XFC International Tournament Fighters Put on a Show; USA, Brazil, Guyana, Finland Secure Finals Placements
Tournament Fighters Entertain the Crowd; Earn Finals Appearance
The event also revealed the finalists of the GPs male Bantamweight (up to 61,2kg), Welterweight (up to 77,1kg) and the women’s Strawweight (up to 52,2kg) tournaments. Among the Welterweights, Belem’s Michel Pereira and São Paulo’s Cairo Rocha were entitled to Fight of the Night recognition as they brought the fans to their feet. In a match full of twists and unique acrobatic technique, Michel emerged victorious with a unanimous decision.
Guyana fighter, living in Rio de Janeiro, Carlston Lindsay Harris and Brazilian Paulo Cesar dos Santos also went to war inside the heXagon. From the start, the Guyanese did not care for the lack of support of the fans. But it did not slow him. After a takedown, he fit a Darce Choke submission, a specialty of his RFT team. In that moment, Harris ended the fight at 4min 03sec of the first round and accredited himself into the finale of the tournament. Harris will now face Pereira in a Guyana vs Brazil Welterweight Finale.
It was a similar story in the first fight of the night. USA’s James Gray ended Mexican Edgar Cabello’s hopes of tournament gold with a rear naked choke in only 54 seconds into the fight. In the opposing Bantamweight fight, Daniel Virgínio faced Julio Rodrigues where he showed an excellent striking game, landing precise punches to the face of his opponent. At 4:46 of the first round, the referee was forced to stop the fight when another series of blows had knocked out Rodrigues while still standing. Virginio will now face Gray, in a Brazil vs USA Bantamweight Finale.
The Women’s Strawweight Tournament Semifinals also showcased an international duel. One of Finland’s best, Vuokko Katainen returned on short notice and won each of the three rounds over Hungarian Dora Perjes; giving Perjes her first career loss. On the other side of the bracket, two undefeated fighters went head to head as Fortaleza’s Viviane Pereira faced Paraná’s Liana Pirosin. Pereira was stronger and more strategic, while Liana fought hard to hold her ground. In the end, the superior muay thai of Pereira had earned her a unanimous decision from the judges, entering her into the finals against Vuokko Katainen.