South African MMA fans have a lot to be excited about with Arnie Williams and Fight Club shaking up the local MMA scene and completely revolutionizing the sport in this country. The recent union of South Africa’s Fight Club with America’s XFC will be providing fans with monumental changes in cage-fighting. Fight Club’s association with XFC has posited Fight Club as an American-style MMA company, bringing huge opportunities for fans in South Africa, drawing a stronger card with more international fighters, gaining international recognition for South Africa and the undeniable prowess of its fighters, and bringing the American model of open try outs to the country, affording new and unknown fighters an opportunity to fight, as well as bringing new talent to South African MMA enthusiasts.
Fans were given their first taste of XFC Africa’s ground-breaking style on the 19th of February. The main event was one like no other that this country has ever seen, with a nail-biting three rounds of five minutes each between American fighter Gerardo Julio Gallegos and South African Jeremy “The Pitbull” Smith. The electrifying match offered fans an intense experience, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats, with Jeremy “The Pitbull” Smith victorious after fifteen minutes of fighting, a length almost unheard of in the sport. The strength of the card was one that South African fans are not accustomed to, finally giving Jeremy “The Pitbull” Smith a worthy opponent. XFC Africa’s vision to provide “top and world class sports entertainment” was certainly met on the 19th of February; the riveting match exceeded anything ever seen by local fans. South African fans can expect to see more international fighters from XFC and have not seen the last of Julio Gallegos.
Jeremy “The Pitbull” Smith’s defeat of American Julio Gallegos showed America what South African MMA is about and what South African fighters are capable of. His victory has provided Jeremy “The Pitbull” Smith the opportunity to appear in XFC 10 in Tampa, Florida on the 9th of July. His tournament, which will be televised on HD.net will be seen by their pay per view audience of well over a million viewers, is a huge opportunity not only for XFC Africa and Jeremy “The Pitbull” Smith, but also South Africa. South Africans have long known the formidability of their MMA fighters and XFC Africa is now giving the world the chance to see what they are made of, gaining respect for South African fighters on an international platform.
XFC Africa President, Arnie Williams, is launching the avant garde concept of open try-outs to the South African MMA scene. The American model of open tryouts that he witnessed in Tampa, Florida is one that this country has never seen. On the 28th of March, open tryouts will be held at Quantum Tribe Dojo at Bruma Lake, Johannesburg, which Arnie Williams calls “the opportunity of a lifetime for all amateurs that want to test their skill and to break into the pro ranks.” The winners chosen will not only get the chance to fight at Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark atFight Club 2 on the 1st of May, but also the prospects of signing with XFC Africa,compete with top international fighters that XFC Africa brings to South Africa, and the prospect of fighting in America. This is exciting for amateur fighters and fans alike, since XFC Africa will be bringing fans new and undiscovered talent and gaining recognition for new South African fighters internationally. It is undeniable that MMA will be irrevocably changed in South Africa by the progressive and cutting-edge changes that XFC Africa is making to the sport; the opportunities for fighters, fans, and international recognition of the sport in South Africa are boundless.