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XFO 33 will take place on Saturday, January 23rd at the Copernicus Foundation Theater. Veterans Mark Miller and Gideon Ray headline the card, which also features some of the best local fighters.

Yusup Saadulaev will take on Jeremy Pender in a 135lb. bout. Saadulaev was impressive in his June fight at Total Fight Challenge 16 in Hammond, Indiana, where he defeated Jeff Charlebois. Here is the video from that bout:

Ryan Sturdy (12-3-1) will take on Dan Bolden at 185lbs. Sturdy is currently on a 5-fight win streak, his last win coming against veteran local fighter Bill Hill at XFO 31: Outdoor War 5. This will be Sturdy’s 9th fight in the XFO.

Bobby Reardanz (2-0) will fight in the XFO again, but it will be his first pro bout for the organization. Reardanz is known locally for being the 145lb. champ for “Kaos in Kankakee”. He fought as an amateur at XFO 30 and defeated Tony Rayburn via submission. He most recently fought at HFC 2 in Hammond, beating Norman Alexander by TKO via strikes.

Mark Miller (9-4) finally gets back into the cage and takes on LeVon Maynard (8-5). Miller hasn’t fought since appearing on “The Ultimate Fighter” season 9. He was supposed to fight at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers in November, but that fight never took place. Maynard fought in November at “Art of Fighting 6” and lost to Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno in a fight that was for the welterweight title.

Veteran Gideon Ray (17-11-1) will battle up and comer Daniel Straus (7-2) at 155 lbs. Ray is coming off a December win against Luke Caudillo at “Raw Power MMA”. Straus is riding a 4-fight win streak, with his last loss coming at XFO 29. Pat Curran knocked him out in round 2 of that bout.

Here is the complete card:


155-Daniel Straus  vs. Gideon Ray

170-Mark Miller vs. LeVon Maynard

135-Yusup Saadulaev vs. Jeremy Pender

185-Ryan Sturdy vs. Dan Bolden

HVY-Boban Simic vs. Alex Rozman

170-Kevin Nowaczyk vs. Matt Tobie

155-Whitney Waddel vs. Chris Garcia

145-Bobby Reardanz vs. Bruce Johnson


135-Joey Diehl vs. Jake Gilski

145-Casey Irvin vs. Chris Miller

170-Blaine Podkowa vs. TBA

185-Craig Paneo vs. TBA

145-Jeff Lavallee vs. Arty Hong

HVY-Josh Estrada  vs. TBA

155-Steve Bingham  vs. Martin Villafuerte

Copernicus Theater

5216 W.Lawrence Ave

Chicago, Illinois 60630

Buy tickets here

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