Independence Day might be celebrated in July, but the XFC will be setting off fireworks June 14th, when Welterweight sensation Ricky Rainey answers the call to take on Middleweight iron man, Reggie Pena. Xtreme Fighting Championships guarantees all out warfare when the “Sniper” and the “Regulator” shoot it out in the center of the cage. Who will be left standing when the dust settles?
North Carolina’s Ricky Rainey (7-1) is a man possessed. Currently riding a 3 fight win streak, Rainey’s passion to compete and stay active has lead the 170lb standout to Tampa Florida, where he will be making a Middleweight appearance, to test his skills against Reggie Pena, at XFC 24. The “Sniper’s” last two bouts have ended in judges decisions, but with Pena’s willingness to stand and trade punches, Rainey will surely be looking to land his big right hand and finish this fight in highlight reel fashion. Will Ricky Rainey’s long reach and crisp punches give the pugilist Pena fits, or will Rainey’s aggressive style simply fall right into Pena’s game plan?
The last time we saw Reggie Pena (10-5), he silenced a rowdy Nashville crowd at XFC 18: Music City Mayhem, when he pulled off an impressive 2nd round guillotine submission on UFC veteran John Salter. The “Regulator” won over the Music City fans battling through several near finishes by Salter in the opening round. Pena has won 8 of his last 10 bouts, and looks to jump right into the XFC Middleweight Title picture with a win over the dangerous Ricky Rainey. Pena had this to say about his opponent: “Ricky Rainey is a tough guy. I respect what he’s done in the sport so far, but I’m just gonna say it, he hasn’t fought anyone on my level. I’m gonna be in his face for 15 straight minutes.”
“This bout has fight of the night written all over it”, said XFC President John Prisco. “We all know Reggie’s boxing background and relentless style, and we’ve seen Rainey’s willingness to stand, with his long reach and crisp punches, so this fight could very well stay standing the whole way and turn into classic boxing match. The fans in Tampa are going to get their monies worth with this one bout. Pena is never out of a fight, you damn near have to kill him to beat him. When the odds are stacked against ….”
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