The Xtreme Fighting Championships has signed an explosive fight for XFC 16 : High Stakes, pitting undefeated women’s MMA prospect Marianna Kheyfets vs. Heather Clark. Kheyfets will put her perfect 4-0 record on the line, against her biggest test yet, on Feb. 10th at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum in the promotion’s return to Tennessee. Clark is also riding a four fight win streak and will look to derail Kheyfets’ momentum live on HDNet.
The XFC has been known for featuring the best women fighters on their shows and ‘High Stakes’ is no different. Both women are considered to be two of the top Super Flyweights in the world. According to FightMatrix.com Clark is #10 and Kheyfets is just behind her at #11. A win by either woman could vault them into the top 5.
‘High Stakes’ will be the fourth show that Kheyfets has competed on for the XFC. In her pro debut at XFC 11, “The Crushen Russian” dominated a much more experienced Kim Couture, eventually submitting her in the first round by triangle choke. Known primarily for her muay thai background, the American Top Team product is constantly evolving and displayed a much improved ground game in her last outing against Molly Helsel at XFC 14 : Resurrection.
Standing in Kheyfets way of 5-0 is Heather Clark. Clark is a product of Jackson-Winkeljohn’s Martial Arts and has finished her last three opponents with a submission, tko, and a ko. In October “The Hurricane” actually ended another undefeated streak when she submitted Sarah Alpar at FCF 49. But the most impressive outing of her young career came in January when she knocked out April Coutino in ten seconds. You can guarantee that Clark will be looking for another finish when she steps into the XFC cage in February.
XFC President John Prisco is excited to have the two women fighting on the card. “This fight is going to be good. Marianna is going to face the toughest test of her career in Knoxville. Heather is legit. She can submit you or knock you out. Marianna is very technical and I think she has the ability to get the best of Heather with her striking. But Heather is very polished and very strong. The guys at Greg Jacksons’ gym have done a good job with her. I think this fight is a coin flip and could go either way. Marianna has a slight advantage standing but Heather has to be the favorite if the fight gets physical and she starts bullying Marianna around the cage. Either way it’s going to be an exciting fight for the fans in Knoxville and those watching on HDNet.”