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March 7, 2017


 [NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (March 7, 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 featherweight bout to the card.  Aaron "Relentless" Lacey (4-0) has signed to face Walter "All-Day" Smith-Cotito (4-5) at a fight weight of 145-pounds.

Aaron Lacey, undefeated as a professional, has won seven in a row going back to his amateur career.  He was prepared to compete at "NEF 27" last month, but Mother Nature had other plans when a snowstorm prevented his opponent from making the trip to Lewiston from Florida.  The setback has made Lacey even hungrier to return to action, but the Young's MMA standout knows that he has his toughest test to date in front of him in the form of Cotito.

"This is going to be an amazing fight," said Lacey. "Walter is a skilled and dangerous opponent, and he is realistically one of the most dangerous people I have fought to date. That's alright with me though - the tougher the opponent, the harder I work. After what went down in February, I'm chomping at the bit to get back in there."

The fight for Cotito will represent a rubber match of sorts with Young's opponents.  In the spring of 2013, Cotito took Ray Wood (8-3) deep into the third round before Wood, then Young's standout featherweight prospect, was able to finish the fight.  Cotito would gain a measure of revenge against the Bangor gym when he submitted Bruce Boyington (14-10) at "NEF X" later that year.  Between a pair of recent appearances for global fight promotion Bellator, Cotito scored a second-round submission of Elias Leland (3-2) at "NEF 25" last September.

"I'm super excited to fight this kid that they're all talking about," exclaimed Cotito.  "He has a lot of potential, they keep saying - good, this just makes it more exciting for me! Nobody has seen the real Walter Cotito in the cage yet. Don't miss this fight because 'All-Day' is coming for you!"

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."