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March 8, 2019



Portland, Maine (February 27, 2019) - New England Fights (NEF) will present its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF 38: STORMBORN," on April 27, 2019 at Aura in Portland.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of a professional lightweight bout to the card.  Keegan "The Flu" Hornstra will take on Zenon "K-Bar" Herrera at a fight weight of 155-pounds.

 Hornstra, who fought on the first three NEF cards in 2012, has not competed in the promotion's cage in nearly seven years.  A veteran of more than 20 MMA bouts over the course of his amateur and professional careers, Hornstra is 3-3 over the course of his last six with all three wins being finishes.  He last competed on a card in Massachusetts in November 2016.  Hornstra currently represents Evolution Athletix based in Saco, Maine.

 “I'm excited to be back in the NEF cage," said Hornstra, "it's been about seven years since my last outing in Maine. I'm fighting one of the NEF regulars in Zenon, the guy is super tough and I don’t think he's ever said no to anyone. He’s coming off a dominant win and has found areas of success against some of NEF’s bigger names. I'm going to get in and put him out quickly and move on to the next.”

 After several attempts in the NEF cage, Zenon Herrera finally picked up his first win as a professional at "NEF 32" last year with a unanimous decision victory over Nate Charles.  He returned to the cage later in the year in a losing effort to Ernesto Ornelas.  Herrera will look to bounce back from that loss on April 27 against Hornstra.  He is a member of Team Smog.

 "Everything I've seen thus far leads me to believe that this is going to be a great and tough match," said Herrera.  "I've had that moment of the glory that comes with getting my hand raised in victory and will strive to get it back.  As for Keegan, he's one of those guys who brings his best every time he comes out, and I know this match will be no different.  I guess all I can really say is don't look away once it starts, I have a feeling this one's gonna end with a bang."

 NEF's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 38: STORMBORN," will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Aura in Portland, Maine with a bell time of 7 pm.  Tickets are on sale now at