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Hoosier Fight Club's 20th show could push a fighter to next level

2014-05-23T18:50:00Z 2014-05-23T19:15:26Z Hoosier Fight Club's 20th show could push a fighter to next levelMatt Erickson Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 23, 2014 6:50 pm  • 

Hoosier Fight Club hits a milestone next month with its 20th event.

HFC 20 takes place June 7 at Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso, and there's a key fight in the main event that could propel the winner to the next level of the sport.

Local standout Kevin Nowaczyk (15-3) meets Dom Steele (11-4) in the main event.

Steele, a Bellator veteran, has five straight wins over names that also have been at the next level, including Dan Hornbuckle, Ryan Thomas and Nate Moore. Nowaczyk, who had a shot at the UFC on Season 16 of "The Ultimate Fighter," has won three straight, all for HFC.

HFC matchmaker Paul Vale said the fight could be big for the winner – with nothing short of the UFC looking in from the outside at the fight.

Beyond that, Vale likes the co-main event, which sees the return of Jared McMahan from a tough leg injury to fight Adam Ward.

"Jared was on top of his game before the injury," Vale said. "Ward been going overseas for big wins and is a fighter that will throw everything at you at a frantic pace. But Jared really has been working on his standup. It would be a huge win for either of them."

Torres to give kickboxing a shot: East Chicago native Miguel Torres will return to action next week at the Hammond Civic Center in the sport he's been a part of for years – MMA.

But on June 21, he'll change things up a little when he competes in a four-man, one-night tournament for the Glory kickboxing promotion. The card takes place at the Los Angeles Forum, and Torres will meet Shane Oblonsky in his first bout.

Torres is 41-7 in MMA and the former bantamweight champion for the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting.

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