On December 13th, at the L.C. Walker Arena, the XFC will once again show off its commitment to bringing high level MMA and superior matchmaking to its legion of fans. The traveling promotion will close out Frozen Fury, and their year, with a Main Event only fitting for their highly successful 2013. LIVE on AXS TV from Muskegon, Michigan, it will be young lion versus old, when Daniel Swain takes on Junior Assuncao.
Daniel “Agent Orange” Swain (10-2) knows that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and that’s exactly why the former college wrestler didn’t hesitate when the opportunity to face MMA veteran Junior Assuncao was presented to him. Swain’s thought process was simple, spend the next year grinding away with fighters ranked near him, or go straight for the big dog and put himself immediately in title talks. With a 70% finish rate, Swain prides himself on breaking the stereotype on wrestlers. “I don’t ever want to be associated with a boring fight. Watch my fights, I don’t think you can find one and honestly say it was boring, or I wasn’t trying to finish it”, said Swain. A winner of four straight, “Agent Orange” spent most of 2013 competing in Japan’s Pancrase promotion. The former King of the Cage and MFC vet went 2-0 in The Land of the Rising Sun, gaining valuable experience that he will no doubt call on when facing Assuncao. The line between cocky and confident is thin, but 22 year-old Daniel Swain makes it clear which side he stands on. He has put in the work and followed a career path that has him certain he is ready for this challenge. Swain’s most notable win to date came in 2011 when he submitted current UFC standout Sam Sicilia, but on December 13th, he hopes that distinction goes to Junior Assuncao.
At 32 years old and nearly ten years as a professional, Junior Assuncao (15-5) is far from done in the sport of mixed martial arts. The Brazilian looks to use his second run with the XFC to prove that to not only his fans, but more importantly, his peers. On December 13th Assuncao looks to put all Featherweights on notice. The message he wants to send; that he will be the measuring stick for 145ers in the XFC. Junior has won an impressive eight of his last nine bouts, which includes a XFC Lightweight title win over John Mahlow in 2010, and then a return to the UFC where he went 1-1 before being released again. The company cited an over-crowded roster and division as the reason for Assuncao’s departure. After his second stint in the UFC, Assuncao stepped away from the sport to relax and spend time with his family, but now rested and recharged, Junior will bring his dangerous blend of high-level jiu jitsu and solid striking to an already stacked XFC Featherweight division. If there is one thing the addition of Junior Assuncao guarantees, it’s that things are about to get real interesting in the XFC.
XFC Matchmaker John Prisco had this to say, when asked about his XFC 27 Main Event: “Of course we are excited to have Junior back in the XFC. Even though his time with us before was relatively short, he made an impression on everyone here. He was a pleasure to work with and a true professional, so there was no hesitation about bringing him back for a second run. To top it off, the guy is a beast; a world-class fighter, so bringing Junior back made an immediate impact on our Featherweight Division. There is no denying that the winner of the Dragon/Sharipov title fight on December 13th, should get to a monitor quickly and watch this Main Event, because more than likely, who ever is holding that belt at the end of the night, will meet one of these guys in the near future. Don’t think for a minute though that Assuncao has this thing locked up. We did him no favors by matching him up with Daniel Swain for his first fight back. Swain is a top-tier fighter. He is a well-rounded, seasoned veteran at just 22 years old. That’s makes him a dangerous, man. The kid is 22 years old, holds a 10-2 record, has traveled the globe gaining experience and confidence…everyone better take this guy serious; especially Junior.”
Michigan native Myron Molotky, President of XFC International, had this to say about the main event: “After 11 other main event caliber fights, Brazil’s Junior Assuncao will make his long awaited return to the XFC, headlining XFC 27. I’m very pleased to announce my involvement with the XFC. It’s a very exciting time, as we showcase more and more International fighters inside our promotion. Junior will be facing one of his toughest opponents yet and the fans at the L.C. Walker Arena are in for a treat when they get to witness this bout live in their home town. The XFC is bringing one of the biggest televised events the Lake Shore area has ever seen. Living here in West Michigan for over 30 years, I know the sports fans from around this area are going to enjoy what the XFC brings to Muskegon in December.”
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 or to purchase tickets, visit www.XFCMMA.com or www.beafantickets.com. For daily updates and news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @OfficialXFC.