Scott Holtzman (4-0) sort of got caught in the middle of the well-publicized drama between the XFC and their lightweight champion. Having earned the title shot by defeating Jason Hicks back in February, Holtzman had been preparing for Newell. Now with less than a month until XFC 24 Holtzman must now need to turn his attention to a new opponent.
On Thursday the XFC announced that Scott Holtzman would be taking on John Mahlow (13-13) for the vacant Xtreme Fighting Championships lightweight belt. Holtzman is one of the promotions homegrown stars, having fought all four of his bouts under the XFC banner. Along with defeating Hicks to earn his title shot, Holtzman also hold wins over Chris Coggins, Matt Metts and Brandon Demastes.
His opponent clearly isn’t at the same talent level as Nick Newell or Holtzman for that matter, but the veteran of 26 fights does have a large experience edge. Though on the losing edge, Mahlow has been in there against UFC talent and that makes him dangerous. Don’t be mistaken though, Mahlow hasn’t fought since May of 2012 and also enters the bout having lost three of four. He will be a massive underdog in the XFC 24 main event.
XFC 24 will take place on June 14th from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida and the main card will be televised live on AXS TV. The full XFC 24 card includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET)
Scott Holtzman vs. John Mahlow – for vacant lightweight title
Reggie Pena vs. Ricky Rainey
Dave Courchaine vs. Luis Santos
Kevin Forant vs. Eric Reynolds
Cortney Casey vs. Kelly Warren
Shah Bobonis vs. Jason Hicks
PRELIMINARY CARD (non-televised, 7 p.m. ET)
John Cofer vs. Chad Livingston
Ladarious Jackson vs. Nick Smith
Matt Ferraiolo vs. Gabe Maldonado
Ken Crowder vs. Jason Ignacek
Gilbert Burgos vs. Jason Gladey
Theo Idleburg vs. Billy Quarantillo