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December 6, 2017


Fred Lear

New England Fights (NEF) returns to Lewiston on Saturday, February 3, 2018 with the fight promotion's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 32: Super Saturday."  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of a professional bantamweight bout to the card.  Fred Lear (0-0) will take on Dom "Domnation" Jones (1-1) at a fight weight of 135-pounds.

The bout will be Lear's debut in the professional ranks after a successful amateur career that saw him amass a 6-2 record.  He is riding a three-fight win streak into the showdown with Jones.  Lear's last appearance in the NEF cage saw him capture the amateur bantamweight title with a second-round technical knockout over Jones' teammate Walt Shea (2-1) last summer.  He will now vacate that championship upon turning professional.  Lear is a member of Young's MMA of Bangor, Maine.  He has competed regularly in the amateur ranks for more than four years.

Dom Jones
"My opponent is big, strong, and dangerous," said Lear. "Styles are what make big fights, and the fans will be in for another barn burner here. I have dreamt of this opportunity and will work hard to ensure that it is not squandered."

Dom Jones, a member of First Class MMA of Brunswick, Maine, made his NEF debut last spring as a professional after going 5-1 as an amateur in his native state of Florida.  He dominated Tollison Lewis (1-6) that night, pounding out a technical knockout victory late in the first round.  Jones returned to the NEF cage weeks later and suffered his first pro loss to Matt Denning (5-7).  Not one to give up on his goals, Jones is using that loss as motivation to better himself in training.

"I'm glad to be back in NEF," said Jones when reached for comment.  "I missed the cage and the NEF fans! I’m excited for my upcoming fight against Fred. Last time I was in the cage, the fight didn’t turn out my way. I used that as a motivation to be better. I jumped right back in the gym and went 110%. I’m excited to be back at 135 and challenge myself. Fred is a great match up. He is great fighter with a future in the sport. I’m excited to see our wrestling skills compete. It’s going to be a fun and explosive fight and something the fans want to see. February 3rd is going to be fireworks!"