Victory Fighting Championship will make their 2017 season debut on April 14 in Omaha, Neb. with Victory FC 56. Headlining the card will be Victory FC bantamweight and welterweight championship fights as Rob Emerson (19-11, 1 NC) defends his 135-pound title against Raufeon Stots (7-0), and Kassius Holdorf (9-3) defends his 170-pound title against Yuri Villefort (9-5).
Ryan Stoddard, President & CEO of Victory FC commented on the upcoming event:
“These are two outstanding title fights featuring four of the very best talents on the Victory Fighting Championship roster. Rob Emerson is a veteran competitor who still has designs on competing at the highest level but to get back to the UFC, he is going to have to defend his Victory Fighting Championship belt against unquestionably one of the top prospects in Raufeon Stots. Kassius ‘Killa Kayne’ is great mix with enough fights to now boast veteran-level experience but he is also a high-end prospect as well. Yuri Villefort has really turned his career around and is now back to competing at level everyone has expected from him.”
Emerson vs. Stots – for bantamweight title
Following a No Contest against Gray Maynard in his UFC debut, “The Saint” put together a 3-3 run inside the octagon. The 35-year-old Emerson returned to the regional circuit from 2010-2013 and then went 2-1 in Bellator before debuting with Victory FC last year. Emerson won the Victory FC bantamweight title with a submission of Shawn West last June, and most recently won the Victory FC featherweight title with a first round knockout of Ryan Roberts in December.
Stots is unbeaten thus far in his pro career with seven wins and four stoppages. He most recently won a unanimous decision over UFC vet Jeff Curran at Victory FC 53 in November. Before that he racked up three more wins in the Victory FC cage in 2016 with a submission of Charlie DuBray in July, a KO of William Joplin in April and a submission of Demetrius Wilson in January.
Holdorf vs. Villefort – for welterweight title
Holdorf won the Victory FC welterweight title in December with a second-round knockout of Maki Pitolo. The bout was a rematch from last July when Pitolo bested Holdorf via decision. “Killa Kayne” has finished all nine opponents he has beaten including seven stoppage wins under the Victory FC banner.
Villefort is a Strikeforce and UFC vet and is currently riding a three-fight winning streak. The 25-year-old Brazilian made his Victory FC debut in January of last year with a first-round knockout of Kenneth Glenn. Villefort most recently fought at Victory FC 50 last May winning a unanimous decision over Cody Carrillo. Three of his six wins have been by submission and two by knockout.