Scott Holtzman to take fight outside XFC, faces George Sheppard April 5

XFC lightweight champ Scott Holtzman. Photo by Jack Bratcher for
XFC lightweight champ Scott Holtzman. Photo by Jack Bratcher for

With the XFC currently turning their focus to the international market, fighters like Scott “Hot Sauce” Holtzman, their undefeated lightweight champion, have been on the sidelines.

XFC President John Prisco has agreed to let Holtzman (6-0) fight in another organization to stay active, so the Knoxville native’s next fight has been set against George “Lights Out” Sheppard on April 5 at Premier Fighting Challenge in Abingdon, Va.

Having turned pro in 2012, the 30-year-old Holtzman is already considered one of the top lightweight prospects in the game. He has finished four of his six opponents inside the distance, most recently winning a unanimous decision over Roger Carroll at XFC 25 last October.

Holtzman will be fighting Sheppard (14-7) on his home turf in Virginia. Sheppard, 25, has been fighting professionally since 2009 and will carry a pretty significant experience advantage into the cage against “Hot Sauce”.

“Lights Out” last fought in Aug. 2013, scoring a first round TKO win over Derrick Kennington at CCFC 26. Sheppard has also been in the cage with such names as RFA’s Dakota Cochrane and UFC vets Charlie Brenneman and Jim Hettes.

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