May 8, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- On May 11 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN, Zachary Hicks and Brandon Pemberton will square off in a #1 contender fight to determine who will fight Adam Denton for V3Fights’ vacant featherweight title. This is truly a bout where two different styles will collide inside of the V3 cage.

Hicks had a standout amateur wrestling career, and has made an easy transition over to MMA where he continues to his wrestling to dominate opponents. In his last fight, he was able to defeat All-American wrestler, Greg Stratman, in under a minute in the very first round. Hicks is currently a high school wrestling coach, which is obviously helping him stay sharp and on point with his grappling.

Pemberton has some of the best Muay Thai that has ever been seen inside of the V3 cage. His footwork and movement inside the cage is second to none and helps him to pick apart his opponents. Pemberton would like nothing better than to defeat Hicks and get a rematch with Adam Denton, who to this day is the only person that has been able to defeat Pemberton.

It’s obvious that Hicks will want to get this fight to the ground and Pemberton will want to keep the fight standing. The winner will be the one that can execute their game plan and use their strength to their advantage. Both fighters feel very confident going into this bout:

Zack Hicks

"I have a lot of respect for Pemberton. I think he’s one of the best strikers in the state at 145. He throws very unorthodox kicks and punches. That being said, I see a lot I can exploit in his game. I think I’m more well-rounded than he is. I know he’s a southpaw, and I’ve been working with pure boxing southpaws and pure Muay Thai southpaws. I’ve been sparring them on a daily basis. I know my training partners are better than he is, so come fight time I’ll be ready. I have no doubt in my mind that I can finish him, but I know I can drag him into deep waters if I need to. I plan on making a statement."

Brandon Pemberton

“Hicks is a tough opponent. He is probably my toughest opponent match up wise. He’s a strong wrestler, but I’ve been taken down in all but three of my fights, so it’s nothing I’m not prepared for. Should be an interesting match.”

Not only are these two fighters the best of the best at their respective disciplines, but also two of the best featherweights in the southeast region. Don’t miss out when they collide on May 11!!!!

This event will be aired on Comcast Sports South

WHAT: V3Fights: Lawrence vs Lua

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2013

6:00 p.m. Doors open

7:00 p.m. Fights start

WHERE: Marathon Music Works

1402 Clinton Street

Nashville, TN 37203

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

Tickets available at,, or

the Marathon Music Works Box Office

All ages are welcome

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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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