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XFC 18: Gabe Salinas-Jones Discusses his Return to Heavyweight Division Against Scott Barrett

Tj Alcock
18 June 2012
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On June 22nd Xtreme Fighting Championships returns to Tennessee for the third time in 2012, for XFC 18: Music City Mayhem. The fights will take place at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium and will air live on HDNet beginning at 9pm.

Included in the live portion of the event will be the Co-main Event, a heavyweight fight between Gabriel "The Franchise" Salinas-Jones and Scott "The Bear" Barrett in what Salinas-Jones is claiming may be a one-sided beat down.

Salinas-Jones admitted months ago his momentary lack of concentration on MMA was partly to blame for his loss to Devin Cole after GSJ opened his business "OA Athletics" in early 2011. But now that the business is established and doing well, GSJ has returned his full attention to MMA and has been training for months preparing for his fight with Barrett.

"My business is going great now and I can step away a bit and make the necessary time to kick Scott Barrett, and all other heavyweights asses!" Salinas told XFC media team members. Now that he has the time to train, it seems that Salinas-Jones may have more confidence in how prepared he will be for his upcoming fight.

Barrett is known for his wrestling style; however, this won't be something that Salinas-Jones will let control the fight. When asked about how he plans on dealing with Barrett's wrestling skills, GSJ had a short and certain answer. "If I want Scott Barrett on his back, he will be on his back."

Salinas-Jones is not just planning for one victory, he has his sights set on becoming "The Franchise" heavyweight fighter in the XFC. When asked about his nickname "The Franchise", Salinas-Jones said it was given to him by a coach who ran the amateur promotion in which he came up through.

At first, the name seemed a bit cocky for GSJ's liking, but he has since learned to embrace it. "I want the XFC belt! When I first fought for XFC, that was my goal and it still is. I can't wait to make a statement in front of the Nashville fans and all those around the world watching on HDNet. When I signed the deal, it was discussed that I was going to be really active throughout my contract. I seriously can tell you how excited I am to be fighting for XFC."

When Salinas-Jones returns to the cage for his fight with Barrett, he wants the fans to be prepared for what he will be bringing to the cage. When asked what the fans can expect in Nashville, "The Franchise" gave this bold prediction – "A beer in my hand at a country dive bar, after a one sided beat down of Scott Barrett on National TV. I'm the fighter that everyone else is going to be gunning for and the 22nd is just the beginning."

Join the XFC and Gabriel Salinas-Jones in Tennessee June 22 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium live on HDNet for XFC 18: Music City Mayhem brought to you by ICRealtime Security Solutions. For more information visit or follow the promotion on Facebook and Twitter (@Officialxfc).

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