The lineup for today's Hoosier Fight Club return is set with 14 total fights – 10 pro and four amateur.
In the main event, Bellator MMA veteran Anthony Gomez (9-2) will put his four-fight winning streak and perfect HFC record on the line when he meets fellow Bellator vet William Penn (7-4) in the heavyweight main event.
Gomez, a Chicago-based former student of Miguel Torres, most recently fought at HFC 23 in February, where he submitted Rob Morrow with a first-round triangle choke. Prior to that, he had three straight wins under the Bellator banner, including a pair of submissions.
Penn, from Indianapolis, hasn't fought since a March 2014 decision loss to John Hawk in regional competition in Ohio. But prior to that, he had four straight wins, including three by knockout. Two of his four losses have been against elite competition, three weeks apart from each other in 2011 when he lost to UFC heavyweight standout Stipe Miocic by knockout and Blagoi Ivanov – who on Friday fought for the World Series of Fighting heavyweight title.
HFC 24 also features the return of region standout Dustin Pape (5-2), of Duneland Vale Tudo, who will try to rebound from his first loss in two years when he meets Michigan's Erick Lozano (3-4). Plus, Tom Shoaff (7-1), of Schaumburg, fights for the eighth straight event for HFC, making him one of the promotion's elder statesmen. He fights Derek Loffer (9-3), who is coming off a loss to U.S. judo Olympian Rick Hawn.
HFC 24 takes place at Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso. Tickets for the event are $35 for general admission and $65 for VIP seats, and are on sale by calling 219-309-1861, or through localmmatickets.com.
Mitrione, Ebersole return Saturday in New Orleans: LaPorte native Brian Ebersole and Purdue graduate Matt Mitrione get back to work on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 68 in New Orleans.
Ebersole (51-16-1, 5-2 UFC) this past September snapped a two-fight skid when he took a split decision from John Howard in Las Vegas. On Saturday, he fights Dagestan's Omari Akhmedov (14-2, 2-1 UFC) on the event's preliminary card at Smoothie King Center. The fight airs on Fox Sports 1 (7 p.m.).
Mitrione (9-3, 9-3 UFC), a product of Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter" and a former NFL lineman, has a high-profile spot in the co-main event against Ben Rothwell (34-9, 4-3 UFC), a native of Kenosha, Wis., who this past fall got his first winning streak since 2007 when he knocked out Alistair Overeem.
Mitrione, though, is on a three-fight streak – all first-round knockouts. In March 2014, he stopped Shawn Jordan with one second left in the first round. He followed that up with a 41-second drubbing of Shawn Jordan this past September, then stopped former heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga in less than two minutes in December. A fourth straight win, ver increasingly tough competition, could have Mitrione in the mix for a shot at the heavyweight title.
Tickets on sale for UFC's Chicago return: The UFC returns to the United Center in July for UFC on Fox 16, and tickets for the event are on sale.
Tickets start at $40, plus fees, and go up to $250, plus fees, for cageside seats. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.
In the main event, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw defends his title in a rematch against Renan Barao. In addition, a women's bantamweight bout between former title challenger Miesha Tate and Jessica Eye is on tap in a likely title eliminator.