Well, it comes with a sad heart to announce that the upcoming UVC: MMA Fights at the Fair event is officially cancelled. Chris Larkin took to Facebook to share the news that broke earlier this morning. The committee in charge of The Ohio State Fair informed Larkin that they opted to scrap the event- citing poor ticket sales.
Although this news comes as a shock, we are not surprised. The event suffered a setback earlier this month when owner Rick Pyles received tragic news involving a family member. At first it seemed like the show was in jeopardy of being scratched, but the MMA community stepped up to help him out. Michelle Kring, and Chris Larkin, an official with a rival promotion put aside their differences to help Pyles out.
The Ultimate Victory Challenge (UVC) was considered to be one of the top-tiered promotions in the Ohio Valley region. Unfortunately for them a string of bad luck including fighters injuries and back outs nearly crushed the organization.
Finally, after nearly 9 months have elapsed since their last event the Columbus, Ohio-based promotion is making its long-awaited return. The event entitled, UVC: MMA Fights at the Fair, is being held at The Celeste Center- it takes place during the annual Ohio State Fair. A bonus to those coming to the event gets free admission to the fair with the purchase of an event ticket.
While we were not in attendance at the Tadmor Shrine in Akron, Ohio for Caged Madness we do have the results. According to our source and good friends over at GatewayMMA, it was “Another great night of fights.” The event, Caged Madness 30, was capped off with a professional heavyweight bout between Jeremy Linville and Curt Lemmon.
Just after a minute in the second round, Lemmon was able to earn the referee stoppage to not only pickup his first professional title but also remain undefeated. We were able to obtain a copy of his fight thanks to Chris Lemmon. You can watch his fight in it’s entirety below.
Akron, Ohio – Yesterday all six of the professional fighters stepped on the scale and made weight without any issues. This afternoon it was the amateurs who had to make their way to the scales. In Ohio, amateurs are not allowed to weigh-in the day before the event. By commission rules, they are required to make weight the day of the event.
Dannon Svab, owner of Caged Madness, informed us that all of the amateur fighters also made weight. Tonight fans and supporters will make their way to the Tadmor Shrine to cheer on their favorite fighter. Those in attendance will be treated to a great 15-bout event which features 4-title fights. Headlining the event will be a professional heavyweight title fight between Jeremy Linville and Curt Lemmon.
This Saturday night Explosive Fight Promotions returns to the Tadmor Shrine in Akron, Ohio for Caged Madness 30. The fight card was released earlier this week, and it is set to feature 15 bouts. Headlining the event will be a professional heavyweight bout between Jeremy Linville (2-1) and Curt Lemmon (2-0).
Linville and Lemmon will be competing for the promotions currently vacant heavyweight title. That’s not the only title on the line- three more amateur titles will also be up for grabs. First up is a light heavyweight title fight between Ray Hollis and Jachi Lyles.
This match-up will pit seemingly unstoppable and undefeated Lyles against Hollis. Both are up-and-coming fighters who are ready to make a mark. The winner of the fight will surely place them amongst the top of the light heavyweight division.