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September 1, 2016


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (August 26, 2016) –New England Fights (NEF) today announced the addition of a professional featherweight mixed-martial-arts (MMA) bout to the fight promotion's next event, "NEF 25: HEROES & VILLAINS."  Aaron "Relentless" Lacey (2-0) has signed to face Cory Trial (0-0) at the featherweight limit of 145-pounds.

Lacey, the former NEF MMA Amateur Featherweight Champion, recently signed a multi-fight developmental deal with the fight promotion.  He amassed an amateur record of 6-1 prior to turning professional.  Since entering the pro ranks, Lacey is undefeated.  His pro debut saw him submit veteran Derek Shorey (3-7) in the first round last April.  Earlier this month, Lacey waged, and won, a war with John Santos (3-4) before UFC President Dana White in Bangor at the "NEF Presents Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight" taping.  Many observers agree that Lacey, a product of Young's MMA, is but a few victories away from fighting permanently in front of White.

"I'm very happy to be signing with NEF," said Lacey.  "It's a big step forward in my career and it shows that they have the utmost confidence in my ability! My last fight was an absolute war, but I was fortunate enough to get out of it without any serious injuries. If I'm healthy, I'm fighting--it's my passion! I'm anxious to welcome Cory to the pro ranks. He has a dangerous skill set that has to be acknowledged and respected. That being said, so do I! I like to be the guy who comes in and puts on a fight that fans don't forget and that is exactly what I will do September 10."

Cory Trial makes his professional debut after a memorable amateur career with NEF.  In June 2015, Trial scored the fastest knockout in NEF history when he rocked Corey Hinkley (2-4) a mere seven-seconds into the first round.  In his final amateur performance, the 41-year-old Trial defeated Angelo Rizzitello (0-1) via split decision this past spring.  He is a member of the tough, gritty team of Ruthless MMA & Boxing based out of Benton, Maine.

"I wanna thank NEF for giving me the opportunity to take the next step in my career," said Trial.  "My coach and I have been talking and it's time. We've been putting the work in and I'm ready to take the next step. This fight will really tell me where I'm at. Aaron is a well rounded fighter that likes to push the pace and I'll be right there looking to do the same! Don't miss it - it's going to be fireworks!"

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.