Sao Paulo Brazil (March 31, 2014) – XFC International sprinted back to the airwaves last weekend on REDETV!.  XFC International’s third live event from Sao Paulo, Brazil drew millions of viewers and outperformed most of the other networks on Saturday night while maintaining momentum and continuing with it’s monumental growth.

XFC International President Myron Molotky described the enthusiasm shared by MMA fans worldwide “Latin America has been the ultimate proving grounds to establish the path of the Next Generation of Champions. XFC fighters understand this opportunity and are winning the hearts of the fans by fighting with a passion that makes the victories euphoric…and the losses unbearable.

In the Main Event, Luis “Sapo” Santos and Alfredo Morales battled for nearly three rounds. Santos triumphed over Morales with what may be the MMA Knockout of the Year. This fight marks Santos’ sixth consecutive win as he moves forward towards a championship fight with XFC.  (KO clip)

The Co-Main Event featured a full scale war between international rivals: Chile (Matias Vasquez) vs Brazil (Allan Nascimento). In the first and second round, the Brazilian had a noticeable advantage over Vasquez, working a cut over the eye of the fighter from Chile. The fight became a highlight video, with Nascimento finally finishing the brilliant Chilean by submission with only 40 seconds left.

The preliminary card had exciting fights, including the women’s strawweight division semi-final matchup and men’s middleweight quarterfinals. The Brazilians dominated the evenings portion of the season one tournament, with a clean sweep of their international opponents.

Eduardo Duarte, XFC International matchmaker, proclaimed XFCi 3 another resounding success. Duarte claimed “XFC has a long history of finding talented, yet undiscovered fighters. The tournaments in Latin America will allow fighters an opportunity to showcase their talents on Rede TV! and become the future stars that fans have been waiting to see.”

XFCi 4 Season One Semi-Finals will take place live from Sao Paulo Brazil, on April 26, 2014 at 00:30am Brasilia time/ 11:30pm Eastern Standard time on REDE TV and streamed worldwide at XFCMMA.com. For full results and photos from XFCi 3, visit www.XFCMMA.com/xfci3 

Sao Paulo Brazil (March 24, 2014) – XFC International returns to Sao Paulo with world class fighters and match ups. Athletes from Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela and Colombia will face each other in the XFC Hexagon in the third installment of the XFC International Latin American tournament. XFCI 3 will take place live from Sao Paulo Brazil, on March 29, 2014 at 00:30am Brasilia time/ 11:30pm Eastern Standard time on REDE TV and will be streamed live Worldwide on XFCMMA.com

XFC International President Myron Molotky commented “MMA fans worldwide will witness the rise of new champions in XFCi 3 with the start of the men’s middleweight and women’s strawweight Latin American tournament on Rede TV!”

The Main Event SuperFight features Brazil vs. Mexico, when Brazilian XFC contender Luis “Sapo” Santos steps into the XFC hexagon against top contender Alfredo “Tsunami” Morales from Mexico in a three -round, welterweight bout when XFC International returns to Live TV on REDETV. This is Luis “Sapo” Santos first fight in Brazil since XFC 25…Sapo is on a 4 fight winning streak. In the Co-Main Event, contenders Matias Vasquez from Chile and Brazilian Allan Nascimento face off for a critical battle for supremacy in the XFCi 3 SuperFight flyweight division. The main card also features Mexican hero Julio Cesar Cruz (15-4) facing off against Brazil’s Thiago Rela (6-2) in a contest of up-and-coming middleweights.  In the women’s strawweight division, XFCi 3 will feature Chile’s Gloria Bravo (3-1) against Brazil’s Vanessa Melo (3-2).

XFCi 1 and XFCi 2 have provided highlight reels that have the passionate MMA fans worldwide anxiously awaiting the March 29, 2014 third edition of XFC International.

Molotky provided this insight “As we have seen in XFCi 1 and XFCi 2, the wins have been euphoric for these fighters, while the losses have been equally devastating. Our fighters know what is at stake and are hungry to take advantage of the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a massive television audience on Rede TV!”

About XFC and XFC International – The XFC (Xtreme Fighting Championships) is a premier International MMA organization founded in 2006, based out of Tampa, Florida with offices in Michigan, New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Sao Paulo- Brazil, & Buenos Aires- Argentina. The XFC is known for entertaining fans with some of the most action packed MMA events on television! Showcasing both Male and Female fighters, the XFC boasts finding and building the names of the next generation of MMA fighters. XFC has produced stadium fight cards throughout the United States, Greece, and now Latin America.

