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September 18, 2018


Chelsea Tucker
[NEF Press Release]

 Portland, Maine (September 12, 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 women's flyweight fight to the card.  B.J. Garceau (1-0) is scheduled to face Chelsea Tucker (0-3) at a fight weight of 125-pounds.

 B.J. Garceau made national headlines earlier this year as she prepared for her in-cage debut with NEF.  Diagnosed with Type-1 juvenile diabetes in 1993, Garceau became an inspiration to those within the diabetic community looking to practice the martial arts.  At "NEF 32" last February, she went the distance with Sarah Ziehm (1-2) in a back-and-forth contest, ultimately picking up the win via split-decision on the judges' scorecards.  Garceau is a member of Young's MMA based in Bangor, Maine.

BJ Garceau
 "When Coach (Chris) Young asked me if I was free November 17th, I thought he wanted me to be the water girl for the guys on the card," Garceau quipped. "I say this jokingly, but we’ve had some struggles finding match ups for the Young's WMMA (women's mixed-martial-arts) team in the past. Me and my girls are hungry to fight. So when he asked if I’d fight Chelsea, who is a warrior that doesn’t back down from anything, of course my answer was 'yes.' I adore Chelsea and am ready to put on a hell of a show for the fans, my team and the beautiful city of Portland, Maine this November."

 The casual observer should not let Chelsea Tucker's record fool them.  Scrappy, talented and full of heart, Tucker has come to fight each time she has stepped in the cage.  She has appeared four times in the NEF cage, including a non-sanctioned grappling match with Carol Linn Powell that went to a draw last April in Portland.  Tucker proudly serves her country as a culinary specialist with the United States Coast Guard stationed in Boothbay, Maine.  She trains with First Class MMA in Brunswick, Maine.

"I am very excited to step back into the cage," said Tucker.  "I look forward to fighting B.J. This is going to be a great fight, and I look forward to representing my gym and my skill set again in the NEF cage."

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