Sunday, June 19, 2011

VFC 35 to Kick Off Victory Fighting Championships' Summer Series

Victory Fighting Championships is the pride of the Midwestern MMA scene. With nearly ten years of shows, Victory has established itself as a critical step for many fighters looking to move up to the ranks of major shows like the UFC and Strikeforce.

This summer, the VFC will be presenting a 'Summer Series' -- three shows in July, August, and September. The first show, VFC 35 features a heavyweight title throwdown between Abe Wagner and Justin Grizzard.

Abe Wagner is a TUF 10 alum. He fought for the VFC Heavyweight Title back in February of 2010, loosing to Travis Browne via second round TKO. Since then, Wagner collected one notable win, TKO-ing former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia. Wagner lost to Aaron Rosa in his last outing back in March.

Victory Fighting Championships Announces Super Summer Series Starts with VFC 35
Ryan Stoddard on June 12, 2011, 1:30pm

The Victory Fighting Championship is excited to announce The Super Summer Series; three exciting fight cards in three months. The VFC will light the fuse with their return to the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, IA on July 30. In August, the promotion hits the road for a First in a New Series of shows called VFC Fight Nights at the Courtyard Marriott Convention Center in Junction City, KS Presented by Briggs Auto Group on the 26th. Kansas’ most popular fighter, Joe “The Nose” Wilk, who is almost as well known for his entertaining walk-ins as his aggressive ground game, will headline the card. The Super Summer Series concludes back at the MAC on September 30 to wrap up the summer with a bang.

Headlining the July show are two of Omaha’s heaviest hitters, Abe Wagner(8-4) and Justin Grizzard(3-6). Wagner is coming off a Big Win back in January with his K.O. of Former UFC Heavy Weight Champion Tim Sylvia, While Grizzard is riding a 3 Fight Win Streak. The two VFC veterans will slug it out to see who gets to wrap the VFC Heavyweight belt around their waist at the end of the night. With two heavyweights who are always looking for the KO, this fight promises to be explosive.

In the evening’s co-main event, Joe Ellenberger, twin brother of UFC star, Jake Ellenberger, looks to start his journey back to the Victory Fight Championship lightweight title he had to vacate due to a rare and potentially life threatening blood disease. Always a fighter, Joe refused to quit and attacked the sickness as fiercely as he would one of his opponents; on July 30th he continues the fight by climbing back into the VFC’s cage.

The rest of the evening’s card promises to be just as exciting. Two crafty veterans, poised to prove that age is just a number and determined to make a run at a VFC title, will square when retired Omaha Police Department officer and coach at Omaha’s Premier Combat Center, Joe Baudler battles Ernest Bell from Hutchinson, KS. The always aggressive Drew Dober resumes his climb towards title contention and one of Omaha’s most popular and exciting amateur fighters, Mirsad Bektic, will make his pro debut. 9-0 as an amateur, Bektic has never had a fight go to the judges; he brings a mountain of momentum with him to this ‘must see’ debut. In addition, VFC 34 Fight of the Night winner Corey Roberts will be making his 135lb debut against another VFC 34 Fighter Tharron Ockenga who returns to his normal weight.

The amateur undercard features 6th ranked Brad Anderson(7-2) Who is coming off a win at VFC 34 and Moving up the Amatuer Ranks. Jacob Keifer and Miles Marshall will slug it out while Keifer puts his undefeated record on the line and Marshall continues to Rise in the Midwest. Female sensation Sarah McLeod(2-2-1) will look to maintain the momentum from her move to Omaha by notching another victory.

From start to finish, this is a card that fight fans do not want to miss. The VFC has continually been committed to putting on exciting fights with match-ups the fans want to see. In this first event of the Super Summer Series, they have not disappointed. When asked how he plans to match the excitement of this card come September, VFC owner Ryan Stoddard simply smiled and said “I have no clue, but we will.”

Victory Fighting Championship remains the premier mixed martial arts promotion of the region featuring the best up and coming talent from the Omaha, Kansas City, and Denver areas. Victory Fighting Championship fans have seen the emergence of such fighters as Spencer Fisher, Ryan Jensen, Jorge Gurgel, Josh Neer, Kevin Burns, Jake Ellenberger, Jason Brilz, Nick Mamalis, Rob Kimmons, Chris Camozzi, Ben Henderson, and Travis Browne.

To see the next generation of fighters today be sure to get your tickets to VFC 35, Saturday July 30th at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Fights start at 7:00 p.m. For Ticket and Event Info Check out,, or the Mid-America Center Box Office. Please "Like" Us on Facebook Right Here.

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