Valor Fighting Challenge will be taking its show outdoors for VFC 59. The announcement came earlier today in a Facebook live video.
(Apologies for the video’s positioning. It is how VFC uploaded the clip to social media.)
Smokies Stadium will host its first ever mixed martial arts event May 18.
“We are excited to be bringing such a unique event to our baseball stadium this spring,” said Tennessee Smokies Special Events Manager Jason Moody, in a news release. “We’re always striving to bring events other than baseball to our facility and we’re confident that Valor Fighting Challenge will put on a great show.”
“For me, baseball is right up there with apple pie, the American Flag, and Doris Day. It’s America’s oldest and most beloved sport,” added Eric Turner, President of Valor Fighting Challenge. “MMA is the new sport on the block, the one that hopes to some day become as popular, as esteemed, as baseball. Bringing the two of them together is as a natural as peanut butter & jelly.”
Smokies Stadium is a baseball stadium located in Kodak, Tennessee, just east of Knoxville and adjacent to the tourist centers of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. The park, which opened in 2000, has a capacity of 6,412. It is the home of the Tennessee Smokies of the Southern League.
Tickets will be general admission and just $25 for adults and only $10 for children 12 and under.