The main and co-main event is now set for the upcoming Victory Fighting Championship (VFC) event. VFC 60 will take place next weekend, Saturday, April 14, at the Horseshoe Casino located in Hammond, Indiana.
Headlining the event will be a professional middleweight contest between Andrew Kapel (11-6) and Kevin Nowaczyk (15-3). Kapel, who has won four of his last five match-ups, will make the trek into enemy territory. The Minneapolis, Minnesota resident is no stranger to competing outside his hometown. In 2016, Kapel submitted Nick Kraus (10-5) midway through the first-round to capture the Hoosier Fight Club middleweight title.
“I approach fighting like I want to close the show,” Kapel said in a recent interview with CombatPress.com. “People decide they want to grapple with me, so I take them down and submit them.” Kapel has proven himself on the ground winning eight of his eleven fights by way of submission.
The hometown favorite Nowaczyk will have the crowd in his corner as he looks to extend his winning streak. His current winning streak spans several years and stretches across eight fights dating back to February 2013. In his last outing, Nowaczyk submitted Ultimate Fighter 19 alum Daniel Vizcaya (10-4) at Hoosier Fight Club 32. That match against Vizcaya was for the vacant middleweight title after Kapel dropped the title due to inactivity.
The two middleweights are ranked #1 by Tapology.com in their respective state; Kapel in Minnesota and Nowaczyk in Indiana.
Usman is a former University of Arizona defensive end and brother to current UFC fighter Kamaur Usman (11-1). The heavyweight contender jumped right into the professional ranks, forgoing the amateur division. He made his mixed martial arts debut less than one year ago submitting Derrick Williams at Tachi Palace Fights 31 just over one minute into the fight.
Shortly after that fight, Usman registered his second victory inside the cage stopping Van Palacio in the final seconds of the opening round. With two fights under his belt, both first-round victories, Usman has his eyes set on keeping his unblemished record intact. That won’t come easy as he faces his toughest opponent yet in Mayes.
Mayes began his amateur career in 2014 and for two years ran through his opponents. During that period Mayes racked up eight consecutive wins, stopping all but one of his opponents. In 2016, Mayes made his professional debut, submitting Harry Hunsucker in the first-round. That win in addition to his impressive amateur career earned him a title shot against Arnold Adams at Hoosier Fight Club 29.
After winning his first professional title, Mayes received an opportunity to compete at LFA 9 where he would earn a unanimous decision win over Demoreo Dennis. A few months later he secured the most significant break of his career. Mayes got the chance to compete on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Unfortunately, Mayes came up short in his match-up with now UFC fighter Allen Crowder.
With the loss in his rear-view mirror, Mayes now turns his focus to Usman as they compete in the co-main event.