Archive | September, 2013

Sanders vs Underwood set for XFC 26 at Municipal Auditorium

Posted on 22 September 2013 by Allen

If the opening bout sets the tone for the entire show, then MMA fans are in for a hell of a night when Night of Champions III invades the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on October 18th. XFC President John Prisco and company will kick off their nationally televised show with a bang, when they send Tennessee Featherweights Luke Sanders and Zach Underwood into the cage to do battle. The 145 pound opening act will not only draw major interest from local MMA insiders, but should grab the attention of mass media outlets, as the winner could position themselves into the national rankings.

Luke Sanders (5-0) has quietly become one of the Volunteer State’s brightest prospects. Up to now, the undefeated Sanders has chosen to stay away from gratuitous self promotion and build his name off of hard work and exciting performances. But, with father time ticking, the 27-year-old Nashvillian realizes it’s time to make some noise. The last time XFC fans saw Luke Sanders was at XFC 18, when he dominated Kentucky’s Zachary Sanders and forced a referee stoppage late in the first round. After a minor knee injury and a self-imposed year-long lay off, Luke Sanders returned to MMA action this past July when he faced stiff competition in St. Louis Missouri’s Javon Wright. Sanders walked away with a split decision victory, but many questioned Sanders decision to face the tough and talented Wright in his return bout. When questioned about the fight, the normally silent Sanders simply answered, “It’s time. No more easy fights. I needed this type of fight before taking the next step.” Holding true to his words, the former high school wrestler is set to meet his biggest challenge to date in Zach Underwood. Finishing 4 out of his 5 previous opponents, Sanders will have his hands full trying to add Underwood to that list. The durable “Thunderwood” has only been stopped once in his 15 fight professional career, so Sanders knows that a finish in Nashville could catapult his career and position him as one of the country’s hottest unsigned prospects.

Zach “Thunderwood” Underwood (11-4) has been a staple in Tennessee mixed martial arts for over six years. The tough as nails veteran from Union City, Tennessee is known throughout the midsouth as a fighter’s fighter. Underwood accepts fights first, then asks questions later; the weight class is just a minor detail. Competing anywhere from Featherweight to Middleweight, Zach Underwood has made a career off seizing opportunities and defying the odds. After starting his career with an impressive 6-2 record, Underwood’s first chance to grab national attention came on the Strikeforce: Henderson versus Shields undercard. It was there that the smaller Thunderwood took middleweight Hunter Worsham to task, earning himself a unanimous decision and the respect he deserved within the industry. After his Strikeforce win, Underwood continued to work the local circuit, racking up wins and gaining valuable experience. In April of this year, Zach Underwood was offered a short notice fight at XFC 23 against Deivison Ribeiro. Always ready to play the role of spoiler, Underwood accepted the match against the heavily favored Brazilian, and in typical Thunderwood fashion, he dominated Ribeiro for three rounds and sent a message to all watching at home and in the arena, “Keep doubting me and I’ll keep proving you wrong. And I’m gonna keep doing it at the expense of your so-called superstars.” On October 18th, at XFC 26, Zach Underwood looks to hush the hometown crowd of undefeated up and comer Luke Sanders, and prove once again that HE’S the measuring stick at 145 pounds, not the “opponent”. Not overlooking the task at hand, Underwood feels he should have been offered a spot in the XFC Featherweight tournament and he plans to use wins over Ribeiro and Luke Sanders to make his case.

John Prisco had this to say about his AXS opening bout: “When we started releasing the Night of Champions match ups, without question, the Sanders versus Underwood bout received the biggest buzz and response. I was amazed at the feedback I got regarding this fight. This is a match up the fans in Tennessee have apparently been waiting on for a long time and we are proud to say the XFC was the promotion to put it together. Both these guys bring so much to the table; Sanders with his explosiveness and athleticism, and Underwood with his toughness, vast experience and ability to change-up his style and game plan to pull out wins…I can’t wait to sit cage side and watch this one. This is a King of the Mountain type match up for Tennessee. Whichever guy walks away with the win on October 18th has a valid argument for being the best Featherweight in the state.”

Xtreme Fighting Championships returns to Music City USA for XFC 26: Night of Champions III on October 18, 2013. The event is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and Liquid Ninja Energy Drink. The event will be broadcast Live on AXS TV from the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, beginning at 9pm CT/10 pm ET. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit or For daily updates and news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @OfficialXFC.

