Russian Fighters Surprise the Brazilians in XFC International Superfight Series
Opening the event’s main card, Santa Catarina’s world ranked Juliana Werner faced top ranked Russian Julia Berezikova in a Flyweight Superfight (up to 56,7kg). After the fight began, Berezikova proved to be the stronger of the two, landing kicks, punches, and driving the Brazilian to the canvas with a take down. Werner was forced to tap out, as Berezikova pressed in a straight leg knee-bar submission to earn her eighth career victory and advance in the XFC Superfight rankings of her division.
Soon after came Season I Welterweight Champion, Will Galvão, who faced Russian Olympian Gennadii Kovalev. The athletes alternated blows, with Galvao showing good defense against Kovalev’s takedown attempts throughout the first round. In the second round, the Russian began to take control, as he connected precise strikes. In the final round, Galvao appeared to have the upper hand, taking Kovalev to the floor, but it was not enough and the Eastern European athlete emerged victorious by the judges unanimous decision.
The night was a historic one, which crowned Season II Women’s Tournament Champion Poliana Botelho and Men’s Flyweight World Champion Bruno Azevedo. The card had ten duels with triumphs including a mix of tapouts, tko’s, and decisions. The event also defined the finalists of the Season II Men’s Bantamweight (Gray vs Virginio), Men’s Welterweight (Harris vs Pereira), and the Women’s Strawweight (Katainen vs Pereira) as Tournament Finalists. The XFC also defined advancements of three Superfight competitors who, by way of victory, will be stepping up the XFC rankings of their divisions towards a title shot.