We’re still almost two months away from Valor Fights 43, but the event already has a headliner. For the event titled “Border Wars,” Tennessee-based Valor Fights will team up with Kentucky-based Warrior FC to co-promote an event at the Corbin Arena in Corbin, Kentucky.
The headlining bout will see two titles on the line, as Valor light heavyweight champ Dustin Long (7-3) will face Ben Rowland (1-0) for both the Valor and Warrior FC heavyweight titles.
While Long has hinted at a move to middleweight, he’ll instead head the other direction for a heavyweight bout. The 34-year-old earned the Valor light heavyweight title with a fifth round TKO over Anthony Trotter at Valor Fights 36 last August. All seven of his wins have come via stoppage, including three via submission and four via (T)KO. In his last bout, he topped Michael Cockerham in a kickboxing bout at Valor Fights 39 in December. The Tennessee native has competed three times under the Valor/Apex Fights banner, and one under the Warrior FC banner.
While just one bout into his pro career, the 41-year-old Rowland is no newbie to combat sports. The Kentucky native competed seven times as an amateur mostly under the Valor banner. He made his pro debut last October, knocking out Doug Williams in just 16 seconds at Warrior FC’s “Warriors Against Cancer” event.