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January 11, 2017


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (January 11, 2017) –New England Fights (NEF) returns to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on February 11, 2017 with its next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 27: RESURGENCE."  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the full card for the event.  The night will feature both amateur and professional MMA bouts.

Headlining the evening will be the semi-finals of the tournament to crown a new professional lightweight champion.  The title was vacated when previous champion Devin Powell (8-1) signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).  Ryan Sanders (12-8) will take on John Ortolani (8-10) while Jon Lemke (5-7) faces Jesse Erickson (9-5) in a rematch from Bellator 93.  The winners of those two bouts will meet in the finals tentatively scheduled for "NEF 28" later this year.

In a highly-anticipated heavyweight bout, Ras Hylton (0-0) will make his professional debut against Mike Hansen (5-4).  The 6'6" Hylton, or "Rasquatch" as he is known amongst his fans, was voted the "2016 Rookie of the Year" by NEF fans after going 3-0 as an amateur.  Hansen was a Maine state wrestling champion for Mountain Valley High School (MVHS), and he has developed quite a reputation for downing larger opponents on both the mats and the MMA cage.  Hansen was the recipient of the "2016 Submission of the Year" award.

Speaking of 2016 award winners, the "Fighter of the Year," featherweight prospect Aaron Lacey (4-0), will look for his fifth consecutive victory in less than a year when he meets Florida's Chris Jacobs (1-0).  Jacobs put together an impressive 8-3 record as an amateur, winning regional titles along the way.

The amateur card will feature a bout for the light-heavyweight strap as Ryan Glover (3-1) defends against Victor Irwin (2-0).  Glover has held the title since last February.  Both Glover and Irwin were Maine state wrestling champions - Glover with MVHS and Irwin with Brewer High School.

Also scheduled on the amateur card are no less than three women's bouts.  Angela Young (1-2), who put on multiple "Fight of the Night" performances in 2016, returns to face New Hampshire's Christine Brothwell (0-2).  Young's teammate, Katie Baker (0-0), will make her in-cage debut against another tough competitor from the Granite State in the form of Alex Walker (2-1), while Sarah Ziehm makes her debut against Nicole Burgess (0-1).

The full "NEF 27: RESURGENCE" fight card (subject to change):


235 Mike Hansen 5-4 (Berserkers MMA) vs Ras Hylton 0-0 (First Class MMA)
 160 Matt Denning 3-5 (CMBJJ) vs Ricky Dexter 0-0 (Team Irish)
155  Ryan Sanders 12-8 (Young’s MMA) vs John Ortolani 8-10 (South Tampa Jiu-Jitsu & MMA)
 155 Jesse Erickson 9-5 (CMBJJ) vs Jon Lemke 5-7 (Team Irish)
 145 Aaron Lacey 4-0 (Young’s MMA) vs Chris Jacobs 1-0 (Pete White Boxing & MMA)
 145 Josh Harvey 2-0 (Young’s MMA) vs Richie Collingham 3-3 (Lakes Region Vale Tudo)
 135 Elias Leland 2-2 (The Academy) vs Nick Santos 0-4 (Team Fury)


205*TITLE Ryan Glover 3-1 (Berserkers MMA) (c) vs Victor Irwin 2-0 (Young’s MMA)
 205 Zeal McGrew 1-1 (Redline) vs Pete Grinnel 0-0 (Lawton BJJ)
185 Jon Tefft 0-0 (First Class MMA) vs Sean Worcester 0-1 (Independent)
 155 Devin Corson 0-0 (Shatterproof Combat Club) vs Winston Cortez 0-0 (S. Tampa Jiu-Jitsu & MMA)
 155 Ross Dannar 0-1 (Nostos) vs Phil Chason 0-0 (The Academy)
 155 Ken Dunn 0-4 (Independent) vs Corey Hinkley 2-4 (CMBJJ)
 145 Jacob Deppmeyer 0-0 (First Class MMA) vs Frank Johanson 1-2 (CMBJJ)
 140 Henry Clark 3-1 (Choi Institute) vs Alex Clark 3-2 (Young’s MMA)
 135 Michael Crespo 3-2 (First Class MMA) vs Fred Lear 4-2 (Young’s MMA)
 135 Walt Shea 1-0 (First Class MMA) vs Alan Bustamante 0-0 (South Tampa Jiu-Jitsu & MMA)
 125 Jeremiah Barkac 0-0 (Independent) vs James Ploss 0-0 (Kaze Dojo)
 125 Ryan Burgess 2-1 (Berserkers MMA) vs Justin Witham 2-4 (Shatterproof Combat Club)
 125 Angela Young 1-2 (Young’s MMA) vs Christine Brothwell 0-2 (Bucket Brigade)
 115 Nicole Burgess 0-1 (Berserkers MMA) vs Sarah Ziehm 0-0 (CMBJJ)
 115 Katie Baker 0-0 (Young’s MMA) vs Alex Walker  2-1 (Kaze Dojo)

NEF's next event, "NEF 27: RESURGENCE" takes place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7 p.m.  Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now at or by calling the Colisee box office at 207.783.2009, extension 525.

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.”