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April 27, 2018


Carol Linn Powell
[NEF Press Release]

Portland, Maine (April 25, 2018) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to Aura in Portland, Maine with its next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 34: Home of the Brave," on Saturday night, June 16, 2018.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of an amateur women's bantamweight bout to the card.  Carol Linn Powell (0-1) is scheduled to face Sarah Matulis (1-0) at a fight weight of 135-pounds.

 Powell is the wife of current UFC signee and former NEF MMA Professional Lightweight Champion Devin Powell (8-3).  Together, the couple owns and operates Nostos MMA & Conditioning Facility in Somersworth, New Hampshire.  The gym earned the "Best Martial Arts Gym" designation in the 2017 "Best of the Seacoast" awards.  Carol Linn made her in-cage debut last November in Portland against Francesca Morabito (1-0), losing a hard-fought decision on the judges' scorecards.  Earlier this month, Powell grappled Chelsea Tucker to a draw to open "NEF 33" in Portland.

 “Words can’t describe how excited and thankful I am to be partaking in the third NEF event in Portland after competing in the first and second," said Powell when reached for comment. "Both times I’ve been in the cage have been very entertaining—the first of which ended in me getting my contacts knocked out and looking like Sloth after—and this time will be no different, I just plan on getting the job done quicker. I am looking forward to getting back in there and testing myself again and getting to witness how much better I have gotten at the sport. Sarah and I both made our debuts at 'NEF 31' in November, and I can’t wait to overcome the new challenges she has for me and to get my first win in the cage.”

Sarah Matulis
 Like Powell, Sarah Matulis did indeed make her cage debut at "NEF 31" last November in Portland.  That evening she was victorious over Chelsea Tucker with a first-round technical knockout.  By day, Matulis is a mother and nurse practitioner who studied nursing at Pace University in New York.  She is a member of The Outlet based in Dexter, Maine and regularly competes in grappling events throughout the New England region.

 "I’m thrilled to be competing again for NEF," said Matulis.  "Carol Linn and I are both budding amateur fighters.  I know she’s hunting for her first win, but I plan to remain undefeated. NEF fans are accustomed to seeing spectacular WMMA bouts, and I fully expect this fight will keep to that standard."

 NEF's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 34: Home of the Brave," will take place at Aura in Portland, Maine on Saturday, June 16, 2018.  Tickets are on-sale now online at