FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Portland, Maine (July 12, 2022) – New England Fights (NEF) returns with its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event “NEF 48: Heatwave” on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at the Rink at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine.  The event will be NEF’s first outdoor event since “NEF 8” in 2013.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of an amateur featherweight bout to the card.  Jonas Ryerson (0-1) will take on John Marcley (0-0) at a weight of 145 pounds.

Jonas Ryerson made his amateur debut last November at “NEF 45” in a losing effort against RJ Janeczek (2-0).  He will look for his first win at “NEF 48.”  Ryerson represents Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Lewiston, Maine where he trains under longtime NEF competitor Jesse Erickson (11-9).

“This camp I’m going to really go into that dark place,” said Ryerson. “I want blood, I want violence. I think a lot of people are counting me out and I just want to go out there and prove what I know I’m capable of. We can expect to see a win on July 30th, by any means necessary.”

John Marcley will make his amateur MMA debut in the fight with Ryerson.  Marcley is a member of Nostos MMA based in Somersworth, New Hampshire where he trains under UFC and Bellator veteran, and former NEF Professional Lightweight Champion, Devin Powell (10-5).  He is confident that his team will have him ready for his debut.

“I’m excited to make my debut for NEF,” stated Marcley.  “Nostos MMA is the hardest working gym in New England, so I’m ready to take this fight anywhere it needs to go.”

“NEF 48: Heatwave” takes place on July 30, 2022, at the Rink at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine.  Tickets for the event are on sale now at  The event will be the promotion’s first in the outdoors since 2013.

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.