Jason Hicks vs Shah Bobonis in Featherweight matchup at XFC 24
(Tampa, FL) – Xtreme Fighting Championships announces two more fighters headed for a June 14th Collision Course. Recent Lightweight Title contender Jason “The Ronin” Hicks is set to collide with, the always dangerous, Shah Bobonis, at the promotions much talked about homecoming show. The XFC’s 24th event takes place at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida and can be seen Live on “Your Home for MMA”, AXS TV.
Jason Hicks (5-1), fresh off his #1 contender bout in the XFC’s Lightweight Division, jumps right into the lion’s den at 145lbs, when he faces off with Shah Bobonis. Hicks rapidly climbed the lightweight ladder after signing with the XFC, but fell one fight short of a match up with champion Nick Newell. “The Ronin” has now set his sights on the division he feels is his true home, and is focused on one thing only, featherweight gold. The man standing in the way is seasoned veteran and Georgia native, Shah Bobonis. With Hicks well rounded arsenal, Bobonis will have to stay sharp and ready for the match up to go anywhere.
With 22 professional fights under his belt, Shah Bobonis (15-7) now makes his move from Bantamweight to Featherweight and welcomes Jason Hicks with open arms and closed fists, as they set their sites on the already stacked division. Bobonis has gone an impressive 7-1 in his last 8 fights and looks forward to the opportunity to derail any hopes Hicks may have of seeing a title fight in this weight class. The never shy and always outspoken Shah wants to make one thing clear, “It’s not Shah Bobonis versus Jason Hicks, its Jason Hicks versus Shah Bobonis. If he thinks he is going to drop to 145 and run through the division to a title shot, he picked the wrong guy to agree to fight in his first fight.”
XFC President and matchmaker John Prisco had this to say about the Hicks versus Bobonis matchup: “This is going to be an interesting fight, one I’m very intrigued with. Our plans were always to have Jason Hicks competing as a 145er in the XFC, but he saw the opportunities that were here in our 155lb division and wanted to be a part of it. Jason was literally one fight away from a title shot. Now, with him dropping down to 145, we’re all anxious to see what he can do there. The problem that’s staring him right in the face, though, is that our Featherweight division is just as tough and stacked as the one he just left and he isn’t getting any favors having to fight Shah in his first XFC 145lb fight. Shah has been in this game for a long time, and he’s still competing at the World’s highest level here at the XFC. Even when Bobonis is having an “off” night, he still finds a way to win the fight. Furthermore, Shah Bobonis doesn’t just sell a fight for the media, he backs it up in the cage. It’s going to be interesting to see what he has up his sleeve for Hicks.”
Xtreme Fighting Championships makes its way back to Tampa, Florida for XFC 24: Collision Course on June 14, 2013. The event is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and ThroatPunch Ind. Apparel and will be broadcast Live on AXS TV from the beautiful USF SunDome, beginning at 9pm. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit www.officialxfc.com. For daily updates and news, follow this event and the XFC on Facebook and Twitter @
Article by J. Hobbs
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