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Joe Pearson Out, Billy Vaughn In Against Jeff Curran

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Joe Pearson has had to withdraw from his XFO fight this weekend after being involved in a car accident.  In Pearson’s place to fight on short notice is Billy Vaughn for the main event of XFO 39.

This will be the second fight in a row for Vaughn to step up on short notice.  In March, Vaughn took on Jorge Gurgel after Gurgel’s opponent Tyler Combs had to withdraw from the fight due to an injury.  Vaughn is a veteran of the Midwest having competed against several popular local fighters including York Ash, Ryan McIntosh, and Brandon Knight.

Curran was looking to fight at bantamweight but with the new short notice opponent, the fight will be contested at featherweight.  In an interview with MMA Weekly Curran stated, “I am disappointed because I had to pull out last year for the Outdoor War because of an injury and timing was very bad.  So I feel that we are destined not to fight.  I wish Joe and his family a good recovery and I know that if it was truly up to him he would be in the cage with me this Friday. Family comes first.”

XFO 39 takes place this Friday, May 13 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.  Tickets start at just $25.

Jamie Varner Versus Tyler Combs To Co-Main XFO 39

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Former WEC champion Jamie Varner will step back into the cage in his first fight since being released from the WEC against Tyler Combs.  The fight is scheduled to be the co-main event of XFO 39, which will be headlined by Jeff Curran taking on Joe Pearson.

Varner, a three-time WEC champion, was released from the organization after parent company Zuffa merged the WEC with the UFC.  Having lost three of his last four with the other going to a draw was not what the UFC was looking for when assimilating the lightweight talent from the WEC to the UFC.

Combs was supposed to fight Jorge Gurgel at “Strikeforce: Feijao vs Henderson” but a late injury scrapped him from the fight.  Combs last saw action at Chicago Cagefighting Championship 2 in an exciting fight against Mike Lullo where he unfortunately was submitted in the third round.  Combs has fought four previous times for the XFO against top names Michael Corey, Erik Koch and Bart Palaszewski.

XFO 39 will take place on Friday, May 13 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.  Other fighters scheduled to appear on the card include Jon Murphy, Felice Herrig, Michelle Gutierrez, Chris Garcia, Will Brooks, Ryan Bixler, Christian Reynoso, Dennis Dombrow, Mike Stumpf, Matt Tobie, Jason Graves, Vince Ramos and more.