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September 26, 2018


Jacob Deppmeyer

Portland, Maine (September 18, 2018) – New England Fights (NEF) will hold its final mixed-martial-arts event of 2018, "NEF 36: Battle for the Gold," on Saturday, November 17 at Aura in Portland, Maine. Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of an amateur catchweight bout to the card.  Jacob Deppmeyer (1-1-1) will face Zac Richard (2-0) at a fight weight of 140-pounds.

Jacob Deppmeyer is coming off a "fight of the night" performance earlier this month at "NEF 35" in Bangor, Maine.  Deppmeyer went the distance with Taylor Bartlett (1-1-1) in a back-and-forth war that was ultimately ruled a draw on the judges' scorecards.  That bout marked Deppmeyer's return to the cage after more than a year off from competition.  He defeated Glenn Kasabian (2-3) via first-round technical knockout at "NEF 28" in the spring of 2017.  Deppmeyer trains with First Class MMA based in Brunswick, Maine.

 "Zac looks like a tough guy, fast with good pressure," said Deppmeyer.  "I don't know much more about him, but I know I will train hard with my team, as I'm sure he will, and we will have some good fun in the cage come November 17!"

Zac Richard
 Undefeated Zac Richard has been one of the emerging stories of the 2018 NEF season.  Richard has won both of his previous bouts this year by first-round technical knockout.  A win over Deppmeyer would put Richard in serious contention for "Rookie of the Year" honors at the close of 2018.  Richard is a native of Waterboro, Maine where he wrestled for Massabesic High School.  He won a Class-A state championship in wrestling in 2015.  He currently trains at Nostos MMA in Somersworth, New Hampshire under former NEF Professional Lightweight Champion, and current UFC competitor, Devin Powell (9-3).

 “I can’t wait to get back in the NEF cage in Portland, close to home for my family and friends," said Richard.  "Fighting in NEF has helped me find new purpose in my life - it’s taken me back to my wrestling roots and given me a competitive outlet to continue testing my skills. This fight is the day after the anniversary of my sister’s passing, so it’s a very meaningful date for me. I’m excited to get out there and notch my third win on November 17th in honor of her memory.”

 NEF's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 36: Battle for the Gold," will see the company make its return to Aura in Portland, Maine.  The event is scheduled to take place Saturday, November 17, 2018 with a bell time of 7 pm.  Tickets are on sale now at