Just months after making his XFC debut, Corey Hill has come to terms with the East Coast MMA promotion on a long-term contract. It’s a deal that could possibly give Hill a future title shot with the Xtreme Fighting Championships. John Prisco, XFC President & matchmaker, who has added numerous fighters to the roster already in 2012, disclosed the signing early this morning.
Hill, who is best known for his appearance on TUF 5 & stellar showings in the UFC, suffered one of the most gruesome leg breaks in MMA history, back in 2008. Almost 13 months later he was back to full strength, in even better condition, and made his debut at XFC 15 with a win over fellow TUF contestant Charlie Rader. It took Corey Hill only minutes to finish off Rader with a Brabo choke, to successfully complete the comeback just before the end of round 1. The performance proved Hill, now 33 years old, is still one of the top competitors in the welterweight division.
Now ready to make his way to top of the MMA world, Hill signed the multi-year / multi-fight contract with the XFC; further urging the promotion to begin their divisional title shots in 2013.
As a 2-time Florida State Champion and College National Champion finalist, Hill’s strength is found in his wrestling skills. At 6’-4 feet tall though it’s his length that also gives him a sizable reach advantage over most competitors in the welterweight division.
XFC President John Prisco is confident that Hill has what it takes to be at the top of the Welterweight division. “Hill is one of the best welterweights around. His record doesn’t show how good he really is, but he never turns down a tough fight. I’m excited to have added him to our roster, he creates a tough match up for a lot of guys and he’s definitely one of the most entertaining fighters I’ve seen,” said Prisco. “We’re going to keep him fighting and make sure people get the chance to see how great of fighter he really is.”
As XFC cranks up out more and more shows each year, their beginning to double their roster. Hill is one of many “next generation” fighters that the promotion has added to its full-time roster of fighters in 2012. In addition to his XFC 19: Charlotte Showdown undefeated opponent Jason South, the XFC has also added Josh Samman, Scott Holtzman, Dustin West, females Heather Jo Clark & Sofia Bagherdai, and Open Fighter Tryout Winner Joby Sanchez.
For more information on Corey Hill or the other 2012 signees, go to www.OfficialXFC.com and follow the promotion daily on Twitter and Facebook (@OfficialXFC).
Tune in June 22nd; live on HDNet when the promotion holds its next event from Nashville, Tennessee for XFC 18: Music City Mayhem. Then the promotion returns on August 3rd for XFC 19 where Corey Hill will headline the card in his first fight as part of the new deal.