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January 8, 2019


Mark Gardner

Bangor, Maine (December 17, 2018) – New England Fights (NEF) will hold its next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 37: Sub Zero," on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.  Earlier today, the promotion announced the addition of a professional catchweight bout to the card.  CJ Ewer (3-2) will take on Mark "Pockets" Gardner (0-0) at a fight weight of 180-pounds.

 CJ Ewer is the reigning NEF Professional Middleweight Champion, having submitted Mike Hansen at "NEF 30" in August 2017 to claim the title.  It was a special night for Ewer, not only as a night he would capture his first gold as a professional, but also as the night he got to compete on the same card with his brother Roger (1-0) in front of their many friends and family.  "NEF 37" will be the second time the Ewer brothers fight on a card together as Roger is scheduled to be in amateur heavyweight action against Bryce Bamford (2-0).  The Ewers represent Young's MMA of Bangor.
CJ Ewer

 "Mark has proven himself as a very tough competitor, and I have all the respect in the world for his gym and his coaches at The Academy," said CJ Ewer.  "It will be a very tough, great fight for the fans. The last time Roger and I fought on the same card was the most memorable night of my MMA career when I won the middleweight title.  I’m looking forward to having another memorable night February 1st."

 Mark Gardner will make his professional debut at "NEF 37" after an amateur career that saw him put together a perfect 3-0 record.  He finished all three of his opponents, including a pair of first-round submissions.  Gardner, who trains with The Academy of MMA in Portland, Maine, was scheduled to make his professional debut at "NEF 35" earlier this year, but his opponent pulled out on the day of the fight.  That setback has made Gardner more determined than ever to get back in the cage for battle.

“I’m pretty excited to get in there and fight again in February," said Gardner.  "I've been training hard since the last one. I've seen CJ fight a couple times now and the dude’s tough for sure. It's going to be a good one.”

 NEF's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 37: SUB ZERO," will take place on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine with a bell time of 8 pm.  Tickets are on-sale now at