XFC announces legal action against WSOF regarding Faria fight

November 14, 2014

Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) announced that it intends to file a lawsuit against the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) as a result of  Kalindra Faria’s scheduled fight on Saturday’s WSOF card.  The XFC stated in a press release that it intends to file the suit in the U.S. District Court in Tampa, Florida.

Via XFC press release:

XFC has an exclusive contract with Ms. Faria which XFC provided to WSOF.

Notwithstanding the clear terms of Ms. Faria’s exclusive contract with XFC, WSOF has made it clear it intends to proceed with Ms. Faria’s bout planned for this weekend.

There is no question that XFC has a valid contract with Ms. Faria and that her fighting in a WSOF match this weekend violates XFC’s rights under that contract.

As a consequence of WSOF’s actions, XFC is filing suit against WSOF today in the United States District Court in Tamoa (sic). XFC is seeking to enforce its rights to the fullest extent of the law.

The above release appears on the XFC web page and was previously given to John Pollock of The Fight Network and MMA Junkie.

Faria is scheduled to face Jessica Aguilar on Saturday’s WSOF card.  Ray Sefo told MMA Junkie that Faria would fight.  Faria’s management claims that the women’s strawweight does not have a current contract with the XFC.

Payout Perspective:

A quick search of Pacer does not reveal the lawsuit although that does not mean it has not been filed and served on the WSOF.  Realistically, it appears that it is too late for the XFC to seek a temporary injunction which would prevent Faria from fighting at WSOF 15 tomorrow.  Thus, if Faria goes through with the fight, we will see how XFC proceeds with the litigation and what types of damages that it might claim.  MMA Payout will keep you posted.

XFC Makes HDNet Debut

April 26, 2009

Knoxville, TN: In the XFC’s first-ever fight card to be broadcast live on national television, the next generation of Mixed Martial Artists hurled haymakers, swapped submission holds, and turned Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee into an all-out warzone.

The end-result was XFC 8: “Regional Conflict,” an event airing live on HDNet that showcased the top emerging talent and most promising up-and-coming fighters in the entire Southeast.

In the televised portion of the fight card, 22-year-old, 264-pound debuting heavyweight Chris “The Beast” Barnett outlasted 60+ fight veteran Johnathan Ivey via unanimous decision. Barnett, a two-time statewide heavyweight high school wrestling champion in Georgia and a third degree Taekwondo black belt, began his MMA training just five months earlier, winning an open tryout with the XFC for a spot in the MTV reality TV series “Made.” The young prodigy dominated the older fighter from the get-go.

“He held position well and was hard to move… he’s just better than me,” said a dejected Ivey. The well-traveled heavyweight from Clarksville, Tennessee had previously battled the likes of Dan Severn, Gan “The Giant” McGee, Ben Rothwell, Ricco Rodriguez, Travis Wiuff, Jake O’Brien, Sam Hoger and Jeremy Horn.

“It was a great experience,” exclaimed an excited Barnett, a native of Athens, Georgia. “I knew he’d try to confuse me with his veteran tricks, but I’m a different breed. I can move! Kicks, flips – I can do it all!”

Jason Wood survived a back-and-forth battle with Derek Schiffer in a 150-pound showdown between twenty-something contenders with a combined 17-3 professional and amateur record. The first round was a close, competitive matchup with both men delivering – and receiving – colossal head-shots. In round two, Wood rocked Schiffer with a vicious volley of cascading punches, forcing the referee to dive atop Schiffer and stop the bout at the 3:41 mark.

In the third fight, ex-University of Tennessee linebacker and “wedge-busting” special teams ace Ovince St. Preux won his blood-feud with light heavyweight Ombey “Kryptonite” Mobley of Tampa, Florida, twisting his ankle and winning by submission 2:36 in round one. Mobley brought a theatrical flair to the contest, mocking St. Preux by dropkicking a Smokey hound dog doll and repeatedly making a “Gator Chomp” gesture in the cage; Smokey is the official mascot of the Tennessee Volunteers.

