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September 23, 2021

FLYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT ANNOUNCED FOR NEF 45 IN PORTLAND




[NEF PRESS RELEASE]

Portland, Maine (September 23, 2021) – New England Fights (NEF) returns with its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event, “NEF 45: Uprising,” on Friday, November 5, 2021, at Aura in Portland, Maine.  Earlier today, NEF announced the addition of an amateur flyweight title bout to the fight card.  Caleb “Dr. Feelgood” Austin (5-0) will meet Tyler Smythe (2-1) for the vacant NEF Amateur Flyweight Championship.

Undefeated Caleb Austin made his debut in the NEF cage at the age of 18 while still a high school senior in 2017.  He put together a record of 208-11 wrestling for Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Maine where he won two state titles at 126-pounds.  Austin was named the “Wrestler of the Year” by the Lewiston Sun Journal in 2017.  He won the first four fights of his amateur career via finish.  Most recently, Austin was victorious over James Ploss by unanimous decision at “NEF 44” in a long-awaited rematch of their fight from four years earlier.  He currently represents Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ) based in Lewiston, Maine.

“I have spent my entire life training, improving, constantly striving to hit my next level as an athlete,” noted Austin.  “An NEF championship has been one of my goals since I started watching fights as a child. On November 5th, I realize that goal. Nothing will stop me. I was born and bred for this. It’s my bloodline.”

Tyler Smythe made his amateur MMA debut at “NEF 42” in February 2020 with a submission victory over Clifford Redman.  He would go on to lose a split decision last July on a fight card in Indiana before bouncing back in August with a unanimous decision win in Massachusetts.  Smythe represents Evolution Athletix based in Saco, Maine.

“That belt is already mine, if you ask me,” stated Smythe.  “It’s going to be a long night for him. I’m excited to fight in Portland again and put on a good show for the fans, fight my ass off, and rep my team the best I can. Caleb’s never fought someone like me and he’s going to find that out November 5th.”

“NEF 45: Uprising” takes place on Friday, November 5, 2021, at Aura in Portland, Maine.  Doors open at 6 pm with first fight at 7 pm.  Tickets are on sale now at www.Ticketmaster.com. 

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