Underwood, Ribeiro Take Feature Spot at XFC 23 on April 19
Fight Network Staff / March 6, 2013 - 11:50am
(Tampa, FL) – Xtreme Fighting Championships is returning to the state of Kentucky with a fully stacked lineup that is now scheduled to include recent Featherweight signee, Deivison "The Dragon" Ribeiro against challenger Zach "Thunderwood Underwood in the feature bout of the evening Live on AXStv. Ribeiro joins his teammate Sapo Santos, as the two Brazilians make their XFC debut on April 19th at XFC 23: Louisville Slugfest.
Ribeiro (23-8) has been fighting since 2005 mostly in his home country of Brazil, until recently moving to South Florida where he began working with American Top Team and Sapo Fight Team. At 23 years old, Ribeiro promises to be one of the most dominant fighters in the XFC Featherweight division for years to come. The Brazilian enters the cage in April following wins in 4 of his last 5 fights.
Zach Underwood (10-4) will be the underdog in the bout with Ribeiro, and will have to make up for the experience factor. Underwood is one of the top Featherweights in the region, following a career that started in the Lightweight division. One of the toughest fighters to be featured in the XFC, Underwood has only suffered 1KO loss in his young career and most of his wins, including his most recent over Bellator vet Chris Coggins are via decision.
With the Lightweight divisional ranks established, both Ribeiro and Underwood will have the opportunity to solidify their positions in the Featherweight division as the XFC looks to determine the top contenders at 145-pounds.
XFC President John Prisco finalized the bout with an official statement. "I'm excited to have signed Ribeiro, and to have lined him up for his first fight in the XFC. I have seen this guy in action and immediately after watching knew that he is one of the toughest, most impressive fighters I'd seen. I'm excited to have him fighting in the XFC, he'll be a great representative for our organization," Prisco proclaimed. "Underwood is a really tough guy, he's going to bring the fight to Ribeiro, and he'll bring it for three rounds. He hasn't finished many fights, but he hasn't been finished often either. If he can take Ribeiro to the judges he's got a chance at earning a huge win!"
Xtreme Fighting Championships journey's to the Bluegrass state for XFC 23: Louisville Slugfest on April 19. The event is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and ThroatPunch Ind. Apparel and will air live on AXStv from the Kentucky National Convention Center beginning at 9pm. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit www.OfficialXFC.com. Follow the promotion for daily updates and news on Facebook and Twitter '@OfficialXFC'.
Article by N. Ganster
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