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Chicago’s MMA Weekend: Novaes, Herrig, Cut Throat

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Cut Throat MMA: Invasion 4

Here’s a look at Chicago’s MMA this weekend…

– Cut Throat returns with Invasion 4 in Aurora tonight. Doors open at 6:30 and fights — 22 of them — begin at 8pm.

Tonight on HDNet, local fighters Jonatas Novaes and Felice Herrig will fight on the XFC 15 card in Florida.

A win tonight for Novaes and you’d have to think that the UFC will be giving him a call. He has won four straight fights, including the Illinois state championship, 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.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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