XFC returned to action Friday night with an action-packed card that took place live from Charlotte, North Carolina. In the main event, Nicolae Cury and hometown fighter Roger Carroll engaged in a fantastic technical battle that saw Cury come out victorious. The co-headliner was equally impressive as Simona Soukupova gave Felice Herrig all she could handle but Herrig still managed to edge the upstart fighter.

In other action, Nick Newell stayed perfect with a “Knockout of the Year” contender, with Kevin Forant, Keith Richardson, Jason Hicks, and Johnny Buck earning wins.

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Cury Edges Carroll

Nicolae Cury and Roger Carroll both possessed blackbelts in both Judo and BJJ and it showed in their main event fight. After being bumped up to main event status on Thursday, the two proved they belonged as they launched a grappling clinic for the better part of three rounds. The bout had a little bit of everything for grappling aficionados, with wrestling takedowns, judo throws, and constant submission attacks. Both fighters threatened with dangerous submissions during the bout but in the end Cury got the not over the hometown favorite.

Cury is expected to face original main event fighter (and TUF veteran) Corey Hill later this year.

Herrig Defeats Soukupova

Felice Herrig (pictured) and Simona Soukoupova engaged in a tough-nosed scrap on the card’s co-headliner. The fight was mostly a clinch-heavy affair in round one with the “Lil’ Bulldog” trying to work her signature trip takedown that Soukupova had clearly trained for. The bout almost took a disastrous turn for Herrig when her failed takedown attempt saw her crash headfirst into the cage door that left her dazed for the rest of the first. Herrig would then rely on her muay thai training to edge out the final two rounds  of the bout.

Herrig called for a fight with recent Invicta FC 2 fighter Lacey Schuckman after the bout.

Newell Batters Mays

Nick Newell proved yet again that he can be a dangerous fighter despite having an arm that ends after the elbow. The submission specialist showed an ever evolving striking game as he destroyed opponent David Mays with punches and knees. The all-out assault by Newell ended in a “Knockout of the Year” candidate as he hit Mays with a devastating pair of knees that separated Mays from consciousness.

The talented lightweight is expected to vie for the XFC title later this year against champion Eric Reynolds

Also of note:

  • Keith Richardson had one of the more dominant performances you will ever see against Lawson McClure. Richardson outclassed him in every facet of the game and showed amazing speed while doing so.
  • Talented fighter Rick Rainey found out why you should never get cocky while destroying an opponent as he was put to sleep after dropping his hands against training partner-turn-enemy Johnny Buck.
Full Results

Main Card (AXStv)

  • Nicolae Cury def. Roger Carroll via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Felice Herrig def. Simona Soukupova via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Nick Newell def. David Mays via knockout (knees) – Round 1, 2:01
  • Kevin Forant def. Joe Elmore via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Keith Richardson def. Lawson McClure via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:40
  • Jason Hicks def. Shane Crenshaw via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 3:41
  • Johnny Buck def. Ricky Rainey via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:32

Preliminary Card

  • Joey Carroll def. Jeff Tharington via TKO (strikes) – Round 1
  • Zach Klouse def. Tony Scarlett via TKO (knees) – Round 1, 3:10
  • Carlos Vivas def. Brian Karmolinski via TKO (strikes) – Round 1