The highly-partisan crowd loudly booed Mobley throughout the contest, erupting into a crescendo of boisterous cheers when the hometown hero finally upended his Florida challenger.

“It was really satisfying,” said St. Preux, reflecting on his victory. “I was really cranking hard [on the submission hold]. If he hadn’t tapped, he would’ve had a serious injury. This was definitely the highlight of my MMA career.”

Former light heavyweight CT Turner dropped to 185-pounds to face undefeated Julio Gallegos in the fourth fight on HDNet. Both fighters opted to grapple and strike in concussive waves in the first stanza, with neither man able to dominate the other. Arguably, Turner won round one 10-9. But Gallegos began to incrementally deliver the harder and more damaging shots in the second round, locking Turner into a guillotine and refusing to release until he tapped at 2:47.

“There was a little bit of déjà vu,” noted Gallegos, who also bested Turner as an amateur. “I like CT a lot. He’s a good person. In a way it was hard to fight him, because we both overcame adversity – and adversity never overcame us.”

Both Gallegos and Turner experienced homelessness and other serious setbacks in life before discovering the sport of MMA and embarking upon successful professional careers.

In the co-featured bout of the night, Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira faced XFC Lightweight World Champion John Mahlow at the catchweight of 160-pounds, with Mahlow agreeing to defend his title against Oliveira if he lost to the Brazilian-born BJJ black belt and sparring partner of UFC title-holder B.J. Penn. From the very first round, Oliveira utilized his jujitsu prowess to stymie the XFC champion, winning a three-round unanimous decision.

“Rafaello is a good fighter,” said Mahlow afterwards. “No excuses. We’ll see each other again.”

Undefeated MMA heavyweight and former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley was on hand to present the XFC Featherweight World Title Belt to the winner of the Bruce “The Noose” Connors versus Jarrod “The Wild Card” Card fight in the main event. Connors entered the fight as the favorite, boasting a 6-0 record – with all six wins coming by first round knockout or submission. By the end of the night, Connors’ record would receive its first blemish.

Utilizing blazing foot-speed and precision punches, Card confounded Connors, peppering him with strikes from unorthodox angles, slicing his face into a gruesome mask of shredded flesh and free-flowing blood. Connors refused to back down and twice clamped Card into a deep guillotine, but each time the young fighter wrestled free and returned to his feet. Card won the contest – and the XFC world title – via five-round unanimous decision.

“I’m the new guy on the scene,” said an elated Card, who elevated his record to 10-2-1. “I’m more than ready for the next level. I’ll fight anyone.”

For his part, Bobby Lashley – who announced that he’ll finally be fighting for the XFC in September – seemed impressed with the fight card.

“I thought it was an incredible night,” gushed the former two-time ECW world champion. “I was blown away by all the talent in the cage. These guys now know what it’s like to fight in the big show. As for my upcoming fight with the XFC, anyone they want me to take out, I’ll do.”

Veteran sportswriter Dave Link covered XFC 8 for the Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper, and certainly appeared to enjoy the drama and action.

“I’ve covered all kinds of sports for 25-years but I’ve never covered MMA,” said Link. “This was just great! The entire event was first-class. If I wasn’t covering it, I’d be here as a fan. I’ll definitely be back when the XFC returns.”

For interview requests with XFC president John Prisco or any of the fighters, please contact Scott Pinsker at 727.871.3204, or spinsker@fwv-us.com.

Final results for XFC 8:

Undercard

Devan Plaisance defeated Paul McEntee by TKO, 3:06 in round one

Matt Traylor defeated Richard Boyd by TKO, 4:37 in round one

Corey Krebs defeated Dean Hamilton by TKO, 1:22 in round one

HDNet Fights

Chris Barnett defeated Johnathan Ivey by three-round unanimous decision

Jason Wood defeated Derek Schiffer by TKO, 3:41 in round two

Ovince St. Preux defeated Ombey Mobley by submission (ankle lock) 2:36 in round one

