After three months off, Hoosier Fight Club returns Sept. 13 with HFC 21.
As usual, the card takes place at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso.
In the main event, welterweight Belal Muhammad (5-0), of Chicago, tries to stay perfect against Chris Curtis (10-3), a five-year veteran who trains with UFC lightweight Roger Bowling in Cincinnati.
Muhammad has a pair of wins under the Bellator MMA banner, including his last time out in March in Hammond. But his two career knockouts have come in fights for HFC.
But HFC's co-feature has had a shift. Promotion officials told The Times that Anthony Nache (2-0), from the famed Miletich camp in the Quad Cities, had to pull out of his fight with Tom Shoaff (5-0) due to an injury. On short notice, Bobby Emmons (4-2), a two-fight HFC vet from Evansville, has stepped up to fill in.
Also on the card, Anne Malinoff makes her pro debut at atom weight against Michigan's Chrissie Daniels, and onetime "Ultimate Fighter" hopeful Kevin Nowaczyk returns against Billy Ward; fellow "TUF" contender Daniel Vizcaya meets Nick Kraus; and Duneland Vale Tudo standout Dustin Pape takes on Randy Meade.
Tickets for the event are $35 for general admission and are available through localmmatickets.com.
Magny stays hot, then gets quick booking: Neil Magny remained the UFC's hottest fighter in 2014 when he picked up a unanimous decision upset win over Alex Garcia two weeks ago in Tulsa, Okla.
The win kept him perfect at 4-0 in the calendar year and made him the first UFC fighter to reach four wins in 2014. Considering UFC fighters get about three bouts a year on average, going 4-0 is no small feat.
But already, Magny is booked for his fifth fight of the calendar year, which will be his sixth fight in less than a full year's time – a UFC record-worthy pace.
Magny (12-3, 5-2 UFC), who formerly trained in Northwest Indiana and twice fought for HFC, has been booked for a welterweight fight against William Macario (7-1, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 25. His first trip to Brazil didn't go so well. After a win in his UFC debut, he fought Sergio Moraes in Rio and was quickly submitted in the first round. He'll be trying to erase that memory against Macario.
Macario fought on Brazil's second season of "The Ultimate Fighter," the reality competition that produced Magny in the U.S. He lost in that show's finals, but Macario rebounded this past December for his first official UFC win.
Shockley heads to Brazil, as well: For his second fight in the UFC, Duneland Vale Tudo-based Josh Shockley will be making a long trip to Brazil.
Shockley (11-3, 0-1 UFC) is set to take on Brazilian Fabricio Camoes (14-8-1, 1-3-1 UFC) in a lightweight bout at UFC 179.
The fight will be Shockley's chance to rebound following a first-round TKO loss to Jason Saggo in June at UFC 174 in Vancouver, his promotional debut after back-to-back wins for Hoosier Fight Club.
With consecutive losses, Camoes hasn't won since January 2012 and has fought just once in 27 months.