting sport in a live format,” stated NEF matchmaker and co-owner Matt Peterson. “By bringing NEF to Bangor we are once again breaking new ground. We made an early pledge to mixed martial arts fans that we would innovate with every event and July 12th will be no different.”

“Nations Collide: Canadian Invasion” is set to be held at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. The open-air amphitheater is constructed each summer inside Waterfront Park in Bangor, Maine. Waterfront Park is a 58-acre public park on the Banks of the historic Penobscot River in the heart of the downtown district.

“Patton said: ‘Americans love to fight, traditionally,’ Peterson stated. “He also said: ‘Americans play to win all of the time.’ Well, I promise you—so too do the Canadian athletes set to descend on Bangor on July 12th. I guarantee there will be a battle of wills when rival nations collide in a primitive full-force clash in the July heat of attack this summer. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event.”

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 800.745.3000. For more information on the event, visit You can watch NEF videos at, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”

About “Nations Collide: Canadian Invasion”

“Nations Collide: Canadian Invasion” is a complete evening of outdoor combat sports entertainment featuring the top professional and amateur athletes from the United States and Canada competing in full-contact mixed martial arts (MMA) cagefighting action. Purchase your tickets today and fly your country’s flag on July 12 in Bangor to support your favorite athlete in the fastest-growing, most thrilling sport in the world! Brought to you by Shipyard Brewing Company and the Maine National Guard: “Always Ready, Always There.”