The Xtreme Fighting Organization put on the largest mixed martial arts event since November of 2009 in the greater Chicagoland area. The night of action saw eleven professional contests headlined by Jeff Curran versus Billy Vaughan. Read on for the full recap and results.
The first fight of the night was extremely quick as Hector Garcia needed just thirteen seconds to knock Nicholas Scotti out. Both fighters went to the center of the cage and looked to throw combos. Garcia landed a right hand that sent Scotti to the canvas. Garcia pounced quickly and landed three more shots before the Scott Fischer called a halt to the action.
Lightweights Will Brooks and Bobby Reardanz were up next. In the first round Reardanz looked to throw Brooks off with spinning attacks. Brooks quickly found his range and hurt Reardanz with a straight right. Brooks controlled the rest of the round with varied strikes including knees, elbows and punches. The second round Brooks came out with a big body kick and followed it up with a one-two and a knee that sent Reardanz to the canvas. Brooks took Reardanz down again worked to secure his back. As Reardanz was standing up, Brooks landed a massive belly to back suplex. Brooks finished the round with knees to the body while on the ground. Reardanz was clearly hurt as the third round started and Brooks looked to capitalize on it with a flying knee followed with four more knees. Reardanz looked to pull guard, but did nothing from the position and the ref stood them up. Brooks dropped Reardanz again and this time passed to side control. Brooks was working for a rear naked choke and couldn’t get it but transitioned to a beautiful armbar forcing Reardanz to tap.
Middleweights Kent Rexford and PJ Cajigas were up next. Cajigas looked to establish his striking skills and hurt Rexford with a hook. Rexford decided to put the fight in his realm and took Cajigas down. Once on the ground, Rexford worked short elbows and strikes. Cajigas tried to escape, but Rexford kept heavy pressure on him. Cajigas attempted to roll to break free, but Rexford was able to just take his back and lock in a rear naked choke ending the fight.
The first of two women’s fights were up next as Amanda LaVoy took on Michele Gutierrez. The first half of round one Gutierrez used her boxing to keep LaVoy at bay. Gutierrez continually countered LaVoy’s leg kicks with big rights that sent LaVoy to the canvas. After being knocked on her butt twice, LaVoy changed tactics and went after Gutierrez. A big knee by LaVoy in a clinch was immediately noticeable as Gutierrez’s left eye started to swell. The second round started out much like the first ended with the two women clinching. LaVoy landed a big knee and when the ladies separated a huge gash was visible on Gutierrez. The ref called the doctor in who stopped the fight.
Jason Graves opened up his fight with Dan Stittgen with a good one-two combo. Stittgen just laughed it off and Graves immediately took him to the ground. Graves was looking to pass his guard when Stittgen shifted and locked in an armbar to end the fight.
Fight of the night featured Lucas Gwaltney and Jon Murphy. Murphy through out the fight press forward and score takedown after takedown. Once on the ground he would work small strikes but it was Gwaltney who would work his way back to the feet where he was landing punch after punch. The first round was clearly for Murphy and the second seemed likely for him as well after a cut was examined by the doctor. The third round was a very close round and MMA Recap scored the fight 29-28 for Murphy. When the judges’ scorecards were read, it was a unanimous decision for Gwaltney.
Bantamweights were up next with Terrance Kinney and Dan Aguirre. Kinney shot for a takedown and Aguirre looked for a guillotine. Aguirre attempted to pull guard with the choke, but Kinney escaped into his guard. Aguirre used his wiry legs to lock up a triangle choke. Kinney defended well until Aguirre started to transition to an armbar. Aguirre again readjusted this time pulling down on his opponent’s head and forced a tap.
Mike Stumpf returned to action after a nearly three year layoff against Dan Bolden. The three round fight saw Bolden land his powerful right hand when the fight was standing. But it was Stumpf who controlled the fight as he had takedown after takedown. Once on the ground Stumpf landed several small strikes to keep the fight on the ground. Many times it looked like the ref was going to stand it up, but Stumpf was able to keep it there. In the end the judges didn’t have a difficult decision as Stumpf clearly controlled the fight.
The women were up again as Felice Herrig took on Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc. Rivera-Calanoc quickly rushed Herrig and pushed her up against the cage, but Herrig reversed and bullied her against the cage. Both fighters looked to throw knees and when they separated, it was Herrig who landed a big overhand right. Rivera-Calanoc shot for a takedown, but couldn’t get it. Round two and again Rivera-Calanoc rushed but this time she landed a left hand that found it’s mark. Herrig looked to throw straight punches while her opponent wanted the overhand variety. Herrig started to change levels and work shots to the body, Rivera-Calanoc against rushed her to the cage. Herrig scored a big takedown and threw a couple of elbows forcing Rivera-Calanoc to try to escape. In the ensuring scramble, Herrig was able to get her back and finished the round working for a rear naked choke. The final round Herrig was able to get her back while standing, but in the scramble out, Herrig found herself in a deep guillotine choke. Rivera-Calanoc squeezed to end the fight, however Herrig was able to pop her head out. Once again Herrig worked to get Rivera-Calanoc’s back and finished the round working towards a rear naked choke.
The co-main event featured former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner taking on Tyler Combs. Varner came out with a fast combo to set up his takedown. He then landed several strikes ranging from elbows to hammer fists. Combs tried to escape, but Varner moved to north-south and locked in a choke. Combs looked like he was defending well, and then went unconscious.
Billy Vaughan stepped up on short notice to fight Jeff Curran in the main event of the evening. Vaughan looked to have a reach advantage, but Curran used his kicks to keep Vaughan in the position he wanted. Curran landed several striking combos as he clearly wanted a knockout victory. At the end of the first round Curran showcased some of his jiu jitsu when Vaughan shot in for a takedown and Curran was able to secure a guillotine. Vaughan started to escape so Curran went for an armbar as time expired in the round. The second round both fighters wanted to finish the fight in highlight reel fashion, but both were just missing with their strikes. Vaughan at one point threw six punches in a row to just have Curran dodge and avoid them. The second round clearly for Curran like the first due to his consistent ability to land his strikes. Vaughan came into the third round like he had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Both fighters quickly clinched and Curran started to work his dangerous knees. Vaughan decided to risk his chances on the ground, but Curran immediately attacked his arm with a kimura attempt. After some readjusting, the kimura looked really deep, but Curran just used it to pass to get back control. Curran nearly had a rear naked choke though Vaughan rolled out of it into an inverted triangle choke. Vaughan tried to free himself by grabbing ahold of Curran’s foot and cranked it. The fight ended with both fighters trying to finish with a flurry of strikes. In the end, the fight went to Curran and he announced it was the last time we would see him inside the XFO cage.
Hector Garcia defeated Nicolas Scotti by TKO at 0:13 of round 1
Will Brooks defeated Bobby Reardanz by armbar at 3:22 of round 3
Kent Rexford defeated PJ Cajigas by rear naked choke at 4:47 of round 1
Amanda LaVoy defeated Michele Gutierrez by doctor stoppage at 0:34 of round 2
Dan Stittgen defeated Jason Graves by armbar at 1:10 of round 1
Lucas Gwaltney defeated Jon Murphy by unanimous decision
Dan Aguirre defeated Terrance Kinney by triangle choke at 2:20 of round 1
Mike Stumpf defeated Dan Bolden by unanimous decision
Felice Herrig defeated Nicdali RIvera-Calanoc by unanimous decision
Jamie Varner defeated Tyler Combs by north south choke at 1:30 of round 1
Jeff Curran defeated Billy Vaughan by unanimous decision