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April 21, 2014


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (April 21, 2014) – New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) is pleased to announce the signing of Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington (6-7) to a multi-fight promotional contract.  While the exact figures are unknown, NEF MMA officials have confirmed that the contract is significant, over the course of a number of years with extremely lucrative purses guaranteed.  As part of the contract, Boyington will compete for the Maine State Lightweight Championship at "NEF XIV" later this summer against an opponent to be determined based upon the results of May 10's "NEF XIII" event.

"Bruce is one of the most popular and exciting fighters in New England," said NEF MMA co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo.  "We're so proud and fortunate to have him on board with us for years to come.  The fans in Maine can relish in the fact that Bruce will remain a fixture on NEF cards for a long time.  Don't blink.  You don't want to miss the next Bruce Boyington highlight!"

Boyington re-joins a stacked professional lightweight division in NEF MMA, one of the most solid in the region.  With the likes of Jon Lemke (3-1), Jesse Erickson (2-2), Ryan Cowette (2-2) and numerous others, Boyington, a Taekwondo specialist, will find no lack of competition.  Unfortunately, he will be unable to compete at "NEF XIII" in less than three weeks.  Boyington is recovering from surgery on his hand, broken recently during a fight in Boston, Massachusetts on a smaller promotion's event.  That does not bother Boyington nor his fans who will get to watch his Young's MMA teammates compete on May 10 in Lewiston.  For they know Bruce will have his day back in the cage at "NEF XIV" in a few months when he gets his shot at lightweight gold.

"Having re-signed with NEF... I feel like I'm at exactly the right place at exactly the right time," stated Boyington when reached for comment.  "I have been treated really good by many, but ultimately, NEF is at the top of that list and they have gone above and beyond taking care of me and that's all any of us local fighters could hope for.  I'm very excited at what the future holds for not only myself but MMA and NEF and it's going to be my priority to entertain the fans when they come to watch some good fights as well as help build and grow the best promotion in New England.

"Finally, let me take a moment to thank some of the best and most loyal fans in MMA right here in Maine. Thank you to my team at Youngs MMA/Gracie Barra Bangor and to some great help along the way with Toby York, Jes, Grahem, Rach, ACN, FusionHT, Josh O'Donnell, Justee, Mass Fury, Spencers Ice Cream and my Fiance's Parents Andy, Lisa and Kelly and Bruce, Bill and Linda McDougall.  And many more.  Alger thank you!"

"The Pretty Boy has many fans not just in the crowd, but in the NEF head office as well," said NEF MMA co-owner and matchmaker Matt Peterson.  "NEF is getting ready to expand right now and there are big things in the works.  As plans come to fruition, Bruce, and his teammates at Young's, will be an integral part of our expansion.  There is no better time to be a fan of NEF MMA, and there is no better time to be a fan of Bruce Boyington!"

 “NEF XIII” is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine with a bell time of 7:00 pm. "The" Ryan Sanders (6-4) will rematch Maine State MMA Welterweight Champion Gil de Freitas (15-5) nearly two years after de Freitas defeated Sanders for the inaugural title.  Tickets for "NEF XIII" start at just $25 and are on sale now at or by calling The Colisee box office at 207.783.2009 x 525.  For more information on the event and fight card updates, please visit the promotion’s website at In addition, you can watch NEF MMA videos at, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”

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