Julio Gallegos defeated CT Turner by submission (guillotine) 2:47 in round two

Rafaello Oliveira defeated John Mahlow by three-round unanimous decision (Oliveira wins guaranteed rematch for Mahlow’s XFC Lightweight World Title)

Jarrod Card defeated Bruce Connors by five-round unanimous decision (Card wins vacant XFC Featherweight Champion)

XFC, Prisco On The Rise

March 30, 2009

Gulf Coast Business Review takes a look at the burgeoning XFC promotion and it’s leader Tampa entrepreneur John Prisco. Prisco looks to leverage his MMA gyms and TV packages to build up a viable network that not necessarily competes with an industry heavyweight like the UFC , but offers an alternative:

The product is multifaceted. There are the fighting shows, 11 to 12 matches of two barefooted men with small padded gloves battling in a caged mixed martial arts contest — boxing, kicking, wrestling, taking each other down to win points. Prisco has done nine so far in the Southeast, including three shows in Tampa.

XFC also makes money from franchising its XFC training gyms in Tampa and Brandon, which also sell its branded merchandise. And it makes money from its broadcast partners, who pay to get the fighting shows that XFC films.

XFC says it enjoys an advantage over its rivals because it has the two broadcast contracts with HDNet and ValCom. HDNet will broadcast XFC matches live.

And he sees an international TV audience. Prisco is negotiating with 12 countries to get them to pick up the XFC broadcast shows.

Prisco’s gameplan seems to be parlaying a HDNet deal into getting a finished product he can then shop around for other deals. Whether it is a deal like XFC cut with HDNet or with the moves of other groups like the UWC (who are using a multitude of distribution channels like Sherdog streaming and Regional Sportnet’s) these smaller promotions are thinking creatively to get their product in front of viewer eyeballs. More eyeballs means more, better, and bigger sponsors to aide the growth of the promotion.

XFC Eye Int'l TV Expansion

February 9, 2009

ValCom, Inc., through its subsidiary division Valencia Entertainment International, Inc., showcased and marketed the first 13 episodes of the mixed martial arts (MMA) sensational television program Xtreme Fighting Championships the XFC at the recent (NATPE) National Association of Television Program Executives convention which drew international interest from buyers across the globe.

“We are now negotiating with over 7 countries for cash purchases of the first season,” said Vince Vellardita. North American rights have been secured by the HD Net, led by Mark Cuban, which will be co-producing new shows with the XFC throughout 2009 in high-definition. With the new shows being produced in high definition and the exciting 13 episodes of previous programming now being sold in the worldwide market, this gives Valencia Entertainment a package of 26 hours of some of the finest moments of MMA cage fighting events, making it very attractive to buyers throughout the world.

“The growing billion dollar industry of martial arts fighting combined with broad demographic viewers makes this XFC more attractive. MMA viewers are an enviable demographic with half of all viewing households reporting an income of more than $75,000 annually, making the MMA viewer the most affluent of all sports fans. This deal could prove to be invaluable,” said Vince Vellardita, President & CEO of ValCom, Inc.

XFC draws the biggest crowds in the sport this side of UFC, and is dedicated to launching the careers of the next generation of MMA superstars. “With heart-thumping action and adrenaline-charged cage fighting between the dedicated warriors of XFC, we provide a platform for the champions of tomorrow to showcase their talents and develop into legends,” said XFC president John Prisco. “We’re delighted to be affiliated with ValCom and look forward to growing MMA to even greater heights — because this sport is just 15-years-old and hasn’t even come close yet to reaching its full potential.”

ValCom Scores Worldwide With XFC

February 2, 2009

ValCom, Inc. (OTCBB: VLCO) (FRANKFURT: VAM), through its subsidiary division Valencia Entertainment International, Inc., showcased and marketed the first 13 episodes of the mixed martial arts (MMA) sensational television program Xtreme Fighting Championships the XFC at the recent (NATPE) National Association of Television Program Executives convention which drew international interest from buyers across the globe.

