MEDINA, Minn. — Between them, they have fought eight times in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. And all three — Travis Wiuff, LaVerne Clark and Tyrone Roberts — have hopes of a return visit before they finish their MMA careers.
Wiuff (38-6) of nearby Rochester, Minn., will take on Jimmy Westfall of El Paso, Texas, in the main event of Extreme Challenge 65 tonight at the Medina Entertainment Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the first fight starting at 8:30 p.m.
This will be a brief return to the heavyweight division for Wiuff, who is trying to make a mark at the light heavyweight (205-under) division. Westfall is expected to weigh 235, while Wiuff will be about 220.
Clark (19-13) of Davenport, Iowa, was 4-1 in the early UFC events, but has struggled with consistency in his attempt to make it back. He has faced most of the top fighters in the world… Matt Hughes, Frank Trigg, Dave Menne, Shonie Carter, Fabiano Iha and Chris Lytle to name a handful… with mixed, but always exciting results. Chacon, a solid puncher from Denver, Colo., will be a good test of Clark’s current abilities.
Roberts (29-8-1) of Tama, Iowa, won his only UFC appearance, but has been up-and-down in recent years. He faces a tough light heavyweight test from Ron Fields of Dayton, Ohio, a journeyman who has fought Jeremy Horn and Niko Vitale among other top guys in the weight division.
In a fight of local interest, Joey Clark (9-2-2) of Minneapolis will fight a rematch with Jason Medina of Moline, Ill. Medina, a longtime member of Miletich Fighting Systems, won the first meeting.
Also, unbeaten local hero Dan Casey (16-0-1) will face Gabe Lemley of London, Iowa. Lemley just returned from Japan, where he fought in K-1.
Tickets start at $30 and are available by calling Dave Menne at 651 336-2777 or Medina box office at 763 478-6661.
EXTREME CHALLENGE 65 LINEUP
Jimmy Westfall vs. Travis Wiuff
Cruz Chacon vs. LaVerne Clark
Ron Fields vs. Tyrone Roberts
Jason Medina vs. Joey Clark
Mike Suttles vs. Rich Scherer
Jake Ellenberger vs. Evan Boemer
Gabe Lemley vs. Dan Casey
Erik Eaton vs. Dane Dornbush
Josh Chambers vs. Ryan Willett
Jade Pergande vs. Keith Nelson
Gerald Pierson vs. BJ Lacy