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March 1, 2017


[NEF Press Release]

Lewiston, Maine (March 1, 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.  Matt "Ken Doll" Denning (3-6) will meet Josh Parker (5-8) at a fight weight of 145-pounds.

The fight will mark the culmination of months of trash talking on social media between Denning and Parker's camp.  Denning, a member of Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Auburn, Maine and a veteran of the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) cage, will be looking to rebound from a loss to Ricky Dexter (1-0) last month at "NEF 27."

"After Josh's win over Derek Shorey, I wanted to fight him," Denning said.  "On paper, both of our last wins were against the same opponent (Shorey). I thought the fight made sense. We both have had a lot of fights against very tough fighters. Since that fight, there has been some Facebook bashing from Parker's brother, and my response was for Josh to sign the contract. He was insulting me and trash talking, so I wanted to prove them wrong. There is no place in a fight where Parker can beat me and on April 29th, I'll show that to the NEF fans. I'd like to thank (NEF owners) Nick (DiSalvo) and Matt (Peterson) for giving me another opportunity to fight for them. Also, I'd like to thank Kill Their Will and all my family at CMBJJ for their ongoing support."

Parker's victory over Shorey last November marked his return to the MMA cage after a three-year absence.  He spent the vast majority of that time competing in the boxing ring, yet it was a submission that Parker used to overcome Shorey.  For Parker, the head of Ruthless MMA & Boxing based in Benton, Maine, the fight with Denning is not business as usual.  The nature of the trash talking has turned personal, and Parker vows vengeance for what he sees as disrespect on Denning's part.

"There comes a time in every fighter's career that the fight has nothing to do with records or money," said Parker.  "It's to prove a point. My name has come out of this kid's mouth too many times. On April 29th, I'm gonna shut it."

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."