VICTORY ANNOUNCES FULL CARD FOR HISTORIC VFC 50 SHOW
SATURDAY, MAY 21 LIVE FROM THE KANSAS EXPOCENTRE AND ON UFC FIGHT PASS®
Tickets for VFC 50 On Sale Now Through Ticketmaster.com
VFC 50: 3-Minute Round with Joe Wilk Video Series
Omaha, Neb. – Victory FC CEO Ryan Stoddard has revealed the full lineup of bouts for the historic 50th Victory Fighting Championship event slated for Saturday, May 21 in Topeka, Kansas. In addition to the already announced double title fights at the top of the card: Wagner vs. Gallemore and Mercado vs. Pimentel, Stoddard also announced eight additional matchups
for fans watching live inside the Kansas Expocentre and on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
“For our 50th event, I’m delivering a blockbuster Victory Fighting Championship card for Kansas, for our fans, and for this company milestone,” said Stoddard. “I’ve stacked VFC 50 with ten fights to keep fans standing on their feet from the first bout to the last – this event will be a thriller that starts with a bang and ends with back-to-back brawls for the VFC heavyweight and featherweight straps.”
In addition to Wagner vs. Gallemore and Mercado vs. Pimentel, Stoddard revealed that the next prodigy to come out of Hawaii and follow in B.J. Penn’s footsteps, Maki Pitolo, will take on Justin Guthrie as a much-anticipated welterweight bout for VFC 50. Riding a five fight win streak, Pitolo (6-2) last fought at VFC 49 where he punched his way to a second round TKO over Andrews Nakahara. In Guthrie (18-8), he’ll take on an MMA veteran and former Bellator athlete who last scored a submission win in June 2015 over Steven Mann. All of Hawaii will be watching when Pitolo squares off against Guthrie in an attempt to continue his rise in the 170-pound division and honor his state as their mixed martial arts legend.
Also on the card is the Blackzilian and former UFC fighter Yuri Villefort in a lightweight scrap vs. vs. Cody Carillo. Both 155-pounders are coming off wins at VFC 47 and looking to get into title contention at Victory’s 50th event with another thrilling first round stoppage (Villefort–TKO/knees; Carillo–TS/guillotine).
Tickets for VFC 50 are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com and at the Kansas Expocentre Box Office. Tickets start at $25.00 (does not include surcharges or applicable service fees).
At VFC 50, no one is better suited to headline an event in Topeka than “Big Kansas” Daniel Gallemore. This 6’5” Emporia-native and Bellator MMA star finishes fights by choice of KO or TKO. No doubt, “Big Kansas” will be the pride of the sold-out Expocentre when he squares off against Wagner to capture the VFC heavyweight strap. Wagner, a former The Ultimate Fighter® Season 10 competitor, is ready to defend his VFC belt and disappoint Gallemore’s hometown crowd by giving a fast knockout to their local favorite.
VFC’s co-main event will be a fast and furious championship bout featuring reigning titleholder, Mercado, versus the submission-artist and Blackziian challenger, Alexandre Pimentel. Mercado was awarded the VFC featherweight belt in January after defeating Alonzo Martinez via second round submission (rear-naked choke) at VFC 47. Now, Pimentel looks to stuff Mercado’s championship run and take the 145-lb. title back home to his famed team in South Florida.
Rounding out the VFC 50 are the following matchups, all of which will show live on UFC FIGHT PASS Saturday, May 21 starting at 8 p.m. ET:
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS – 205 LBS.
ROB MORROW 24-20 (CHICAGO, IL) vs. KELVIN TILLER 7-2 (TOPEKA, KS)
LIGHTWEIGHTS – 155 LBS.
ZAK BUCIA 14-7 (LAWRENCE, KS) vs. JAKE LINDSEY 10-4 (MANHATTAN, KS)
FEATHERWEIGHTS – 145 LBS.
CHUKA WILLIS 7-2 (EMPORIO, KS) vs. JUSTIN OVERTON 3-0 (EL RENO, OK)
BANTAMWEIGHTS – 135 LBS.
BRYAN TIMMONS 2-3 (KANSAS CITY, KS) vs. SHARKY SLATER 1-1 (MACON, MO)
FEATHERWEIGHTS – 145 LBS.
HANNAH ZECIRI 1-0 (PAOLA, KS) vs. TABBY PATTERSON 0-0 (TOPEKA, KS)
WELTERWEIGHTS – 170 LBS.
BRANDEN CHEVREFLIS 0-0 (KENORA, ONTARIO, CA) vs. IVEY NIXON 1-0 (JUNCTION CITY, KS)
(*All bouts are live and subject to change.)
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