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May 17, 2013

Team Irish Takes Performance To The Next Level

[NEF Press Release]

 Lewiston, Maine (May 17, 2013) – The Team Irish Takeover of NEF VII has been well documented leading up to Saturday’s seminal event for Marcus Davis’ fight team and New England Fights! (NEF), Maine’s mixed martial arts promotion. Davis has promised a showcase performance from his students who train between schools located in Brewer and Westbrook, Maine. The latest addition to the Team Irish dynasty, the Team Irish Performance Training Center (PTC), could be a key to the team’s predicted success on Saturday.

Davis’ Team Irish division based out of Southern Maine was initially established in 2007. The school first opened in Biddeford and has experienced significant growth over the years, most recently opening a state-of-the-art, multi-leveled fitness facility, the Team Irish PTC, located in Westbrook, just over the Portland border. Boasting over 2000 square feet of mat space, cage panels, bags, and a turfed area designated for athletic performance and weight training—the Team Irish PTC aims to deliver a multidimensional approach to mixed martial arts and fitness training. “We have both male and female locker rooms on the first floor, as well as plenty of equipment--both male and female--for all of our classes,” stated Team Irish PTC General Manager Trevor Kell. “Upstairs we have our cardio, core stretching room – with our lounge in the room next to it. On the other side, Serenity Meditation & Yoga is headquartered which can be offered at special prices for all Team Irish PTC members.

“The Team Irish Performance Training Center is a non-profit that was established to provide members of the community with a state of the art Health & Fitness training facility,” Kell continued. “Our mission is to promote the personal growth and development of our members by providing experienced professional instructors and personal trainers, and implementing industry leading training techniques and technologies.”

The Team Irish PTC will be featuring four fighters on Saturday’s card, including Kell himself, who is undefeated at 2-0; undefeated welterweight prospect Andrew Tripp (4-0); Tommy Balzano (0-1), who will be dropping down a weight class to make his professional debut at flyweight; and lightweight title contender and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Henry Martinez (9-3). “[We are] a highly disciplined team coming out of what might possibly have been our best training camp yet, ready to win, ready to make a statement,” stated Kell. “Hard work, hard training camps, day-in day-out—it’s what makes the difference. We couldn’t be more excited. [May 18] will be a great day for Team Irish.”

Despite an elite group of core trainers that features Davis, Martinez, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) black belt Kris Kramer and Nate Libby, the Team Irish PTC aims to be a workout and fitness destination for athletes of all levels—not just accomplished and aspiring mixed martial artists. “We strive to offer a safe, friendly and non-intimidating environment where members of all fitness and skill levels can receive fitness and martial arts education and instruction, stated Kell. “We also offer our kids grappling class absolutely free to the public and we offer a women's bag fitness program that includes 12 classes a month for only $10 a month… Since we are a non-profit organization, we keep all expenses as minimal as possible for our members. Memberships starting at just $10.00 a month, and $50.00 a month for Unlimited Classes and full use of the facility during any hours of operation.”

To learn more about the Team Irish Performance Training Center visit and find them on social media @teamirishptc and

At the time of this writing, the fight card for May 18 in Lewiston consisted of more than thirty fights. The main event will feature Marcus Davis (21-9) taking on Darrius Heyliger (4-1) in a welterweight showdown. The co-main event will see UFC veteran Henry Martinez (9-5) squaring off with Dez Green (8-1) for the Maine State Lightweight Title. In another title fight, Travis Bartlett (8-3) meets former NFL player Tyler King (6-1) for the Maine State Heavyweight Championship. Tickets start at just $25 and are on sale now at www.TheColisee.comor by calling The Colisee box office at 207.783.2009 x 525. 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.”