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March 14, 2017


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (March 13, 2017) - New England Fights (NEF) presents its next mixed-martial-arts event "NEF 28: INVINCIBLE" on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of a professional bantamweight bout to the card.  Elias "Danger Mouse" Leland (3-2) returns to take on Andre "The Finisher" Belcarris (0-0) at a fight weight of 135-pounds.

Leland, a resident of South Portland, Maine, is a mainstay of the NEF cage.  He fought his sophomore amateur contest at "NEF I" back in February 2012 and has competed on eight of the promotion's cards since, including one appearance as a professional boxer.  Holding a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt from the Academy of MMA in Portland, it should come as no surprise that all three of Leland's professional victories have come by way of submission.  He forced veteran Nick Santos to tap to an arm triangle choke last month at "NEF 27."  In doing so, Leland snapped a two-fight losing streak.  He will look to stay on the winning track on April 29.

"I'm very excited to get back in the cage once again," said Leland.  "I want to keep this momentum going.  I'm ready for war and putting in more work this year than I ever have before.  Be prepared for a hell of a fight - you will be sorry if you miss it! Mother f**king beast mode!"

Andre Belcarris will make his professional debut at "NEF 28," but he already has a wealth of experience in the MMA cage.  He began competing in the sport as an amateur in 2010 and has had more than 30 fights since - an astounding number for an amateur mixed-martial-artist.  Belcarris fights out of Bennington, Vermont where he is a member of team Northeast Assassins.  In direct contrast to Leland's mat skills, Belcarris is a striker with 11 knockout wins to his credit in the amateur ranks.

"I am honored to share the cage with a fighter of Eli's caliber," stated Belcarris when reached for comment.  "It means that my time has finally come. Expect fireworks!"

New England Fights returns to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine with its next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 28: INVINCIBLE," on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Tickets are on sale now at the Colisee box office 207-783-2009 x 525 and online at

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 the promotion on Twitter and Instagram @nefights, and join the official Facebook group "New England Fights."