Nicolae Cury vs. Reggie Pena tapped for XFC 24 co-main event

Reggie "The Regulator" Pena shocked the Nashville crowd with an upset victory over hometown UFC veteran John Salter at "XFC 18: Music City Mayhem". Photo by Josh Cross for
Reggie Pena shocked the Nashville crowd with an upset victory over hometown UFC veteran John Salter at XFC 18. Photo by Josh Cross for

Xtreme Fighting Championships has announced their co-main event for XFC 24 as a middleweight showdown between fellow Floridians Reggie Pena (10-5) and Nicolae Cury (7-4). XFC 24 is scheduled for Friday, June 14, at the USF Sundome in Tampa, Fla., and will broadcast LIVE on AXStv.

Pena was last in action in June 2012 in Nashville, Tenn., when he upset UFC vet and hometown favorite John Salter with a second round submission via guillotine choke in the XFC 18 main event.

His fight prior to that Pena won a unanimous decision against Josh Clark at XFC 14 in Oct. 2011. He is currently 4-0 in XFC competition. We don’t hear much about Pena in the media though and that is probably because he’s only fought once a year for the past four years.

Hopefully that will change because he’s a very talented fighter. With legs like a running back, powerful striking and the ability to submit accomplished grapplers like Salter, Pena is a fighter that should be on every die-hard MMA fan’s radar.

Pena will get the chance to test out his grappling prowess once again when he faces BJJ and judo black belt Nicolae Cury at XFC 24. Five of Cury’s seven wins have come by way of submission.

Cury last fought in Aug. 2012 scoring a unanimous decision win over Roger Carroll at XFC 19 in Charlotte, N.C. He is now 2-0 inside the XFC cage.

XFC president John Prisco commented on the Pena-Curry match-up:

“This bout could easily steal the show. Both these guys are well rounded and tough to finish. They are both main event fighters who have faced adversity and pulled out big wins in their last XFC fights. Cury is so dangerous on the ground with his submissions and Pena… He is never out of a fight. He fights with such heart and has a never say die attitude. It’s going to come down to who enforces their game plan better. Will Cury get it to the ground and work his submissions, or will Reggie be able to keep the fight at a distance and work his combinations? It’s going be exciting. The winner of this fight will find themselves near the top of our middleweight division.”

A lightweight title fight between XFC 155-pound champ Nick Newell and Scott Holtzman is currently planned for the XFC 24 main event. Stay close to for any XFC 24 updates and bout changes.

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