XFC Relaunch Set for November, Includes Broadcast Deal with NBC Sports

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 8, 2020


Xtreme Fighting Championships is returning with a mixed martial arts event to be broadcast on NBC Sports this November.

The promotion, which was last based in Brazil in 2015, is relaunching under ownership in the United States behind CEO Steve Smith and president Myron Molotky. XFC 43 will be televised via NBC Sports Network on Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. ET and will feature two hours of fights.

“NBC Sports is the gold standard in sports television, with an unmatched history presenting the most prestigious competitions in the world,” Molotky said. “The team at NBC Sports impressed us with their experience, their understanding of our vision, and their commitment to excellence. We are thrilled to join them as partners and to give our fighters an opportunity to shine in front of this powerful audience.”

According to a release, each event will include bouts from XFC’s three competition series: “Young Guns (up-and-coming fighters), Tournament Series (bracket-format fights leading to a weight class champion) and Super Fights (highest-profile and most-established fighters).”

A location for XFC 43 was not revealed. However, the promotion stated that there are “contingencies in place for a future date should health and travel conditions in the United States require sliding later.”

XFC initially launched in the U.S. in 2007 and held 27 events before moving operations to Brazil, where it was dubbed XFC International. The organization held 13 cards in Brazil before temporarily halting operations after XFC International 13 in December 2015.

Over the years, XFC has been home to fighters such as Michel Pereira, Lando Vannata, Carla Esparza, Marlon Moraes, Jordan Espinosa, Scott Holtzman, Felice Herrig, Natan Schulte and Nick Newell, to name a few.

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