FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Portland, Maine (October 19, 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 a professional welterweight bout to the fight card.  Mark “Pockets” Gardner (1-2) is set to meet Nick Alley (7-4) at a fight weight of 170 pounds.

Mark Gardner will make his return to the NEF cage after nearly a three year absence.  He last fought for the promotion in February 2019, gaining his professional debut victory over CJ Ewer (3-3).  Prior to that time, Gardner won three fights in a row, remaining undefeated in NEF as an amateur.  He has never lost a fight on Maine soil.  Gardner will look to bounce back from a loss at Bellator 243 last year against Dalton Rosta (5-0).  He represents The Academy based in Portland, Maine.

“I’m excited to get back in the cage on November 5th,” said Gardner.  “It’s been a little over a year and I’ve been putting in the work and training every day. Nick looks like a solid opponent and I think this is going to be a hell of a fight.”

Nick Alley is a longtime veteran of the New England MMA scene, having competed regularly in the region since 2011.  Like Gardner, he has fought for global promotion Bellator in the past.  November 5th will be Alley’s debut with NEF.  He has won four of his last five bouts as a pro, including  handing John Gotti III (5-1) the first loss of his MMA career last year.  Alley represents Team Link of Hooksett, New Hampshire.

“I’m excited to make my NEF debut against some of their best competition,” stated Alley.  “Mark and I come to fight every single time.  This should be an exciting fight for the fans!”

“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

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New England Fights (“NEF”) is a fight events promotions company. NEF’s mission is to create the highest quality events for fighters and fans alike. NEF’s executive team has extensive experience in combat sports management, events production, media relations, marketing, legal and advertising.