Nate Jolly sees XFC 14 as his coming out party

Oct 18, 2011
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Nate Jolly feels he is ready for the big time. With an impressive 10-3 record Jolly has paid his dues as a professional fighter and feels he has earned the right to main event XFC 14 against one of the most notorious lightweights of all time, Jamie Varner. The two men will meet on October 21st in the XFC cage live on HDNet in Orlando, FL.

Jolly knows that a win over Varner would legitimize his career among casual MMA fans but the Cincinnati native feels he's just getting started.

"I look at XFC 14 as my coming out party," explained Jolly. "I am really excited for the opportunity Mr. Prisco and the XFC have given me. I will have the chance to fight one of the toughest lightweights of all time and show the world exactly why 'Ladies Love' Nate Jolly. I want people to see what I'm all about. I feel like I am an exciting fighter who goes out there and puts on a show and has a good time doing it."

Fighting out of Team Oxendine in Johnson City TN, Jolly is regarded as one of the best lightweights in the South and is one of the highest ranked 155ers in the State of Tennessee according to With a solid wrestling base and a surprisingly slick ground game, Jolly can have his way with opponents once the fight goes to the ground. But according to Jolly, he'd really like to get a knockout.

"I am very comfortable with my hands," said Jolly. "A lot of people think of me as a wrestler because I wrestled in college. That's fine, but I feel I have knockout power and I don't mind standing. I have really been working on my footwork and if it stays standing I know I'll be ready. Varner has had a lot of knockout wins and is known for his power but if you underestimate me and I catch you, it's light's out."

"I know Varner is dangerous and I know he's fighting for his career. A lot of people think his best days are behind him but he's a former WEC champ for a reason. He has heavy hands and he is always looking for a submission. I think he will be stronger than me but I will be more explosive and more powerful. I'm not underestimating him at all. I know he's a tough guy and he's looking to punch me in the face. I expect him to hit me with everything and the kitchen sink in Orlando."

XFC President, John Prisco, is looking forward to Jolly vs. Varner and is excited to see how it goes down. "This is a huge fight for both men. Nate is fighting for respect and wants to prove he belongs in the main event. Varner wants to show the world he still is relevant and that he is still one of the best lightweights in the world. I expect Varner to have a chip on his shoulder at XFC 14 when he steps into the cage. This is really an exciting matchup."

XFC 14 will take place at The UFC Arena in Orlando, Florida on October 21st and will air live on HDNet.

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