Fresh off his impressive win at Collision Course, XFC sensation Ricky “The Sniper” Rainey wasted no time sending out his invitation for XFC 25, to former MFC Welterweight Dhiego Lima, and Lima has gladly accepted. The man who has been the face of Maximum Fighting Championship’s Welterweight Division since 2010, will cross promotional borders and face Rainey in the Co-Main Event, set to take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 6, LIVE on AXS TV. The Rainey/Lima grudge match has been years in the making, and The Sniper looks to not only prove a point to Lima, but to show Mr. Pavelich that the XFC houses the superior talent.
Immediately following his TKO victory against Reggie Pena at XFC 24, Ricky “The Sniper” Rainey (8-1) sent word to XFC President John Prisco who he wanted next and the boss has happily granted Rainey his wish. The name at the top of The Sniper’s list was none other than MFC mainstay Dhiego Lima. The bad blood and history between Rainey and Lima is well documented in the Southeast. With Rainey residing in Charlotte and Lima from Atlanta, these two men’s paths have crossed on several occasions, but the tension reached its Boiling Point last March when Dhiego defeated Rainey’s team mate Roger Carroll and, according to Rainey’s camp, followed up his victory with some colorful comments about The Sniper and other fighters from North Carolina. Since that night, Rainey’s coaches and manager have worked tirelessly to make this fight happen. Finally the stars have aligned and the time is here. Ricky Rainey will take his big right hand and four fight win streak into the Lima match up with hopes of, once and for all, removing this proverbial thorn in his side and securing his fifth straight victory and eventual title shot. Will Rainey’s plan to knock off his rival and raise his stock pay off, or will The Sniper wish he had been more careful in what he asked for?