Valor Fights 37 is set to mark the promotion’s debut in Cleveland, Tennessee this weekend, and a robust fight card is on tap for the event.
In the main event, Eryk Anders (4-0), a former linebacker for the Alabama Crimson Tide, will look to keep his perfect record as a professional MMA fighter intact. Anders has earned three of his four wins via stoppage. Most recently, he submitted DeKarie Sanders in just 33 seconds in the main attraction at a V3 Fights event in June.
Anders is set to take on Jesse Grun (3-2) in a middleweight bout. Grun comes in looking to rebound from a loss to Felipe Portela at Valor Fights 31 in February. The bout, which was for the organization’s inaugural professional welterweight title, went to the fourth round before the “Ultimate Fighter” veteran stopped Grun via TKO. Grun has earned all three of his wins via stoppage, including submissions over Justin Hartley and Judd Brown, and a TKO over Doug Usher.
Stepping into the co-main event is Jonathan Pearce (4-1), who will take on Quinten Culpepper (1-0). Pearce stepped up on short notice just over a week ago, and he looks to rebound from the first loss of his pro career in June. Culpepper made his pro debut in June, defeating BJ England via TKO at Valor Fights 33.
Another rising star on the card is flyweight Devin Ward (2-0). Ward looks to remain unbeaten when he faces Georgia native DaMarcus Holmes (3-4).
Four amateur titles will also be on the line. In the amateur main event, the Valor and Apex featherweight titles will be unified, as Valor champion David Mang (2-1-1) takes on Apex champion Doug Williams (7-4).
Light heavyweight champion James Garmany (4-0) also looks to remain unbeaten, as he defends his title against Travis Gregoire (1-0). Garmany is currently ranked No. 5 in the BluegrassMMA Rankings.
Casey Peel (3-0) and Bubba Cruz (3-0) will square off for the vacant welterweight title. Both fighters are unbeaten with all of their wins coming via stoppage.
The Apex Fights bantamweight title is also on the line, as Kevin Alexander (4-2) takes on Hunter Thomas (3-0). Alexander has won three in a row, and Thomas looks to remain unbeaten and claim his first amateur title.
Fight 1 – Billy Combs vs. Joseph Long – 165 lbs Catchweight (Muay Thai)
Fight 2 – Jimmy Dean (1-3) vs. Kelly Payne (0-0) – Heavyweight
Fight 3 – John Hall (0-0) vs. Josh Williams (0-0) – Heavyweight
Fight 4 – Jonathan Noah (1-3) vs. Amun Cosme (0-0) – Featherweight
Fight 5 – Jordan Perrault (1-2) vs. Dakota Pell (0-0) – Featherweight
Fight 6 – Matthew Ashley (0-0) vs. Brett Ervin (0-0) – 200 lbs Catchweight
Fight 7 – Lauren Kyle (0-1) vs. Jill Myers (1-0) – 165 lbs Catchweight
Fight 8 – Kendrick Stewart (0-2) vs. Geoff Phillips (0-0) – Flyweight
Fight 9 – Chris Butler (2-1) vs. Lee Poke (2-1) – Middleweight
Fight 10 – AJ Bowden (0-0) vs. Rodrigo Gonzalez (6-4) – 140 lbs Catchweight
Fight 11 – Kevin Alexander (4-2) vs. Hunter Thomas (3-0) – Apex Fights Bantamweight Title
Fight 12 – Casey Peel (3-0) vs. Bubba Cruz (3-0) – Welterweight Title
Fight 13 – Travis Gregoire (1-0) vs. James Garmany (4-0) – Light Heavyweight Title
Fight 14 – Doug Williams (7-4) vs. David Mang (2-1-1) – Valor/Apex Featherweight Title
Fight 15 – Shonte Barnes (0-0) vs. Timothy Stewart (0-1) – Welterweight
Fight 16 – DaMarcus Holmes (3-4) vs. Devin Ward (2-0) – Flyweight
Fight 17 – Jonatahn Pearce (4-1) vs. Quinten Culpepper (1-0) – Featherweight
Fight 18 – Eryk Anders (4-0) vs. Jesse Grun (3-2) – Middleweight
*subject to change