FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Portland, Maine (October 3, 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 women’s amateur catchweight bout to the card.  Cassidy Bedard (1-0) will face Amanda Ferreira (0-0) at a fight weight of 140 pounds.

Cassidy Bedard’s MMA debut at “NEF 47” last spring was one of the wildest and most bizarre contests in the promotion’s 10-year history.  Bedard took on Michelle MacDavid (0-1) in what looked more like a streetfight than an MMA bout.  Bedard got a chunk of her hair pulled out and there were accusations of biting before MacDavid was disqualified for eye gouging.  Despite the actions of her opponent, Bedard maintained her composure for three rounds and showcased her skills.  She is a member of Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu based in Lewiston, Maine.

“I feel like the odds are against me for this fight and that excites me,” said Bedard. “That just fuels my motivation to train harder and show up and prove to everyone, including myself, what I am capable of.”

Amanda Ferreira will make her amateur MMA debut at “NEF 50.”  She is currently undefeated as a kickboxer with wins over Carol Linn Powell and Sarah Lee Sudol on fight cards in New Hampshire.  Ferreira represents Karasu Tengu Academy based in Nashua, New Hampshire where she trains under NEF veteran Walter Smith-Cotito.

“I’m excited to fight Cassidy,” stated Ferreira. “I watched her fight at NEF 47. She likes to strike and also isn’t afraid to take it to the ground. I think her and I are going to put on a great show.”

“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.