Top prospects Joe Heiland and Cornelius Godfrey added to already stacked UVC 23
COLUMBUS, Oh. – With an already deep lineup set to blow the roof off of the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, May 10, three more professional bouts have been added to the UVC 23: Invasioncard that now features six pro bouts along with eight amateur bouts.
In lightweight action, “Smokin’” Joe Heiland (8-2-1 / fighting out of Cleveland, OH) is set to make his UVC debut in a featured bout against Augusta “Ice Ice Baby” Tindall (3-1 / fighting out of Adrian, Michigan).
A special education teacher by day, Heiland is the best friend and teammate of Bellator MMA superstar Brian Rogers at the Strong Style Fight Team in Cleveland. After starting out his career with a 6-1-1 record, Heiland took a break from MMA before returning to action in 2012. He is 2-1 since returning and is also now a Bellator MMA veteran himself. Heiland is set to take on Tindall, the current Spartan Fighting Championships pro lightweight champion. A striker by trade, the Michigan native has won three bouts in a row via knockout.
After recently relocating to Ohio, top bantamweight prospect Cornelius Godfrey (7-1 / fighting out of Columbus, OH via Huntington, WV) will make his UVC debut against the super tough Steve Smith (4-3 / fighting out of Findlay, OH).
After winning a Golden Gloves title in boxing, Godfrey decided instead to focus on his MMA career, and that has proven to be a wise choice thus far. Originally training at Ground Zero MMA in West Virginia, Godfrey recently relocated to Columbus and is now on the mats with some of the best fighters in the country at Ronin Training Center. The XFC veteran has finished six of his seven foes and is the current Spartan Fighting Championships bantamweight champion. He’ll take on Demolition Fight Team’s Smith, who started his career 4-1 before dropping close bouts in his last two outings.
The final addition to the pro portion of UVC 23 is a middleweight contest between Strikeforce veteran Marc Cofer (8-7 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) and Tyson Triplett (6-8 / fighting out of Lawrenceburg, IN). The 41-year-old Cofer looks for his first UVC win as he puts his two-fight winning streak on the line against the Indiana native who is 4-2 in his last six.
UVC 23 also features a headlining bout between middleweights Luke Zachrich and March Finch, as well as a co-headliner featuring light heavyweights Dan Spohn vs. Aaron Mays. Tickets start at $25 and are now available through LocalMMATickets.com.
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The current lineup for UVC 23:
185 lbs – Luke Zachrich vs. Marcus Finch
205 lbs – Dan Spohn vs. Aaron Mays
155 lbs – Joe Heiland vs. Augusta Tindall
135 lbs – Cornelius Godfrey vs. Steve Smith
185 lbs – Marc Cofer vs. Tyson Triplett
185 lbs – Matt Anderson vs. Jeramy Karshner
170 lbs – Nick Rizos vs. Robbie Michaels (for welterweight title)
205 lbs – Don Germany vs. Aaron Bush
155 lbs – Rob McPherson vs. James Pfeiffer
135 lbs – Aaron Hughes vs. Donny Korbel
135 lbs – Austin Durbin vs. Jordan Schembri
145 lbs – Ronnie Shoemaker vs. Jeff Dotson
About Ultimate Victory Challenge
Ultimate Victory Challenge, LLC is the premier promoter of mixed martial arts (MMA) cage fights in Central Ohio. Founded in 2008, UVC operates under direction of the progressive Ohio Athletic Commission and has held 20 events to date. UVC has featured many of the area’s top fighters, including Luke Zachrich, Lance Palmer, Dan Spohn, Victor O’Donnell, Julian Lane, Jon Washington, and Matt Lanning. UVC is a family-friendly MMA experience that puts fighters first. For more information on UVC, visit www.UVCMMA.com.
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