“We are now negotiating with over 7 countries for cash purchases of the first season,” said Vince Vellardita. “North American rights have been secured by the HD Net, led by Mark Cuban, which will be co-producing new shows with the XFC throughout 2009 in high-definition. With the new shows being produced in high definition and the exciting 13 episodes of previous programming now being sold in the worldwide market, this gives Valencia Entertainment a package of 26 hours of some of the finest moments of MMA cage fighting events, making it very attractive to buyers throughout the world.

“The growing billion dollar industry of martial arts fighting combined with broad demographic viewers makes this XFC more attractive. MMA viewers are an enviable demographic with half of all viewing households reporting an income of more than $75,000 annually, making the MMA viewer the most affluent of all sports fans. This deal could prove to be invaluable,” said Vince Vellardita, President & CEO of ValCom, Inc.

XFC draws the biggest crowds in the sport this side of UFC, and is dedicated to launching the careers of the next generation of MMA superstars. “With heart-thumping action and adrenaline-charged cage fighting between the dedicated warriors of XFC, we provide a platform for the champions of tomorrow to showcase their talents and develop into legends,” said XFC president John Prisco. “We’re delighted to be affiliated with ValCom and look forward to growing MMA to even greater heights — because this sport is just 15-years-old and hasn’t even come close yet to reaching its full potential.”

Based in Clearwater , FL., ValCom, Inc. is a diversified, fully integrated, independent entertainment company that has been in operation since 1983. ValCom, Inc., through its operating divisions and subsidiaries, creates and operates full service facilities that accommodate film, television and commercial productions with its four divisions comprised of studio and rental, television and film, broadcasting, and live theater. ValCom, Inc. has participated in over 100 films, Broadway shows and thousands of episodes of television. ValCom’s client list consists of all of the majors such as MGM, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, Disney, CBS, Sony, NBC, Phantom of the Opera, HSN, and more. Visit us at www.valcom.tv

XFC Announces Multiyear Television Deal with HDNet

January 26, 2009

Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) Announces Multiyear Television Deal with HDNet

Four Live XFC Fight Cards Will Air on the Network in 2009; Four Live XFC Fight Cards in 2010; Options for 2011 and Beyond

Tampa, FL: Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), the Southeast’s largest independent Mixed Martial Arts promotion and the company dedicated to launching the careers of the champions of tomorrow, is pleased to announce the signing of a multiyear national television contract with HDNet. Pursuant to the agreement, HDNet will air four live XFC fight cards in 2009; four live XFC fight cards in 2010; and options for 2011 and beyond.

“There’s a finite number of MMA promotions airing live coast-to-coast on national television right now,” said XFC president John Prisco. “We’re delighted to join this exclusive club. I can’t wait to introduce MMA fans nationwide to the next generation of superstars as they battle toe-to-toe in the XFC cage! I also want to thank Adam Swift, the manager of marketing alliances for HDNet Fights, for his support and partnership. HDNet is renowned amongst MMA fans for airing spectacular fights and star-studded match-ups that they cannot see anywhere else, and XFC looks forward to providing HDNet’s audience with scintillating battles between the top emerging talent in this sport for years to come.”

The first XFC fight card to air live on HDNet is expected to be XFC 8, taking place on Saturday, April 18 at the 21 thousand-capacity Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee.

XFC’s next promotion, XFC 7: “School of Hard Knox,” takes place at Knoxville’s Thompson-Boling Arena on February 20. XFC 7 will be the first-ever pro MMA fight card in Tennessee state history, featuring a main event showdown between undefeated heavyweights Chad Corvin and Scott “The Bear” Barrett. Tickets are now available at the Thompson-Boling Arena box office and Tickets Unlimited outlets, including Cat’s Music, Disc Exchange, and Fye Music.

XFC Seeks Fighters and Businessmen in Tennessee

January 20, 2009

With the First Pro MMA Fight Card in Tennessee History – XFC 7: “School of Hard Knox” – Coming to Knoxville’s Thompson-Boling Arena on February 20, XFC Plans to Open MMA Gym Franchises throughout Tennessee – and the Rest of America

Knoxville, TN: Professional boxing has existed for hundreds of years.  Baseball’s history goes back to the late 1800s.  Modern-style football was played by our great-great-grandparents – and golf and tennis tournaments were generating newspaper headlines well before the dawn of the 20th century.

