Victory Fighting Championship Has Officially Set the Lineup for the First Show of 2017

Return of Dakota Cochrane Highlights Main Card Additions to VFC 56

Six bouts added to April 14th event in Omaha & live on UFC FIGHT PASS

Rob “The Saint” Emerson vs. Raufeon “Supa” Stots – VFC Bantamweight Title

Kassius “Killa Kayne” Holdorf vs. Yuri Villefort – VFC Welterweight Title

NEBRASKA (Tue, March 21, 2017)– Dakota Cochrane will bring a four-fight winning streak into a featured bout that has been added to the main card at Victory Fighting Championship’s VFC 56 taking place on Friday, April 14th at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska, and live on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

Cochrane (27-10) will face EJ “Pretty Boy” Brooks (9-5) in a welterweight matchup that bolsters an already-stacked lineup featuring two VFC title bouts. The VFC 56 main card pits two-division champion Rob “The Saint” Emerson in a defense of his bantamweight belt against undefeated top-flight prospect Raufeon “Supa” Stots. In the co-main event, Omaha’s own Kassius “Killa Kayne” Holdorf puts his newly won welterweight crown at stake against Brazil’s Yuri Villefort.

Tickets for VFC 56 will be available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Cochrane vs. Brooks

A native of Kearney, Iowa, Cochrane is in the midst of a career resurgence having won 10 of his last 11 fights, including his first-round submission verdict over Jake Lindsey in their much-anticipated rematch at VFC 55 this past December. The 30-year-old coaxed a tapout from Lindsey in the third round of their original matchup at VFC 47, and also earned submission victories at VFC 52 and at VFC Fight Night at Harrah’s 3. Cochrane has notched finishes in 19 of his 27 career victories, 12 of those via submission.

Brooks, who fights out of St. Louis, Illinois, has two submissions and one TKO amongst his nine wins.




Rounding out the VFC 56 Main Card:

Tony Ortega (3-3) vs. Terrance Almond (2-2) – All three of Ortega’s victories have been finishes, highlighted his appearance at VFC 45 when he needed just 19 seconds to knock out Jacob Akin. After winning his first two pro bouts, Almond has dropped two in a row including a 21-second knockout at the hands of Arnold Berdon at VFC 54.

Bernard Thomas (3-1) vs. Boimah Karmo (2-1) – On the heels of a 19-bout run in the amateur ranks, Thomas opened his pro career by notching three straight finishes – two of those being first-round submissions. Karmo went undefeated as an amateur and then began his pro career on a high with back-to-back wins.

Kenny Licea (4-1) vs. Corey Davis (1-0) – At VFC 55 last December, Licea earned a first-round submission victory over Gary Westphal. He made his pro debut at VFC Fight Night Junction City 6 where he needed only 30 seconds to get a tapout from Jason Pfeifer. Davis went 7-0 as an amateur and kept his winning ways on track when he turned pro at VFC 54 by earning a first-round TKO over Lucas Dias.

Scott Futrell (5-5) vs. Duane Johnson (2-0) – Nebraska’s own Johnson registered decision wins at VFC 49 against Bernard Thomas and at VFC 52 over Ivey Nixon. Futrell has won two of his last three, both by third-round TKO.

Chuka Willis (9-3) vs. Sodiq Yussef (3-0) – Willis has been on a tear of late, winning five of his last six with three coming via TKO and another with a submission due to strikes when he beat Justin Overton at VFC 50. The VFC cage has brought out the best in Yussef as he notched second-round TKO wins at VFC 52 against John Ramirez and then again at VFC 54 against Devin Turner.

Bryce Logan (5-2) vs. Jeremiah Denson (2-2)Logan has won two in a row and four of his last five – his last outing providing a first-round TKO stoppage of Robbie Ostovich at VFC 54. Denson arrives in the VFC sporting a pair of wins via first-round submission.

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