MMA RETURNS TO CHICAGO

May 4, 2010
(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO), one of the most respected MMA promotions in existence, has announced today their fight card for their upcoming fight event. On May 8th, MMA is overtaking the Copernicus Center in Chicago as fight fans will be treated to nine professional fights and four amateur bouts. Headlining the event are welterweight veterans Keith Wisniewski (25-12-1) and Ted “Red” Worthington (27-20). Wisniewski is coming into this fight on a three-match win streak, and he hasn’t allowed an opponent to go the distance during that span, winning two bouts by submission and one by TKO (strikes). Worthington has had an active year in 2010 thus far, fighting three times within the first four months and earning two victories, one by submission and one by knockout. Each warrior has proven throughout his career that he will fight his heart out to win, so fans can expect an epic battle when these two meet.

This exciting card features fighters from all different points in their career, and with a vast arsenal of skills. Some of the veterans will be looking to get back to their winning ways, while others will be looking to continue the strong start to their young careers. In what may be the 170 lb. fight of the night, Matt Tobie (2-0) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line as faces his toughest opponent to date in Quinton McCottrell (4-5). McCottrell is known for his heavy hands and ability to end the fight with one shot. Also on the main card will be a fight at 150 lbs. as former WEC fighter Rafael Dias (12-7-1) will be looking to get back on track after losing his last two fights, as he’ll be facing Ryan “Bones” Bixler (15-7). Dias is known as a submission specialist, while “Bones” is more of an all-around fighter. Regardless, both fighters will look to impose their will on the other.

The full card is as follows:

PROFESSIONAL
170-Keith Wisniewski vs. Ted “Red” Worthington
155-Rafael Dias vs. Ryan “Bones” Bixler
HVY-Boban Simic vs. Rashad Brooks
170-Matt Tobie vs. Quinton McCottrell
135-Carson Beebe vs. Chris Clark
145-Bobby Reardanz vs. Gustavo Rodriguez
185-Dan Bolden vs. Bill Hill
155-Chris Garcia vs. Glenn Hanson
155-Mike Santiago vs. Chris Tickle

The amateur card features hungry up-and-coming fighters as well as future stars looking to shine as they put their futures on the line.

AMATEUR
145-Alex Martinez vs. Mike Ryan
HVY-Ivan Garcia vs. Ken Fresbee
145-Steve Kozola vs. Joaquin Sanchez
170-Jonathan Melecio vs. Brian Kalsto

XFO—the Midwest’s premiere MMA show— features the best up-and-comers in the Midwest circuit and young fighters from all over the United States will look to hone their skills in the XFO cage. Tickets for the event are on sale now for $50 for Main Floor Seats and $35 for Mezzanine Level and are available for purchase by visiting http://www.xfomma.com/. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the fights will begin at 7:30 PM.

Information on the pre-event press conference and weigh-ins will be made public soon, as well. The Xtreme Fighting Organization is sure to electrify local fight fans so purchase your tickets now before the event is sold out!

About the XFO
The Xtreme Fighting Organization is operated by “The Big Frog” Jeff Curran, a veteran of the UFC, WEC, PRIDE, and StrikeForce, and has showcased some of the top talent in the sport of MMA today. Fighters such as Pat Militech, Ben Rothwell, Kevin Jordan, Jason Dent, Terry Martin, Tara LaRosa, Nick Thompson, Naoyuki Kotani, Ryan McGivern, Chase Beebe, Mike Russow, Travis Wiuff, Shonie Carter, Luke Zachrich, Sherman Pendergarst, amongst others, have all fought in the XFO cage. The promotion puts on regular events, and is committed to entertaining local fight fans with quality production values and exciting events. In addition, the XFO is dedicated to introducing some of the top young talent in the Midwest to the MMA masses. For additional information on the Xtreme Fighting Organization, please visit http://www.xfomma.com/
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