FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Portland, Maine (September 19, 2018) – New England Fights (NEF) will hold its final mixed-martial-arts event of 2018, “NEF 36: Battle for the Gold,” on Saturday, November 17 at Aura in Portland, Maine. Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of an amateur bantamweight bout to the card.  Nate Boucher (2-3) is scheduled to meet Jordan Young (1-1) at a fight weight of 135-pounds.  The bout is one of several in the bantamweight division either already announced or set to be announced for the NEF 36 fight card.

“The 125 and 135-pound divisions in NEF couldn’t be hotter right now with more and more lifelong wrestlers making the move to MMA and racking up the wins in the process,” noted NEF matchmaker and co-owner Matt Peterson. “At the top of the division, we have a very dominant champion in CMBJJ’s (Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) Kam Arnold (4-0) who has given us one highlight reel finish after another. Kam has set the bar really high and brought out the best in this deep group of contenders that want to eventually get a shot at the championship belt that he has a firm grasp on right now. As usual, it’s all upside for us as fans as we get to watch these great bantamweight matchups play out on November 17th.”

Nate Boucher, a teammate of Arnold’s at CMBJJ, had been scheduled to compete at “NEF 35” earlier this month in Bangor, Maine, but his opponent pulled out just days prior to the bout.  Boucher was looking to rebound from a three-fight skid that began last fall at “NEF 31.”  Prior to competing in MMA, Boucher wrestled for Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Maine.

“It was devastating to have my opponent pull out a week before my last scheduled fight in Bangor, but this game isn’t for everyone,” said Boucher.  “Jordan is a wrestler, so with that mentality, I know he’ll show-up on November 17th ready to fight. Jordan looked good in his last bout against my CMBJJ teammate, the very tough Joe Howard (1-1), so I’m looking to right the record against Howard for my team and get back in the win column myself. We’ll see who’s ready to fight and take the next step towards the top contenders of our weight classes.”

Jordan Young, fighting as an independent, upset Joe Howard earlier this month at “NEF 35” in Bangor.  Young forced Howard to tap out to a rear-naked choke in the second round.  It was the second impressive performance Young put on in recent months.  At “NEF 34” in June, he debuted against the more experienced Glenn Kasabian (2-3) of Nostos MMA.  Young took Kasabian the full three rounds before losing a decision on the judges’ scorecards.  Like Boucher, Young comes from a wrestling background.  He competed for Belfast High School in Belfast, Maine where he was a three-time state finalist and won a state championship in 2011.

“I’m more than excited to step back in the NEF cage on November 17th in Portland,” said Young. “Nate’s a warrior and doesn’t back down, and those are the sort of fights that I live for! Come November when that cage door gets shut, we’ll see who wants it more.”

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

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