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Holtzman vs Caroll set for XFC 26

Posted on 21 September 2013 by Allen

He earned his title shot in North Carolina, won his title fight in Florida, and now, after signing a new multi-fight deal with Xtreme Fighting Championships, Scott Holtzman is set to defend his Lightweight Title in his home state of Tennessee! On October 18th, LIVE from the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, Scott Holtzman will answer the challenge of North Carolina’s Roger “The Leprechaun” Carroll, in the Main Event at XFC 26: Night of Champions III.

Roger “The Leperchaun” Carroll (13-9) might not be the one from Tennessee, but he wasted no time Volunteering to face newly crowned Lightweight champ, Scott Holtzman. The 22 fight veteran will be making the journey to 155 pounds in order to challenge Holtzman for his title. Carroll has been fighting professionally since 2008 and is widely considered one of the toughest competitors in the Southeast. “The Leprechaun” is no stranger to big time fights, against big name opponents. And now he can add Scott Holtzman to an impressive resume, which includes names such as Clint Hester, Uriah Hall, and Dhiego Lima. Carroll last entered the XFC cage at XFC 22, where he defeated Josh Eagans in a rematch of their 2011 fight, which ended with Carroll getting his hand raised after Eagans suffered an injury during the contest and could not continue into the next round. Roger left no question this time around, as he finished Eagans by TKO at :59 of round 2. A Black Belt in Judo and Jiu Jitsu, Carroll has used his extraordinary ground game to submit 10 of his previous opponents. It will be with this set of skills that Carroll will look to push Holtzman to place he has yet to find himself; in a defensive position on the canvas. Roger Carroll wants to show the MMA community that the Scott Holtzman phenomenon is only a fad, and that he is the man to put out the “Hot Sauce” fire that seems to be spreading.

For now, it seems the “Hot Sauce” era is upon us. Scott Holtzman (5-0) has taken the MMA world by storm. One of Fight Magazine’s “New Blood” fighters of 2013, Holtzman earned his first professional title at XFC 24, in Tampa, when he dismantled former XFC Lightweight Champ John Mahlow in devastating fashion. Nearing the end of his current contract, Scott Holtzman and the XFC entered into negotiations to extend the relationship between the growing International promotion and their hot new champ. After deciding to stick with the company that gave him his big break, Holtzman and XFC President John Prisco inked a deal that ensures the XFC fans get to enjoy many more “Hot Sauce” moments. The next order of business was when and where Holtzman would defend his title. Fortunately for “The Hooligans” (Scott’s dedicated Tennessee fans), this was an easy decision. The company had recently announced a return trip to Nashville for their yearly Night of Champions card, and this seemed more than fitting a place for his first title defense. Scott Holtzman will take his relentless pace and smothering style of ground and pound to Nashville, where he will meet Roger Carroll, a man who went to the XFC and personally asked for a shot at Holtzman and his shiny new belt. Scott Holtzman will look to keep his undefeated streak in tact at the expense of “The Leperchaun”, and treat his rabid Rocky Top fans to another spectacular victory. Scott had this to say about his upcoming title defense, “You guys haven’t seen the best Scott Holtzman yet. The guy you saw go 5-0 and win the title was just the tip of the ice burg. Buy your tickets, or tune in to AXS TV on Oct 18th, and you will see a whole new level I’m about to take this to.”

“I can’t stress this enough. This was a huge week for the XFC”, said XFC President John Prisco. “Not only were we able to book Scott Holtzman’s first title defense, we were able to sign him to an extension that solidifies our commitment to each other. It’s not easy finding the next generation of MMA superstars, but it’s even harder to keep them after they have enjoyed success and great amounts of promotion from our organization, spread throughout the industry. Scott has displayed the characteristics we want to see in our champions, so we are proud to say that you’ll see more “Hot Sauce” in the XFC . He believes in what we are doing here, and he didn’t just want to win a title, he wants to defend his title against all comers, and give the other guys in the division the same opportunity he received. When we announced that the XFC was headed back to Tennessee, Scott and I both knew we had to get this deal done, so Scott could give back to the hundreds of fans that have traveled around the Southeast supporting him. Unfortunately, that’s where the favors ended (laughing). Roger Carroll dropping down to 155 is a tall order for the new champ. Holtzman is relentless, but Roger Carroll is one of the toughest guys to ever step foot in our cage. The guy is hard to finish; this is going to be a good old-fashioned scrap! We know both these guys can dish out punishment, so the question is going to be, who can take the punishment and keep coming.”

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