Dylan Cala Claims Gold, Prospects Shine Bright
Of the collective, no fighter had more at stake than highly touted phenom Dylan Cala. "The Future" expects his invite from the UFC to come in the near future, and it would take a victory over Chris Wright in the main event on Saturday night to get that done.
And despite some rough waters in the early goings, Cala handled the veteran fighter in strong fashion en route to picking up the next round. It was anyone's fight to take going into the final frame and it was all Cala in the third as he picked up the unanimous decision victory and became the new Valor Fights bantamweight champion in the process.
The North Carolina representative backs up the hype each and every time out, and it won't be long until he's competing under the bright lights of the sport's biggest stage.
Another touted young talent coming up in the Valor ranks put on a show as Nick Gehrts put away Latral Perdue in the first round of their tilt. Gehrts wasted no time closing the distance on his opponent, then locked in a rarely seen calf slicer to bring an abrupt end to the bout.
Here's a sample of some of the best action from the card for your enjoyment:
Dylan Cala def. Chris Wright via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Luis Pena def. Damir Ferhatbegovic via Submission (Triangle) Rd 2
Chandler Cole def. Phillip McGlothlin via TKO (Strikes) Rd 1
Kobe Wall def. Zach Cook via Submission (Triangle Choke) Rd 1
Nick Martino def. Shonte Barnes via Submission (Rear-naked Choke) Rd 1
Jason King def. David Suter via TKO (Strikes) Rd 1
Judd Brown def. Aaron Lee via TKO (Strikes) Rd 1
Nick Gehrts def. Latral Perdue via Submission (Calf Slicer) Rd 1
Roy Sanders def. Brandon Glass via TKO (strikes) Rd 3
Bubba Cruz def. Steven Stevens via Submission (Scarfhold) Rd 1
Keith Olson def. Jonathan Mooneyham via Submission (triangle choke) Rd 1
Billy Swanson def. Kelly Payne via TKO (punches) Rd 2
Jakob Clemons def. Shane Shaffner via unanimous decision
Preston Schick def. Thomas Wooley via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Homer Mangram def. Doug Williams via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Jordan Ownbey def. Charles Philpot via Submission (Choke) Rd 1
Josh Cumbee def. Tevin Brown via KO (Punches) Rd 1
Chase Boutwell def. Charles Chandler via Submission (Triangle Choke) Rd 1
Matt Johnson def. Clayton Sommers via Submission (Armbar) Rd 3