Ryan Thomas’ XFC match with Rocky France wasn’t the plan until a week ago. Ian Stephens was originally set to take on Thomas but informed XFC he signed a UFC contract and couldn’t compete. When XFC officials contacted the UFC, it was news to them.
“I don’t know what the deal is,” said Thomas on MMA Weekly. “I don’t know if he’s scared, has cold feet, or if he just tried to find a really stupid way to get out of the fight. I’m just trying to keep myself prepared to fight him or somebody else.”
Thomas vs. France is a rematch from this past June at Colosseum Combat 25. On that occasion, Thomas took the win to defend his welterweight title when France couldn’t continue in the championship rounds.
XFC 25 is today, September 6, from the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico. The main card airs live on AXS TV.