Jan. 16th, 2014 – Spring Lake, MI – Last year was a banner year for the XFC, but not in the typical manner of what XFC and MMA enthusiast have seen in the past years. The Sports and Entertainment Company took a major leap forward in the industry, with strategic partnership and agreements. The MMA industry is booming in every part of the World, not just in the U.S.A. and Xtreme Fighting Championships seized the opportunity. Prior XFC broadcast/network agreements were forcing the organization to plateau. In a stagnant environment, the Sports Company decided it was time to expand its operations. The organization stepped away from doing shows solely in the U.S.A. and branched out into Latin America.
"2014 was the year for XFC to take advantage of the opportunities that were being presented on a global stage. An important milestone reached in 2014 was to define talent and add depth to our roster by seeking out some of the top fighters from around the world. The XFC embraces the opportunity to bring representation to as many countries as possible, and we are proud to be recognized as an International organization. The industry is experiencing tremendous growth in so many regions of the world, and developing foundations outside the US market has allowed us to really see what the XFC brand is capable of accomplishing. Now with our new broadcast partnerships, we are truly able to showcase ourselves throughout the entire world. The next step is further expansion of the XFC brand into those new markets." said XFC President Myron Molotky.
XFC has secured broadcasting partnerships and co-production agreements with some of the major networks in Latin America, as well as solidified deals with several on-line platforms, who are among the largest in the World. XFC events are now broadcast via one of the largest open tv broadcasters in Latin America, Rede TV!, who reaches over 120+ million homes in Brazil. Rede TV! also produces a weekly "XFC Show" with breaking news, highlights, and features about the Sports and Entertainment company. The XFC Show has consistently ranked in as one of the most watched programs on television on Saturday Nights. Additionally, XFC now has their content streamed on the largest internet portal in Latin America, UOL; who is ranked in the Alexa top 100. The XFC video library is also featured on HBO Latin America, reaching fans in Spanish, English and Portuguese. The promotion also secured an exclusive weekly co-production agreement that will showcase XFC content and a news-cast program on the largest Spanish/Latin American portal in the World “Terra TV”, who serves to over 50 million unique visitors per month in Brazil and 100 million visitors worldwide.
"2014 was a landmark year for XFC. Our content is now seen in 25 countries in Latin America & in the Caribbean. Today XFC can be viewed in well over 230+ million homes, and that is not counting our live stream viewership or our organic social media reach. Our events and content are streamed worldwide, so fans from any country can tune in and watch; this was very important to us, as our roster of fighters now represents so many countries throughout the world. In 2015, we will be announcing partnerships that will place us in millions more homes throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. That expansion will place us as one of the most viewed MMA promotion in the world, a huge accomplishment in just one to two years" stated XFC CEO Edward Jung.
XFC has upped the bar and has a roster worthy of boasting. A clear path was written by the XFC Executives and any fighter debuting in the organization knows just where they stand when they step into the world renowned HeXagon. The XFC fighter career path stems through two series', Tournament then Superfight Series, giving even the youngest of fighters have a chance to excel through the organization. Tournament champions advance to the Superfights, where they become ranked in the organization and earn their chance to challenge for the World Championship Title. Most tournament and superfighters on the XFC roster are among the top ranked in the World, according to FightMatrix.com
The XFC has accomplished their goal to have one of the strongest rosters in MMA, with the signing of some of the industry's biggest free agents from over 23 countries worldwide including (Full Roster): Junior Assuncao 15-5 (BR), Allan Nascimento 14-2 (BR), Fernando Vieira 11-2 (BR), Flavio Alvaro 47-1 (BR), S.1 Lightweight Tournament Champion Natan Schulte 9-2 (BR), S.1 Middleweight Tournament Champion Alberto Uda 7-0 (BR), S.1 Welterweight Tournament Champion Will Galvao 4-1 (BR), Sergey Faley 16-6 (BEL), Sergei Bal 15-9-1 (RUS), Maryna Moroz 5-0 (UKR), Julia Berezikova 7-4 (RUS), Juliana Werner 8-4 (BR), Alyona Rassohyna 10-3 (HUN), S.1 Flyweight Tournament Champion Silvana Gomez 5-0 (ARG), S.1 Strawweight Tournament Champion Vanessa Guimaraes 4-2 (BR), Mayerlin Rivas 5-1 (VEN); just to name a few. With immense roster growth, came the need to release several prior regional fighters from the U.S. divisions, including two prior regional champions; Deivison Ribeiro & Pearl Gonzalez who were both cited for refusing to accept fights.
"Today the XFC boasts a roster of 125 exclusively signed male and female superstars from 23 different countries. The signings we have made in our superfight series and the rising stars in our tournament series is full of potential champions. Throughout 2015, our champions from Season I & II will be advancing to the Superfight Series, where we will begin title chases and crowning World Champions in several of our divisions. We're very excited to have such great talent signed to the XFC. " said XFC Matchmaker Eduardo Duarte.
Fans and media have been asking when is XFC planning to do more traveling and bring their events to other parts of the World; specifically back in the USA. The answer for many is 2015! The XFC is currently wrapping up their Season II tournament series, with the first event of 2015 taking place in Sao Paulo in March. The event will feature three Superfights and the tournament finale in the Women's Flyweight division between Antonia Silvaneide & Poliana Botelho. Also on the card will be the tournament semifinals in the Women's Strawweight, Men's Bantamweight & Men's Welterweight Division. In April, XFCi 10 will feature the Men's Lightweight & Featherweight semifinals, plus several superfights as the XFC begins their World Championship Title Chases. Matchmaking of the Season III International Tournament has also already begun. There are 8-10 planned events in South America which will include shows in Brazil and other parts of the continent; Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica. Additionally, two events are planned in the USA for July & December, and at least 1 event in Europe.
XFC CEO Edward Jung concluded "There were many positive changes within the organization in 2014. A new corporate structure, cross branding opportunities, stronger roster, & larger production were all necessary and achieved as we push to remain the fastest growing MMA organization in the World. Our milestone achieved this past year is just the start and we are excited to show the world what is in store for 2015!"