On February 8, 2014, XFC International produced its inaugural event XFCi 1 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. XFCi 1 was one of the highest rated programs seen on Rede TV.  XFC has also established attendance records with events drawing over 11,000 fans to the St. Pete Times Forum. www.xfcmma.com

Fresh off the success of the XFC’s Latin America debut, the fastest growing international promotion (XFC) is right back at it with XFCi 2, LIVE on REDE TV, March 15th from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The evenings Main Event will see two true veterans of the sport lock horns when Adson Lira and Flavio Alvaro meet inside the Hexagon. Fans Worldwide are in for a treat, as these seasoned Brazilian fighters lay it all on the line for mainstream notoriety.

A winner of 6 of his last 7 fights, Adson “Preguica” Lira (37-10-2) has been fighting professionally for over a decade. Even though Lira is known throughout Brazil as “Preguica” (Lazy), the 35 year’s track record proves his nickname is not an accurate description of his character. In 2011, Lira fought an impressive twelve times; staying in fight camp an entire calendar year. True to his Brazilian heritage, 19 of Preguica’s 37 victories have come by way of submission. 7 of his wins are from knockout; giving him a finish rate of 70 percent.

Flavio “The Legendary” Alvaro (45-10) is as advertised; a legend in Brazilian MMA. With 55 professional fights under his belt, Alvaro is the definition of “well-rounded”. His wins have come from a balanced attack of knockout power and slick submissions. With 14 wins coming by KO, 16 by submission, and 16 by decision, The Legendary one’s resume proves he can either end the contest or go the distance; pick your poison. Twice in his storied career, Flavio has ripped off impressive win streaks. Between 2005 and 2007, he found victory in 15 consecutive fights and then again in 2011, he went on another 10 fight run. The most impressive stat of Alvaro’s career, however, is not found in his wins, but his losses. Born, raised, and competing in a culture that eats, breathes, and sleeps Jiu Jitsu, Flavio has made it through 55 professional fights without being submitted; a stat his opponent XFCi 2 has surely taken note of.

Catch all the up to the minute news about XFCi 2 at www.XFCMMA.com, and follow the promotion on Facebook and Twitter @OfficialXFC / @XFCLatinAmerica. Join the XFC on March 15th at 10:30pm EST / :30 BRST as they go Live on REDE TV in Brazil, streaming Worldwide via the website XFCMMA.com!

You only get one shot at a first impression, so, when Michigan’s own Dom O’Grady (16-6) decided he would introduce himself to the XFC, and it’s legion of fans, he planned to make an impression they won’t soon forget; and tapped out top contender Eric Reynolds.  O’Grady is a true veteran of the sport.  With a professional career dating back to 2007, O’Grady has been competing domestically and internationally for over six years. XFC - Dom O'GradyBetween 2010 and 2012, O’Grady fought eight times for King of the Cage, with an unprecedented six of those eight bouts for promotional titles.  From September to December of 2010, Dom held both the Lightweight and Welterweight KOTC title belts simultaneously.  In 2012, he put together back to back wins for Bellator, before deciding it was time to recharge his batteries and take some much-needed time off.  With his sights now set on the XFC, O’Grady looks to parlay his experiences into another title run, this time with the Xtreme Fighting Championships.

Announced today from XFC President, John Prisco, the XFC has signed another top prospect Lightweight into the XFC roster! After disposing of Eric “It’s a Wrap” Reynolds at XFC 27 this past December, Dom “I hate you so much” O’Grady was very humble on the mic when MMA legend Pat Miletich asked if he felt knocking off the #1 contender put him right in title contention. O’grady’s response was highly respectful of the signed fighters in the XFC, stating this was only his first fight in the promotion and he feels after a couple more wins in the organization, then he may start to think about it. But it wasn’t something that was on his mind, in that moment. His character, along with his impressive performance against Reynolds, was more than enough to catch the attention of XFC President, John Prisco, who today announced the signing of the 16-6 Team H8 Squad Lightweight from Detroit, Michigan.

