Corey Hill vs. Ryan Thomas takes Co-Main at XFC 21
XFC Officials announced the Co-Main event of the second Night of Champions event as a Welterweight bout between two XFC vets, Corey “The Real Deal” Hill and Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas. Set for December 7 and broadcasting live from Nashville on Axstv, the bout has been added to the already stacked line up that also features a Lightweight Championship bout between Eric Reynolds and Nick Newell, Females Stephanie Eggink vs Heather Clark, as well as Open Fighter Tryout winner Jason Hicks vs recent signee Kevin Forant.
Corey Hill was last seen in the XFC cage in December of 2011 when he defeated fellow TUF veteran Charlie Rader with a first round Brabo choke. Hill followed that performance with a first round Anaconda choke over Darryl Madison in early 2012. Once a Florida High School Champion, Hill relies on his wrestling experience to earn victories in MMA. His strategic use of take-downs has put him in position to submit an opponent on 3 occasions, boosting his career to a now 6-4 record.
Ryan Thomas is a product of American Top Team, also riding a two fight win streak entering December’s year ending event. Like Hill, Thomas relies on a combination of wrestling and jiu-jitsu to take opponents to the mat and work for submissions. With a pro record of 14-7, Thomas has finished his opponent in every victory with 5 (T)KOs and 9 submissions.
The similarities in style will make for an exciting fight, when the two Florida fighters face off in December. Hill will have a strong reach advantage, while Thomas will be the bigger, more powerful fighter. XFC President John Prisco spoke on the announcement to media staff Tuesday morning. “Hill and Thomas are going to take the Co-Main spot at Night of Champions II. These guys are both strong wrestlers, and have proven they can submit guys from just about any position. I think it’s only a matter of moments after the opening bell before we have them rolling on the mat looking for the submission win,” Prisco claimed. “It was already a stacked fight card, to add this fight really topped it off, I’m thrilled for this event.”