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Illness forces main event change at VFC 33, Jeff Curran now headlines

Illness forces main event change at VFC 33, Jeff Curran now headlines

A six-bout main card is locked in following the official weigh-in for Victory Fighting Championship’s VFC 53 which takes place on Wednesday, November 23rd at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa, and live on UFC FIGHT PASS.

The original main event for VFC 53 was unfortunately shelved after middleweight champion Mike “Biggie” Rhodes had to withdraw from his title defense with Ron “The Choir Boy” Stallings due to illness.

As a result, the co-main event moves to the top of the bill and will see rising star Raufeon Stots (6-0 – Houston, Texas) take on accomplished veteran Jeff “Big Frog” Curran (37-17 – Chicago, Illinois) in a bantamweight showdown.Illness forces main event change at VFC 33, Jeff Curran now headlines

Stots and Curran both weighed in at 135.2 lbs.

A battle for Waterloo bragging rights is a featured matchup on the card and pits Mike “Plazilla” Plazola (12-5) against Nick Bartels (4-1). Plazola stepped off the scale at 155.2 lbs. Bartels initially missed his mark but successfully came through at 155.8 lbs. on his second attempt.

Other VFC 53 main card weigh-in results:

Catchweight (195 lbs.)

Rakim Cleveland (14-8 – Des Moines, Iowa) – 194.3 lbs.

Calley Kruger (6-3 – Parkersburg, Iowa) – 193.7 lbs.


Chris Dunn (12-8 – Des Moines, Iowa) – 145.2 lbs.

Adem Mujakic (7-9 – Waterloo, Iowa) – 145.0


Kyle Noblitt (2-1 – Branson, Missouri) – 229.2 lbs.

Zach Rosol (3-1 – Nashua, Iowa) – 250.7 lbs.


R’Mandel Cameron (7-3 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – 170.9 lbs.

Clarence Jordan (7-3 – Waterloo, Iowa) – 170.4 lbs.

A four-bout amateur card will open up the live event.

VFC 53 airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS®. UFC FIGHT PASS is available on: personal computers, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Sony TVs with Android TV and Roku devices.

Victory Fighting Championship’s #3Shows30Days campaign continues on December 9th in Omaha, Nebraska, before wrapping up on December 23rd in Topeka, Kansas. Ticket information for all three events is available at

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