(PRESS RELEASE) COLUMBUS, Oh. – The professional lineup for UVC 22: MAYHEM is set, as three bouts featuring some of the most explosive fighters the Midwest has to offer are official for the event. UVC 22 takes place on Feb. 16, 2013 at the beautiful Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio.
“We feel like we have the perfect storm brewing for this event,” said UVC co-owner Rick Pyles. “We have great fighters, great matchups, and a great venue. People have wondered where we’ve been the past few months – we were just waiting to come back with a mega-card that will prove which organization really is king of MMA in Central Ohio.”
In the main event, Columbus product Dan “Dragon” Spohn (6-3 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) will make his highly anticipated UVC debut in a 205-pound bout against Gilbert Grappling product Rob Morrow (6-12 / fighting out of Chicago, IL). A four-time Bellator MMA veteran, Spohn will fight for the first time in his adopted hometown of Columbus, where he currently lives and trains at Buckeye MMA. A black belt in Kachido Akijitsu, Spohn is a striking specialist who has earned seven knockout victories including his amateur career, including a record 9-second knockout over Dane Bonnigson at Bellator 51.
“I’m excited to fight for UVC, especially being that they are a local Columbus fight organization,” Spohn said. “I’m doing things my way, and I’m ready for the opportunity to show my skills.”
He’ll have his hands full in Morrow, who enters the bout with knockout victories in each of his last two outings. A member of the same Gilbert Grappling gym that has produced UFC lightweight Clay Guida and former world champion Chase Beebe, he’ll travel to Columbus looking to play spoiler to the hometown favorite Spohn.
In the co-main event, two former UVC amateur champions will square off in their respective professional debuts, as reigning UVC heavyweight champion Tim “Fatboy” Dunn (0-0, 11-2 am / fighting out of Portsmouth, OH) will take on former UVC super heavyweight champion James Dishong (0-0, 7-2 am / fighting out of Columbus, OH) in a 265-pound heavyweight bout. Two of the most popular fighters in UVC history, these two top-ranked heavyweights asked for this fight against each other out of respect and plan on putting on a show for the fans in attendance. Dunn is a two-time UVC champion, and is the No. 1-ranked amateur heavyweight in Ohio. Dishong won the UVC super heavyweight title before dropping to heavyweight, where he earned a TKO victory over Curtis Thacker at UVC 20 in August. He is the No. 3-ranked amateur heavyweight in Ohio.
Yet another former UVC amateur champion will be in action at UVC 22, as former welterweight champion Isaac Steele (3-0 / fighting out of Cincinnati, OH) is set to take on XFC veteran “ Treacherous” Tommy Roberts (3-3 / fighting out of Jackson, TN) in a 170-pound bout. Steele went 5-0 as an amateur and has remained unbeaten as a pro, including winning two of his three bouts via submission. Now training at the Jorge Gurgel Academy, Steele is looking to remain unbeaten and take his career to the next level back in the UVC. A two-time XFC veteran, Roberts has earned two of his victories via TKO and is looking to make a name for himself as he fights for the first time in Ohio.