XFC 24 Scott Holtzman vs John MahlowNow that the XFC and Nick Newell have both said their sides of the story the promotion has returned its focus on finding the odd man out, Scott Holtzman, an opponent for next month’s XFC 24.

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:


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

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