But the modern Mixed Martial Arts – popularly referred to as MMA or cage fighting – is barely 15-years old.

To put MMA’s youth in perspective, the sport is even younger than Disney teen-queen Miley Cyrus of “Hannah Montana” fame.

“We’re still writing the opening chapter in the story of the Mixed Martial Arts,” said XFC president John Prisco.  “MMA is in its infancy – and even though there’s now a small number of celebrity fighters making millions in the cage, I’m absolutely convinced that there’s far more undiscovered talent than established talent in this sport.  The real arms race in MMA will be the development of the next generation of steel cage superstars – and this reality represents a vital component of XFC’s long-term business vision.”

XFC is the Southeast’s largest independent MMA promotion, and their next major event – XFC 7: “ School of Hard Knox ” – will be staged at the 21 thousand-capacity Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville , Tennessee on February 20.  XFC 7 will be the first-ever pro MMA fight card in Tennessee state history.

John Prisco hopes to also make history in Tennessee by opening multiple XFC-branded MMA training facilities throughout 2009 and 2010.  Nashville is scheduled to open its first XFC gym in March of this year, and Prisco is scouting multiple locations in Knoxville , Memphis and other areas as future XFC homes as well.

Country music superstar Darryl Worley is expected to be a partial owner of the Memphis-area XFC gym.

“I’m essentially gambling XFC’s future on the proposition that the state of Tennessee is home to undiscovered male and female fighters who – with hard training and the right opportunities – could contend with the elite champions of today within the next several years,” said Prisco from the offices of his flagship XFC training facility in Tampa , Florida.  “These future superstars simply need someone to develop them and help them grow.  You see, all the other MMA promotions are solely focused on signing the biggest names of 2009.  At XFC, we’re dedicated to signing the biggest names of 2010 and beyond.  These gyms will provide our promotion with an unfettered pipeline of top-tier new talent.”

Prisco’s secondary rationale for opening XFC gyms is far more succinct: he expects these ventures to be extraordinarily profitable as a standalone business.  “When I was a kid, everyone wanted to learn self-defense at a karate dojo,” said the 45-year-old Prisco.  “Now?  Karate dojo’s are going extinct all over the country.  I mean, why in the world would anyone pay money to learn self-defense from a one-discipline martial arts studio when you can master the combined striking, kicking, wrestling and submission-oriented fighting techniques that have proven to be successful in the steel cage?  MMA represents the most advanced form of self-defense on the planet – not just for aspiring fighters, but for kids, teens and women, too.  And I guarantee you, at some point in your life, it’s a skill-set that almost everyone wishes they possessed.”

With XFC producing the first professional MMA fight card in Tennessee history, Prisco hopes the promotion will provide his company with a platform to grow not just the young sport of MMA, but his burgeoning XFC gym franchise business.  “The eyes of MMA fans all over Tennessee are squarely on XFC because of the February 20 fight card,” observed Prisco.  “We have a unique opportunity to seize an ownership position of the Tennessee , Kentucky and Southeastern markets.  There’s a real need in MMA for new young talent, and in today’s precarious economic climate, I think XFC is something of a rarity.  All you hear about are companies collapsing or seeking government bailouts.  Well, at XFC we’re making money and growing rapidly.  And as long as the sport of MMA is growing, we plan to grow right along with it.  XFC 7: ‘ School of Hard Knox ’ is more than just a fight card.  It’s also a business decision with far-reaching implications that could literally change the face of the sport.  And it all begins in Tennessee .”

Prisco paused briefly before continuing: “Imagine – successful XFC franchises in Florida , Tennessee , the Southeast – and the entire country!  We win, the sport wins, our investors win, and the fighters win.  It’s the ultimate win-win opportunity.”

Aspiring fighters and interested franchise owners are invited to contact XFC directly at 813.374.0237, or e-mail John Prisco at info@mmaxfc.com.

