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August 16, 2016


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (August 15, 2016) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to Lewiston on September 10, 2016 with the fight promotion's next event, "NEF 25: HEROES & VILLAINS."  Earlier today, NEF executives announced the re-signing of Lewiston featherweight mixed-martial-artist Matt "Ken Doll" Denning (3-3) to a new developmental deal.  The first fight of the deal will see Denning face Taylor Trahan (5-6) on the main card of "NEF 25."

"I'm excited to have signed another contract with NEF," said Denning. "I was planning on retiring, but I still have too much fight left in me. I haven't been doing great record-wise, but if people have seen the opponents I have faced and the performances I put on, they know I'm evolving."

Denning, a member of Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ), has had eleven of his thirteen combined amateur and professional fights in the NEF MMA cage.  He signed his first developmental deal with the promotion in the fall of 2014.  Denning got off to a 2-0 start as a pro before dropping three of his next four.  He says that his new focus will be on improving his abilities through tough fights rather than trying to pad his record.

"I'm excited to fight Taylor Trahan. He's a tough, tough fight, but I wanted it. I need the motivation to get back in prime shape like I was when I fought Jeremy Tyler and made my pro debut against Derek Shorey. I'm over records. I'm done with everyone's opinions. I talked to my coaches and team and I'm going to fight tough guys and do my best to beat them and get better. When I am finally done fighting, I want people to remember that I fought extremely tough opponents and did very well. Thanks to Matt and Nick for asking for me back. I plan on putting on a great show come September 10th. Who knows--maybe the NEF fans will see me in the boxing ring soon! Oss."

Looking at the length of his career, it is hard to believe Taylor Trahan is only 25-years-old.  The native of Littleton, New Hampshire, and current resident of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, made his amateur MMA debut back in 2009, shortly after his 18th birthday.  Seven years and 26 fights later, Trahan is recognized as one of the most prolific competitors in all of New England MMA.  While he has fought in every corner of the region, Trahan has yet to step into the NEF MMA cage.  He predicts that he and Denning will put on an exciting, fight-of-the-night performance in his NEF debut.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of NEF 25," said Trahan. "NEF always puts on a great show. I'll be fighting Matt 'Ken Doll' Denning.  He's a game opponent, but I see  holes in his game that I'll be looking to exploit.  I predict the fight having a lot of fireworks and being fight of the night."

New England Fights’ next event, “NEF 25: HEROES & VILLAINS,” takes place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine.  Tickets start at just $25 and are on sale now at or by calling the Colisée box office at 207.783.2009 x 525.