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September 27, 2016


 [NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (September 27, 2016) - On Friday, November 4, 2016 at the historic Androscoggin Bank Colisee, New England Fights (NEF) and Classic Entertainment & Sports (CES) will team up for a joint super-show featuring the stars of New England's two most prestigious mixed-martial-arts promotions.

The televised portion of the fight card, "CES 39," will air live on AXS TV.  Earlier today, NEF executives announced the first fight scheduled for the non-televised portion of the card, "NEF 26."  Maine heavyweights Ras Hylton (2-0) and Kevin Smith (3-2) will collide in a battle of two of the region's largest mixed-martial-artists.

Standing in at a towering 6'6," and holding a black belt in Taekwondo, undefeated Ras Hylton, has become a quick fan-favorite during his short time in NEF.  "Ras-squath," as he has become known amongst his many fans, made his NEF cage debut in February of this year, downing Zak Bergeron (0-1) just over a minute into the first round of their "NEF 21" bout.  Hylton would follow up that performance with a highlight-reel head-kick knockout of Matt Glover (1-1) which will undoubtedly be in the running for "KO of the Year" honors.  He is currently a member of First Class MMA based in Brunswick, Maine.

Ras Hylton
"I am looking forward to fighting Kevin Smith November 4th," said Hylton when reached for comment.  "Young's puts out great fighters and I'm sure he will live up to their reputation.  The more wins you get, the tougher your opponents are.  He will be my strongest challenge in the cage so far."

It has been over two years since Kevin Smith stepped into an MMA cage to compete.  Prior to that time, Smith had been undefeated on NEF events.  All three of his victories with the promotion were finishes - two by way of submission and one knockout.  Like Hylton, Smith has never had to rely on the judges' scorecards.  He is a member of Young's MMA of Bangor, Maine.  During his time off from active cage competition, Smith took stock of his life goals and decided to make a career of mixed-martial-arts.

"I knew deep down that fighting is what I was made to do, and I won't be happy doing a regular job," shared Smith, "so I put everything aside to focus on this full time and my ultimate goal is to make it to the big show and fight in Bellator or the UFC."

Tickets for "CES vs. NEF: Supremacy" start at $25 and are available now  at or by calling the Colisee box office at 207.783.2009, extension 525.

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