Xtreme Fighting Championships returns to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, June 14, with "XFC 24: Collision Course". The main event features a 155-pound match-up between undefeated rising star Scott "Hot Sauce" Holtzman and veteran John Mahlow for the vacant XFC Lightweight Title.
At 29-years-old and fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn., Holtzman (4-0) is part of the XFC's new breed. Starting with his pro debut at XFC 16 in Feb. 2012, Holtzman has racked up four straight wins inside the XFC cage. He last fought in February at XFC 22, taking home a unanimous decision win over South Carolina's Jason Hicks.
Holtzman will face his toughest test to date against the much more experienced Mahlow (13-13), who actually held the XFC's inaugural lightweight title several years ago. A Florida-based fighter, Mahlow began his pro career in 2002 and has been in the cage with many big names including Antonio McKee, Mac Danzig, Jeff Curran, Mark Bocek and Junior Assuncao, to name a few.
Mahlow has been out of action since May 2012 when he dropped a first round TKO to Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett at Art of Fighting 15. When Mahlow heard Holtzman's originally scheduled opponent, Nick Newell, had pulled out — and that the vacant lightweight title would be on the line, he volunteered to fill the spot, not wanting to pass up the chance at earning the XFC strap once again.
In the XFC 24 co-main event Tampa's own Reggie Pena will take on North Carolina's Ricky "The Sniper" Rainey at middleweight. Pena (10-5) has won back-to-back fights inside the XFC cage, including a unanimous decision over Josh Clark at XFC 14 in 2011, and most recently scoring a very impressive second round submission over UFC vet John Salter at XFC 18 in June 2012.
Rainey (7-1) is riding a three-fight win streak and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Alex Rojas at Fight Lab 31 last month. Prior to that he scored a unanimous decision win over Joseph Corneroli at XFC 22 and a first round TKO win over Donald Wallace at XFC 21.
And in a welterweight bout everyone should be paying attention to, Spokane, Washington's Dave "Insane" Courchaine will make his XFC debut against Brazilian veteran Luis "Sapo" Santos. Courchaine (15-5) has spent the last five years as a dominant force throughout the Northwest. He is currently riding an eight-fight win streak, including a split decision win over Bellator veteran Lloyd "Cupcake" Woodard at ICF 8 in March.
Santos (56-9) trains out of American Top Team and would be right at home on any major promotion's card, including the UFC. He's a WEC and Bellator veteran and made his XFC debut back in April with a first round TKO demolition of UFC veteran Shamar Bailey. He returned to action just two weeks later with a 22-second TKO win over Sebastian Latore at Smash Fight in Brazil. Santos vs. Courchaine is a fight you do not want to miss.
"XFC 24: Collission Course will broadcast LIVE on AXStv on Friday, June 14, at 9 p.m. ET.
Other main card bouts that will be on the television broadcast include Kevin Forant (5-0) vs. Eric Reynolds (16-6) at lightweight, Kelly Warren (3-4) vs. Cortney Casey (Pro Debut) Flyweight, and opening up the AXStv broadcast will be a featherweight bout between Jason Hicks (5-1) vs. Shah Bobonis (15-8).
The full XFC 24 fight card includes:
MAIN CARD (AXStv – 9 p.m. ET)
-Scott Holtzman vs.John Mahlow
-Ricky Rainey vs.Reggie Pena
-Dave Courchaine vs.Luis Santos
-Kevin Forant vs.Eric Reynolds
-Kelly Warren vs.Cortney Casey
-Shah Bobonis vs.Deivison Ribeiro
PRELIMINARY CARD (Not Televised)
-Chad Livingston vs.John Cofer
-Matthew Ferraiolo vs.Gabe Maldonado
-Nick Smith vs.Ladarious Jackson
-Jason Gladey vs.Gilbert Burgos
-Kenneth Crowder vs.Jason Ignacek
-Billy Quarantillo vs.Theo Idleburg