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February 20, 2020



Orono, Maine (February 20, 2020) – New England Fights (NEF) will present its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) at the Collins Center for the Arts on the University of Maine’s flagship Orono campus.  The event, titled “NEF 43: Rampage,” will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2020, with a bell-time of 7 pm EDT.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of a professional bantamweight bout to the card.  Fred Lear (0-1) will take on Jason Rine (1-7) at a fight weight of 135 pounds.

 Fred Lear, who wrestled and played football for John Bapst Memorial High School in nearby Bangor, Maine, had one of the most successful amateur careers in NEF history.  Lear finished his amateur career in 2019 with a record of 6-2-1 and an NEF Amateur Bantamweight Title to his credit.  He entered the professional ranks last April in Portland, Maine, losing his debut to Bryant Bullock (2-1) via second-round submission.  Lear experienced a disappointing setback when an opponent pulled out on him the night before weigh-ins at “NEF 40” last September.  The Young’s MMA product will now look for the first win of his professional career on April 18 against Rine.

 “2019 and the September fight card were difficult for me, but I wasn’t going to let it get in the way of supporting my team,” said Lear.  “I feel as though people have forgotten who I am and what I'm here to do. Jason Rine is a Bellator vet and a consummate professional.  I'm here, I'm hungry, and April 18th I'm making the walk and leaving my mark.”

 Jason Rine is indeed a Bellator veteran, having competed on the Bellator 215 card last year.  Based out of Fredericktown, Ohio, Rine has become well-known throughout the New England region in recent years, traveling in to fight on many area events.  While his record may appear on the surface to be that of a journeyman, Rine has taken nothing but tough bouts throughout his professional career, always showing up to fight.  April 18 will see him make his debut with NEF.

 “I’m very excited to come to Maine and fight for NEF against a game opponent in Fred Lear,” stated Rine when reached for comment.  “I’m ready to test myself in a new promotion in a new state.  Time for a fresh start and a new beginning.”

 New England Fights' next mixed-martial-arts event, "NEF 43: Rampage," will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Collins Center for the Arts at UMaine Orono. Tickets will be on sale this week at