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February 12, 2015


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (February 10, 2015) – The night was June 16, 2012.  Over 3,000 fans had filled the Androscoggin Bank Colisee for New England Fights' (NEF) "NEF III" mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event.  In the main event of the evening was former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion of the World Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia (31-10).  Sylvia was competing for the first time ever in his home state of Maine.   Media outlets, both local and national, descended on Lewiston that night for the big event.  National cable station HDNet (now "AXS TV") sent a full film crew and producer to cover the pro portion of the fight card for their weekly program Inside MMA.

Sylvia's 12-second knockout of Randy Smith (13-15-1), however, was not the story that night.  The real story coming out of the event was the emergence of not one, but two, new stars before a national audience.  Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington (10-7), already holding the first-ever knockout in Maine MMA history, added to his legend with a Taekwondo spinning-hook kick that left his opponent unconscious and earned Boyington the quickest knockout in NEF at the time at 10-seconds.  Moments later, Jamie Harrison (5-1) finished his opponent with an unorthodox ground-and-pound technique dubbed "The Lobster Punch" by Inside MMA co-host Bas Rutten (28-4-1).  Both finishes were caught on camera by AXS TV, and both were seen by fight fans the world over on television and the internet.  The road to April 11, 2015, "NEF XVII," and a showdown between Boyington and Harrison, had been paved.

In the months and years to come, Boyington would become the face of NEF MMA.  Leaving a trail of broken opponents in his wake, Boyington would go on to capture the vacant NEF MMA Lightweight Championship in September 2014 by defeating Jesse "The Viking" Erickson (3-4).  Weeks later, Boyington and Erickson would rematch with Boyington once again emerging victorious.  Harrison had, himself, cut through Tollison Lewis (0-3) with reckless abandon just moments earlier, leading many to speculate that the time for the Boyington-Harrison showdown had finally arrived.  In the hours that followed, both sides had agreed to the fight and the stage was set for April 11, 2015 in Lewiston at "NEF XVII."  Both athletes squared off in the cage last Saturday at "NEF XVI" to officially announce the bout which will be a five-rounder for Boyington's Lightweight Championship.

"I'm feeling on top of the world," said Boyington when reached for comment.  "The break has served its purpose and although I feel I have strengths such as a well-rounded MMA game, more professional fights, more experience with top level opponents and comfort in this arena - I know that it's all irrelevant because the high that I'm on right now right now and the eagerness to get in the cage and have fun , along with a strict conviction with myself NOT to lose and to entertain the crowd makes me more confident than ever to get the job done.  I respect Jamie very much. He is tough and presents challenges and I've had my sights on him for a long time, studying him and knowing we would cross paths eventually.  Lucky for me, I'm a hell of a wrestler.  I see what's coming.  Fans, this fight is unlike anything else you will ever see.  Make sure you're in attendance to witness what I'm about to do.  I have no problem proving the critics wrong.  Just be there and don't blink.  This is a big stage fight, I'll prove it."

"I am extremely excited to get back in the NEF cage for this huge opportunity," remarked Harrison.  "Bruce is on a hot streak and so am I.  The title belt around my waist has been a long time coming and it will be bittersweet to do it in front of all my family, friends, and fans.  This fight will have a lot of fireworks and you will not want to look away for a second."

"These are the two alpha males of the NEF roster," said NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo.  "When they walk in a room, everyone knows it.  But we all know that there can only be one alpha male in the pride.  On April 11 in Lewiston, we'll determine which is the true alpha male when these two lions collide."

NEF's next MMA event, "NEF XVII," is scheduled to take place on April 11, 2015 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington (10-7) will defend the NEF MMA Lightweight Title against number-one contender Jamie Harrison (5-1).  In addition, Jarod "Last Minute" Lawton (4-1) meets Dennis Olson (12-7) in a welterweight contest.  Tickets for "NEF XVII" 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.”