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XFC Returns to Tampa September 5TH 2009


On September 5th, 2009 the XFC will reward its’ fans with one of the most highly competitive fight cards of the year, and one that will be broadcast “Live” on HDNet from the St. Pete Times Forum. The XFC promises a night of exciting, unpredictable fights full of action and excitement. September 5th will be the first hometown show in over 10 months and with their homecoming, the XFC is looking forward to a huge crowd of hungry MMA fans.

The first “XFC Open Fighter Tryout” exposed the skill of Chris “Beast Boy” Barnett who showcased his exceptional agility and speed in his Pro MMA debut against Jonathan Ivey. Ivey came into the fight as a seasoned MMA fighter with over 70 professional MMA fights. On September 5th, “Beast Boy” will fight Daniel Perez; the 3 time Florida State wrestling champ, and the man responsible for the 90-second knock out of current Ultimate Fighter contestant and former NFL superstar, Marcus Jones.

Chris Barnett set a high standard , and raised the bar for the next batch of fighters discovered in the second “XFC Open Fighter Tryouts.” The most recent winner Julien Williams hopes to live up to that “raised-bar” on the upcoming fight card. Julien won the tryout in June 2009 and is making his pro debut on Sept 5th. Training out of ATT Orlando and represented by Elite athlete management, Julien has proven to be skilled in jiu jitsu, striking and wrestling and was chosen over 40 other potential fighters. Julien is making his pro debut against Jeremy Thurlow, a local striking instructor and jiu jitsu maven, training out of Gracie Barra Tampa. Both Chris and Julien will be featured live on HDNet.

Moving on to the co-main event of the evening, Jason Goodall is defending his Bantamweight belt and flawless record against challenger, Pablo Alfonso. This fight truly has the potential of being an all-out backyard brawl. Both fighters have proven to be very well rounded in their stand-up game, jiu jitsu, and exhibit exceptional cardio and strength. The stakes are high in this test to see which fighter wants the XFC Bantamweight title the most, and is definitely a contender for “fight of the night”.

If those fights sound intense, the main event looks to be a barnburner between Roger Bowling and War Machine. This fight features two of the most aggressive welterweights the XFC has ever brought together. Roger Bowling is a rising star in the MMA Bigshow, promoted by Jason Appleton and he is the main event in his first fight with the XFC. In conversation concerning Roger Bowling, XFC President John Prisco commented, “I have complete confidence that Roger possesses the talent worthy of a feature spot as our main event. He is exactly the kind of undiscovered talent this promotion is all about. He will certainly be a good match against War Machine. Jason Appleton and I agreed to work together in this main event, to give some long overdue exposure to some of the next generation of “soon-to-be” big name fighters.” The undefeated Roger Bowling has managed to end all of his five fights in the first round, but it is not certain that this former “tough man” competitor will be tough enough to maintain his perfect record against the more experienced, and extremely versatile War Machine.

Roger Bowling will oppose former TUF finalist, War Machine, who has been unstoppable in his last four consecutive fights. Statistically, War Machine possesses nearly an equal percentage of wins by strikes and submissions, establishing him as a well rounded fighter with finishing capacity, and confirming that he is a threat in every aspect of the fight.

Sept. 5th 2009 will showcase an additional four fights on the undercard that guarantee so much action you won’t want to blink your eyes. To purchase tickets and view the entire fight card be sure to visit The first bout begins at 7:00 pm and the televised fights will start at 9:00pm. The fights can be seen live on HDnet, available to Dish Network, DirectTV and Verizon Fios customers. If you are in Florida be sure to make it to the event in person! Don’t miss out on the event that will have the entire MMA community talking for months to come!