Reigning Victory Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Daniel “Big Kansas” Gallemore will defend the title in his home town as the main event for VFC 57 slated for Friday, May 5 in Topeka, Kansas, and live on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
Gallemore (6-3) will stand across from challenger “Razor” Razak Al-Hassan (12-5) when the two clash inside the VFC cage at the Kansas Expocentre.
The 31-year-old Gallemore defended his crown for the first time at VFC 55 last December, and the fan favorite didn’t disappoint that night as he scorched challenger Derek Bohi, needing only 1:34 to register the TKO victory. Gallemore is perhaps best-known for the fight that earned him the VFC heavyweight belt as he scored a stunning first-round win over then-champion Abe Wagner at VFC 50 in May of last year.
Gallemore has racked up five wins via knockout, and four of his victories have come inside the opening round.
Al-Hassan, who is originally from Ames, Iowa, and now fights out of Kansas City, Missouri, is a 10-year veteran and two-time UFC competitor. The 34-year-old started his career with a perfect 7-0 run and then made appearances at UFC Fight Night 16 (Fight for the Troops 1) and UFC 104.
Al-Hassan earned a second-round submission win over Demetrious Richards at VFC 32, and previously fought under the banners of Bellator MMA and the Maximum Fighting Championship. He has three knockouts and eight submission wins to his credit.
The co-main event and other featured matchups for this card will be unveiled shortly.
Tickets for VFC 57 are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
Victory Fighting Championship launches its 2017 campaign on Friday, April 14 with VFC 56 taking place at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.
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About Victory Fighting Championship
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 former 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, John Halverson, 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. For more information, visit victoryfighter.com and follow Victory Fighting Championship at Facebook.com/victoryfighting, Twitter and Instagram @victoryfighting, and YouTube.com/victoryfighting.
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