FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Portland, Maine (October 6, 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 a professional catchweight bout to the card.  Nathaniel Grimard will face Darren Gibbs at a fight weight of 150 pounds.

Nathaniel Grimard (2-1) will look to get back on the winning track after suffering his first loss as a professional to Jake Hixenbaugh (2-0) last summer at “NEF 48.”  Grimard had previously defeated Anthony Vasta (1-2) and Andrew Provost (1-1) at “NEF 46” and “NEF 47” respectively to start his pro career.  Prior to that time, Grimard had a solid amateur run that saw him amass a record of 4-1 and capture the NEF Amateur Featherweight Title.  He currently represents Nostos MMA based in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

“I’m excited to be back in Portland for NEF’s fiftieth event against another game opponent,” stated Grimard. “Darren is bringing much more experience to this fight, but I’m looking to put the pressure on and get back in the win column with a dominant performance.”

As noted by Grimard, Darren Gibbs does have the edge in experience in the fight with 12 pro bouts and 11 amateur bouts under his belt.  He has competed in the sport since 2013 and won two regional championships as an amateur.  Gibbs has a total of seven submission victories to his credit.  He represents Allegiance Jiu-Jitsu based in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

“He’s gonna have to be willing to go wherever the fight goes,” declared Gibbs.  “He better hope he catches me early with something or he’s gonna have the longest 15 minutes of his life this far. There’s no pressure this way. He’s the one at home. They picked me. November 12th he’s gonna see whether or not that was the right choice.”

“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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