Valor Fights kicks off its 2016 schedule on Feb. 13, as Valor Fights 30 heads to The International in Knoxville, Tennesee.
The organization was busy announcing fights for the card over the holiday weekend, including the main event, which will feature grappling standouts Nick Gehrts (4-2) and Steven Haag (1-0).
Although he’s normally known for his grappling, Knoxville’s Gehrts is nominated for the for his beautiful flying knee knockout over Augusta Tindall at Valor Fights 22 in April. The 20-year-old had an up and down 2015, going 2-2 with wins over Tindall and Adam Hyde.
Haag made his pro debut in September at Valor Fights 26 after a perfect amateur career, and he started things off right with an omoplata submission over Nick Collins.
Also in pro action, Randy Stamey (2-2) will look to extend his two-fight winning streak when he faces Corey Browning (2-0). Stamey has won two in a row over Tim Boyle and Josh Cate after starting 0-2. Browning is two-for-two with stoppages in his pro career as he has put away both Dalton Fox and Roy Sanders in the first round.
Brushing off rumors of retirement, Josh Cate (7-9) will return to action looking to break out of a two-fight funk as he faces Nick Collins (0-6).
And finally, Jason King (1-1) looks to start off 2016 the same way he started 2015, as he knocked out James Foster in just 10 seconds at Valor Fights 18. He’ll face William Ewers (1-0), who knocked out Steve Thomas in just 13 seconds in his pro debut at Valor Fights 26 in September.
On the amateur side of things, the top two bantamweights under the Valor banner will square off as 135-pound champ Freddie Walker (3-1) defends his title against Austin Childers (6-1).
Nick Gehrts vs. Steven Haag
Corey Browning vs. Randy Stamey
Josh Cate vs. Nick Collins
Jason King vs. William Ewers
Champ Freddie Walker vs. Austin Childers – for bantamweight title
Champ Will Buldoc vs. TBD – for flyweight title
Nick Baker vs. Damien Hamlin
Justin Goodin vs. Gavin Walker
Jakob Clemons vs. Aaron Milloway
*subject to change