...OH, ONE MORE THING - PLEASE BOOKMARK US & VISIT DAILY!
By: Brad Walker MMATorch Columnist
This Friday, March 21, XFO puts on its historic 50th professional card from the UIC pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. As always, owner and matchmaker Dan Lardy has put together a stacked card for our entertainment. Here is a rundown of the card and some of my picks for tomorrow's incredible schedule!
Heavyweight Main event: Scott Hough (5-5) vs Adam Macijewski (10-5-1)
This fight guarantees one thing: great grappling. Macijewski comes out of arguably the best wrestling gym in the area, and Hough is no slouch. It's going to come down to who gets the best of the exchanges.
Walker's Pick: Macijewski via TKO
Bantamweight Co-Main Event: Danny Aguirre (8-3) vs Cory Galloway (4-1)
This is basically a fight for local supremacy. Galloway is a Bellator veteran who is currently under contract to XFC, and Aguirre is a beast who is on an absolute tear. For my money Galloway is the next big thing at 135 lbs., and hopefully soon will be on the UFC radar.
Walker's Pick: Galloway via submission
Middleweight bout: Josh Eckmann (0-0) vs Rafal Skibinski (3-2)
This one's pretty easy for me to call in Skibinski's favor due to his past with Bellator, but Eckmann is in the right place to shock folks. I will give Rafal an edge here based solely on experience.
Walker's Pick: Skibinski via decision
Strawweight Bout: Keo Panyathong (2-2) vs Joey Diehl (4-4)
I have always wanted to see a Strawweight bout in XFO and my dream has come true. One of Illinois' most gifted flyweights, Joey Diehl, drops a division to meet Panyathong in his first bout at 115 lbs.. This is going to come down to conditioning as both men are high output fighters.
Walker's Pick: Diehl via decision
Bantamweight Bout: Heather Bassett (1-0) vs Fallon Fox (3-1)
This is going to be an exciting bout with two women who have tremendous respect for one another. Both will fight for a finish and we will likely see fireworks early.
Walker's Pick: Fox by KO
Here's a round up of the rest of the scheduled bouts:
Welterweight: Vic Hall (7-18) vs Adam Kreptowski (1-1)
Flyweight: Kelly Warren (3-4) vs Pearl Gonzalez (2-1)
Bantamweight: Manny Vazquez (0-0) vs Vince Romandine (0-1)
Featherweight: Oliver Vazquez (1-0) vs Kevin Axline (0-4)
Welterweight: Adam Potapenko (0-0) vs Lawerence Dunning (2-3)
Featherweight: James Martin (1-1) vs Anthony Goodwin (3-1)
Flyweight: Richard Dey (0-0) vs Dexter Wright (2-3)
More bouts are also included that are not yet listed! Get your tickets at LocalMMATickets.com
DON'T GO YET... WE SUGGEST THESE MMATORCH ARTICLES, TOO!
Jamie Penick, editor-in-chief
STAFF COLUMNISTS: Shawn Ennis - Jason Amadi
Frank Hyden - Rich Hansen
Chris Park - Matt Pelkey
Interested in joining MMATorch's writing team? Send idea for a theme to your column (for Specialist section) or area of interest (i.e. TV Reporter) along with a sample of writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.