Heather Clark returned to the winning column in her last XFC appearance, with a first round submission choke over Avery Vilche at XFC 18. The Jackson Winklejohn’s product now ready to make her new home in the XFC Strawweight division will take on newly signed XFC talent, former USA Boxing Team member, Stephanie Eggink.
Clark made her XFC debut against Top 10 ranked fighter Marianna Kheyfets at XFC 16, in a fight that ended with a doctor stoppage when Clark formed a grotesque hematoma under her right eye. It was reported at the time that Clark was ahead on the judge’s cards. In her post fight interview, the fiery fighter strongly petitioned for a rematch with Kheyfets following the stoppage. With Kheyfets taking a brief leave of absence from the sport, Clark has moved on to take over the talented 115 pound division.
The ink on Eggink’s XFC deal is barely drying and the former USA boxer has already begun training for her first nationally televised fight with the XFC. Eggink recently moved to South Dakota and is training with one of WMMA’s top fighters, Shayna Baszler, leading up to the bout with Clark. Eggink will need the elite training partners to keep up with Clark, who trains in one of the best gyms in the country; Jackson’s Winklejohns in New Mexico.
The fight has the making for a barn burning throw-down. Both ladies implement a boxing based stand up, with Eggink having a long history in the sport and Clark seeing success in her first pro boxing match in 2012. On paper, Clark will hold the advantage in most other aspects. She has been training and fighting in MMA much longer that Eggink and has also made the cut to 115 pounds previously. Eggink is a Purple belt in BJJ as well, but Clark’s athleticism and strength could make the ground game of Eggink obsolete. However, the striking of Eggink is at a level that Clark has not yet faced in her MMA career.
Stephanie Eggink looks for her first win as an XFC fighter and Heather Clark looks to climb into the top ten of the Strawweight Rankings when the two collide on Dec 7th. To see these two female competitors in action, fans can purchase tickets to XFC 21: Night of Champions through www.OfficialXFC.com. Follow the promotion daily on Facebook and Twitter ‘@OfficialXFC’. Also, keep up with Clark and Eggink through their training camps on Twitter by following ‘@HeatherJoClark’ and ‘@00Snowflake’ respectively. XFC 21: Night Of Champions is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and airs live on AXStv from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on December 7, 2012.
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