The XFC 20 fight card is now completed with Wednesday’s announcement that XFC lightweight favorite Eric Reynolds (15-5) (2-0 XFC) will meet Danny Salinas (11-4) in the Main Event of the evening live on AXStv.
Reynolds is riding a two fight win streak after defeating grappling ace Jonatas Novaes, and American Top Team Muay Thai specialist Luciano Dos Santos. Salinas enters his XFC debut with a (3-1) record through his last four and will look to put Reynolds’ championship run on hold.
Reynolds sent out a challenge to fellow XFC Lightweight Nick “Notorious” Newell after Newell earned his third straight victory at XFC 19. It was later announced live on AXStv by XFC President that the two would compete for the XFC Lightweight Title in the year ending December event. Reynolds, however, opted not to wait for the title fight and to participate in a bout at XFC 20, as was originally planned earlier in the year.
After seeing top level strikers and grapplers, Reynolds will now face off with heavy hitting wrestler Salinas, who has competed as high as the Light Heavyweight division. Salinas will challenge Reynolds with his size and power, but will likely keep the fight standing where both fighters are most comfortable. Salinas has forced a referee stoppage on four occasions, but has also been KO’d on two occasions. Reynolds on the other hand has knocked out 7 opponents, and submitted another 6, only being finished by an opponent on 3 occasions throughout his entire career.
XFC President John Prisco confirmed the bout to media this morning, noting that Reynolds was excited to be able to get in one more fight before his possible Championship showdown with Newell. “Reynolds sounds excited, he thinks it’s a good match up, he sees some holes in Salinas’ game that he thinks he can expose,” said Prisco. “Personally I think this is going to be a very exciting fight. Both of these guys like to stand and keep to the striking, and a lot of times that makes for the most exciting fights. They both have knock-out power and Eric has a lot riding on this fight, so I know he’s going to bring his A-game for this one.”
Salinas will be the newcomer to the XFC, but a win over the organizations top ranked Lightweight could give him a great amount of exposure and boost his career tremendously. Salinas has normally competed in Texas promotions and will make his first appearance on a nationally televised event as AXStv will air XFC 20 live from Knoxville, Tennessee on Sept. 28th.
Both fighters have promised fans to put on a show when they collide at XFC 20: High Octane. Reynolds will need to be at his best in order to preserve his title fight opportunity at XFC 21, but looking past Salinas would be a mistake that could cost him the chance.
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