Victory Fighting Championship 39 Announced
Midwest’s premier MMA event announces Next Date
This year, March goes out like a lion with Victory Fighting Championship 39 on Saturday, March 30th, as the Midwest’s premier mixed martial arts promotion returns to Omaha, Nebraska.
A trio of UFC veterans will square off at the new Ralston Arena against some promising, up and coming, fighters with no shortage of “big show” experience themselves. Ryan Roberts faces WEC and IFL veteran L.C. Davis for the Victory Fighting Championship (VFC) Bantamweight Title. Eight-time UFC veteran Ryan Jensen will meet Rudy “Bad News” Bears, and Omaha’s own Jason Brilz will fight in the VFC squared cage for the first time since 2005.
Ryan “Are you Ready?” Roberts (17-10) is a UFC veteran who has faced some of the biggest names in the sport including Donald Cerrone, Marcus Aurelio, and Duane Ludwig. An enormous bantamweight, Roberts will look to ride the momentum of his December win over Josh Arocho at VFC 38 and add L.C. Davis (17-5) to a list of victories that already includes names such as Bellator veterans Nick Mamalis and Eric Marriott.
Davis – who also has victories over big name opponents such as UFC veterans Diego Nunes and Javier Vasquez – is eager to derail Roberts and leave with the VFC 135 pound belt around his waist. “I’m excited to fight Ryan Roberts!” said Davis. “He is a quality opponent that is a big show vet. It’s an honor to fight for Victory which, in my opinion, (has been) the best regional show in the Midwest for years. To be fighting for the VFC belt, in the place I started my pro career, is just icing on the cake.”
Roberts echoed that sentiment saying, “I’m very excited and honored to be chosen as the main event for VFC 39. Victory is, by far, the best promotion in the Midwest.” Roberts also praised his opponent saying, “I respect him as a fighter. He is a well-rounded and extremely tough fighter. But with the discipline I endure, I’m looking forward to finishing him.”
Ryan Jensen (16-8) has reinvented himself at 170 pounds. The veteran of eight UFC and seven VFC fights was a member of Portland Oregon’s Team Quest for three years but now trains with Greg Jackson and Mike Winklejohn in Albuquerque, where he spars with no less than UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones. Now, in the prime of his career and at a better weight class, Jensen continues on his march back to the UFC where he showed flashes of the brilliance VFC fans have seen for years.
Jensen’s opponent, Rudy Bears (14-11) has fought for the Bellator Fighting Championship promotion seven times and possesses a wealth of experience facing quality opponents including UFC veterans Paul Daley, Jason High and Chad Reiner. Having gone to a decision in just four of his 25 professional fights, he and Jensen are sure to provide the fireworks which VFC fans have become accustomed to seeing inside the smaller square cage.
“Victory is where I started my career” said Jensen. “Putting on a good scrap for the Omaha fans is priority one.”
Joe Baudler is a longtime member of the Omaha MMA community. The retired Omaha Police Officer will face the ultra-tough Bellator veteran Matt Uhde in what will be Baudler ‘s final fight. Baudler promises to leave it all in the cage.
Jason Brilz (19-5) fought seven times in the UFC against the absolute best light heavyweights on the planet. The run included wins over fighters such as Eric Schafer and Tim Boetsch as well as a razor thin split decision loss to the legendary Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. He will make his sixth appearance in the Victory Fighting Championship cage and look to build on his most recent victory, a second round knock-out last November.
In December, Victory Fighting Championship 38 drew 3,700 people to the Ralston Arena – which remains the attendance record for the venue – and outsold the UFC on FUEL earlier in the year. From the proceeds, $3,744 were donated right back to the community by way of the Special Olympics Nebraska and Omaha MDA charities. Having signed a multi-fight deal, the VFC is now the premier MMA event of the Ralston Arena.
On March 30th, Victory Fighting Championship 39 will usher out the month with a bang.
Current Fight card:
Ryan Roberts vs. LC Davis -Main Event
Ryan Jensen vs. Rudy Bears -Co-Main Event
Joe Baudler vs. Matt Uhde
Jason Brilz vs. TBA
Tickets For VFC 39 will go on sale Tuesday February 5th at 10:00 am at www.Homepridetix.com
Reserved Bowl | $20
Reserved Bowl | $28
Day-of | $33
Ringside row 1 | $60
Ringside row 2 | $50
Ringside row 3 | $40
Gold VIP Table for 10 | $630
Silver VIP Table for 10 | $530
Bronze VIP Table for 10| $430
Soon – in a first for any regional MMA promotion- season tickets will be available for all VFC events!
Victory Fighting Championship is the premier mixed martial arts organization in the Midwest. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Victory has provided its’ thousands of fans with high-quality, competitive, and entertaining fights since 2002. A catalyst for success, Victory has launched the careers of numerous elite fighters such as UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, Spencer Fisher, Jorge Gurgel, Josh Neer, Kevin Burns, Jake Ellenberger, Jason Brilz, Anthony Smith, Justin Salas, Nick Mamalis, Rob Kimmons, Chris Camozzi, Abe Wagner and Travis Browne. These Victory fighters have made their way to the largest, most competitive stages across the United States including the bright lights of the UFC. As an institution that continues to grow, thrive and gain strong, consistent momentum, Victory Fighting Championship presents fights at the region’s top venues and in front of the best crowds. Bright Lights, Big Fights.