Challenge made, challenge accepted. The stage has been set. The XFC’s past meets the present, to determine their future. On June 14th, Live from the USF Sundome in Tampa Florida, Scott “Hotsauce” Holtzman will take on John “The Mulatto Mauler” Mahlow for XFC Lightweight gold.
Since hanging up his hockey skates in 2008, University of Tennessee and Knoxville Ice Bears Forward Scott Holtzman (4-0) has only had one thing on his mind, a mixed martial arts title. After an undefeated amateur career, that never saw a 3rd round, and four impressive professional wins, Holtzman finds himself one step closer to reaching his goal, when he faces off against John Mahlow at XFC 24: Collision Course. The often quiet Holtzman recently found himself at the center of media attention, after former XFC Lightweight Champion Nick Newell refused to defend his belt based on the merit that Scott was "an up and comer." Media headlines soared as Newell was abruptly stripped of his title, leaving “Hotsauce” without an opponent for his June 14th title fight. While fielding hundreds of questions, the XFC’s #1 contender made one thing clear, his goal was never to beat Nick Newell, his goal was to become a champion, and Nick Newell just happen to be the man holding his belt. “The man across from me in the cage has changed, but the plan is still the same…get my belt.” Will Scott Holtzman continue his unbeaten rise to the top or will John Mahlow close the curtain on the “Hotsauce” show?
XFC 24 to showcase Lightweights Kevin Forant and Eric Reynolds
In 2001, Florida became home to professional sports greatest nickname, when Lakeland's own Rod "He Hate Me" Smart captivated football audiences in the XFL. On June 14th, Smart will have to concede that title, when Xtreme Fighting Championships presents a showdown between two of the sports best lightweights, Kevin "The Master of Cool" Forant and Eric "It’s a Wrap” Reynolds, Live on AXS TV, from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.
Dave Courchaine signs long term deal with XFC; Faces Luis Santos at XFC 24
Xtreme Fighting Championships is excited to announce the signing of rising star “Insane” Dave Courchaine (15-5), to its already stacked Welterweight Division. Courchaine hails from Cheney, Washington and trains out of Spokane’s School of Boxing and MMA. The “Insane” one is currently riding an 8 fight win streak, with only 3 of those bouts making it out of the 1st round. Courchaine was a decorated high school wrestler, earning Washington’s High School Wrestler of the Decade Award. He also owns a perfect 10-0 boxing record.
They say, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. But in the world of mixed martial arts, hell hath no fury like a woman fighting on national television! On June 14, 2013, Live from the USF Sun Dome in beautiful Tampa, Florida, Xtreme Fighting Championships keeps its promise and tradition of showcasing Women’s MMA, by adding a Flyweight showdown between Cortney Casey and Kelly Warren.
Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey (0-0) is wasting no time making a name for herself as a professional fighter. The former professional soccer player’s decision to jump right into the fire and face WMMA veteran Kelly Warren has almost everyone scratching their heads. However, if you ask anyone that knows Casey, this is just typical Cortney. Kerry Hartney, matchmaker for the Las Vegas amateur super show, Tuff Nuff, had this to say about the debuting Casey: “Cortney Casey doesn’t want easy fights. She doesn’t get motivated unless there is a tough challenge in front of her. The girl never backs down from a challenge, so it doesn’t surprise me one bit that she is fighting Kelly Warren in her debut. Mark my words, soon everyone will know Cortney Casey’s name.” Casey closed out her amateur career with three dynamic performances for the famed Vegas promotion, which included a title win and defense of their Flyweight Championship. Her most spectacular win as an amateur came in her last bout, when she submitted Rachael Cummings with a highlight reel flying armbar in November of 2012. On June 14th, the question will be answered, will “Cast Iron” Casey turn up the heat on Kelly Warren and start her journey to XFC gold with a huge win, or will Warren leave her second guessing her opponent choice?
Good things come to those who wait! For over a week, XFC Lightweight contender Scott Holtzman has waited patiently to find out what his future holds, after former champion Nick Newell refused to defend his title at XFC 24, on June 14th. The wait is finally over. In an ironic twist, Scott Holtzman’s future will come face to face with the XFC’s past. Xtreme Fighting Championships is excited, and proud, to announce that a new Collision Course has been set.
Low Blow Radio Ep.143-Recap of Holly Holm last boxing match, UFC on FX 8 and Showtime boxing preview
On tonight's edition of the Low Blow, Justin and Jorge discuss Holly Holm's victory in her last boxing bout against Mary McGee and Jorge will give his thoughts on her last appearance in the squared circle. We also preview a busy weekend of MMA and boxing action with UFC on FX featuring Luke Rockhold vs Vitor Belfort and Lamont Peterson versus Lucas Matthysse on Showtime.
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If you do not know the name ‘Ronda Rousey’ by now and you claim to be fan of mixed martial arts, then please for the sake of everything good about this earth, Google her ASAP! Her track record is quite impressive: Olympic Bronze Medalist, Strikeforce Women’s Champion, UFC Women’s Champion, first female fight in UFC history, etc. But in order for her to get where she is now, it all had to start somewhere. Good thing her mom, Ann Maria, just so happened to be one of the most lethal Judokas in the states (I include more detail about this in my previous post at Science of Skill).
Imagine yourself at 12 years old. What were you like; what was your hair like, your social skills, your athletic abilities? Now think of all the outlets you had to channel your youthful down-time into something constructive. For little Ann-Maria Burns, she seems to gladly recalls what she was like. For a little girl in Alton, Illinois who was hitting that awkward stage of life, and with only three sports to choose from at her local YMCA, Ann-Maria “slipped on a banana peel” and found her calling.
Beat the Streets Rumble on the Rails stops at Grand Central Terminal in New York City Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Iran and Russia traveled across seas to compete with the United States freestyle wrestling team at the Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The competition will be held adjacent to the annual Beat the Streets Awards Gala, following wrestling at the Bryant Park Grill. Obe Blanc earned the honors of being invited to wrestle at the event for the United States.
This past Saturday, May 11, Strikehard Productions, one of the long standing Alabama premier mixed martial arts companies reached out from their comfort zone of MMA shows and branched out into the grappling world. Many did not know how well they would do since they are better known for MMA and have been highly successful in that realm. Well, to a lot of fans surprise, SHP knocked it out of the park. In traditional SHP style the production was amazing and what more could you expect? With thousands invested into brand new mats, SHP had a lot on the line with this first event and early estimates show it was very successful. With close to 150 participants they filled the Thompson Middle School Gym in Alabaster, Alabama with participants and fans alike.
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