Xtreme Fighting Championship (XFC) returned to AXS Television last night (Sept. 6, 2013) live from the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico with XFC 25: Boiling Point. The card was headlined by a bout between Stephanie Eggink and Angela Magana for the XFC Strawweight title.
It was a card filled with some controversy as the general reaction on twitter seemed to suggest that several fighters received some hometown cooked decisions. So without any further ado, let's take a look at the highs and lows for the evening.
Eggink is the new champ...
Eggink had a huge size advantage. Seriously, I'm pretty sure I said that Magana looked like a little person just based on the size comparison. But in the first round she got totally worked. I don't think she landed much of anything, and Magana clearly took the round. The triangle in the second though was very slick.
But I can't help but feel like she showed some huge holes in her game by not working in the first. And I honestly don't buy the whole "that was the strategy" reason that she gave in her post-fight interview with Pat Miletich. I'm not sure he did either.
Dhiego Lima isn't UFC bound...
In the voiceover to start the show, Michael Schiavello claimed that with a win, Lima would be receiving a phone call from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). After his performance against Ricky Rainey in the co-main event, I just don't see that happening. Lima looked awful, had terrible conditioning, and was gifted a decision.
There are just some fighters that aren't ready for the UFC and Lima is one of them. He either totally overlooked Rainey and decided to coast in training, or he thought that the UFC signs people coming off controversial wins. I don't expect to ever hear that he's fighting in the Octagon.
Lando Vannata gets a gift decision
Before I start, I am not accusing the New Mexico Athletic Commission of any shenanigans. That would be very unprofessional of me, and I won't do it. But I will say that it's very suspicious that the fighter out of Jackson's MMA, which is based in Albuquerque, earned a split decision when he was getting taken down at will and chipped up on the feet with jabs.
He's a decent prospect, but he has a ton of work, because when he fights outside of his home town, he's not going to have the favoritism that he may be accustomed to.
- Farkhard Sharipov is a fighter to watch. He's got that Eastern Block wrestling background and the conditioning to go. He took Stephen Bass to the brink of exhaustion by making it a wrestling match. That'll take him far in a sport where wrestling is the single best background to have in a fight.
- Really happy that Miletich recognized those controversial decisions and didn't pretend that the fighter's who were gifted them deserved the W. That's a good commentator because it brings the sport back to legitimacy.
- Overall, decent night of fights by XFC. They need to start improving there match making because some of those fights were stinkers, but whenever I get to see a flying triangle, that's a good night.