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Friday, December 2 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
St. Pete Times Forum
Date: Friday, December 02, 2011 at 7:00 PMTicket Prices: $15.00 GA, $30.00 Top of Lower Level, $40.00 Lower Level, $60.00 Floor, and tables for 10 people for $1,000.Purchase Tickets directly from us (XFC promoters) by emailing:
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The largest Mixed Martial Arts promotion on the East Coast, Xtreme Fighting Championships, returns to the St. Pete Times Forum on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 for what’s sure to be a night full of hard-hitting action.
The event, appropriately named “Tribute”, will feature Nick Newel fighting in honor of his best friend, teammate, and former XFC Tryout winner Abi Mestre, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident this past April at the young age of 28. In addition to the above-mentioned story line, Newell was born with a condition called congenital amputation and his left arm doesn’t extend past his elbow. Despite his condition, he managed to catch the eye of XFC President, John Prisco, at the same tryout as Mestre. Newell advanced all the way to the finals before falling short of an XFC contract in the end.
Since the finale, Newell has put together a 5-0 PRO record and is honored to pay tribute to his friend as well as excited to have an opportunity to fight for XFC on National TV. “I’m really excited to be working with a company like the XFC,” said Newell. “They’ve given me a great opportunity to fight on a consistent basis, to prove myself against some of the best competition in the country, and they’re doing a great job of honoring my friend, Abi Mestre, and all that he meant to his friends, family, and teammates.”
In addition to the above, the fight card is stacked with some on XFC’s top fighters like the return of Jeremy “Pit Bull” Smith, hailing from South Africa (4-0-0). XFC and Bellator veteran, Shah Babonis (who is on a 4 fight win streak), will be joined by new additions like top female fighter Felice Herrig (5-3-0 / former IKF Bantamweight Champion) and Spring Hill’s own Cory Hill (former Season 5 TUF Participant). The event is also slated to have journeyman Shawnee “Mr. International” Carter, a long time participant of the sport with an impressive record of (49-27-7).
The doors open at 6:00pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm before going LIVE on HDNet at 9:00pm. You won’t want to miss a second of this highly anticipated event! For complete fight card information and updates, go to www.officialxfc.com
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is an evolving combat art in which competitors use integrated forms of fighting that includes jiu-jitsu, muay thai, judo, karate, boxing, Taekwondo, wrestling and others to overcome their opponent in a sanctioned and supervised match. Competitors are allowed to use all martial arts techniques to end the fight within the limits of the Mainstream MMA rules. Each fighter is assigned to compete in his or her appropriate weight class. The different weight classes are Bantamweight (under 135 lbs.), Featherweight (136 lbs. to 145 lbs.), Lightweight (146 lbs. to 155 lbs.), Welterweight (156 lbs. to 170 lbs.), Middleweight (171 lbs. to 185 lbs.), Light Heavyweight (186 lbs. to 205 lbs.), and Heavyweight (205 lbs. to 265 lbs.). Mainstream MMA reserves the right to set different weight limits under reviewed conditions.
All non-championship bouts are three rounds, championship bouts are five rounds and each round being five minutes in duration.
Since the St. Pete Times Forum hosted its first XFC mixed martial arts fight card in November 2007, the XFC has done multiple events with 8-10 thousand fans in attendance. XFC is a Tampa-based company that is the fastest growing company in the fastest growing sport in the world. Events are shown live on HDNet and can also be seen weekly in a nationally televised show that reaches 70 million homes (locally televised on Bright House Sports Network).