Now 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.
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The inspirational story of MMA Fighter Nick Newell has taken an unfortunate and rather surprising turn. After defeating Eric Reynolds and winning the XFC lightweight title in December, Newell was paired up against Scott Holtzman after he defeated Jason Hicks at XFC 22. Newell was scheduled to make his first title defense next months at XFC 24 against Holtzman but the champion has refused the fight.
Xtreme Fighting Championships will return to Tampa Bay on June 14 for XFC 24 at the USF Sundome. The promotion has been touring the United States, outside of Florida since December of 2011, and will return to the city where it all began for an event that is headlined with the first title defense for current Lightweight Champion “Notorious” Nick Newell (9-0) and rising star Scott “Hot Sauce” Holtzman (4-0).
Well yet another year has come and gone, 2012 was an odd year for MMA but the year will not easily be forgotten. This year saw the UFC all over network TV, Bellator stumble its way into next year and smaller promotions like RFA, LFC and XFC make a name for themselves. Unfortunately it also saw Strikeforce take a nosedive and the UFC cancel an event for the first time.
While it might not be as prestigious as a UFC or Bellator title, the XFC Lightweight title changed hands last Friday, yet made quite a stir in its transition from former to present champion. This isn’t the kind of title that generates buzz, and while the bout itself was good, it wasn’t the kind of affair that had Fight Of The Year written all over it. Why all the talk though? Enter congenital amputee Nick Newell to the championship circle.
Last night was another crowded Friday night of mixed martial arts, with Bellator 83, TUF 16 and XFC 21: Night of Champions 2 on AXS TV. The final XFC card of 2012 was headlined by a lightweight title fight between Eric Reynolds and one of the best stories to come out of MMA in 2012, Nick Newell. The one-armed fighter rightfully garnered the bulk of the media coverage leading up to the event, but XFC 21 was a complete fight card.
Friday night in Nashville “Notorious” Nick Newell takes on Eric “It’s a Wrap” Reynolds in the XFC 21: Night of Champions 2 main event. Their lightweight bout will be for the promotions vacant lightweight champion, which was vacated over two years ago by Junior Assuncao. Five other main card bouts will lead into the XFC 21 main event title fight which airs live on AXS TV starting at 7pm Pt / 10pm ET.