XFC Announces Deal with ValCom

December 23, 2008

ValCom went public with the announcement yesterday: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28350930/

From their press release:

“MMA programming that’s currently on cable television and has out-performed more established sports like MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, boxing and even the NFL amongst 18- to 34-year-old men on their respective cable homes,” said Vince Vellardita, president & CEO of ValCom, Inc. “XFC’s unique brand positioning as the ultimate proving grounds for the champions of tomorrow is a perfect fit for this worldwide sports phenomenon, and we expect this partnership to be lucrative and successful for all parties.”

“With heart-thumping action and adrenaline-charged cage fighting between the dedicated warriors of XFC, we provide a platform for the champions of tomorrow to showcase their talents and develop into legends,” said XFC president John Prisco. “We’re delighted to be affiliated with ValCom and look forward to growing MMA to even greater heights because this sport is just 15-years-old and hasn’t even come close yet to reaching its full potential.”

ValCom’s distribution arm, Valencia Entertainment, will produce 13 XFC hour-long TV episodes from preexisting content, and will develop high-end future programming from upcoming XFC events. These episodes will be disbursed worldwide to broadcast, cable, all sources of media, and home entertainment. In addition to viewer distribution, Valencia Entertainment also plans to market XFC packages and programming worldwide.  ValCom, Inc. is a diversified, fully integrated, independent entertainment company that has been in operation since 1983. ValCom, Inc., through its operating divisions and subsidiaries, creates and operates full service facilities that accommodate film, television and commercial productions with its four divisions comprised of studio and rental, television and film, broadcasting, and live theater. ValCom, Inc. has participated in over 100 films, Broadway shows and thousands of episodes of television. ValCom’s client list consists of all of the majors such as MGM, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, Disney, CBS, Sony, NBC, Phantom of the Opera, HSN, and more.

XFC to be Featured of MTV's Made

December 12, 2008

Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) is the Southeastern-based Mixed Martial Arts promotion dedicated to launching the careers of the next generation of cage warriors.  MTV’s reality TV series “MADE,” now in its ninth season, follows the journey of young men and women hoping to fulfill a lifelong dream.

For the first time ever, MTV will film a young adult working to break into the Mixed Martial Arts – and XFC is the organization that will train, prepare and give this person his or her big break at XFC 8 in Knoxville, Tennessee’s 21-thousand capacity Thompson-Boling Arena on April 18, 2009.

“Everyone from Snoop Dogg to Tony Hawk to The Game has appeared on ‘MADE,’ helping young men and women from all walks of life make their dreams come true,” said XFC president John Prisco from the XFC offices in Tampa, Florida.  “With the explosive popularity of MMA, countless young athletes are aspiring to emulate the superstars they cheer and follow in this sport.  We’re excited about partnering with MTV to share with the rest of America all the hard work, dedication, and unbreakable discipline it takes to succeed in the ultra-competitive world of steel cage combat.”

XFC is offering an open tryout to all young men and women hoping to break into the Mixed Martial Arts, and will choose at least one participant to train at its facilities and fight before thousands of fans at XFC 8 in April.  MTV will film the entire process from start to completion.  The show is scheduled to air exclusively on MTV in 2009.

John Prisco added that XFC’s coaches and trainers were assured that they’d retain the right to decide which participants will appear on MTV.  “This was an important concession MTV made to us, but we wanted to ensure that our sport is fairly and accurately portrayed on TV.  There are still so many misconceptions about MMA in mainstream America, and we’re tremendously excited about the opportunity to demonstrate to MTV’s audience exactly how hard our athletes work and train.”

XFC’s open tryouts will be taking place at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 13 at the XFC training facilities in Tampa, Florida.  The address is: 10509 North Nebraska Avenue, Unit 6, Tampa, FL 33612.  For more information, please call 813.971.1215.

