On Wednesday, Nov. 23, Victory Fighting Championship hosted its 53rd event from the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa.

In the night’s main event, wrestling stalwart Raufeon Stots took on longtime veteran Jeff Curran. Stots, a two-time NCAA national wrestling champion, opened his career with six straight wins, including three straight in the VFC cage. Curran, meanwhile, returned to the sport for the first time in 18 months. “Big Frog” has fought for the WEC, UFC, Bellator and most recently, RFA. Twenty-one of his 36 career victories have come via submission.

VFC 53 kicked off at 9 p.m. ET live on UFC Fight Pass.

Raufeon Stots def. Jeff Curran by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Mike Plazola def. Nick Bartles by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:53
Rakim Cleveland def. Calley Kruger by submission (strikes). Round 1, 1:37
Chris Dunn def. Adem Mujakic by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:46
Kyle Noblitt def. Zach Rosol by submission (kneebar). Round 1, 1:48
Clarence Jordan def. R’Mandell Cameron by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

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