Season I Champions and New Class of Opponents Shine in Superfight Series Debut at XFCi 9
XFCi 9 marked the return to the heXagon for three first season champions: Middleweight Alberto Uda, Welterweight Will Galvao, and Lightweight Natan Schulte.
Facing Belarus’s Boris Miroshnichenko, Uda looked like he would not withstand the hard punches thrown by his opponent in the first round. Uda fought back stronger and knocked his opponent down in the second round, then closed the fight in the following sequence with elbows and punches to win by ground and pound TKO.
Lightweight Natan Schulte gave no chance to Russia’s Igor Egorov. With a smooth performance, Schulte quickly finished Egorov with a flawless rear naked choke just 3:58 into the first round.
Later in the evening, Live on Rede TV!, Season I Welterweight Champion, Will Galvão, faced Russian Olympian Boxer Gennadii Kovalev. The athletes alternated blows throughout the first round, with Galvao showing good defense against Kovalev’s takedown attempts. 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 Gennadii Kovalev 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 the above three Superfight competitors who, by way of victory, will be stepping up the XFC rankings of their divisions towards a title shot.