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February 26, 2015


New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, returns to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine on April 11, 2015 with its seventeenth mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event.  Earlier today, the company announced the addition of a professional female strawweight bout to the fight card.  Kaline "The Dark Angel" Medeiros (3-4) has signed to face Calie "The Honey Badger" Cutler (3-0) at a fight weight of 115-pounds.   It will be the first professional women's fight on a regional card in Maine since the state legislature legalized the sport of MMA in 2009

"It's really sad that it's taken this long," said NEF co-owner and promoter Nick DiSalvo.  "We're huge fans of women's MMA in NEF.  We've tried numerous times to put pro women's fights together, but they've always fallen through.  History will finally be made on April 11 and, once again, NEF is at the forefront.  We hope the fans will come out and support this fight, support women's MMA.  This is a very proud moment for everyone involved.  It is a step in the right direction for MMA in Maine."

This will not be the first time Kaline Medeiros has made history in the cage.  In 2013, Medeiros fought in, and won, the first-ever women's MMA bout to be contested in Rhode Island.  Fighting out of Fall River, Massachusetts, Medeiros is a native of Brazil and has been training in MMA since 2008.  Having faced top female competitors since arriving in the professional ranks, such as Invicta FC veterans Peggy Morgan (3-2) and Stephanie Eggink (4-2), who she knocked out in just seven-seconds, Medeiros certainly has the experience and pedigree to get to the next level in the sport.

"It's a pleasure to invite all my fans for my upcoming fighting on April 11," said Medeiros.  "NEF is bringing me to be the first ever  professional female fighter stepping in the cage, it's an honor for me. Thanks NEF for the recognition, and I can't wait to bring an exciting fight for the fans."

Michigan's Calie Cutler has raised a lot of eyebrows since making her MMA debut in 2012.  Cutler amassed an impressive 7-1 record as an amateur prior to turning pro.  She has finished all three of her opponents as a professional, including a second-round submission victory over Nikki Duncan (0-1) last weekend on a fight card in Michigan.  Cutler will look to continue her undefeated streak as a professional on her path towards the big leagues of the sport when she meets Kaline Medeiros on April 11 in Lewiston.

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.”