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December 18, 2019


Mike Bezanson

 Portland, Maine (December 16, 2019) – New England Fights (NEF) will hold its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, "NEF 42: Symphony of Destruction," on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of an amateur welterweight fight to the card.  Mike “Boogaloo” Bezanson (4-0) is scheduled to face Greg Ishihara (2-1) at a fight weight of 170 pounds.

 Undefeated Mike Bezanson returned to NEF this past September after more than a three-year absence from cage competition.  Bezanson, known for his flashy striking style and showmanship during fights, handed Jason Landry (2-1) his first loss at “NEF 40” in Orono, Maine.  It took Bezanson only 41-seconds to pick up the technical knockout victory.  He went on to capture a title in New Hampshire with a fourth-round knockout just weeks later.  Bezanson has finished all four of his previous opponents with his striking prowess.  He represents Team Kaze based in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

 “In 2020, I have to do some belt shopping—the one I currently hold is getting lonely and needs some friends,” said Bezanson.  “I’ll make sure the tickets are worth buying!"

 Since losing his debut to Jordan Norman (2-1) last April, Greg Ishihara has been on a roll, winning his last two MMA bouts in the NEF cage and a Muay Thai Kickboxing fight in Vermont.  Last month, Ishihara picked up his most recent win against Dylan Williams (0-3) with a knee to the body just over a minute into the first round at “NEF 41” in Portland.  Ishihara represents Recon Fitness based in Westbrook, Maine.

Greg Ishihara
 "NEF has always treated me well,” noted Ishihara. “It means a lot to me - to be able to compete here in Maine. The NEF staff is always professional making for a great experience. I look forward to competing inside the NEF cage in 2020. I'm excited for this upcoming fight with Mike. He's flashy and his movement is impressive. This fight will give me the opportunity to display the full range of my skill set. I'm diligent in my preparation and I take pride in my work and performance. My goal is to hold the NEF title at 170-pounds and defend it."

 New England Fights' next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 42: Symphony of Destruction," will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine. Tickets are on sale now at