Mar 27, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- One of the top heavyweight prospects in the mid-south makes his way back to the cage on April 6 when Houston Lantrip (4-0, Memphis Judo and Jiu-Jitsu) takes on Pete Pirtle.

A couple of years ago, Lantrip was regarded as the top heavyweight fighter in the mid-south region, but then accepted a football scholarship to Louisiana Tech and had to put MMA on hold.

Well now Lantrip is back after a four-year layoff and ready to pick up right where he left off. He now trains at MBJJ (he started off at their sister school “The Fight Clinic”) and is ready to prove that he belongs among the elite heavyweights in the area.

On April 6, he takes on Pete Pirtle, and Landtrip knows that this will be a tough challenge for him in his V3 debut. According to Lantrip, “My opponent looks like a good striker and so am I, so I think it’ll be a good scrap. I’m well rounded for the most part but I think my greatest attributes are my speed and footwork. I’m very excited and can’t wait to fight.”

A lot has changed since Lantrip last stepped in the cage. When he left the MMA scene four years ago to pursue football, there was a lack of depth in the talent pool in the heavyweight division. V3Fights has changed that, and now not only are there more talented heavyweights fighting in this area, but the division is now stacked. Can Lantrip prove that not only was he one of the pioneers in the heavyweight division in the mid-south, but that he is still the top one around? We will find out on April 6!!!

This event will be aired on both Comcast Sports South and Aggression TV.

WHAT: V3Fights: Smith vs Bonner

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2013

6:00 p.m. Doors open

7:00 p.m. Fights start

WHERE: Minglewood Hall

1555 Madison Ave.

Memphis, TN 38104

ADMISSION: $45, $35 (reserved seating), $25 (general admission)

Tickets available at,, or the Minglewood Hall Box Office All ages are welcome

For further information, go to

About V3Fights V3Fights was founded in Memphis, TN as an amateur fighting circuit in 2009. The company’s mission is to provide quality MMA events for fans across the Mid-South, while serving as a proving ground for future professional MMA fighters. For more information on V3Fights, visit


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