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March 12, 2020


BJ Garceau

Orono, Maine (March 12, 2020) – New England Fights (NEF) will present its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event 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 an amateur strawweight bout to the card.  BJ Garceau (1-1) is scheduled to face Fatima Kline (1-0) at a fight weight of 115 pounds.

 BJ Garceau will enter the NEF cage for the third and final time on April 18.  Garceau, who was diagnosed with Type-1 juvenile diabetes in 1993, made headlines with her amateur debut and became an inspiration to many.  She defeated Sarah Ziehm (1-2) via split decision at “NEF 32” in February 2018.  Garceau returned to the cage later that year, losing to Chelsea Tucker (3-3) in the third round of an “NEF 36” contest.  Garceau is a product of Young’s MMA based in Bangor, Maine

 “I’m so excited to be back in the cage in my hometown, for what will be my final fight this April,” said Garceau.  “I want to be able to leave my old stomping grounds with my hand held high at the end and walk away with a win for my fans, friends, family, coaches, team and myself. I’ll give it everything I’ve got one last time and this will be a fight you don’t want to miss.  With that being said, I am beyond grateful for my opponent taking on the fight and every opportunity Young’s MMA, NEF and everyone in the mixed martial arts community has given me over the years. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Fatima Kline
 Fatima Kline will make the trek from her home in Hyde Park, New York for the fight.  At just 19-years-old, Kline already holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  She made her amateur MMA debut last fall with a unanimous decision win on a card in White Plains, New York.  Kline represents Black Hole Jiu-Jitsu based in Wappingers Falls, New York.

 “I would like to thank NEF for giving me the opportunity to showcase all of my hard work,” said Kline when reached for comment. “Being that this is my debut fight for the organization, I promise to be at the top of my game come fight night. Thank you, BJ, for accepting this matchup, and I look forward to seeing you in the cage. The one message I would have for the crowd is: be prepared to be entertained.”

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 are on sale now at