MCC 55’s Michael McBride is on the road to gold
Michael McBride (2nd from right)

Michael McBride training with Brian Sykes, TJ O’Brien & UFC’s Myles Jury

MCC 55’s Michael McBride is on the road to gold

For lightweight submission ace, Michael McBride, every fight in front of him is the most important. Every win is important when your sights are set on the bright lights that surround the world famous UFC Octagon. Any setback could cost you months of valuable hard work, training, and most important….time.

McBride is doing everything in his power to stay in the left column.

“The definite goal is to make it to the UFC. Some other of the bigger shows have shown interest, but my goal; my dream is to someday fight in the UFC.”

McBride’s next opportunity to take one more step towards his goal comes in the form of a lightweight title bout in a spot that was recently vacated by former champ, Johnny “Hollywood” Case when he received his call to the big show.


MCC 55’s Superman takes pride in the title: Family Man
Victor Moreno

Victor Moreno

MCC 55’s Superman takes pride in the title: Family Man

If you ask the fifty-plus professional fight veteran who Victor Moreno really is don’t expect him to tell you anything about the bad ass fights people know him for. In fact, don’t expect him to tell you anything about the fight game.

“First and foremost, I’m a father,” said the emotional Moreno. “I can’t help but to get a little choked up when I talk about my kids. My kids…my family, that’s what I focus on. They mean the world to me and they are the driving force behind everything that I do.”

It’s hard not to get a little choked up just listening to Moreno talk about what’s so important to him.


MCC 55: “Champions” set for September 19
MCC 55

MCC 55

MCC 55: “Champions” set for September 19

In just over one month, the Midwest’s most popular promotion will return to Hy Vee Hall with another explosive mixed martial arts event. MCC 55: “Champions” features five title bouts with some of the most exciting up and coming and veteran fighters in the game today.

Former champions collide

Victor “Superman” Moreno (30-20), MCC’s first Welterweight Champion will return to the cage to face off against former MCC Middleweight Champion, Jason “Type One” Louck (17-12) in the main event of the evening. The former champions will compete for the interim Welterweight title in a bout scheduled for five- five minute rounds. With nearly 80 fights between the two warriors, combined they have nearly as much experience as the entire fight card.

“This is a fight that’s been talked about for years,” stated MCC matchmaker, John Halverson. “These two have similar fighting styles; both explosive and good on the feet and on the ground. They’ve fought the who’s-who in the sport. Both of them are veterans with a ton of experience, come from great gyms, and I can’t think of a better main event.”

Howser defends his strap

MCC’s Featherweight kingpin, Eric Howser (5-2), will defend his belt when he meets Waterloo’s Mike Plazola (16-4). Howser stopped Josh Henry last year to win the title that was vacted when Timmy “Psycho” Gorman was called up to the UFC. This will be Howser’s first title defense. He most recently competed in the lightweight division and submitted striking ace, Sekou Moore.

Halverson added, “On paper this is Howser’s biggest challenge to date. Plazola is well rounded, explosive, and can win from any aspect of the sport. He’s a mirror image of Howser. This has fireworks written all over it.”

Submission specialists McBride and Hunhoff challenge for vacant title

Another belt is on the line after former MCC Champion, Johnny “Hollywood” Case was awarded a multi-fight UFC contract. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter’s Michael McBride (5-1) and Paul Hunhoff (5-3) will meet at MCC 55 to determine the new Lightweight Champion.

“Losing your champions to the UFC; that’s a good problem to have,” Halverson continued. “When you look at the list of fighter’s who have gone from MCC to the UFC there is a reason why these title fights are key in a young fighter’s career. McBride and Hunhoff are both hungry up and coming fighters with a solid grappling game. McBride and Hunhoff have been awarded submission victories in all of their wins, so when it comes to a virtual chess match on the ground, it’s going to come down to whoever can stay one step ahead of the other.”

Moore defends, Huskic and Thompson battle

Whenever Roy Moore (10-4) steps in the cage, his fights usually end violently with his opponent laying in a heap somewhere on the mat. On September 19 he will rematch the only fighter who has ever taken him to a decision…twice! Justen Shannon (9-4) will attempt to put a game plan together in order to dethrone the current Amateur Middleweight champion and get back a pair of wins lost to razor close decisions.

Ago Huskic and Levi Thompson both fought on the MCC 54 card this past June. Both of them won. And both of them put on fight of the night performances. They are at the top of the 145 lb. division and will go toe to toe for the first ever MCC Amateur Featherweight championship.

With five title fights to cap off the already stacked card, this is an even fight fans don’t want to miss.

Performance Nutrition Plus and Kamodo Klub present, MCC 55: “Champions”, Friday, September 19 at Hy Vee Hall, downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are available on-line at, at the Wells Fargo Arena box office, and all Dahl’s Food Store ticket outlets.

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