The grand ballroom at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor will be bustling with activity on Friday night as New England Fights presents its NEF 37 mixed martial arts fight card.
Friday’s fights begin at 8 p.m. Commentary for the online live stream will be provided by Ryan Jarrell and Bryan Stackpole of the Between the Rounds podcast.
This marks the first winter MMA event staged in Bangor, which previously has been the stage for a handful of summer shows, including an appearance by the “Dana White Looking for a Fight” podcast in August 2016.
NEF officials announced Tuesday that Friday’s show, which is headlined by a battle for the promotion’s pro featherweight title between unbeaten Josh Harvey and veteran Bill Jones, has sold out the 1,200-seat grand ballroom. It is the fourth straight sellout at the venue for mixed martial arts.
Friday’s card features two professional bouts and nine amateur contests, including a battle for the NEF amateur featherweight belt between Bangor’s Fred Lear (6-2) and Zac Richard (3-0) of Nostos MMA in Somersworth, New Hampshire.
Lear, Harvey and Glory Watson are three of eight fighters on the card based at Young’s MMA in Bangor. A ninth fight involving another eastern Maine competitor has Devin Corson of The Outlet in Dexter facing Taylor Bartlett of Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Lewiston in an amateur lightweight matchup.