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July 24, 2019



 Orono, Maine (July 18, 2019) – New England Fights (NEF) will debut in Orono on September 7, 2019 at the Collins Center for the Arts with the promotion's next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 40: School of Hard Knocks."  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of an amateur lightweight bout to the card.  Devin Corson (2-1) is scheduled to meet Jacob Deppmeyer (1-1-1) at a fight weight of 155 pounds.

 Devin Corson returns to the NEF cage for the second time this year.  In February, Corson took a unanimous decision victory over Taylor Bartlett (1-1-1) in Bangor.  In doing so, he bounced back from a loss to Shawn Lunghi (3-0) a year prior.  Corson had one of the most memorable debuts for an NEF athlete in 2017 when he was only 19.  He defeated Winston Cortez (0-1) that evening by unanimous decision after lifting Cortez high overhead several times during the course of the fight and slamming him to the mat, each time to a loud ovation from the crowd.  Corson currently represents The Outlet Mixed Martial Arts Training Center based in Dexter, Maine.  He is on the hunt for the amateur lightweight title.

 “I am looking forward to this fight," said Corson. "This has been my best fight camp since I've been fighting. I have had a world class coach supporting me every day along with Josh Harvey and my team. I'm looking to finish this fight quick to show that I deserve a shot at the 155 belt. I've put in many hours and days leading up to September 7th and I just can't wait to see my hard work pay off once again in the cage. I am taking my opponent really serious along with my training. I can't wait to be back with my team and for my friends and family.”

 It will have been one day shy of a year since the last time Jacob Deppmeyer entered the NEF cage.  A product of First Class MMA based in Brunswick, Maine, Deppmeyer fought Taylor Bartlett to a three-round draw at "NEF 35" last September in what was a grueling, back-and-forth contest.  Prior to that fight, Deppmeyer was even in the win-loss column with a win by technical knockout over Glenn Kasabian (2-3) and a third-round submission loss to Frank Johanson (2-2) in Deppmeyer's 2017 cage debut.

 “I’m really excited to see the UMaine set-up for the first MMA card there," said Deppmeyer.  "I feel like it will have a great turn out. I’ve been working hard and enjoying every second of it. As always, I’m ready for the fight. I have a widespread team that is behind me. I’m looking for the win.”

 New England Fights' next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 40: SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS," will take place Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine as the promotion debuts in Orono, Maine.  Tickets are on sale now at