Over the first two seasons of hosting international MMA events, XFC has solidified itself as one of the lead supporters of female mixed martial artists throughout the world. Boasting the strongest women’s roster in the sport’s scene, the promotion is set to give even more visibility to WMMA fighters here in 2015. At XFCi 9, scheduled for Mach 14 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, four female fights are set to happen inside the famed HeXagon, two of them as part of the live televised / live streamed card on Rede TV!. In the co-main event, compatriot Brazilian prospects Poliana Botelho and Antonia Silvaneide will fight for the Season II Flyweight Tournament Championship; while world-class veterans Juliana Werner (Brazil) and Russia’s Julia Berezikova will collide in a highly-anticipated international Superfight.
President Myron Molotky, known for being a great supporter of women’s MMA, has had his admiration grow even more fiercely over the firsts two seasons. He had this to say about his sports & entertainment company’s 9th event on Rede TV! “Some of the best XFC fights in the history of our promotion have been our women’s divisional fights. Fans who didn’t expect to see the ladies testing their Integrity and Honor, giving everything they have inside the HeXagon, were surely surprised in the first season. Now, with our second season coming to an end, I just can’t say how pleased I am to have so many talented women fighting for us. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Flyweight Tournament Finale and the Strawweight Semifinals, not to mention the world level martial arts skills that Juliana Werner and Julia Berezikova are going to showcase.”
Rising stars of the Season II Strawweight Tournament lock horns in Semifinal match-ups; top fighters from 3 countries represented.
In addition to the televised battles, XFCi 9 is also set to feature the Strawweight Tournament Semifinals, with 3 undefeated fighters and a familiar name stepping in as a late replacement. Brazilians Viviane Pereira (6-0) and 22-year-old Liana Pirosin (3-0) will clash for a spot in the final, against the winner of Hungary’s Dora Perjes (7-0) and Finland’s Vuokko Katainen (2-2-1) who steps in on 3 weeks notice to replace Maryna Moroz. These highly anticipated matchups will be the qualifier into the Tournament Finale, where one fighter will earn tournament gold and advancement into the XFC Superfight Series.
Two Teammates/Friends Set to Face off in W. Flyweight Tournament Finale
Season II’s Women’s Flyweight Tournament kicked off at XFCi 6, back in August, reuniting a mix of different countries around the world. After two divisional events, two Brazilian friends had advanced to the finale to face each other: Poliana Botelho representing the world-famous Team Nova Uniao, from Rio de Janeiro, and Antonia Silvaneide from Kimura team, a vital part of Nova Uniao; which has already unveiled to the world names like Renan Barao. Botelho, a muay thai specialist carrying a 3-1 record, and BJJ ace Silvaneide (4-1) became friends during the competition, but now will have to put friendship aside and battle for tournament gold and the right to advance into the XFC Superfight Series in hopes to become a World Champion.
“Botelho and Silvaneide have different fighting styles, and the tournament champion will be the one who makes best use of strategy, especially by avoiding the others strengths to impose their own game plan”, stated Matchmaker Eduardo Duarte, who is a BJJ blackbelt and former MMA fighter.
Werner and Pirosin: training partners in Rio de Janeiro
Two different generation of fighters have become training partners as they ready for XFCi 9. At the age of 33, Juliana Werner (8-4) is making her run for the XFC Flyweight World Championship, hoping her opportunity will be closer with a win against Julia Berezikova (7-4). To be ready for the battle, she enlisted the company of Liana Pirosin, a 12 years younger rising star, who will face Viviane Pereira in the International Strawweight Tournament Semifinals.
Born in the South of the Brazil, both fighters traveled southeast last month to Rio de Janeiro to improve their techniques. Over a two week period in Rio, they took part in a women’s-only training camp, as well as had the opportunity to sharpen their boxing skills with legendary master Claudio Coelho. Liana extended her stay for an additional 10 days, training at the world famous Nova Uniao in the company of Poliana Botelho and well-known names such as Jose Aldo, Eduardo Dantas and Marlon Sandro.
“I decided to leave the comfort zone in Curitiba to go to Rio to experience a different culture of trainings”, Liana reported. “It was a eat-work-sleep routine which I enjoyed much. Also, I had the opportunity to take part in a camp only with women, which is great, because we all normally have to train daily with men of larger sizes than us”.
After a successful debut at XFCi 7, Julie Werner is set to be back in action. The veteran expects the women’s camp in Rio de Janeiro to make the difference she needs to defeat Julia Berezikova on March 14.
“When I decided to travel to Rio my goal was to improve my game and become more unpredictable”, Werner explains. “It’s great when you have the chance to train alongside world-class women fighters, because it’s hard to reunite that much of female talent in only one place. We found girls specialized in all types of martial arts, so it ended up being a great experience that I want to show in the HeXagon”.
XFCi9 Headlined with Men’s Flyweight World Championship
Headlining XFCi 9, after the Women’s bouts have taken place, will be the promotion’s first ever Male Flyweight World Title fight where rising stars Allan “Puro Osso” Nascimento (14-2) will fight Bruno “Macaco” Azevedo (12-2). Also at i9, three of the five Season I Tournament Champions are returning to the HeXagon, when Will Galvao (4-1) meets Alexei Kunchenko (8-0) in a welterweight bout, Natan Schulte (9-2) battles Igor Egorov (8-4) at the lightweights and middleweights Alberto Uda clashes against Boris Miroshnichenko (13-6).
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