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April 28, 2015


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (April 24, 2015) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, will hold its eighteenth mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF XVIII: Made in America," on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.   Earlier today, the promotion announced that the inaugural NEF MMA Amateur Flyweight Champion will be determined that evening when Dustin Veinott (3-3) rematches "Sleepy" Norman Fox (4-1) at the flyweight limit of 125-pounds.  Veinott and Fox initially met in their double amateur debut at "NEF IX" in Biddeford, Maine nearly two years ago with Fox taking the win via first-round technical knockout (TKO).

Dustin Veinott, a striking coach at Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ) in Auburn, Maine, got off to a slow start in his MMA career, losing his first three bouts in the NEF cage.  Not one to give up due to a setback, Veinott came roaring back and is currently on a three-fight win streak.  In fact, he has defeated all three of his most recent opponents in the first round, two by submission and one by TKO.  Veinott was considering retiring from the cage after his most recent victory over Dave Brown (1-3), but decided against it when the chance to fight for the flyweight title was presented.  Regardless of the outcome this time around, Veinott predicts an exciting contest against Fox.

"This is going to be a very entertaining fight," said Veinott of the rematch.  "Don't blink though because this fight will not go the distance - either Norman or myself will be finished during the fight.  So expect a high-action fight between two guys that are at the top of their game right now."

Norman Fox is undefeated in the NEF cage.  The only loss of his career to date came on a fight card in Plymouth, Massachusetts on which Fox was competing for a regional title.  He is currently a member of Ryan Cowette's (2-2) MMA Athletix gym, as well as Cowette's Victory Church ministry.  Fox realizes that he and Veinott are not the same fighters who stepped into the cage for the first time on that balmy night in the summer of 2013.

"Normally I don't like rematches, but Dustin and I have grown as fighters so anything can happen," said Fox when reached for comment.  "Once they lock the cage door, it's all in God's hands."