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January 13, 2015


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (January 12, 2015) –New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, presents its sixteenth mixed martial arts (MMA) event, “NEF XVI,” on February 7, 2015 in Lewiston, Maine.  The event is scheduled to originate from the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of an amateur flyweight bout to the fight card.  Dustin Veinott (2-3) is scheduled to face  "Downtown" Dave Brown (1-1) at a fight weight of 125-pounds.

Veinott fights out of Auburn, Maine.  He is currently a striking coach at Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ) - a Team New England United (NEU) affiliate.  Veinott had a slow start to his amateur MMA career, losing his first three in a row.  Many would have called it quits at that point, but not Veinott.  Exhibiting incredible heart and determination, Dustin returned at "NEF XIII" last May and knocked Dan Thayer (0-2) out cold a mere 25-seconds into the first round.  Veinott followed up that performance by putting Justin Witham (0-2) to sleep in the first round with a rear-naked choke at "NEF XV" this past fall.  He assures fight fans that they will see an exciting scrap between himself and Dave Brown on February 7.

"I know this is going to be a tough fight," said Veinott when reached for comment. "I am expecting a war.  I will give my best, as I always do.  Be prepared to see a very entertaining fight."

A native of North Andover, Massachusetts, Dave Brown earned his wrestling pedigree at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire during the late 1990s and early 2000s.  He currently trains out of White Mountain BJJ in the Granite State town of Ashland.  Having fought, and lost, one MMA fight previously on a small event several years earlier in Massachusetts, Brown had no idea what to expect when he entered the Androscoggin Bank Colisee this past November for his NEF MMA debut.  He scored a first-round technical knockout (TKO) victory over Doug Bailey (0-1) that evening before a raucous crowd of more than 1500.  Brown is ready for another taste of the big show coming up at "NEF XVI."

"My last showing for NEF was my first time under the bright lights and in front of a big fight crowd," said Brown.  "I didn't know what to expect.  Now, I'm fully prepared.  I know that NEF's fans demand a show.  I'm training with intensity and ready to put on a top-rate performance for a massive Maine audience."

NEF's next MMA event, "NEF XVI," takes place on February 7, 2015 with an all-star lineup of fights scheduled.  Ray "All Business" Wood (5-0) returns that night to defend the NEF MMA Featherweight Title against Bellator and WEC veteran Anthony "Cheesesteak" Morrison (16-9).  NFL and UFC The Ultimate Fighter veteran Tyler King (7-2) puts the NEF MMA Heavyweight Title on the line against Terry "The Polar Bear" Blackburn (5-2).  In the feature bout of the evening, UFC, Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Nah-Shon Burrell (10-5) makes his NEF MMA debut against Ryan Hodge (6-9).  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 videos at, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”