FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bangor, Maine (January 19, 2023) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine on February 11, 2023, with its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event “NEF 51: Banger in Bangor.”  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of an amateur welterweight bout to the card.  Jon Assam (2-4) is scheduled to face Zach Danesh (0-1) at a fight weight of 170 pounds.

Assam will make his seventh appearance in the NEF cage on February 11.  It will mark one year since his last fight – a loss to Justin Kangas (now 0-1 as a pro) at “NEF 46” in February 2022.  That fight was a very close back-and-forth encounter that went to the judges’ scorecards with Kangas able to pull out the split decision.  Assam’s most recent win came at “NEF 44” in the summer of 2021 against Austin Hamilton (0-3) when Hamilton could not answer the bell to start the third round.  Assam represents Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CMBJJ) based in Lewiston, Maine.

“I’m grateful and excited for another opportunity to fight for NEF,” said Assam. “Like the song says: ‘baby I like it raw’. There’s nothing more pure than a fight.  I can’t wait!”

Assam will have his work cut out for him against Danesh on February 11.  Danesh trains at Defensive Edge in Wakefield, Massachusetts and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He made his MMA debut last fall on a fight card in the Bay State, losing by technical knockout in the second round.  Danesh will come to Maine looking to pick up the first win of his career.

“I’ve played games, and now it’s time to play war,” said Danesh.  “Like Socrates said: ‘”No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.’”

“NEF 51: Banger in Bangor” is scheduled for Saturday night, February 11, 2023, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.  Tickets are available now at  The event will also stream live on a pay-per-view basis at

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