(Tampa, FL) – Xtreme Fighting Championships will return to the state of Kentucky for the first time since 2008, for the promotion’s next event XFC 23: Louisville Slugfest. Scheduled for Friday April 19, the AXStv broadcast will include the first ever XFC Strawweight WMMA title fight between former US Boxing team member Stephanie “Snowflake” Eggink and veteran Angela Magana.
The XFC has been promoting Women’s MMA since 2007 and has featured at least one female bout on each of their events since. The Strawweight division became one of the most active groups in 2012, which led to XFC President John Prisco’s decision to make the fight between Eggink and Magana a championship bout.
Eggink joined the XFC ranks in 2012, making her first appearance under the XFC banner in December taking on XFC vet Heather Clark. Eggink went the distance with Clark, earning a unanimous decision victory after three rounds that showcased all aspects of her game, from her boxing to her jiu-jitsu.
Magana signed with the XFC in early 2013 as the promotion planned to increase the number of women’s bouts featured on their events. With an (11-5) record, Magana is the most experienced fighter amongst the athletes currently signed to the promotion and her few losses come from champions that include Jessica Aguilar, Jessica Eye, and Jessica Penne. Magana is much more experienced than Eggink, with nearly 6 years of pro fights under her belt and wins over the likes of Barb Honchack, Lynn Alverez, and Aguilar.
Following the decision to make the bout a championship match, XFC President John Prisco spoke with officials about the first Women’s title fight in XFC history. “Following her performance against Clark, I thought that Eggink would be the best matchup for Magana. Eggink is experience beyond her years being a pro boxing vet and her jiu-jitsu training under a Royce Gracie black belt. Magana at the same time is one of the best fighters in the game, but hasn’t been getting the respect she deserves in terms of her abilities,” Prisco said. “We’re talking about someone who has beaten some of the best fighters in and out of her weight class, and if you look at her losses, you’re looking at a list of today’s champions. I’m confident that these are two of the best fighters at 115 lbs. and whoever wins is going to be a great representative of the XFC.”
XFC 23: Louisville Slugfest along with the Women’s Strawweight Championship bout will air live on AXStv April 19 from the Kentucky International Convention Center. XFC 23 is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and ThroatPunch Ind. Apparel. For more information on the event or to purchase ticket visit www.OfficialXFC.com. Also, follow the promotion on Facebook and Twitter ‘@OfficialXFC’ for daily news and updates.
Article by N. Ganster
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