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July 10, 2015


[NEF Press Release]

 Lewiston, Maine (July 9, 2015) – New England Fights (NEF), America's number-one regional fight promotion, will hold its nineteenth mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF XIX," on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine.  Earlier today, the promotion announced the addition of an amateur flyweight bout to the fight card.  "Crispy" Mike Crespo (3-2) is scheduled to face Ryan "Gordo" Burgess (1-0) at a fight weight of 125-pounds.  The bout will be a title eliminator for a future shot at the NEF MMA Amateur Flyweight Championship currently held by Dustin Veinott (4-3).

Crespo is a member of MMA Athletix in Bath, Maine where he instructs in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).  He is also a member of Victory Church, located in Bath as well, which is the ministry affiliated with the MMA Athletix gym.  After getting off to a 2-0 start in 2014, Crespo was nominated for the "Rookie of the Year" award.  He dropped two in a row to start 2015, but bounced back with an impressive win over Caleb Costello (2-4) last month at "NEF XVIII."

 "I'm excited to be in the cage again," said Crespo.  "Sadly, there's nothing I can say about  Ryan Burgess, except that he's another wrestler.  I know he won't stand with me, like most of the wrestler and Jiu Jitsu-based fighters I have gone against so far.  If he does stand with me, great - but I doubt he will.  If he chooses to go to the ground with me, even better.  I am prepared and definitely have the mindset.  I wish my opponent the best, but let Dustin (Veinott, 125-pound title holder) know I'm coming for him very soon."

Ryan “Gordo” Burgess, a native of Mexico, Maine, is a 2011 graduate of Mountain Valley High School where he was a three-time state wrestling champion and one of the most winning wrestlers in Mountain Valley’s history under coach Gary Dolloff.  Burgess made his MMA debut last month at "NEF XVIII" in Lewiston.  That night, he defeated the more experienced Justin Witham (0-3) via unanimous decision.

"Crespo is an experienced fighter with a different style than most fighters in this division," said Burgess,  "and I can't wait to step in the cage and put on a show with another hungry opponent.  I love this sport, and I can't wait to see what it has to offer me as I journey towards an amateur championship fight."

New England Fights' next event, "NEF XIX," takes place on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine.  Tickets for "NEF XIX" start at just $25 and are on sale now at or by calling the Colisée 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.”