“The fact that Dom O’Grady versus Eric Reynolds was Dom’s initiation into the XFC, just shows how good of a fighter he really is”, said XFC Matchmaker and President John Prisco.  “To come into the organization and tap out Reynolds, is not something many fighters have been able to do. Dom has headlined several cards for KOTC, when he was their title holder, and that speaks volumes about the type of fighter he is.  He had two great showings in Bellator, as well.  He is a legit, Main Event caliber fighter.  I’m excited to be promoting Dom and to see him competing at the highest level of MMA, here at the XFC. While Dom was gracious in his reply to Pat Miletich about title contention, if he indeed puts together wins inside this roster of fighters, no one will be able to deny him the opportunity at the Lightweight Title. Congrats Dom, welcome to the XFC!”

The Brazilian Army sergeant, Lightweight Thiago “Minu” Meller (18-5),  has a date and opponent for the biggest international challenge of his career. Minu steps into the XFC cage on February 8 to measure forces against American  “Insane” Dave Courchaine (16-6). Unlike Minu, who’s coming off of 4 international triumphs, Courchaine who was riding an 8 fight win streak, was defeated by XFC Brazilian Welterweight Fighter Luis “Sapo” Santos last June. That didn’t stop Courchaine, who dropped to the XFC Lightweight division and rebounded in December with a dominant knockout of Alex Trevino in the 2nd round of XFC 27 in Michigan. He now sets to face his next test, in international territory.

“There will be no easy fights, when our organization is involved in the matchmaking. That is something I have told our fighters all along” said XFC President John Prisco. “Dave Courchaine is one of our most talented U.S. fighters and Thiago Meller is a highly skilled Brazilian fighter. The two will present some very dangerous oppositions for one another. What an exciting fight headlining our debut show in Latin America, on Rede TV!”

“Insane” Dave Courchaine will be the first XFC North America fighter to head south under the XFC banner, as the promotion expands their reach internationally showcasing their fights on the largest open broadcast television network in Brazil; Rede TV! Courchaine’s goal to show the XFC that he is worthy of a title shot with Fighter of the Year – XFC Lightweight Champion Scott “Hot Sauce” Holtzman, could be just a few rounds away. However, Meller will certainly not go away quietly.

 

Tampa, FL (December 10, 2013) – Xtreme Fighting Championships (“XFC”) is pleased to announce that its’ joint venture partner, XFC International, has entered into a partnership with REDE TV [Open (Major Network) TV Brazilian Television Broadcaster], to launch the Mixed Martial Arts COPA in 2014. The events will be organized by XFC International; MMA COPA will take place starting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the first event on Feb 1, 2014. A reference to the press release by Rede TV! and XFC International made today is incorporated into this press release.

XFC International and Rede TV! (Brazilian Television Network) signed a long-term partnership. In the partnership, REDE TV! and XFC International will feature Latin America’s undiscovered, vibrant, and immense talent pool in MMA. MMA COPA will feature wide-ranging athletes from across all of Latin America.

The MMA COPA seasons will feature ten (10) events that will take place from Feb–May, 2014 (Season 1) and August–December, 2014 (Season 2). These events, broadcast in full HD, will highlight Latin America’s world-renowned MMA talent in both the men and women’s divisions. The goal of the series is to provide the world’s MMA fans, including those in the U.S., an opportunity to discover Latin America’s natural talent in MMA and offerings across the region. The fighters that rise up to be the champions in Latin America will earn an opportunity to compete against the XFC U.S. champions at major championship events held in the U.S. XFC and XFC International collaborated in the development of this series and plan to broadcast their respective live events in each continent, as the U.S. events are planned to be televised in Latin America and the Latin American events are to be televised in the U.S. This bi-directional broadcasting of events between countries is designed to captivate the MMA audience and elevate the fan interest in fighters from both respective series.

“We have always been excited about the MMA talent in Latin America, as many of our current roster of fighters come from all over South America, and now we are pleased to gain direct access to the immense talent the region has to offer”, said Jim Morrell, CEO of XFC. “We see the joint venture with XFC International as a unique opportunity to do something that no other MMA promotion has done, and that is to showcase true champions from multiple geographies as they compete on the global stage of MMA”. Concluding, Morrell said, “We see this series as a ‘fresh’ new element to MMA, something no promotion has done to date, and we feel this creates an innovative way for broadcasters, sponsors, and advertisers to effectively reach current audiences and new viewers alike.”

