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Chicago Well-Repped at XFC 15


XFC 15 will take place on December 2nd in sunny Florida, but the event will feature some of Chicago’s finest fighters.

The ageless wonder that is Shonie Carter will be back in the cage taking on Ryan Thomas. Carter got back in the win column with a unanimous decision win over Landon Showalter at Rumble on the Ridge XX in October, and he’ll hop right back into battle with just six weeks in between fights.

Thomas is a tough draw for Carter. He is a UFC vet that recently fought Jonatas Novaes in the seminfinal round of the Combat USA Illinois state tourney. Thomas has faced Novaes, Judo Jim Wallhead, Ben Saunders, Matt Brown and Ben Askren — twice. This will be Thomas’ first fight since his loss to Novaes.

Novaes will also fight on the card. A member of Team Brasa and a BJJ instructor under Comprido at FLO MMA in Palatine, Novaes’ star is on the rise. He has won four straight fights, including the Illinois state championship at 170 lbs, when he broke WEC vet Sherron “Rob Roy” Legget’s arm to take the title.

Novaes will fight Eric Reynolds, who fights out of American Top Team. Reynolds has fought in Bellator and has faced tough opponents like Jorge Masvidal and Eddie Alvarez. This will be Reynolds’ first fight in almost a year.

Felice “L’il Bulldog” Herrig will be back in action looking for her third straight win. We last saw Herrig at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates notching a unanimous decision win over Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc at XFO 39. Fans were treated to a great fight between the two, and Rivera-Calanoc’s “YES!!” walk-in was awesome.

Herrig will face Carla Esparza, who has fought some of the well-known names in women’s MMA. Esparza has fought Jessica Aguilar and Megumi Fujii in Bellator, and has a win over Karina Hallaran.

You can watch XFC 15: Tribute on HDNet.

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About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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