FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bangor, Maine (February 4, 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.”  Tickets to the event are sold-out, but a live PPV stream is available at  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the addition of an amateur bantamweight bout to the card.  Hannon Sanford (1-3) will meet Stanislav Rakov (2-2) at a fight weight of 135 pounds.

Hannon Sanford will look for his first win in the NEF cage on February 11.  He has lost his three previous fights with the promotion, including hard-fought unanimous decisions against Key Baltazar (2-0) and Felipe Gunter (4-3).  Sanford recently picked up the first win of his amateur MMA career on a fight card in Massachusetts.  He currently represents Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu based in Lewiston, Maine.

“I’m extraordinarily excited to get back to the cage,” said Sanford.  “Everyone should know by now that I love to fight, and that’s exactly what I’m coming to do. I don’t know who the opponent is, but I’m hoping he’s bringing his A-game because, as always, I’m gunning for war.”

Stanislav Rakov will make his first appearance in the NEF cage on February 11.  He made his amateur debut in a kickboxing bout in the summer of 2021, winning a unanimous decision.  He has since gone 2-2 in MMA competition and is currently riding a two-fight win streak.  Rakov represents Fighting Arts Academy of Milford, Connecticut where he trains under Nick Newell.

“I am excited to come to Maine and compete for NEF,” said Rakov.  “Taking fights on short notice is a part of this game and I stay ready to fight. I can’t wait to put on a performance for you guys!”

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.