For the first time in its history, the XFC will host a title fight on International soil! On September 27, in Araraquara (SP), Brazilian Featherweight Champion Deivison Ribeiro puts his title on the line against USA’s Waylon Lowe at XFCi 6; an event that headlines the Season II International Tournament & Superfight Series kickoff at the Gigantão Arena.
The sole Brazilian to hold an XFC World Championship Belt, Deivison “Dragon” Ribeiro was born in the small city of Igarapé-açu, Pará, 122km away from the capital Belem. Today he lives in the United States, representing the American Top Team of Coconut Creek. Inside the HeXagon, Ribeiro has won three of his four fights, all on American soil. His latest victory was against Russia’s Farkhad Sharipov, which earned him the World Championships Title and his 25th victory in 35 fights. At just 25 years old, the Brazilian Champion owns an impressive record (25-9-1) that includes 10 KO/TKO’s and four submissions. On Sept. 27th, the Dragon will now make his debut in his native country under the XFC banner, in the main event of XFCI6, as the promotion kicks off their second season of International tournaments & Superfights in Araraquara.
“I have been training harder than ever before and will be ready on the 27th. I train with the best team in the country, have no injuries, and am ready for this. I am comfortable if we choose to exchange standing, but am also ready to make use of my muay thai,” said Dragon. “Because Lowe is a wrestler, I believe it will fetch the grappling, and I’m ready to be better than him in that area also. I’m working on my jiu-jitsu, and if knocked down, I will close a submission and finish victoriously,” Ribeiro entailed.
American Challenger Waylon Lowe, 33, has fought for several major MMA events in the world before signing with the XFC. Now living in the famous tough streets of Philadelphia, PA, Lowe spent much of his young adult life taming horses and competing in American collegiate wrestling. The Balance Studios MMA fighter carries a 14-5-1 record, with his last performance in the HeXagon against veteran Marcos Babuíno, which ended in a No Contest after a failed trial of one of the events judges. Prior to that, Lowe had won eight of his ten previous fights. The American has knocked out seven opponents and submitted three additional, creating the expectations of a major confrontation standing against the Champion, Ribeiro.
“If you look at our styles, you will see that we match up very well. We both like to stand up and strike, but are also both very skilled on the ground. He will not take me down, nor be able to submit me, so the only logical thing to stand and bang. My goal is to become the XFC Featherweight Champion and he is all that is left in my way. Now is my time and I’m coming to Brazil for that belt!” said Waylon Lowe.
XFC President Myron Molotky spoke to the media about the Featherweight World Championship matchup: “Deivison Dragon and Waylon Lowe will provide an unforgettable spectacle for the fans. They are two of the most experienced and aggressive athletes in the XFC, with over 55 fights between them. Both can attain a knockout or submit their opponents skillfully. It is a great fight to headline the opening of the second season of XFC International and we are all very anxious for it to start.”
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