 

John Prisco, President of XFC, had this to say, “As a matchmaker, I am excited to see these high-level talent matchups, as winners from each weight class come together on the global stage in a World Championship…this is a matchmaker’s dream come true”. Going on, Prisco said, “MMA fans are going to witness the discovery of some of the best, yet unrecognized, talent in MMA….there has never been an opportunity like this before to see the best in class compete from both Latin America and the U.S.” John Prisco was recently awarded the “Matchmaker of the Year” award at the Florida MMA Awards ceremony.

In the XFC International press release, several mentions were made by:
Myron Molotky, President of XFC International said; “Latin America is a global powerhouse in MMA, renowned for its’ international champions.”

Amilicare Dalleveo Neto, Director of RedeTV!, who played a crucial role in creating this historic partnership, offered; “With XFC International, we see more than just an MMA event…more than just great fighters…more than just an excellent show. We believe that XFC International will lead a New Era of MMA sports in Brazil and throughout Latin America”.

Edward Jung, CEO of XFC International, said “Our interest and contribution to the sport of MMA is quite unique. Rather than forge our way into the current MMA community, XFC International has created a new space in the MMA arena. We have no doubt that the MMA COPA will showcase the Next Generation of undiscovered talent to the world. XFC International will enable these fighters to participate in world class events, not only in Latin America, but also the U.S. and other regions throughout the world.

For full quotes from Molotky, Neto, and Jung, please refer to the XFC International Press release made earlier today. XFC is hosting its final event of the year, “Frozen Fury” in Muskegon, Michigan this Friday, Dec. 13th, live on AXS TV at 9:00 PM EST.

 

ABOUT REDE TV!

Since 1968, The REDE TV! has supported excellence in sports and visual arts production. Today REDE TV’s mission includes world-class television production for Brazilian viewers. RedeTV! is a Free / Open TV Brazilian television network, owned by Amilcare Dallevo and Marcelo de Carvalho. RedeTV! has modern production facilities in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Recife and Fortaleza. RedeTV! is headquartered in Sao Paulo Brazil, located in Osasco (SP), where its’ new Digital facilities are based. It is the newest television network, among the five major networks in Brazil, being a relaunch of Rede Manchete in 1999. It was the first network worldwide to be broadcast in 3D. www.redetv.com.br/

 

About XFC

Xtreme Fighting Championships was founded in 2006, with corporate offices located in Tampa, Florida. XFC is a premier mixed martial arts corporation and has televised stadium fight cards in numerous locations throughout the United States consecutively for 5 years, as well as Internationally in Greece. XFC is recognized as one of the top MMA promotions in the U.S. and has established attendance records in Florida, drawing over 11,000 fans to the St. Pete Times Forum. www.xfcmma.com

 

About XFC International

A joint venture partnership with XFC, with offices in Sao Paulo-Brazil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Tampa Florida. The Corporate Head Quarters in the U.S. are located in Michigan.

This Sunday at the 2013 Florida MMA Awards red carpet event, XFC’s John Prisco took home the award for Best Matchmaker of the Year. This marks the second year in a row that Prisco was recognized and selected for an achievement award at the annual Awards Show. By years end, John will have been responsible for matchmaking well over 60 fights across 6 nationally televised XFC MMA events on the AXS TV network. This year alone, Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) has produced stadium fight cards in Florida, Kentucky, N. Carolina, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Michigan.

Based out of Tampa, the organization was credited by the Tampa Tribune for setting the Florida statewide attendance record for an MMA event, when they drew over 11,000 fans to the St. Pete Times Forum and was credited in by Yahoo Sports for being “the best kept secret in the sport.”

Check out the promotions website at www.XFCMMA.com and follow them hourly on Facebook & Twitter “@OfficialXFC”

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The Florida Mixed Martial Arts Award Show was created to recognize the Florida Mixed Martial Arts Community for their contribution to the fastest growing sport to date. In 2011 more than 500 MMA fighters fought in Florida, yet no one was recognized for the sacrifices, commitment, and dedication to the sport. Until Now.

Each year, the Florida MMA Awards Show will recognize the efforts of those who have made an impact inside and outside the cage. This event will also let the world know that Florida is a market for Mixed Martial Arts and that we are working hard to push the sport forward.

