FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Portland, Maine (October 2, 2018) – Staying undefeated for long in mixed-martial-arts, at any level and in all weight classes, is a rarity. And as one who carries that albatross, New England Fights amateur bantamweight champion Kam Arnold believes he has figured out the human nature of it all.

“I really try not to look at it like that, because that’s going to develop some unnecessary pressure,” Arnold said. “I think that’s where a lot of these guys go wrong. They maintain their focus on remaining undefeated. I go into every fight looking at my opponent as if they’re the deadliest thing walking. That kind of fuels my fire a little bit. I don’t want anybody outworking me.”

Arnold, who is 4-0 with four consecutive stoppages since first entering the hexagon, will defend his 135-pound strap at “NEF 36: Battle for the Gold” against Walt Shea (3-1) on Saturday, November 17 at Aura in Portland, Maine.

A native of Casco, Arnold knows it will be a tough and heavily anticipated bout, only a few miles from the home base of each combatant.

“The guy has a ton of heart. He’s definitely going to make me work. He’s an inspiration to a lot of people,” Arnold said of Shea. “He’s just an all-around grinder. He’s not going to do anything too flashy.

“I really don’t see him knocking anybody out. But I’m not going to take this guy lightly or for granted or anything like that. I know he’s a tough guy. He’s proven it. He’s definitely no slouch. All I know right now is he’s definitely in my way of solidifying my spot as number one in New England, so I’ve got to take him out.”

Few opponents have been able to hang with Arnold, who debuted in June 2017 and took out Glenn Kasabian, Kyle Kenney and David Thompson, all in three minutes or less.

A title fight against Killian Murphy was substantially more demanding. Arnold counts his fourth-round technical knockout victory as a learning experience.

“I feel like I could have finished Killian earlier, as well. I definitely didn’t fight up to my abilities,” Arnold said. “I’m very disappointed with that fight. It’s well known.”

Although he had been on a run of rapid finishes, Arnold took a more cautious approach against the dangerous Murphy.

“I was being not timid but very careful of his wrestling and getting taken down. I knew it was going to be a (scheduled) five-round fight, and I knew he was going to bring his energy and give me a fight. I’m not going to say I thought it was a cakewalk,” Arnold said. “With that being said, he definitely gave me a run, but if we were ever to square off again I know exactly what I would do. Once I stuff a couple of his shots and mentally break him, he has no choice but to stand up with me. If we ever were to go again, it would end up the same way, just a little quicker.”

Conventional wisdom says that Shea, who fights out of Brunswick’s First Class MMA, will try to take the title scrap to the ground.

Perhaps as a reflection of his renewed focus on himself instead of worrying about his opponent’s game plan, Arnold sees such a scenario as a chance to open some eyes.

“I definitely know what he’s best at. He’s definitely good on the ground. He’s got great grappling, definitely a good clinch game,” Arnold said. “He’s definitely going to be a strong guy. I don’t see him striking with me. If he does, I think it’s a death sentence on his part.

“It’s going to be a great fight. A lot of people don’t know what I’m capable of on the ground. I’m a very well versed fighter. I’m going to train in all aspects of the game. I’m just going to go in there and do what I do.”

Arnold is determined not to buckle under the pressure that accompanies his spotless record, but he said it’s all around him, every day.

Other promotions have called to inquire about his services, but Arnold is both wise to the nature of the business and loyal to the NEF organization that launched his career.

“You build trust with your promoter. With me making a splash in such a way that I have, you’re going to have a lot of people in your ear, and everybody’s going to have their own agenda,” he said. “You never really know what that’s all about, so it’s kind of tough on me. I just want to fight, you know? My coaches and managers take care of that.”

In addition to an excessive focus on wins and losses, other undefeated amateurs have been sidetracked by the decision to hit the professional ranks before they’re fully schooled in the game.

Arnold compares his approach to a certain football coach with five world championship rings in his showcase.

“I definitely want to turn pro, but I kind of like the (Bill) Belichick mentality. One game at a time, one fight at a time,” Arnold said. “Take care of Walt, take care of business November 17, and then I’m going to see what lies ahead. I’ll see what the best opportunity is for me. If I were to go pro, I’m going to have to train for a while. I have a long career ahead of me.

“I want to stay active. I want to contend for maybe a couple more titles. I want to be the best, and I’m willing to prove time and time again that I’m the best amateur 35er there is in New England hands (expletive) down.”

Training partners with their own proven success in the MMA arena – Matt Probin, Jesse Erickson and Dustin Veinott – help keep Arnold grounded.

He also has great support at home from fiancée Ciara, who is expecting the couple’s second child.

“Balancing fighting, family life and working, it’s tough, man. You’ve got to make sacrifices in life. If you want to be great and take it to the next level, you have to do things a lot of people wouldn’t do,” Arnold said. “With the people I’ve got behind me, I believe I can go anywhere with this. I’ve got the talent. I’ve got the hard work. I’ve got the chin, I’ve got the power, the explosiveness, the mentality. You’ve got to remain consistent within the gym, and barring injury you can go anywhere with anything you want to do.”

NEF’s next mixed-martial-arts event, “NEF 36: Battle for the Gold,” will see the company make its return to Aura in Portland, Maine.  The event is scheduled to take place Saturday, November 17, 2018 with a bell time of 7 pm.  Tickets are on sale now at www.AuraMaine.com.

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