Valor Fights 41 goes down in Elizabethton, Tennessee this weekend, and the fight card features a whopping 21 bouts. A total of nine of pro bouts are on tap, including a headliner featuring fast-rising bantamweight Dylan Cala (4-1) taking on veteran Chris Wright Jr. (8-6-1).
Cala makes his Valor debut as one of the hottest bantamweight prospects in the sport, and it’s easy to see why the North Carolinian has so much hype surrounding him. The 24-year-old has earned stoppages in his first four wins as a pro. In his last outing, he submitted Kongo Bakatukanda via rear naked choke in the second round at USFFC 29.
Wright represents Roufusport and makes the trek from Milwaukee for his first bout since 2015. He looks to snap out of a three-fight losing streak, as he came up short against Jonathan Pearce at Valor Fights 26 in his last outing.
In the co-feature, Damir Ferhatbegovic (3-0) looks to remain unbeatean as a pro, as he welcomes Luis Pena (2-0) to the Valor cage for the first time. Ferhatbegovich has stopped his last two opponents in the first round, including a submission over Charlie Alexander at Valor Fights 38 last November. Pena comes in from Missouri and is looking to build off of a win under the Shamrock FC banner from December.
The event also features a deep amateur card, including four title fights and several UMMAF National Qualifiers. Bubba Cruz (4-1), Billy Swanson (5-1), Jakob Clemens (3-1), and Thomas Wooley (4-1) will all defend their Valor titles, but there’s also a bigger picture on the line as each bout will serve as a UMMA National Qualifier Final.
The fight card airs live via FloCombat starting at 6pm ET. Check out the full card below.
Dylan Cala vs. Chris Wright Jr.
Damir Ferhatbegovic vs. Luis Pena
Chandler Cole vs. Philip McGlothlin
Kobe Wall vs. Zach Cook
Nick Martino vs. Shonte Barnes
David Suter vs. Jason King
Aaron Lee vs. Judd Brown
Nick Gehrts vs. Latral Perdue
Roy Sanders vs. Brandon Glass
Bubba Cruz (c) vs. Steven Stevens* – Welterweight Title
Keith Olson vs. Jonathan Monneyham*
Billy Swanson (c) vs. Kelly Payne* – Heavyweight Title
Jakob Clemens (c) vs. Shane Shaffner* – Flyweight title
Thomas Wooley (c) vs. Preston Schick – Featherweight Title
Doug Williams vs. Homer Mangram
Charles Philpot vs. Jordan Ownbey+
Josh Cumbee vs. Tevin Brown+
Chase Boutwell vs. Aaron Milloway
Matt Johnson vs. Clayton Sommers
Roger Artrip vs. Chris Barnett
Austin Kurtz vs. Billy Combs
*UMMAF National Qualifier Final
+UMMAF National Qualifier Semifinal
Card subject to change