FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Auburn, Maine (April 4, 2022) – New England Fights (NEF) returns with its next mixed-martial-arts (MMA) event “NEF 47: The Battle of L/A” on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, Maine.  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of a professional welterweight fight to the card.  “The” Ryan Sanders (18-9) is scheduled to face Mark “Pockets” Gardner (2-2)at a fight weight of 170 pounds.

Ryan Sanders will make his first appearance in the NEF cage since November 2018 when he defeated Jacob Bohn (10-9) via second round doctor stoppage.  It marked Sanders’ third straight win with the promotion.  He is a longtime member of the NEF roster, having headlined the promotion’s first event in February 2012 with a submission win over Dan Keefe (7-3).  Sanders has taken part in many of the most memorable moments in NEF history, including his defeat of his former coach, and UFC veteran, Marcus Davis (23-11) at “NEF 12.”  He currently represents Vision Quest Muay Thai based in Newport, Maine.

“To say I’m excited to return to the NEF cage would be an understatement,” stated Sanders. “It’s been over three years since I last fought, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been training. I’m with a new team at Vision Quest Muay Thai and head coach in the great Primo Bellarosa. Primo has been turning me into a calculated killer for the last half year, and I can’t wait for the display of beautiful violence that I’ll be putting on on May 14. My opponent, Mark, is a tough kid, but I know I’ll give him enough reasons to make his voice chirp. I’m going to snatch his leg, neck, and soul in that order. I will smile while I do it because I love my job. The cage is my happy place, and I’ve really, really missed it. They don’t know. But soon they will. Evolve or Die.”

Mark Gardner has been a regular in the NEF cage since his amateur debut in 2017.  He went a perfect 3-0 as an amateur with the promotion, finishing all three of his opponents.  Gardner made his professional debut at “NEF 37” with a first-round victory over veteran CJ Ewer (3-3).  In his most recent outing at “NEF 45” last November, Gardner won by second-round technical knockout over a very tough Nick Alley (7-5).  He currently represents the Academy of MMA in Portland, Maine.

“I’m excited to jump back into the cage on May 14th,” said Gardner.  “Ryan Sanders is a tough opponent, and I think it’ll make for a great fight. He’s a seasoned fighter, but I’ve only improved since my last fight and I’m more prepared than ever to get in there and smash. It’s gonna be a good one!”

“NEF 47: The Battle of L/A” takes place on May 14, 2022, at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, Maine.  Tickets for the event are on sale now at  The event will be the promotion’s first in Lewiston-Auburn since June 2019.

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.