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August 16, 2016


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (August 9, 2016) – In a rare occurrence, two champions from two different weight divisions will square off on September 10, 2016 when New England Fights presents "NEF 25: HEROES & VILLAINS" in Lewiston.  Reigning NEF MMA Amateur Bantamweight Champion Johnny Crafts (4-0) will come up in weight to challenge Caleb Hall (7-3) for Hall's NEF MMA Amateur Featherweight Title.

Caleb Hall was a two-time Maine state champion wrestling for Dirigo High School in Dixfield.  He would go on to wrestle for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, as well as the University of Southern Maine.  At "NEF 22" this past spring, Hall captured the vacant featherweight title by submitting Erik Nelson (2-3) in the second round.  In the upcoming bout with Crafts, Hall will be looking to not only retain his title, but to also gain a measure of revenge against Crafts who defeated Hall's teammate Henry Clark (3-2) last fall.

"Johnny's making a big mistake coming up in weight trying to take my belt," said Hall.  "I will avenge my teammate, Henry Clark, and put him away early."

Johnny Crafts is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt with Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ).  As mentioned, Crafts defeated Henry Clark of the Choi Institute last fall to claim the amateur bantamweight title.  On September 10, Crafts hopes to make history by becoming the first competitor to simultaneously hold two championships in two different weight divisions.

"I'm honestly just excited to get in there and have a brutal, fun fight," said Crafts. "It's going to be a guaranteed war versus Caleb. It's less focus on cutting weight at 145 for me and more on the training camp. I'm going to be the most technical and strong I have ever been for this fight."

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.  Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

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.”