Custom Search

October 24, 2014


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (October 23, 2014) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, today announced the addition of an amateur bantamweight bout to the company's fifteenth mixed martial arts (MMA) event, "NEF XV."  The bout will feature Carl Langston (3-4) taking on Fred Lear (1-0) of Young's MMA at a weight of 135-pounds.  "NEF XV" is scheduled to originate from the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine on November 15, 2014 with a bell time of 7:00 pm.

Carl Langston is a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, a form of the martial arts he has practiced for over fourteen years.  He has more than 150 fights in Taekwondo with only four losses.  Langston has competed all over the United States and Canada, having won fourteen international tournaments.  He placed second in the Junior Olympics at age nine.  Langston began training in MMA just one year ago after joining Nate Charles' Balanced Ground MMA.  He made his NEF debut a few weeks later at "NEF XI."  Recently, Langston has been travelling to Massachusetts to work on his grappling skills in preparation for the fight with Lear.  On November 15, Langston will look to score his first win ever in the NEF MMA cage.

"One of the things I have worked on is fighting the way I fight," said Langston of his training camp for the upcoming fight with Lear.  "I feel my last fights that I have lost... It wasn't because I didn't have the skills to beat them.  It was mental.  I wasn't there.  I had like a barrier blocking me from just doing what I do best, and that's it. With the help of my teammates, especially Tollison (Lewis), I feel I have overcome this barrier mentally.  I have a lot of respect for any fighter from Young's MMA and would never take any of their fighters lightly.  I know Fred has a very strong wrestling background, and most of my losses have been to wrestlers, but I feel like he has nothing to offer me standing up.   If this was to hit the ground, I feel like with the Jiu-Jitsu and my wrestling coach, I have what I need to not get submitted. I'm feeling so confident in my overall game that when I step into the cage on the 15th, people are going to see the whole new way I fight.  I don't care where the fight goes.  We are not going to a decision."

Prior to joining Young's MMA, Fred Lear was an accomplished wrestler, competing for John Pabst High School in Bangor, Maine.  During his high school wrestling career, Lear placed twice at the state championships.  He gained All-Conference status in the Penobscot Valley Conference (PVC) three times and won a PVC championship in 2010.  Lear made his NEF debut in Biddeford, Maine in August 2013 with an impressive first-round technical knockout victory over Joshua Tucker (0-1).  After more than a year away from the NEF MMA cage, Lear is excited to be competing once again.

"Langston is a technical striker who's fought tough opponents, and has the capability of finishing a fight," Lear remarked of his "NEF XV" opponent.  "I am incredibly blessed in that I train with Young's MMA, a support system, team, and family that produces excellence in and out of the gym.  As per usual, I am looking forward to competing."

NEF's next mixed martial arts event, "NEF XV" takes place Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  In the main event of the evening, Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington (8-7) will defend the NEF Lightweight Championship against Jesse "The Viking" Erickson (3-3) in a rematch from "NEF XIV."  Tickets 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 fight videos at, follow the promotion on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”