Three “Huh?” Moments in MMA Last Week: Video Games, Regulations, and the Return of XFC

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Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) is back

After several years without an event, XFC returns next week on NBC Sports. Huh?

XFC events will include three categories of fights. “Superfights” will include top talent fighting one another. The promotion’s tournament series will pair athletes up bracket-style with winners lining themselves up for title shots. And the “Young Guns” series is the promotion’s development program.

In addition to being paid their fight purses, Molotky said XFC offers a unique form of compensation for XFC athletes: shares in the company. The XFC is the only publicly-traded MMA promotion in the world. – via MMA Junkie

It’s been a while, XFC. But now the promotion that began putting on fights in the southeast United States, then spent a few years doing events in Brazil, is back. And they’re on TV. The first event of the new era, XFC 43, takes place on Wednesday, November 11 on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET.

Superfights? Fun. Tournaments? Cool. Young Guns? Sounds awfully similar to another promotion’s series for up-and-coming contenders. Regardless, the combination of those things in one promotion sounds interesting.

The most interesting part, while likely the most confusing, has to do with compensating fighters with shares of the publicly-traded promotion. Whether or not that ends up working out for everyone involved remains to be seen, but it’s refreshing to see a promotion try and do something new and creative when it comes to fighter pay.

There will be more EA Sports UFC video games headed our way over the course of the next decade. While that’ll stay the same, the world of MMA could see some changes with new leaders in Washington D.C. And the name might be the same, when it comes to the return of XFC, but it’s clear the promotion is attempting to deliver a different product than in the past. Huh.

Huh? for the road