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MMA fighters to support local animal rescue organizations

November 29, 2017

Knoxville Civic Coliseum hosts Valor Fights for Valor 47

Valor Fights, which features top rising stars in the Southeast, is teaming up with local animal rescue organizations to kick off its 2018 schedule at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m.

The event, called Valor 47, features a mix of the region’s top professional and amateur MMA fighters, including UFC veteran Waylon Lowe and the long-awaited pro debut of Shamir Peshewa. Valor Fights favorites Shonte Barnes, Damir Ferhatbegovic and Jason King are some of the anticipated fighters at this event. On the preliminary fight card, former University of Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson will make his MMA debut.

Valor Fights President Tim Loy is thrilled to kick off the 2018 schedule with such an impactful collaboration with animal rescue groups.

“We couldn’t be more excited, proud and grateful to team up with these great organizations to put on an awesome show for MMA fans in Knoxville,” Loy said. “We’re pumped to kick off our 2018 schedule in style and help out a great cause.”

Valor 47 will benefit the following local animal rescue organizations: At Risk Intervention; Go North Transportation Collaborative, a project of Peaceful Kingdom; Belly Rubs Basset Hound Rescue; East Tennessee Boxer Rescue; East TN Pit Bull Rescue; and Pets Without Partners. Proceeds from the event will be distributed evenly among each organization.

“Fighters fight. Inside the ring or outside, they are the first ones to champion good causes and protect the weak,” said Cyn Mobley, an At Risk Intervention representative. “We’re honored to be associated with one of the premier fight organizations as they provide world-class entertainment and make our communities better places to live.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at This event will stream live on 

About Valor Fights

Valor Fights is an MMA promotion that was founded in 2007 and takes pride in showcasing the top rising talent in the Southeast, while providing first-class live events for their growing fan base. For more information, visit

About the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum

The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is conveniently located near the junction of Interstates 75 and 40 and sits downtown near the University of Tennessee campus. The facility attracts more than 250,000 people per year through a wide array of events, including Knoxville Ice Bears hockey games and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Pops Series. The facility includes a 6,500-capacity coliseum with 22,000-square-feet of exhibit space; 2,500-capacity auditorium; 10,000-square-foot exhibit hall; 4,800-square-foot ballroom; and a natural lawn amphitheater with a capacity of 10,000.

About SMG

Celebrating its 40th anniversary and founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming; construction and design consulting; and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information, visit