Xtreme Fighting Championships will return to Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday, Feb. 10, with “XFC 16: High Stakes”. The event, which will broadcast live nationally on HDNet, will take place at the 7,000+ seat Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum.
Xtreme Fighting Championships had the honor of holding Tennessee’s first-ever sanctioned professional mixed martial arts event with “XFC 7: School of Hard Knox” in February 2009. The event featured local stars Ovince Saint Preux and Rafaello Oliveira, both who picked up first round wins that night and have gone on to make names for themselves fighting for Strikeforce and the UFC.
XFC 16 will mark the Florida-based promotion’s third visit to Knoxville. XFC President John Prisco shared his thoughts on returning to The Volunteer State:
“We are thrilled to be headed back to Knoxville. We have done shows there twice before and each time we did very well. We have a lot of momentum right now with our last two shows and I can’t wait for the world to see what we have in store for Knoxville with XFC 16: High Stakes. Not only are we going to use fighters from Tennessee, but I am bringing in some of the top prospects from around the country. It’s going to be a good show and we will be announcing the card very soon.”
Prisco is right about the momentum the XFC is carrying right now. Their last show, XFC 15, which took place at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., and aired LIVE on HDNet, featured standout performances from UFC veteran Corey Hill, one-armed fighting sensation Nick Newell and rising women’s MMA prospect Carla Esparza.
Stay close to ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) as the fights for XFC 16 will begin to be announced in the coming days and weeks.