Antonio Nogueira’s Protégé Readies for XFC Lightweight Title Fight

November 17, 2008

Tampa, FL: Mixed Martial Arts superstar Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira is the only man in MMA history to capture both the UFC and PRIDE heavyweight championships – and his renowned mastery of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu helped earn him the coveted position of team trainer on the current season of Spike TV’s hit series “Ultimate Fighter.”  Nogueira’s MMA credentials are beyond dispute; he clearly understands the sport on a level few can approach, which lends his prognostications considerable weight.

So when Antonio Nogueira claims that 9-2 Luis “Baboon” Palomino of Miami, Florida just might be MMA’s next great champion, it’s a prediction worth noting.

“Luis had a pair of losses and didn’t really understand the intricacies of MMA before I began working with him,” said Nogueira, “which makes sense when you realize that he never competed as an amateur before turning pro.  But the progress we’ve made at the Team Nogueira training facility in Miami is just incredible; his striking prowess and overall knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu grows almost daily.  Luis is currently riding a five-fight winning streak, and despite our size difference, he’s the one fighter I always want to spar with whenever I’m preparing for a bout.  He’s that good, and I’m proud to have him as my protégé.”

Palomino will have an opportunity to justify his mentor’s faith when he battles John “The Mulatto Mauler” Mahlow for the lightweight title at Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC)’s “Salute to Our Armed Forces 6: Clash of the Continents” on Friday, December 5 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.  This will be XFC’s fifth fight card at the St. Pete Times Forum; the previous four fight cards drew a combined total of 43,700 fans.

In Palomino’s last fight, he was the underdog against then-undefeated Eric Reynolds of Bradenton, Florida.  Reynolds had steamrolled through the first nine fights of his young career – winning them all by first-round stoppage – and was headlining MMA cards for smaller promotions throughout Florida.  Just before fighting Palomino, Reynolds signed a contract to face lightweight champion John Mahlow at XFC’s next stadium event… contingent, of course, on the continuation of his undefeated record.

Fifty seconds later, Eric Reynolds was knocked out cold by an overhand right – and Luis Palomino was standing in his place for a shot at the XFC lightweight title.

“When I turn on the TV and watch Team Nogueira competing on ‘Ultimate Fighter,’ I still get chills,” said Palomino, who also credited ground coach Daniel Valverde and striking coach Cesar Carneiro for his development.  “I mean, how lucky am I to have the legendary Antonio Nogueira as my personal trainer – not because I’m on a TV show, but because he honestly, truly believes I can be a great champion?  And after countless hours of sparring with Antonio, there’s nothing Mahlow can do that would surprise me.  No disrespect, but there’s just no way I’m leaving Tampa without that title.”

John Mahlow spoke highly of Palomino, but made it clear he plans on retaining his title.  “I was originally preparing to fight Reynolds, but this fight is so much bigger now,” said Mahlow from his Ft. Lauderdale, Florida training camp.  “And I’m glad Palomino is confident.  Hell, having the reigning interim UFC heavyweight champion as your trainer would give anyone extra confidence.  But once that steel door slams shut and we’re trapped inside the cage together, it doesn’t matter who your friends are.  It doesn’t matter if you have a celebrity trainer.  The only thing that matters is finding out who’s the better fighter – and the XFC world title looks too good around my waist to hand over to Palomino.  He’ll have to kill me to take it.”

For interview requests with Luis Palomino or lightweight champion John Mahlow, please contact Scott Pinsker at 727.871.3204, or spinsker@mmaxfc.com.

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About Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC): Xtreme Fighting Championships – better known to MMA fight fans worldwide as XFC – is the Southeast’s leading independent MMA promotion.  Recognized by MMA enthusiasts for staging the industry’s largest live events, XFC’s last four shows at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida all drew over ten thousand fans each, setting an international MMA attendance record.  XFC’s next mega-event, “XFC’s Salute to Our Armed Forces 6: Clash of the Continents,” is scheduled for Friday, December 5, at the St. Pete Times Forum.  Deeply appreciative of the courage and sacrifice of the U.S. military, XFC offers free admittance to all combat veterans. For more information about XFC, please visit www.mmaxfc.com.