New England Fights (NEF) made its return to Portland, Maine on Saturday night with the fight promotion’s latest mixed-martial-arts event, “NEF 34: Home of the Brave.” A jam-packed house of fight fans took in the action as NEF fighters delivered the non-stop excitement from bell to bell in what many are calling one of the best events the company has ever produced.
On a card featuring a total of 18 fights, the judges’ scorecards were not needed until the thirteenth bout of the evening. Prior to that time, the early card featured a plethora of exciting finishes including a pair of D’Arce Chokes courtesy of Angelo Rizzitello (2-1) and Henry Clark (4-4) and highlight-reel knockouts by Cody Rolling (5-5) and Zac Lawrence (1-0). Thirteen of the evening’s fights ended in the first round.
Kam Arnold (4-0) and Killian Murphy (1-1) waged an absolute war for the vacant amateur bantamweight title in what made history as the first amateur fight in Maine to ever go beyond the old three-round limit. Arnold claimed the title with a fourth-round knockout in a bout that will certainly be a contender for “Fight of the Year” this December when voting begins.
Not to be outdone, Carlton Charles (2-2) and Duncan “The Highlander” Smith (3-2) took their amateur welterweight title fight into the fourth round as well. Smith took the gold home after putting Charles out with a rear-naked choke.
On the professional side of the card, Young’s MMA teammates “The” Ryan Sanders (16-9) and Aaron “Relentless” Lacey (5-2) were in action. Sanders submitted Vince McGuiness (5-8) with just seconds remaining in the first round while Lacey lost a unanimous decision to Da’Mon Blackshear (5-1) in the main event.
NEF announced that its next MMA event, “NEF 35: Wicked Season,” would originate from the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine on September 8, 2018. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Monday morning at 10 am. A pre-sale for online tickets started Saturday night at www.CrossInsuranceCenter.com with pre-sale code “NEF.”
The full results from Portland, Maine:
Da’mon Blackshear def. Aaron Lacey via unanimous decision
Ryan Sanders def. Vince McGuiness via armbar, round 1
Duncan Smith def. Carlton Charles via rear-naked choke, round 4
Kam Arnold def. Killian Murphy via KO, round 4
Mark Gardner def. Eric Camacho via armbar, round 1
Glenn Kasabian def. Jordan Young via unanimous decision
Glory Watson def. Chelsea Tucker via TKO, round 1
Carter Labrecque def. Josiah Kenney via TKO, round 1
Angelo Rizzitello def. Clifford Redman via D’Arce Choke, round 1
Zac Lawrence def. Jordan Norman via KO, round 1
Henry Clark def. Jack Greene via D’Arce Choke, round 1
Curtis Ouellette def. Dalton Dunphy via TKO, round 2
Brady MacDonald def. Greg Waterbury via guillotine, round 1
Cody Rolling def. Mike Williams via KO, round 1
Sarah Matulis def. Carol Linn Powell via rear-naked choke, round 1
Joe Howard def. Brandon Clark via guillotine, round 1
Christian Barrett def. Brandon Schwinck via TKO, round 1
Taylor Bartlett def. Delmarkis Edwards via TKO, round 1
NEF’s next mixed-martial-arts event, “NEF 35: Wicked Season,” will see the company make its return to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. The event is scheduled to take place Saturday, September 8, 2018 with a bell time of 7 pm. The ticket pre-sale is happening now online at www.CrossInsuranceCenter.com with pre-sale code NEF. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Monday morning, June 18 at 10:00 am EDT.