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May 22, 2015


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (May 21, 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 the addition of an amateur featherweight bout to the fight card.  The matchup will feature Jeremy Tyler (4-3) facing Johnny Crafts (3-0) at the featherweight limit of 145-pounds.

Jeremy Tyler will be making his return to the NEF cage after an extended absence of nine months.  A member of Marcus Davis's famed Team Irish gym in Brewer, Maine, Tyler will look to rebound from the first back-to-back losses of his career.  Both of those losses came to Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ) competitors.  It is a gym affiliated with Johnny Crafts' team New England United (NEU), so the June 13 fight will be an opportunity for Jeremy to gain a measure of revenge as well.  Like his opponent at "NEF XVIII," Tyler has proven himself a submission specialist with all four of his victories coming by way of capitulation.

"I’m very excited to be stepping into the NEF cage for the first time in 2015," said Tyler.  "I am looking forward to the opportunity to fight John Crafts who is a highly ranked MMA fighter with a very good Jiu Jitsu game.  I believe the NEF fans will be very happy with the match-up and feel this will make for an entertaining fight. Expect to see an improved performance from me. I took some time off after my last fight to focus, build upon my technique and add to my overall skill sets.  I am ready to unleash the game I’ve been developing in the cage so June 13th can’t get here fast enough."

Originally scheduled to challenge for the NEF MMA Amateur Bantamweight Championship at "NEF XVIII," Johnny Crafts was left without a fight after his original opponent pulled out due to injury.  That was until Jeremy Tyler stepped up to the challenge this week.  This fight will mark the first time Johnny Crafts, who holds a brown belt in BJJ, has competed above the bantamweight limit of 135-pounds.  Crafts was voted the "2014 Rookie of the Year" by NEF fans.

"I'm very excited to be fighting Jeremy Tyler," said Crafts.  "He's a well-rounded fighter with good experience.  I'm looking to test the waters at 145 for my first time and see how I feel fighting up.  I was pretty disappointed in the title fight falling through, but I assure everyone that this fight will be just as exciting to watch."

Tickets for "NEF XVIII: MADE IN AMERICA" 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.”