FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Portland, Maine (October 19, 2022) – New England Fights (NEF) returns to Aura in Portland, Maine on Saturday, November 12, 2022, with its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event “NEF 50.”  Earlier today the fight promotion announced the addition of an amateur lightweight bout to the card.  Zach Faulkner (4-3) will meet Chase O’Brien (0-0) at a fight weight of 155 pounds.

Zach Faulkner will look to break the first two-fight losing streak of his amateur career and pick up his first win of the calendar year.  He started 2022 off with a split-decision loss in a very hard fought battle with Mike Murray (4-2) for the NEF Amateur Lightweight Title at “NEF 46” in February.  Faulkner would suffer his next loss against a tough Bobby Kelley (3-4) last summer at “NEF 48.”  Prior to 2022, Faulkner was 4-1 with three finishes to his credit.  He is a five-year veteran of the NEF cage.  Faulkner currently represents Recon MMA based in Westbrook, Maine.

“I’m super excited to be fighting at home in Portland,” exclaimed Faulkner. “I know Chase is a newcomer, but I’m expecting him to come in well-trained and ready.”

Chase O’Brien will make his amateur debut in the fight with Faulkner.  He represents Wai Kru based in Massachusetts – a team that has produced some of the region’s top competitors over the years like Dan Keefe (7-3) who main evented “NEF I” in February 2012.  O’Brien has competed previously in unsanctioned bouts and grappling tournaments.

“I appreciate Zach taking the fight,” said O’Brien. “I’ve been waiting years to finally get a sanctioned fight. May the hardest hitter win!”

“NEF 50” is scheduled for Saturday, November 12 at Aura in Portland, Maine.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. with first fight taking place at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available now at

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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.