FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Milford, New Hampshire (August 13, 2021) – New England Fights (NEF) returns with its next event, “NEF 44: Back in Black,” on August 21, 2021, at the Hampshire Dome in Milford, New Hampshire. The show will feature both mixed-martial-arts (MMA) and kickboxing fights. Earlier today, NEF announced the full fight card for the event which will be the promotion’s first since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and its first foray into the Granite State.

On the professional portion of the card, Glory Watson (0-1) and Rebecca Bryggman (0-1) will both seek their respective first pro victories in a women’s strawweight contest. Watson, a former NEF amateur flyweight champion, lost her pro debut earlier this year in Florida. Likewise, Bryggman came up short in her professional debut at Bellator 231 in the fall of 2019.

Caleb Hall (3-0) and Shaun Ray (2-0) will put their respective unblemished pro records on the line in a lightweight bout, as will Jacob Deppmeyer (1-0) and Aaron Hughes (1-0) who are scheduled to meet in the 145-pound featherweight division.

Also in action on the professional portion of the card will be NEF fan-favorite Josh Harvey (7-1-1). Harvey will look to bounce back after suffering the first loss of his pro career to veteran Jesse Erickson (10-8) last year.

Two title fights top the amateur portion of the card as Mike Bezanson (5-0) challenges longtime NEF Amateur Welterweight Champion Duncan Smith (6-3) for his strap and Nathaniel Grimard (3-0) and Brandon Maillet-Fevens (3-1) contest for the vacant NEF Amateur Featherweight Title.

Also featured on the amateur card will be a long-awaited rematch between Caleb Austin (4-0) and James Ploss (1-2) in the 125-pound flyweight division. Their first bout, won by Austin in April 2017 at “NEF 28,” was mired in controversy and received national attention on social media.

Additionally, NEF announced today that it had partnered with Combat Sports Now to provide a pay-per-view stream of “NEF 44: Back in Black.” The event will stream live in its entirety at https://combatsportsnow.com/event/new-england-fights-44 for $29.99.

The full “NEF 44” fight card:

PROFESSIONAL

155 Caleb Hall (Syndicate) vs Shaun Ray (Independent)
145 Josh Harvey (Vision Quest) vs Ian Beatease (KOV Gym)
145 Jacob Deppmeyer (First Class MMA) vs Aaron Hughes (Regiment)
115 Rebecca Bryggman (Kai MMA) vs Glory Watson (Young’s MMA)

AMATEUR

205 Henry Jeffs (Independent) vs Brandon Oldenburg (Vision Quest)
170*TITLE Duncan Smith (Evolution Athletix) vs Mike Bezanson (Kaze)
170 Curtis Ouellette (CMBJJ) vs Zach Faulkner (Recon)
170 Austin Hamilton (Independent) vs Jon Assam (CMBJJ)
155 Ryan Savage (First Class MMA) vs Kyle Pufahl (Nostos)
155 Lucas Donald (Independent) vs Evan Piette (Kaze)
155 Kaleb Kenney (Team Nitemare) vs Isaac Piette (Kaze)
145*TITLE Nathaniel Grimard (Nostos) vs Branon Maillet-Fevens (CMBJJ)
145 Cody Kilton (First Class MMA) vs Cam Hoyt (Kaze)
140 Mike Caron (SSSF) vs Key Baltazar (Nostos)
135 Teddy Politis (Evolution Athletix) vs Tyler Parent (CMBJJ)
130 Hannon Sanford (CMBJJ) vs Richard Martell (Young’s MMA)
125 Caleb Austin (CMBJJ) vs James Ploss (Kaze)
125 Tim Murray (Vision Quest) vs Guiliano Rossi(Kaze)
115 Matt Miles (Independent) vs Juan Quinom (UFC Gym)
130 KICKBOXING Dustin Veinott (CMBJJ) vs Geraldo Reyes (Team Link)

Tickets for “NEF 44: Back in Black” are on sale now at www.NewEnglandFights.com/Tickets/. The MMA and kickboxing event will take place at the Hampshire Dome in Milford, New Hampshire on Saturday, August 21, 2021, with a bell-time of 7 pm.

About New England Fights

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.