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April 29, 2022




Auburn, Maine (April 29, 2022) – New England Fights (NEF) returns with its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event “NEF 47: The Battle of L/A” on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, Maine.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the full fight card for the event.

A much-anticipated grudge match will feature on the professional portion of the card as Jesse “The Viking” Erickson (10-8) takes on Matt “Ken Doll” Denning (5-12) at a catchweight of 165 pounds.  Erickson trained Denning for many years at Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ) before the pair had a falling out.  The lead-up to the fight has been filled with plenty of drama and trash talk on social media.  It has become one of the deepest blood feuds in the ten-plus year history of NEF.  Erickson and Denning will look to settle their differences in the cage on May 14.

 In another anticipated pro bout, “The” Ryan Sanders (18-9) faces Mark “Pockets” Gardner (2-2) in a welterweight contest.  Sanders will make his return to the cage after a hiatus of more than three years. Gardner continues to fight top-level opposition and looks to continue his winning ways after a second-round technical knockout victory over Nick Alley (7-5) at “NEF 45” last fall.

 Glory Watson (2-1) will look for the third straight win of her professional career when she meets Natalie Schlesinger (1-0) in a strawweight bout.  Watson handed Alibeth Milliron (2-1) her first pro loss earlier this year at “NEF 46,” and looks to do the same for New Jersey’s Schlesinger on May 14.

 Also on the pro card will be Mohammad Al Kinani (2-0) who will seek the third win to start his pro career.  Al Kinani is coming off back-to-back knockouts in his first two pro bouts. Experienced ground fighter Ross Dannar (0-0) from Nostos MMA hopes to play the role of spoiler to Al Kinani in the lightweight fight.

 The amateur portion of the card will be headlined by two title fights.

 Tyler Smythe (4-2) is scheduled to defend the NEF Amateur Flyweight Championship against Nevada’s DeQuan Meeks (4-3).  Smythe won the title last fall at “NEF 45” and is coming off a successful defense earlier this year at “NEF 46.”  Meeks will compete in Maine for the first time and is also a regional titleholder in his own right.

 Felipe Günter (4-1) will defend the NEF Amateur Bantamweight Title against Billy Markle (4-1).  Günter won the strap last fall with a third-round submission over Teddy Politis (2-1) at “NEF 45.”  Markle will make the trip from New Jersey in his mission to capture the belt.

 The full “NEF 47” fight card (subject to change):


170 Ryan Sanders 18-9 (Vision Quest) vs Mark Gardner 2-2 (The Academy)
165 Jesse Erickson 10-8 (CMBJJ) vs Matt Denning 5-12 (Denning MMA)
155 Mohammad Al Kinani 2-0 (Evolution Athletix) vs Ross Dannar 0-0 (Nostos)
155 Carl Langston 1-6 (Independent) vs Zenon Herrera 1-8 (Independent)
150 Nathaniel Grimard 1-0 (Nostos) vs Andrew Provost 1-0 (Robert Hugus BJJ)
145 Aaron Hughes 1-2 (Regiment) vs Anthony Vasta 0-1 (Defensive Edge)
130 Nate Boucher 0-1 (CMBJJ) vs David Juliano 1-2 (Driven Gym)
115 Glory Watson 2-1 (Young’s MMA) vs Natalie Schlesinger 1-0 (Driven Gym)


205 George Pissimissis 1-1 (Wai Kru) vs Seth Godfrey 0-0 (Titan Athletics)
185 David McCarty 1-1 (Titan Athletics) vs David Burke 0-0 (Nostos)
185 Joe Peters 0-1 (Karasu Tengu) vs Bryant Wade 1-0 (Titan Athletics)
170 Curtis Ouellette 2-3 (CMBJJ) vs George Demers 1-2 (Defensive Edge)
140 Chris Strout 0-1 (First Class MMA) vs Julian Sirois 0-0 (Vision Quest)
140 Cassidy Bedard 0-0 (CMBJJ) vs Michelle MacDavid 0-0 (Defensive Edge)
135*TITLE Felipe Günter (c) 4-1 (First Class) vs Billy Markle 4-1 (Nick Catone)
135 Tyler Parent 1-1 (CMBJJ) vs Nate Dorr 0-0 (Acadia BJJ)
125 *TITLE Tyler Smythe (c) 4-2 (Evolution Athletix) vs DeQuan Meeks 4-3
125 Josh Medeiros 1-1 (Karasu Tengu) vs Joey Buetera 1-1 (Driven Gym)

“NEF 47: The Battle of L/A” takes place on May 14, 2022, at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, Maine.  Tickets for the event are on sale now at  The event will be the promotion’s first in Lewiston-Auburn since June 2019.  For those unable to make it to Auburn for the event, “NEF 47” will stream live at a price of $29.99 at