They say, good things come to those who wait, and for Michigan natives Marcus Reynolds and Dequan Townsend, this couldn’t be more true. As the two fighters counted the days until their show down on December 13th, an unfortunate training injury put the Angela Hill versus Stephanie Skinner match on hold, and opened up a main card spot at Frozen Fury. As if auditioning for one of the biggest promotions in the industry wasn’t enough, now these two warriors can add the pressure of performing for a Worldwide audience at home. LIVE, from the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan, Marcus Reynolds versus Dequan Townsend will take place on the televised portion of XFC 27 on AXS TV and  judging from their past fight stats, it looks like someone is gonna get knocked out!

Ryan Thomas MMAIron Fist Clan’s, Michigan native, Marcus “The Iron Dragon” Reynolds (9-7) will bring his unorthodox striking and entertaining style of MMA to the masses on December 13th. The life-long student of Kung Fu first entered the professional ranks back in 2006. Even though his career has been very hot and cold at times, one thing Michigan fans have always been able to count on is Reynold’s fan friendly game plan and freakish power. With an impressive 89% finish rate, eight of The Iron Dragon’s nine wins have come by way of knockout. The King of the Cage and Shine Fights veteran will look to add to his current three fight win streak and make his mark on the sport with a high-light reel finish of Dequan Townsend. When asked what the audience at home can look forward to when Marcus Reynolds takes the cage at Frozen Fury, Team Iron Fist Clan’s Destin Allen said, “The people outside of Michigan, who have never seen Marcus are going to see a real, living, breathing, Saturday morning Kung Fu Theater action star.”

Dequan ”The Tarantula” Townsend (5-2) is a fan’s fighter! The Murcielago MMA standout approaches his fight career from both a competition and entertainment angle.  Michigan fans know, a Dequan Townsend fight isn’t just a fight, it’s a show! Known for his epic ring entrances and uncanny knockout power, Townsend comes from the newest generation of fighters that didn’t grow up with a base discipline, but got into mixed martial arts fresh of the street, learning all aspects of the sport equally. The freestyle fighter from Lansing currently holds the Total Warrior Combat Welterweight title, but is looking to add a marquee win to his resume. Townsend prides himself as not only a showman, but a legit threat to everyone in his weight class. The Tarantula admits his fight with Reynolds has thepotential to earn Fight of the Night honors, but feels the smart bet; Knockout of the Night.

XFC Founder & Matchmaker John Prisco weighed in on the main card moves: “I’ve said it time and time again; the XFC is about opportunity. Work hard, stay ready, and you never know what might happen. This sport is tough on the body. Most high level fighters will tell you, getting through a training camp and making it to the fight healthy, is the hard part of the process. Injuries are always going to happen and when they do, we’re sometimes forced to change the line up around. One minute you’re preparing for a prelim fight; the next you could be asked to step up and show the World what you’re made of on live TV. Reynolds versus Townsend was a regional fight that we were all excited about when we put this card together, but there just wasn’t room on the main card to showcase it. When the Skinner/Hill fight had to be pulled, there was no hesitation on which fight should bump up and take the open spot. Both these guys have paid their dues, trained hard, promoted the card wonderfully, and have earned the opportunity they are about to receive. I assure you, they will take full advantage of this and put on a show for everyone. Both these fighters and their camps are guaranteeing fireworks.”

XFC International President Myron Molotky, who resides in Michigan, was excited to see two Michigan natives receive the call that they would be fighting live on national television with the XFC. “It’s with great anticipation that I get to watch two guys I’ve seen grow up in the Michigan MMA scene be recognized for their skills and accomplishments as we welcome them to the XFC. John Prisco’s matchmaking prowess has again put together regional dream match-ups, such as this fight between Reynolds & Townsend…only John and the XFC are able to make these matchups happen.”
Molotky continued “Showcasing the top fighters worldwide in our cage, for all the area fans to see live, is what we are all about. I anticipate that the fighters and their teams are going to make the most of it, especially since the opportunity presents itself to be showcased on television. The L.C. Walker arena and our fans watching worldwide will be on the edge of their seats when these two knockout artists go to work on Friday Dec. 13th.”

Xtreme Fighting Championships invades the Great Lakes State on December 13, 2013 for XFC 27: Frozen Fury. The event is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and it will be broadcast Live on AXS TV from the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan, beginning at 8pm CT/9 pm ET. For more information on the event, visit www.XFCMMA.com and to purchase tickets visit www.beafantickets.com. For daily updates and news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @OfficialXFC.

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