LEWISTON – In just a few weeks, NEF 42 will host perhaps one of the biggest fights in promotion history as Bruce Boyington is set to fight a UFC vet for the lightweight title. But, this weekend his opponent changed as Josh Grispi is out and Manny Bermudez is in.
The level of competition is arguably better as Grispi would have been fighting for the first time since 2013.
He just got out of jail after serving five and half years for domestic abuse as Grispi was once in line to fight Jose Aldo. A UFC legend, Bermudez was recently released from UFC but had success as a fighter in the top promotion, going 3-2.
NEF 42: Symphony of Destruction is scheduled for Feb. 8 at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland.