UVC 27 now set to take place on March 15 – Zachrich vs. Fioravanti still set as headliner


COLUMBUS, OH – Ultimate Victory Challenge today officially announced that its upcoming event, “UVC 27: You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” has been rescheduled and will now take place on March 15, 2014 at the Ohio Expo Center Lausche Building in Columbus, Ohio. The change was forced due to a minor injury sustained by Luke Zachrich.

The main event will still feature the biggest fight that Ohio has seen in some time, as Columbus native Luke Zachrich takes on Luigi Fioravanti in a middleweight clash.

“In order to accommodate this massive main event, we had to make the very tough decision to change the date of our next show,” UVC co-owner Rick Pyles said. “This is a fight that fans want to see and we as fans want to make it happen as well.”

Zachrich (13-2 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) looks to go 3-0 inside the UVC cage, as the Ronin Training Center co-owner has already amassed victories over Nick Kraus and Marcus Finch in previous outings. Most recently, he submitted Justin Gamble in the first round in August 2013. A brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Zachrich recently traveled to New York City where he became the 2013 Brown Belt Masters Open Class Champion.

With an impressive record and a new management group, Zachrich knows that he is just one step away from the next level of his career. A win over a fighter like Fioravanti could put the “Ultimate Fighter 7” and Bellator veteran inside the Octagon.

“Unfortunately injuries happen in this sport and this time it was me who was injured,” Zachrich said. “I wanted this fight more than anything and I can’t thank the UVC enough for making the accommodations to actually make a big fight like this happen!”

“When I got hurt my biggest fear was the fight not happening. Luigi is probably the biggest unsigned 185lb free agent in the sport right now and it made me sick there was a possibility I wouldn’t have an opportunity to fight him. The UVC was great and did what they had to do to make it happen even though it made them look bad when they had to move the date. I can’t thank them, the Ohio Athletic Commission and Tim O’Connor of The Combat Sports Agency enough for putting the time and effort into locking this thing down and giving me the opportunity to test myself against a great fighter like Luigi Fioravanti.”

A longtime staple of American Top Team, Fioravanti (23-11 / fighting out of St. Louis, MO) now lives and trains in the Gateway to the West at Finney’s MMA, where he is also an instructor. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, “The Italian Tank” competed in the UFC nine times from 2006-2009, where he racked up four wins against some of the best fighters in the world. Along with stepping in with the likes of Chris Leben, Jon Fitch, Diego Sanchez, and Anthony Johnson, Fioravanti posted victories over Solomon Hutcherson, Dave Menne, Luke Cummo, and Brodie Farber.

A former United States Marine, Fioravanti has posted a 10-6 record since his time in the UFC, including a 2-0 record with two stoppage victories in 2013. He has earned 15 of his career victories via stoppage, and is known for his massive punching power and slick submissions.

With the date change, a venue change was also necessary as the UVC will return to the Lausche Building at the Ohio Expo Center. The floor plan will be similar, and all tickets that have already been sold for the Feb. 8 date will be honored for March 15 as well.
Tickets start at $30 are available now via www.LocalMMATickets.com.

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