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August 20, 2016

THREE WOMEN'S FIGHTS, TWO TITLE FIGHTS AND NEW FACES FIND A HOME ON NEF 25 CARD

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[NEF  Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (August 19, 2016) –New England Fights (NEF) today announced the full fight card for the promotion's next event, "NEF 25: HEROES & VILLAINS."  It is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Lewiston.   The dynamic card will feature professional boxing bouts, as well as both professional and amateur mixed-martial-arts (MMA) contests.

On the boxing portion of the card, Brandon Montella (4-0) will meet Tollison Lewis (2-1) in a four-round light-heavyweight contest, while longtime Maine middleweight John "Rumble" Webster (8-7-1) returns on the eve of his 48th birthday to battle Zenon "K-Bar" Herrera (0-2).  Rounding out the pro boxing portion of the card will be Casey "Buzzsaw" Kramlich (4-0-1) and Connor Barry (0-1) in a four-round bout.

The professional side of the MMA card will feature a total of three Bellator and one Invicta veterans.  Jesse "The Viking" Erickson (7-5) and Jon Lemke (5-6) will rematch their previous bout won by Lemke at Bellator 93 in 2013.  Bellator 144 competitor Walter Smith Cotito (3-4) returns to Maine after a three-year absence to meet Elias "Danger Mouse" Leland (2-1), while Valerie "Valociraptor" Aspaas (0-0) herself returns to Maine after three years to make her pro debut against Invicta 16 veteran Sarah "SwitchKick" Click (0-1).


The amateur MMA card will be headlined by two title fights.  Rafael "Deez Nuts" Velado (3-0) takes on Jimmy Jackson (3-2) for the vacant amateur lightweight title.  Amateur bantamweight champion Johnny Crafts (4-0) steps up in weight to challenge Caleb Hall (7-3) for Hall's featherweight crown.

The amateur card will also feature two women's bantamweight bouts with Brianne Genschell (0-0) and Melissa Trahan (0-0) making their respective cage debut against one another, while Jessica "The Black Widow" Borga (2-1) is scheduled to meet Rachael Joyce (1-0).

The full "NEF 25" fight card (subject to change):

PROFESSIONAL BOXING

175 POUNDS: Brandon Montella vs. Tollison Lewis
160 POUNDS: John Webster vs. Zenon Herrera
155 POUNDS: Casey Kramlich vs. Connor Barry

PROFESSIONAL MMA

205 POUNDS: Mike Hansen vs. Matt Andrikut
155 POUNDS: Jesse Erickson vs. Jon Lemke
145 POUNDS: Matt Denning vs. Taylor Trahan
135 POUNDS: Elias Leland vs. Walter Smith Cotito
125 POUNDS: Sarah Click vs. Valerie Aspaas

AMATEUR MMA

155 POUND*TITLE: Rafael Velado vs. Jimmy Jackson
145 POUND*TITLE: Caleb Hall (c) vs. Johnny Crafts
155 POUNDS: Caleb Swoveland vs. Frank Johanson
135 POUNDS: Walt Shea vs. Joel Downing
135 POUNDS: Brianne Genschell vs. Melissa Trahan
135 POUNDS: Jessica Borga vs. Rachael Joyce

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