Returning to action on Wednesday, November 11 was Xtreme Fighting Championship, a mid-2000s MMA promotion making a bold return in 2020. Bold for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was hosting XFC 43, their first show in roughly four years, in the midst of a pandemic.
Aside from the timing, XFC looked to do something different by being a publicly traded company, awarding shares to the fighters involved. They also were jumping on the tournament bandwagon, joining the likes of Bellator and the PFL as recent returnees to the format (not a surprise, as the XFC of old also featured the tournament format).
For Wednesday’s XFC 43, which aired on NBC Sports Network, the promotion had collected a pretty solid cast of former UFC fighters and regional prospects. Among them, Andre Soukhamthat, a CES champion and former UFC fighter who headlined the card against Brazil’s Guilherme Faria. Also in action, Jessica Aguilar, the ex-WSOF strawweight champ and UFC fighter once considered the best 115lb’er on the planet. She faced off with Danielle Taylor, another UFC alum.
Kurt Holobaugh was entered in the lightweight tournament, while Bobby Nash was set for a welterweight tournament bout. Canadian prospect and BTC welterweight champ Scott Hudson, meanwhile, was moving down to lightweight for a tournament bout of his own.
XFC 43 Results
Andre Soukhamthath def. Guilherme Faria by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Danielle Taylor def. Jessica Aguilar by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kenny Cross def. Jarel Askew by TKO, Round 2, 3:00 – Lightweight tournament opening round
Kurt Holobaugh def. Joziro Boye by knockout (knees), Round 1, 0:26 – Lightweight tournament opening round
Austin Bashi def. Enzo Perez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Scott Hudson def. D’Juan Owens by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – Lightweight tournament opening round
Carson Hardman def. Steven Newell by TKO, Round 1, 2:12 – Welterweight tournament opening round
Bobby Nash def. Spencer Jebb by TKO, Round 1, 3:36 – Welterweight tournament opening round
Tom O’Connor def. Jose Caceres by TKO, Round 3, 2:00 – Lightweight tournament opening round
LaRue Burley def. Alex Sanchez by submission (guillotine choke), Round 3, 4:21
Ryan Dickson def. Mike Hill by submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Round 1, 0:54 – Welterweight tournament opening round
Luis Navarro def. Nick Horton by TKO (ground and pound), Round 1, 4:32