Sid Wheeler Returns At Valor Fights 45

Valor Fights is quickly becoming the standout mixed martial arts promotion in the Southeast thanks to the talented stable of fighters under its banner.

Tim Loy and company consistently put on great shows and have no shortage of future stars to showcase at each of their events. 

However, there is only one Sid Wheeler.

The highly touted middleweight was on a meteoric rise until he suddenly hit a few setbacks both inside and outside of the cage. In June, Wheeler was in a car accident that left him severely injured and nearly put a halt to his career. Nevertheless, the resilient fighter is making his return to the cage against Robert Hale at Valor Fights 45 in Chattanooga, TN, on Saturday — just four months after his harrowing crash.

Wheeler's comeback alone is an incredible feat, but let’s take a look at why he is a fighter to keep an eye on this weekend.

An 'All-American' Rise

When Valor Fights first partnered with FloCombat in early 2016, Wheeler was a name destined for bigger things. And it didn’t take him long to back up the hype.

“The All-American Kid” had won his first four showings as a professional, but it was his fifth contest, an all-out war with Kendrick Miree at Valor Fights 33 in May 2016 that proved to the MMA world that the Tennessee native was something special. In a back-and-forth affair in which both men were pushed to their limits, Wheeler emerged victorious with a submission in the fifth and final round.


The win should have been a crowning achievement for Wheeler and one that earned him a much bigger showcase, but that’s where the uncertain twists of the fight game threw a nasty curve.

His next showing was slated to come against former UFC fighter Joe Riggs, but a last-second cancellation from Riggs put the August 2016 card for Valor Fights 36 in jeopardy. Ever the game fighter, Wheeler decided to take on a much more experienced Gerald Meerschart and paid the price as the Roufusport fighter earned a first-round submission victory.

Three fights later and Meerschart is now on the UFC roster, and that goes to show just how much Wheeler was up against by taking the short-notice tilt.

Wheeler would also fall against Brendan Allen (FloCombat’s No. 1-ranked middleweight) in the second round of their bout at Valor Fights 39 back in December. 

After back-to-back defeats, the hype surrounding Wheeler could have certainly cooled, but that’s not how he likes to play it.

The Kid Returns In Search Of Glory

Wheeler bounced back stronger than ever with a one-punch knockout victory over Travis Davis back in March, which should have paved the way for his shot at the big leagues. However, Wheeler's car accident occurred three months later, throwing his life and career into disarray.

Never one to be kept down, Wheeler recovered from his injuries, did the work to regain his strength, and on Saturday night plans to prove he’s not going anywhere. The top-ranked middleweight in the state of Tennessee will face Hale in a catchweight bout at Valor Fights 45.

Make no mistake about it... Wheeler is fighting for his future in the sport. In order to build the buzz he needs to reach one of the sport's big stages he’ll need a victory and will need to do so in impressive fashion.

How to Watch Valor Fights 45

On TV: Now Available on Roku and Apple TV 4--download the FloSports app now.
STREAMING: Only on FloCombat with a PRO subscription. A yearly PRO subscription provides access to ALL FloSports sites.
JOIN NOW

Joe Giannetti Discusses UFC Release: 'They Made A Mistake Letting Me Go'

FloCombat Road Trip 2: Joe Giannetti Describes How To Snatch Necks

Joe Giannetti came one scorecard away from becoming the Ultimate Fighter and from securing his dream as a member of the UFC's lightweight division. 

Watch Gilbert Burns, Rousimar Palhares & More Live At KASAI Pro 3

A trio of hot MMA events isn't the only action coming to FloCombat Saturday, Aug. 18. 

Justin Gaethje: 'I Need To Be Scared' vs. James Vick At UFC Lincoln

Justin Gaethje is never going to apologize for the way he fights—but he is planning to make a few adjustments ahead of his Aug. 25 scrap vs. James Vick at UFC Fight Night 135 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Shamrock FC 308 Preview: Watch Undefeated Johnny Eblen Live On FloCombat

XFN 21 Official Trailer | Watch Live On FloCombat

Part of a triple header of MMA goodness Saturday, Aug. 18, on FloCombat, Shamrock FC 308 streams live from the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, bringing some of the Midwest’s finest professional and amateur fighters right to your favorite device at 8:30 PM ET. 

Cage Titans FC 40 Preview: 5 Title Fights Highlight Stacked Card

No UFC this weekend? No problem.

Brave CF 14 Morocco Full Preview: UFC Vets, Undefeated Prospects On Tap

Brave 14 Morocco Preview | Watch Live On FloCombat

Brave Combat Federation makes its FloCombat debut in style Saturday, Aug. 18, live from Morocco. 

Gleison Tibau, Tom Lawlor Among 14 Fighters Cut From UFC Roster

Brave 14 Morocco Preview | Watch Live On FloCombat

While the UFC has added numerous fighters this summer, it has simultaneously trimmed its roster. 

Dustin Poirier Passing On 'Most Violent' Title Ahead Of Nate Diaz Fight

Brave 14 Morocco Preview | Watch Live On FloCombat

Don't expect Dustin Poirier to seek out another bloody war vs. Nate Diaz Nov. 3 at UFC 230. 

Top Turtle MMA Podcast: IFL Countdown, Mark De La Rosa Interview

This week, the Top Turtle MMA Podcast on FloCombat pays tribute to Gumby’s favorite defunct organization, The International Fight League (IFL). 

Gavin Tucker vs. Andre Soukhamthath Slated For UFC Moncton

Brave 14 Morocco Preview | Watch Live On FloCombat

An exciting bantamweight clash has been added to the UFC’s return to Canada.