Upstart Kansas City promotion Epic Fight Night will feature big-name fighters at its first event as big show veterans Rob Kimmons and Tyler Stinson will collide on June 29 in Kansas City, Mo. at Epic Fight Night 1.

The two welterweight veterans bring a wealth experience to the promotion’s inaugural event.

Kimmons fought seven times in the UFC Octagon, going 3-4 while competing at middleweight. After a rough stretch in which he dropped three straight bouts, the Missouri native dropped to the welterweight division. He now rides a three-fight winning streak, with all three wins coming by stoppage. The 32-year-old carries a record of 26-8.

Like Kimmons, Stinson is also a native of the Kansas City fight scene. Now living in Denver and training at the Grudge Training Center, the 27-year-old has competed for both Strikeforce and Bellator. After going 2-2 under the Bellator banner, Stinson went 1-2 for Strikeforce, with one of those losses coming via split decision to the promotion’s final 170-pound champion, Tarec Saffiedine. Stinson got back in the win column with a first-round knockout win in December, taking his record to 24-9.

The match-up will be a contrast of styles as 16 of Kimmons’ wins have come via submission, while 16 of Stinson’s wins have been the result of strikes. It will be the first time that either fighter will step into the cage in 2013.

At this time, no other bouts have been announced for the June 29 event. More fights are expected to be announced in the coming months. The event will take place at the KCI Expo Center.

Photo: Tyler Stinson (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

  • Thank you for covering this story. This is huge for Kansas City and we are excited to have a fight of this caliber on this card. These guys are seriously some of the most exciting fighters I have ever seen. Make sure you are watching Epic Promotions and Epic Fight Night 1 for more huge announcements.

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