XFC 21 – Main Event – Will Eric Reynolds be the next Lightweight Champ?
December 7 marks the final XFC event of 2012. XFC 21: Night of Champions II will take place from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium featuring one of the biggest fights in the history of the promotion, a Lightweight Title fight between standout Eric Reynolds and undefeated Nick Newell live on AXStv.
Reynolds is one of the most talented fighters to compete under the XFC banner, in the promotions young history. He has a well established pro record of 16-5 with the few blemishes coming from the likes of Bellator Champion Eddie Alverez, Strikeforce’s top contender Jorge Masvidal, and XFC Featherweight Champion Louis Palomino. Since joining the XFC, Reynolds has put together a solid 3 fight win streak, including victories over Luciano Dos Santos, Jonatas Noveas, and Lorenzo Borgomeo. Next in line for Reynolds is the undefeated, one-armed phenom, Nick “Notorious” Newell.
After competing against some of the best in the world, some fans may be expecting Reynolds to walk through Newell in December, but the XFC’s top Lightweight isn’t taking his next opponent so lightly. In preparation for the December’s bout, Reynolds has invited XFC Welterweight Corey Hill into camp to work on wrestling. Hill was a Florida High School wrestling champion, as well as a national finalist in college; he will help Reynolds prepare for Newell’s aggressive take down attempts and any submissions that might follow. It is the first time Reynolds and Hill have worked together before a fight. Hill was also recently invited into camp with XFC Middleweight Reggie Pena as he prepared for a Main Event bout with John Salter, that fight ended in a submission victory for Pena. Reynolds will clearly be looking for similar results in December as he tries to make history by handing Newell his first career loss.
Interestingly, Nick Newell has also made a change in camp while preparing for Reynolds. Newell recently made the move to American Top Team in Coconut Creek, where he will now split training time between his home gym Fighting Arts Academy and ATT. Newell will have an abundance of talented training partners in Coconut Creek, where some of the best in the world train. The area which he will need to show the most improvement in however, will be his striking and at ATT that instruction will come from Luciano Dos Santos who was defeated by Reynolds in April.
Reynolds will be the favorite going into XFC 21, but he will need to come fully prepared. He has fought some of the best in the world and this will be his fight to lose. Newell presents a unique challenge with the use of his left arm, and it will be up to Reynolds to maintain his composure and stick to his game plan. As long as the fight stays standing Reynolds should hold the upper hand but, Newell is a talented fighter and can finish any opponent from any position as seen by the devastating KO knee delivered to David Mays months ago in Charlotte. Newell has a chip on his shoulder that has been there for 25 years, he still has a lot to prove to the world, and he is not going to let Reynolds off easily.
Eric “It’s A Wrap” Reynolds has solidified his spot amongst the top Lightweights in the XFC ranks, and on December 7 he will have the opportunity to become the XFC Lightweight Champ. XFC 21: Night of Champions is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and Throat Punch Ind. Apparel. The event takes place at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium and airs live on AXStv starting at 9pm. To see the biggest fight in XFC history go to www.OfficialXFC.com and purchase tickets. Follow the promotion on Facebook and Twitter ‘@OfficialXFC’.