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March 1, 2019



Portland, Maine (February 26, 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 heavyweight fight to the card.  "The Jamaican Shamrock" Ras "Rasquatch" Hylton is scheduled to face Charles Penn.

 At 6'6," Ras Hylton is one of the largest competitors ever to step foot in the NEF cage.  He started his amateur MMA career three years ago this month and went 3-0 prior to making his professional debut at "NEF 27" in February 2017.  Hylton has put together a record of 3-2 as a pro.  He will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Yorgan De Castro (4-0) in an unsuccessful bid to capture the inaugural NEF Cruiserweight Championship at "NEF 36" last November.

 Hylton trains with First Class MMA in Brunswick, Maine as well as Dragon Fire Martial Arts in Portland.  He is a longtime practitioner of Taekwondo, a discipline in which he holds a black belt.

“I’m really grateful to be fighting in my home again," said Hylton. "After my humbling return late last year, it’s been a time of reflection on what is necessary for my success. Lucky for me, I have family in every part of my life. From home, to the gym, to the dojo, to my job, I’m constantly getting my motivation to do things better. Thank you for keeping me going, and helping me find excellence. It’s going to be a great year!”

Hylton's opponent at "NEF 38," Charles Penn, will be making his professional debut.  Penn put together an impressive 6-3 record as an amateur competing throughout the Midwest.  He now represents Hayastan MMA based in North Carolina.

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