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January 29, 2020


Ryan Cushing

Portland, Maine (January 17, 2020) – 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 a professional catchweight bout to the card.  Keegan “The Flu” Hornstra (4-11) will take on Ryan “The Roosta” Cushing (0-0) at a fight weight of 160 pounds.

 Keegan Hornstra is a longtime veteran of the New England MMA fight scene, having made his amateur debut a decade ago.  He returned to the cage last April after a three-year absence and defeated Zenon Herrera (1-8) by first-round submission at “NEF 38.”  Hornstra had a quick turnaround for his next fight, taking on Dom Jones (2-3) just a few weeks later at “NEF 39.”  Unfortunately for Hornstra, he was on the losing end of that contest.  He will look to get back in the win column on February 8.  Hornstra currently represents Evolution Athletix based in Saco, Maine.

 “He won’t show,” predicted Hornstra of his opponent.  “If he does, bring umbrellas, because I’m sending teeth into the crowd.”

Keegan Hornstra
 Ryan Cushing will make his professional debut at “NEF 42.”  He is an independent fighter based out of Massachusetts.  Cushing was a perfect 2-0 as an amateur with both victories coming by way of first-round submission.

 “Keegan is a fantastic person and a veteran that I really respect,” said Cushing.  “He also has really turned himself around lately and looks better than ever, and he is someone I always got along with when I crossed paths and spoke with him, so it’s going to be pretty cool sharing the cage with him. I'm excited to test myself against him in the cage and in the ‘best facial hair’ battle at weigh-ins.”

 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