Victory Fighting Championship 38: Roberts vs. Arocho was built and hyped beyond all belief for months leading up to the event at Victory’s new home, the Ralston Arena. With as much emphasis was placed upon this event, it is hard to imagine the event exceeding expectations, but that is exactly what happened.
As usual, the festivities opened with the public weigh-ins, held at Fire Barn Sports Bar & Grill’s new location on 48th and L Street, where Victory staff and fighters were greeted by a standing room only crowd. This would prove to be only the beginning for the big things that would happen for Victory over the weekend.
Finally fight night had arrived and early arrivals had begun to take place at the new facility. As people continued to walk through the main gate, talk and subtle whispers about how amazing the arena was. As fans made their way from the entrance up to the vendor concourse, the excitement continued to grow within them as more people became more vocal about the Ralston Arena being the perfect home for Victory Fighting Championship.
The crowd steadily poured through the entrances and filled the floor and risers quickly as the first bell crept closer to reality. It was obvious that this venue would be loud, boisterous and as many fighters mentioned; “electric”. Throughout the event, the Victory fans were not shy about voicing their opinions on their favorite fighters or judges’ decisions. One of the things that make Victory stand out from the crowd is the passion that resides within their fans.
A card that was credited by many as being “stacked” or even “the best card of the year”, did not disappoint. The crowd was treated with knockouts, submissions and several wars that ended in decision. There was no shortage of action inside the cage on that night.
Dwight Joseph (Lincoln, NE) def. Tyler Bell (Manhattan, KS) by TKO (Strikes) at 1:50 of Round 2 following a well-placed knee to the midsection.
Troy Nawrocki (Bellevue, NE) def. Rex Littell (Omaha, NE) by Unanimous Decision after three action-packed rounds.
Andy Smith (Ralston, NE) def. Zach Hughes (Omaha, NE) by Technical Submission (Arm Triangle) at 2:11 of Round 1.
Dylan Henry (Lincoln, NE) def. Corey Roberts (Omaha, NE) by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) after an absolute war.
Julian Marquez (Kansas City, MO) def. Levi Handley (Omaha, NE) by Rear Naked Choke at 2:44 of Round 1.
Kassius Kayne (Omaha, NE) def. Jacob Keifer (Fremont, NE) by Knockout at 2:30 of Round 1.
Josh Hopkins (Omaha, NE) def. Josh Pfeifer (Manhattan, KS) by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Cody Carrillo (Wichita, KS) def. Brandon Pfannenstiel (Omaha, NE) by Knockout at 1:09 of Round 2.
Ramiro “Junior” Hernandez (Bettendorf, IA) def. Josh Huber (Denver, CO) by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Drew Dober (Omaha, NE) def. Robert Rojas (Lincoln, NE) by Rear Naked Choke at 3:27 of Round 1 to become the first person to finish Rojas in his entire MMA career. Dober announced following the fight that he wanted to finish his opponent to prove the point that he is ready for the UFC.
Jay Wood (Omaha, NE) def. Kevin Burns (Des Moines, IA) by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45) to become the new Victory Fighting Championship Welterweight Champion.
Joe Ellenberger (Omaha, NE) def. Joe Wilk (Manhattan, KS) by TKO (Strikes) at 3:54 of Round 1 following a big slam to become the undisputed Mayor of Joe-Maha.
Ryan Roberts (Omaha, NE) def. Josh Arocho (Omaha, NE) by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to become the new Victory Fighting Championship Featherweight Champion.
How appropriate for a card and event that received so much attention to be the place for several historic firsts to occur. On top of all of the action that took place inside of the cage, Victory is pleased to announce that it set its own new attendance record, as well as set the attendance record for the Ralston Arena with 3,700 in attendance. Victory Fighting Championship Owner and Operator Ryan Stoddard gave the credit to “the best fans in Omaha”.
In many of the fighters’ pre-fight interviews and videos, they continued to refer to the Ralston Arena as “electric”, however it seems unfitting to sum it up with just one word. What happened at the Ralston Arena was so much more than that. The crowd, the venue, the atmosphere and the fighters all came together to create the perfect storm of MMA and we are certain that fans will relive the magic each and every time they attend Victory Fighting Championship at the Ralston Arena.
Knockout of the Night: Kassius Kayne
Submission of the Night: Andy Smith
Werner Cycle Works Fight of the Night: Corey Roberts Vs Dylan Henry
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