LAKEMOOR, Ill. — After a slow start to his professional career, Bart Palaszewski has hit his stride… winning the Xtreme Fighting Organization lightweight title and beating 14 of 16 opponents.
Clay Guida hopes to take the title away today at XFO 6 and extend his own winning streak to 12 in the process. “It makes for a great title fight… two well-liked fighters from Chicago battling it out in Chicago for the bragging rights and the XFO title,” said co-promoter Dan Lardy. “This fight has generated a lot of hype, which has translated into ticket sales… we’ll definitely have our biggest crowd ever.”
The bigger crowd can also be attributed to one big decision… the XFO is being held outside at 4 p.m. today. The event is still at the Lakemoor Banquet Facility, but it will be held out back in a field where there is plenty of room. Gates opening at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate, or by calling Curran Martial Arts at 815 356-0454. More information is available at the XFO website: x-fighting.tv.
The last three XFO events have sold out and crowds packed into the banquet hall. This time, up to 3,000 spectators can watch the show.
And, with 18 bouts on the card, it promises to be a lengthy afternoon of fighting.
UFC veteran Jeff Curran (21-7) will step up to the lightweight division again to take on Steve Kinnison (12-3) in the main event. Also, UFC vet Gideon Ray (8-2-1) will face dangerous Dennis Reed (41-35-1) in a middleweight bout.
June 25 * Lakemoor Banquet Facility, Lakemoor, IL
Steve Kinnison vs. Jeff Curran
XFO title fight
Bart Palaszewski vs. Clay Guida
Dennis Reed vs. Gideon Ray
Red Shafer vs. Jason Guida
Shawn McCauley vs. Rory Markham
Chris Malgeri vs. Gabe Lemley
Jay Estrada vs. Brandon Adamson
Ryan McGivern vs. Mike Todorovic
Tyler Combs vs. Nate Mohr
Zack Kidd vs. Darby Haanpaa
Omar Choudhury vs. John Hosman
Robert Hitte vs. Mike Fouke
Mike Pegg vs. Ali Lewis
Vito Woods vs. Jason Bender
John Friedland vs. Scott Bickerstaff
Justin Hutter vs. Terry Davinney
Reese Shaner vs. John Eldridge
TBA vs. Adam Maciejewski