Expectations are high heading into Xtreme Fighting Championships’ first North American tryout event of 2020 on Saturday at Scorpion Fighting System in Brighton, Mich.
The event, broadcast LIVE on the XFC MMA Facebook page on Saturday at 5 pm ET, features more than 150 athletes competing for a coveted contract to showcase their skills in the XFC Hexagon, possibly at XFC 43 on Nov. 11 in Atlanta, LIVE on NBC Sports Network.
The participants range in experience and background, collectively representing nearly a dozen states and hundreds of matches. Some have competed in the highest-profile cages around the world, and others are starving for their first opportunity on the international stage.
The fighters do have one thing in common; on Saturday they must make an impression to remember on XFC decision-makers. XFC President Myron Molotky hails from Michigan and is confident the Saturday’s event will create opportunities inside the Hexagon for rising stars. XFC CEO Steve Smith traveled from Florida to witness the event, while XFC Matchmaker Eduardo Duarte made the trek from Argentina. Both Molotky and Duarte are ultimately the decision makers for the next generation of XFC superstars.
“We’re not simply trying to fill a roster or meet a quota. We’re searching for world-class athletes; competitors who are hungry to put on exciting fights and make a name for themselves on our platform,” XFC President Myron Molotky says. “We’re looking for the most talented and dangerous fighters. We’re looking for fighters that have something special that will resonate with fans. And we’re looking for high-character athletes who are excellent ambassadors for the XFC, inside and outside the Hexagon.”
Matchmaker Eduardo Duarte, a third-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with a knack for finding hidden gems, adds, “I’m very interested in seeing how the fighters maintain their composure during high-level training with competitors they aren’t familiar with, in a setting that’s outside of their comfort zone. That will be very telling in who has a future with the organization.”
Much time and resources have been invested in Saturday’s tryouts. Expectations have already been exceeded, based on the number of applications, and all that’s left to do is compete.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for fighters,” Molotky says. “I know that some competitors will rise to the occasion and we’ll be introduced to athletes that are going to make a big impact in the XFC Hexagon for years to come.”